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Got Cracks? An Intro to Foundation Forensics.

It’s happening, you think you found your dream home. But you noticed a large crack in the foundation, where do you go from here? Foundation cracks can signal foundation problems or just be the house settling. Read below for an introduction to foundation forensics and contact us to schedule an inspection today. Our standard building inspection includes a full….

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Signs You Need a New Roof

Most people don’t think about their roofs until they start leaking. Don’t wait until water is pouring through your ceiling to start paying attention to your roof. A little monitoring and preventative maintenance can go a long way. A good time to inspect your roof is during a rain storm. Go outside with binoculars and….

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Winter Checklist

We have a saying in New England, “Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes.” While the weather can be chaotic, your home doesn’t have to be. Now is the time to get your property ready for winter and be prepared for the colder months ahead. Rainwater protection. Let’s face it, moisture penetration can be a….

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Building Envelope Woes

by Jack Carr, P.E., RS, LEED-AP So what to do in a Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont winter? Certainly snow sports, a good book, or dreams of spring golf are excellent pursuits but for the chairperson of the condo maintenance committee, winter is a good time to be planning building envelope repairs. The building envelope comprises….

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Turn the Water Tank Temp Up or Down? It’s a Hot Question.

Is your hot water safe??   Too hot and you can be seriously burned.  Not hot enough and your hot water may harbor dangerous bacteria.   It’s not a simple question!! What’s the “correct” temperature at which to set a water heater? The question is more complicated and more hotly debated than you might imagine.  And the….

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Repeated Mistakes

Repeated Mistakes In February we celebrated Groundhog Day which reminded me of that iconic movie with Bill Murray of the same name.  In the movie if you remember, Bill Murray’s character relives the same day, Groundhog Day, over and over until he gets it right. It got me thinking of the same issues we see….

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The Many Faces of Siding

Is all house and condominium siding the same?  Of course not!  And choosing the right siding is more than just color, design, aesthetics and curb appeal.  Durability is very important as well as energy efficiency which is fast becoming more commonplace and available.  When it comes time to sell, the right siding can up the….

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House Wrap?

We know it’s the holidays and you may be exchanging wrapped gifts to friends, colleagues and loved ones.   Well, don’t forget to wrap your house too!  Wrap a house?  Yes, your house!   If you are so lucky to receive a house, make sure it is wrapped!  Sound ridiculous?  Well, we don’t mean gift paper wrap,….

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Safe and Effective Wood Stoves

There are several important safety considerations that must go hand in hand with the use of solid fuel (coal and wood) stoves. These stoves are responsible for many fires every year. In some parts of the country, wood and coal stoves are the number one cause of house fires. In general, when properly used, coal….

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Basement Water Can Be Managed

Criterium Dudka Engineers In an existing home, we’re not always sure how the foundation perimeter was completed because it is not visual, unless of course we begin digging.  Uhg!  Acquiring the “as built” plans of your home from the town is always a good idea and are usually readily available from your town office.  The….

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