ohio: Wood Decks need Attention Too - 07/07/08 02:25 PM
Many people build, our have built, nice beautiful decks on their homes all the time.  But like everything, it needs attention from time to time.  It seems that decks, like many things, get over looked and even forgotten about when it comes to maintenance and repairs.
This wooden set of stairs looks normal enough.  Close to being up to code. BUT...

As you can see this stair is about to DEMAND some attention when it has finally had enough and lets loose to send someone tumbling down the steps to certain injury.

And if that doesn't get your attention, then this might even kill someone … (18 comments)

ohio: "Would You Buy This House?" - 05/03/08 04:29 PM
Last week, while on an inspection, I was asked "Would you buy this house?" numerous times by both the husband and wife.  They are planning to buy a house from a FSBO, an investor flipping this house.  The main reason for the question was a past roof mold issue, which appeared to have been eliminated by a new roof with the exception of residual mold still present.

 The much larger problem and threat to their health was the crawlspace.  It was saturated with moisture, even some standing water in a few places.

 
 
One of the visible problems … (15 comments)

ohio: Meth Home Nightmare - Summit County Ohio - 03/25/08 05:55 AM
This is a follow-up to my original post, Meth Home Nightmare.  The complete story as printed in the Akron Beacon Journal can be read at, Akron Beacon Journal - Meth Home Nightmare.
This story gives you an idea of the problems that a buyer may encounter if purchasing a former Meth Home.  The chemical residue that is left behind can effect young children in a very serious way, but also adults.
A couple of very informative sites that I have found for testing, testmyhomeformeth.com and MAPP-SD Home,  have a lot of very good information.
This drug addition effects all classes of society in this country.  It does not … (22 comments)

ohio: Why is a CREEK in my basement? - 03/04/08 07:04 AM
With spring on the way (Yeah), gutters and downspouts are going to be the most important system on the exterior of your home soon.  Effectively removing the water, by the gallons, from the roof of your house is the most important issue to a dry and structurally sound foundation.
Now lets take a look at some comparisons.
 
These photos shows you an example of a gutter system that is not only easier to keep free a debris, but are in fact quite clean.  This is from a heavily treed area as well.
This is to the right of the downspout.
 
This is to the left of the downspout.
 
This is … (3 comments)

ohio: Gettin Soggy With The Big Thaw - 03/03/08 09:26 AM
Here in NE Ohio, It snowed 8 to 10 inches last week and was around 20 to 25 degrees.  Today it is 60 degrees with a major cold front coming around the corner in a few hours with rain changing to freezing rain.  Good time to see how well your gutters and down spouts work and how well your basement keeps the water out.  I wish you well if you live low and near a creek or river with 2 - 3 inches of rain forecast.
I have been out in Summit County hitting open houses, marketing and networking myself the past 4 weeks.  Great … (12 comments)

 

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