Consumer Beware: Faulty Product Installation Can Void Your Warranty

When you purchase a product for your home or home improvement, it is important to understand the warranty. What is more important, however, is to comprehend how you or your installer can inadvertently void your warranty. Pretty much, ...

Matthew Furlong Earns Thermography Certificate

Matthew Furlong has earned a Level 1 Certified Infrared Thermographer Certificate. To earn this certificate, Furlong completed a 32-hour in-person course that walked students through the theory, laws, and physics of electromagnetic ...

Building a Home Office? It’s Important to Do It Right.

Our world is changing, and both business and home owners must change along with it. One significant change we’re seeing is the proliferation of home offices. People are working from home more than ever—some temporarily and some on a ...

What is the Building Code and Why is it Important?

Whenever construction is to be performed on a residential or commercial property, it is imperative that any and all work conforms to the minimum standards and provisions of the building code. But just what is the building code, and why ...

Why House Wrap Must Be Installed Properly

When homes are constructed, they include what is commonly called a “house wrap.” This is a thin layer of protection installed between the structure and its outside covering. In order to provide maximum benefit, the house wrap must be ...

These Algae-Resistant Roofing Shingles Come With a Warning About Gutter Damage

The company CertainTeed has issued a warning about one of its products: the CertainTeed Algae-Resistant Shingles. And it is up to the homeowner to know what is and is not covered if this product has caused damage to their home. ...

GFCI and AFCI Outlets: What’s the Difference?

If you in a new home, or one that has been recently remodeled, your home most likely contains either GFCI or AFCI outlets—or both. It is required under modern building codes. Not being an electrician, you might ask “What’s the ...

Why do CPVC Pipes Fail?

One of the services we offer here at Först Consulting Group is Forensic Investigation. That means we go into a construction site or building to figure out what the problem is and how and why it was caused. Sometimes we do it to help ...

Can You Recognize Structural Damage in Your Home?

Some of the most expensive repairs come from structural damage. But are you savvy enough to recognize what might be costly structural damage in your home? What is Structural Damage? Structural damage is defined as any damage that ...

What is a Construction Forensic Investigation…and Why Do You Need One?

Most people are aware of the term “forensic investigation” from watching TV crime shows like CSI or Law & Order SVU. But they may not exactly know what a forensic investigation entails. As a rough definition, a forensic ...

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