Category Archives: The Unusual

What Happens When… A Roof Leak is Unseen or Ignored?

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, The Unusual, What happens when ...? | July 30, 2018

The above condition is not unusual for an industrial facility that has been expanded multiple times.  A low roof area is surrounded by higher roofs and the roof runoff is directed to a trough area along one of the walls. … Read More

The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!

Posted by in The Unusual, Weather Events, Winter Concerns | March 20, 2017

“The sky is falling, the sky is falling”, said Chicken Little.  No my little feathered friend its just ice…very large pieces of ice.  See featured photograph. Throughout our years of structural investigations we have seen various building components, such as,… Read More

Update: Low-flying Planes (Still) Damaging Roofs in Poland

Posted by in Roof, Shingles, The Unusual | December 05, 2016

In July 25, 2016 we reported a story in the Dziennik Polski that low flying airplanes were damaging clay roofs tile on homes nearby the airport in Morawica. This is an ongoing story in Poland as the authorities have been flummoxed… Read More

What Burns Faster…… ?

Posted by in The Unusual | November 28, 2016

This is an interesting question. What burns faster a traditional sawn lumber (2×8, 2×10, etc) floor system or an engineered (I-joists) lumber floor system?  According to an article in the October 2016 Angie’s List Magazine, a floor system built with engineered… Read More

Here’s a Layout You Don’t See Often (or Ever Before, for Me)

Posted by in Roof, Shingles, The Unusual | November 14, 2016

Things that came to mind at first glance: How does a roofer handle this? Did the architect see this coming? How can this not leak? Now what can be done? Answers (Guesses): He routed one valley into another. Probably not.… Read More

A Lifted (Heaved) Basement Floor Slab

Posted by in Basements, Concrete, The Unusual, Water Sources, Weather Events | August 08, 2016

What would cause a concrete basement floor slab to lift in this fashion? The basement floor slab was lifted up about eight inches or so.  The area of floor slab over the sanitary sewer lines was lifted more than the… Read More

Just When You Thought You’ve Seen It ALL!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by in The Unusual | July 25, 2016

This article caught my eye in Dziennik Polski: A man claims that clay tiles were disturbed on his roof by a low flying plane.   The continuous line of disturbed tiles indicates that some type of moving phenomenon probably shifted the tile.… Read More

Siding Distorted by Heat

Posted by in Siding, The Unusual | May 16, 2016

On occasion we are called to look at siding that has been severely distorted over a small area (Figures 1 and 2).   What causes this?  Sometimes we have seen the distortion due to heat from a barbeque grill being… Read More