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Understanding Blower Door Testing

Back in 2012, the International Residential Code (IRC) put forth a revised set of requirements and building code standards as they do every year. 2012 marked a new era in building codes when the airtightness of home came under scrutiny. What is the airtightness of a home? How is it measured? Essentially, airtightness is measured to determine how well the house was built to minimize risk of moisture intrusion [...]

Why Would My House Need Blower Door Testing?

To fully address this question, we’ll first discuss what a blower door test is and then why your home may need one done. Blower door testing is essentially a test that determines how airtight your home is. Seems pretty self-explanatory, but why would your home need blower door testing? Why does it matter how airtight your home is? For starters, no one has ever liked a drafty house. It usually [...]

What Happens During A Pre-Slab Inspection?

What is a Pre-Slab Inspection? Our pre-slab inspection is carried out on your home base before concrete is poured. This is done to ensure everything is primed and ready for the installation of concrete. Typically, after the concrete is poured, it becomes impossible to tell if any Issues and problems exist within the structure. It is for this reason that a pre-concrete slab inspection is carried out to curb any mishap [...]

What You Need To Know About Lintel Inspections

Nowadays, it is almost impossible to see a building without lintels. A lintel is simply a structural support over openings such as the doors and windows of buildings. This sort of support is however important because it makes it possible for loads to be transferred to the foundation without necessarily putting stress on the frame. Of course, lintels are also expected to be made with the right material to ensure compatibility with [...]

Why Having Your Home’s Roof Inspected Is Important

Roofs are known notoriously for being expensive to repair and replace. And having a strong and reliable roof on your home is important because an issue with your home's roof can also cause issues throughout the rest of your home as well. Imagine, if your roof suddenly begins leaking during a storm or a prolonged period of rain, the damage it could potentially have on everything else in your [...]

What You Need To Know About Mold And The Problems It Causes

How mold can be beneficial Mold is both a necessity and an issue. In the natural world, mold is beneficial in the way it helps decompose things such as dead leaf's and other organic material and redeposit it back into the ecosystem. It’s also necessary to make life saving medicine such as penicillin and other antibiotics. Even some foods we eat everyday are a species of mold, such as [...]

How To Identify The Most Common Problems With Water Heaters

One of the most expensive things that could need replacing in a home is your home’s water heater. Your water heater has the very important job of working continuously to ensure warm water is always available to the people in your home. But because it is working all the time, there are also many things that can go wrong with a water heater. When purchasing a new home, the [...]

Things That Need To Be Done In Your New Home Prior To Moving In

You have searched and searched and now you think you have finally found the home you want to move in to. And you also think this home is move-in ready. But is any home ever truly in “move-in” condition? If the home is brand new construction, then this may be the case. But if your home is even a couple years old, then there are probably at least a few [...]

The Importance Of Proper Application Of Control Joints In Brick Masonry

It is extremely important to ensure there is proper application of control joints when constructing new brick masonry. However, control joints are often not properly planned because builders mistakenly think this responsibility falls on the structural engineer. At times, the building professional may have delegated all parts of the design plan to the contractor. The proper approach to control joints is brick cladding. Yet there are various types of [...]

Preventing Water Intrusion Through Proper Design And Maintenance

Water entering a building often leads to high moisture levels inside, and that will generally enable mold to grow, begin the process of dry rotting, wood deterioration, and contribute to other structural issues. According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), building design and functionality are integral factors to limiting water intrusion – this situation causes nutrients to enter, which allows mold to grow. To meet this concern head [...]

When Do I Need A Home Inspection

One of the most stress-filled purchases a person can makes involves real estate.  When a suitable home has been found – that is, “suitable” by mere appearances – there are still a host of issues, both financially as well as structurally, that will come into play before the customer can finally take ownership of the property. People who report their experiences (online) with the home buying process are saying, [...]

Building Inspections – Ensuring Decks are Built to Code

In 2003 a real disaster happened in Chicago because the builders of a deck outside several apartments didn’t anticipate the number of people who would gather on it one fateful evening.  13 unfortunate fatalities and 57 seriously injured told future builders that codes are not something to be taken lightly.  Lives might hang in the balance. So, what can builders do to make sure the deck structures they build [...]

Why Pre-Purchase Home Inspections Are Important

Home buyers who are serious about a potential home purchase should seriously consider a pre-purchase home inspection.  These inspections are designed to protect the consumer by providing a valuable look at the vital working operations and structural concerns of the home they hope to buy.  Particularly if the home is older, having a certified inspector go over the 350 to 400 areas that all reputable companies address -according to [...]

5 Ways to Identify Building Envelop Failure

The “envelope” of a building, when understood within an architectural context, includes a host of factors that were all considered at the time a building was first designed.  Yet, basically, the term also means the exterior or shell of a building – all those parts providing protection against the elements. Here are 5 ways to identify various types of structural defects. Look for problems with the building’s insulation. [...]