Category Archives: Simple Forensic Methods

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 11)

Posted by in Shingles, Simple Forensic Methods, Winter Concerns | August 17, 2015

What can we tell from THIS photo?   This photo was taken at a valley on a shingle roof. The shingles on the left are less weathered indicating that they are not as old as the shingles on the right.… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 10)

Posted by in Basements, Simple Forensic Methods, Water Sources | August 10, 2015

This photo was taken at the base of a basement wall. We note the following: The moisture staining on the wood stud and the cardboard box indicate that there has been water infiltration. The multiple rings of the moisture staining… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 9)

Posted by in Fire Damage, Simple Forensic Methods, Wood | August 03, 2015

What can we tell from THIS photo? The wood plates and staples indicate that these are very old field built wood trusses. The soot and char indicate that they have been exposed to a fire. The relatively clean separation between… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 8)

Posted by in Cracking, Masonry, Simple Forensic Methods | July 27, 2015

What can we tell from THIS photo? The portion of the wall on the left side of the cracking has dropped relative to the right.  This indicates that the cracking is probably from some type of earth movement, such as… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 7)

Posted by in Cracking, Masonry, Simple Forensic Methods | April 20, 2015

  This concrete block wall exhibits an unusual pattern of cracking.       What can we tell from these two photos? The line of the horizontal joints and the line at the top of the wall indicate that wall… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 6)

Posted by in Simple Forensic Methods, Wood | April 06, 2015

  During our moisture source evaluations we sometimes observe other conditions that we bring to the attention of the owner.  Such is the case for this week’s topic. In the featured photo and Figure FT-1 we see a fractured web… Read More

Pellet Impact Damage to Soft Metals

Posted by in Siding, Simple Forensic Methods | January 05, 2015

So, what does pellet impact damage look like in soft metals such as siding or a metal chimney? See for yourself.         We weren’t asked, but considering the direction of exposure of the siding and the chimney… Read More

Garage Whisperer

Posted by in Simple Forensic Methods, Wind Damage, Wood | December 15, 2014

We are often contacted to evaluate “Why is the garage leaning?” and “When did the lean occur?”  (See the featured photo).  With regard to the latter question, fortunately we have super listening powers.  That is, we are able to hear… Read More