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 ...

Is Your Contractor Working Multiple Jobs?

When you interview, then hire a construction contractor, you are generally given a schedule that includes both costs and a time frame for completion. This schedule may also include milestones along the way. But things aren’t going ...

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 ...

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 ...

Water Damage Insurance. What’s Really Covered – Or Not

The year 2018 set a record in Northern Virginia for being the wettest year since National Weather Service records were kept. As of late December, a record 66.28 inches of rain fell, breaking the previous record of 61.33 inches set back ...

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Surprise Charge From Your Contractor? What To Do Next.

Sometimes we get a call from someone who says, “I received this invoice from my contractor and we didn’t agree to it…what do I do?” As a homeowner, you might get caught in this battle of “who said what” and “who is right.” And without ...

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6 Worst Wiring Mistakes

Wiring the electrical system through your home or business is one of the most intricate jobs of the construction process. It is extremely important that it be done correctly. If not, wiring mistakes can create an electrocution or fire ...