September 15, 2015 by Establishing "Why" Since 1966

After a harsh winter homeowners are ready to shake off the melting snow and dive into gardening, spring cleaning and begin enjoying the warmer weather. But as the sun emerges you begin to notice the clogged gutters, dead plants and leaves in the flower garden, dirty siding, and cracked sidewalks.

Among the myriad of home repairs it may be hard to understand which ones are the most urgent, and which are symptoms of a bigger problem.

Lack of proper home maintenance can lead to major structural, mechanical & electrical issues. Clogged gutters for instance over time can cause eaves and fascia boards to rot. Standing water around the foundation of the home can lead to cracked foundations and water penetration points into the crawl space or basement of your home.

Checking the roof and siding for necessary repairs should be top on your list as winter breaks. Look for cracked, curled, or missing shingles. Check the siding for water infiltration points which can over time cause thousands of dollars worth of structural repairs.

Do not underestimate the severity of foundation cracks. All cracks in the foundation should be monitored over time to note any changes. Hairline cracks can be caused by simple minor localized settlement and are able to be filled with an epoxy-injection system. But wider vertical and horizontal cracks those which are noticed to be expanding or bulging and buckling require the attention of a structural engineer.

Check your return air filters and heating system piping & duct work to find air leaks and entry points for little critters.

Finally, mold and mildew can form in even the most arid climates and may cause severe medical problems for residents. Check under the carpet and around windows for visible mold and mildew then remove switch plate covers and peer behind wall coverings and wallpaper staining for significant mold that may be present.

Weakened roof systems, water stained interior, mold and mildew, and foundation cracks are all common problems that have varying levels of severity and can be caused by a number of reasons such as lack of home maintenance, improper installation, or product defects. The experts at Forensic Analysis & Engineering can “Establish Why” the failure occurred. Additionally, our experts can conduct the right type of analysis to determine the best possible repair methods while outlining what is necessary to prevent further occurrences in the future. To find out more or to submit an investigation request, visit our website at www.forensic-analysis.com.