Category Archives: Winter Concerns

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

Chalk Up Another Victory Over Ice Damming

Posted by in Roof, Winter Concerns | March 03, 2014

In case you have been one of the lucky ones that hasn’t noticed, the weather conditions were pretty good for ice damming and leakage from ice damming during the middle parts of February 2014 in the Cleveland Ohio Metropolitan area. … Read More

Winter Dampness

Posted by in Attic Ventilation, Buying/Maintaining a Home, Winter Concerns | February 24, 2014

  In our last blog we discussed the potential effects of the excessive dryness in homes this winter (2013-2014) in Northeast Ohio.  But as dry as the interior has been there is also an increase in damage from the increased… Read More

Winter Dryness

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Winter Concerns | February 17, 2014

  One of the local television news programs I watched recently broadcast a story regarding how our bodies were being dried out by the excessive operation of our home heating systems during the extremely cold temperatures.  The advice for this… Read More

How much snow was on the roof when it collapsed?

Posted by in Roof, Snow Loads, Winter Concerns | December 16, 2013

Well, the weight of ice and snow is affected by many factors, such as, depth of snow, density of the snow, consolidation, or rainfall on the snow.  This article will discuss information helpful in calculating the actual snow load. Of course… Read More

Stopping an Actively Leaking Ice Dam

Posted by in Snow Loads, Winter Concerns | December 02, 2013

Have you ever had the problem or been called by someone who has the problem with a roof leak in the middle of the winter?  I would guess that many of you have. At that moment the victim of a… Read More

The Importance of Cleaning Gutters – A Fall Reminder (Encore)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Winter Concerns | November 11, 2013

Gutters collect roof runoff and drain it into a downspout where it is discharged at grade away from the dwelling or into an underground storm sewer line.  When debris from trees or small objects from a child’s play equipment collect… Read More