Articles on Structural Concerns

Window Condensation

Window Condensation Are my windows to blame? Faulty windows do not cause condensation. Glass is usually the first place you notice condensation because glass surfaces have the lowest temperature of any surface in a house.  What is the cause?   The moisture in the air causes condensation. The reason you may observe more condensation in…

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Crawlspace Safety

Crawlspace Safety Crawlspaces are notorious for the nasty discoveries made there by homeowners, inspectors, and home remodelers, and it isn’t hard to figure out why; for one thing, their cool, dark environment attracts undesirable pests and can promote dangerous conditions. And since the crawlspace is mostly unmonitored, hazards can breed there unchecked for a long…

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Attic Pull-down Stairs

Attic Pull-down Stairs An attic pull-down ladder, also called an attic pull-down stairway or stairs, is a collapsible ladder that’s permanently attached to the attic floor.  It’s used to access the attic without being required to use a portable ladder, which can be unstable, as well as inconvenient.  Common Defects It’s typical for the homeowner,…

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The Dangers of Asbestos

Asbestos Asbestos-Cement Roofing and Siding Despite its desirable qualities, the use of asbestos in building materials has proven to be a dangerous practice.  This naturally-occurring, fibrous rock has heat and fire-resistant properties.  But the long term effects proved to wreak havoc on our health. Asbestos and Portland Cement Commonly used in homes and buildings from…

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Garage Fire Hazards

Most American homes come complete with an attached garage and most garages are used to hold the more hazardous and flammable materials kept in our households. It is that very same accessibility that we love that poses a hazard. In addition, the garage is often used as a workshop, for storage and where most water…

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Mold

“What is mold, exactly?” I’m glad you asked, because knowledge is power. Let’s start with the basics. According to Wikipedia (and most biology texts), Mold is under the Scientific classification Fungi. “…Like all fungi, molds derive energy not through photosynthesis but from the organic matter on which they live, utilising heterotrophy. Typically, molds secrete hydrolytic…

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Foundation Parging

Is My Foundation Cracked? There are no good foundation cracks, so they should be addressed right away. Before answering the question we need to know a little more about your foundation. Have you noticed hairline cracks or spider web cracks in your foundation? Is it really a crack in the foundation or are the cracks…

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Drywall

Drywall: Potential Problems with Chinese Drywall “The road to success is always under construction” – Arnold Palmer You know what they say, “Life Happens.” For many of us, our schedules are so busy that we barely have time to sit and reflect on ourselves, let alone our homes. Modern life can make it quite easy…

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