Category Archives: Simple Forensic Methods

Attic Wetness – Pattern of Condensation vs Pattern of Leakage

Posted by in Attic Ventilation, Roof, Simple Forensic Methods, Water Sources, Winter Concerns | April 21, 2014

We are often called to evaluate the source of moisture causing mold growth, water damage or wetting of building components.  These conditions may be in an attic, a living area, a crawlspace, a basement, a garage, etc.  The source of… Read More

Time to Play – Old Crack vs. New Crack – Part 2

Posted by in Simple Forensic Methods | March 31, 2014

Time to play old crack-new crack Here is how it is played: We will provide a series of photos.  You are to determine whether or not they are old or new. The correct answers are provided at the end of… Read More

Time to play – Old Crack vs. New Crack – Part 1

Posted by in Simple Forensic Methods | March 24, 2014

Time to play old crack-new crack Here is how it is played: We will provide a series of photos.  You are to determine whether or not they are old or new. The correct answers are provided at the end of… Read More

The Making of a Ceiling Collapse

Posted by in Ceilings, Simple Forensic Methods, Wood | January 16, 2014

We have seen ceiling collapses that have been caused by pressurizing of the attic with high winds after a gable end wall failure, from someone stepping on the drywall rather than the ceiling when in an attic, or from excessive… Read More

Putting the Pieces Together…

Posted by in Simple Forensic Methods | August 27, 2013

  During my school vacations as a child, my family and I often had fun working together on jigsaw puzzles.  My favorite puzzle had about 270 pieces and I put that one together so many times by myself that I… Read More

When Did THIS Happen?

Posted by in Concrete, Cracking, Simple Forensic Methods | July 10, 2013

We are often asked to determine the age or the history of various structural damages.  For example, we may be asked if we can determine the age or history of cracking in a wall, driveway, floor, etc.? The age and/or… Read More