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 ...

The Problems with Skylights

Are you considering purchasing a home with skylights or planning on installing them in your existing home? Although they can be beautiful and let in natural light, there are potential problems with skylights that you ought to be aware ...

How do I Hook Up Household Venting Correctly?

There are several places and appliances in your home that need proper venting, including the bathroom, dryer and stovetop. Let’s look at the specific requirements for each. Bathroom Venting Your bathroom exhaust fan should vent to the ...

Spoilage of Evidence Can Destroy a Construction Defect Claim

When you are involved in a legal dispute, your case depends upon the evidence that can either back up or dispute your defense. Spoilage of evidence can destroy a construction defect claim. If you are a homeowner who claims that your ...

What Happens When the Contractor Walks Off the Job?

When you’ve signed a contract with a construction company, remodeler or handyman, you expect the job to be done both to your satisfaction and to the terms of the contract. But what happens when the contractor walks off the job? There ...

Working with Pressure-Treated Lumber

You may have heard of pressure-treated lumber but not known exactly what that means, or how to best work with it. Let’s take a moment to look at it. What is Pressure-Treated Lumber? “Pressure-treated lumber is wood that has been ...

What does “LEED Certified” Mean?

LEED is an acronym for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” a Green Associate credential created and issued by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). According to the USGBC, LEED “designates individuals who have a ...

7 Ways To Talk With Your Contractor if You Have a Dispute

When embarking on a large construction project it is inevitable that there will be some bumps. Those bumps don’t need to turn into mountains, however. And you certainly want to avoid legal action if at all possible. That’s why we’re ...

Building Code Rules for Means of Egress

Heaven forbid something should happen in a building where its occupants need to exit quickly. That is why the International Code Council has established its rules for Means of Egress (Chapter 10). Egress is a term that means, “The ...