Category Archives: Water Sources

Who Says, “You Need to Have a Gutter to Have Ice Damming or Icicles?”

Posted by in Attic Ventilation, Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Water Sources, Winter Concerns | March 12, 2018

See those long, beautiful icicles and the ice dam? But wait – there is no gutter along the rear slope of this dwelling (see Figure 1).  How can there be an ice dam and icicles?  Just lucky, I guess. Note… Read More

Time for Icicles and Ice Dams

Posted by in Roof, Water Sources, Winter Concerns | February 26, 2018

So you think winter is over? Not yet.  It’s got one or two last hoorahs. It’s still that time of year for icicles and ice dams. What can you do to avoid them now?  Nothing, except use a roof rake… Read More

Assessing the History of a Water Source (Encore)

Posted by in Water Sources | May 30, 2017

For years NASA has been searching the heavens for traces of water proposing that its presence is evidence of life beyond this earth. Water is indeed necessary for the existence of life as we know it. From the Hebrew Scriptures… Read More

The Importance of Good Flashing

Posted by in Siding, Water Sources | December 26, 2016

What happens when flashing is poorly installed around windows? The feature photograph shows what might show on the interior, but the following photographs show what may be hidden in the wall. Disclaimer   Read More

The Need for Membrane Flashing Under a Threshold

Posted by in Siding, Water Sources | August 22, 2016

Whether a manufactured stone with multiple joints or a solid board is used under the threshold of a door (featured photo), a flexible membrane flashing is necessary to stop the infiltration of runoff. On the inside, runoff infiltration through a… 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

Evidence of a Roof Leak

Posted by in Roof, Water Sources | April 11, 2016

What caused damage to the drywall on this ceiling (Figure 1)? The damage is not due to a one time leakage.  It is just too severe for a one time ice dam. Climbing into the attic above the kitchen we… Read More

How Important is Wall Flashing?

Posted by in Masonry, Water Sources | April 04, 2016

Take a look for yourself. I spotted these water and dirt stains on the face of a brick wall.  The water and dirt stains are directly under the joint of the metal wall cap. The lap on the metal cap… Read More