Category Archives: Winter Concerns

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

Do Leaf Guards Have an Effect on Icicles?

Posted by in Roof, Water Sources, Winter Concerns | April 13, 2015

Many, many years ago my father-in-law asked me about any detrimental effects of leaf guards on gutters.  Being over eighty he had decided that it was time to stop climbing a ladder to clean his gutters. I told him that… Read More

Deicing Salts and Concrete

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Concrete, Winter Concerns | March 09, 2015

Although a concrete pavement is hard it is also like a sponge, that is, it absorbs water and the waterbourne chemicals.  We all have seen this while washing our vehicle when water spray soaks into the concrete before it begins… Read More

How Much Snow Can My Roof Support?

Posted by in Roof, Snow Loads, Winter Concerns, Wood | March 02, 2015

After a succession of heavy snowfalls, we are often asked the question, “How much snow can a roof support?” or more specifically, “How much snow can MY roof support?” and “Should I shovel the snow off my roof?” Most who… Read More

What is all this popping and banging in my home (during frigid temperatures)? – Encore

Posted by in The Unusual, Winter Concerns | February 23, 2015

During the recent frigid temperatures, many home owners heard what they described as loud popping and/or banging sounds in their homes, especially in the attic.  Some even thought that something was thrown up against the side of their home. What… Read More

Inadvertent Reduction in Attic Ventilation

Posted by in Apparent Mold/Biological Growth, Attic Ventilation, Roof, Water Sources, Winter Concerns, Wood | May 30, 2014

We are often called to evaluate the source of moisture causing mold growth, water damage or wetting of building components in an attic.  These investigations commonly conclude with pointing out a roof or siding leak from a breach in the… Read More

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

Why is My Chimney Sweating?

Posted by in Chimneys, Masonry, Roof, Winter Concerns | April 07, 2014

When the chimney and/or the framing, plaster, or drywall around it are wet, most assume that the wetness is due to a roof leak.  And, although roof leaks at chimneys are not uncommon, sometimes the wetness is due to another… Read More