Archive for March, 2014

Good article Amy. One point, it is imposible to determine if kitchen or bath fans are removing as much air as required without measuring. We need to start measuring these parameters and quit guessing with checklists.


Cathedral Ceilings – Mold and Moisture – Problems and Solutions.

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Disclaimer: while I think all the information presented here is accurate and scientifically valid, you are advised to consult a *professional before changing your home. This article covers just one component of your home. Your specific home may have conditions that override the comments contained herein.

*By professional, I mean an experienced building scientist, not your local carpenter or roofer or even a structural engineer or architect. While many of these people are artists in what they do, most have no training in building science or engineering and cannot be trusted to properly design a roof assembly. Likewise, you wouldn’t hire a building scientist to swing a hammer and build your roof!
Cathedral ceilings are very popular – they give rooms a feeling of openness and an added aesthetic dimension. At the same time, they are responsible for a variety of building problems and homeowner heartbreak. What causes…

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Phantom Odors

Posted: March 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Whenever a call comes in to our office concerning odors that can’t be identified I always pay special attention to the exterior when I arrive at the home. This gives me the opportunity to assess the building façade. If I see cast stone or E.I.F.S. I pay special attention to the details of the installation. The problem is not generally the material as many believe, it is the installation. Poor drainage and improper attention to the details is where I most often find failure. The amount of damage caused by poor drainage details can be considerable and VERY expensive to correct. When performing an assessment on such installations having the proper equipment for the project is critical. This will include an infrared camera, moisture meters, tools for removing façade in suspect locations, etc. Having a very good understanding of what to look for and how to confirm your findings BEFORE you start removing façade is equally important. The LAST thing you want is to make a large opening in someone’s wall and find no problems.