Ice Buildup at Eves and Rain Gutters

Here in Portland OR, we rarely see snow that sticks. Snow usually flurries in from the easterly winds flying down the Columbia River Gorge, initiating in colder inland climates. A few years back, we had what was referred to by many as the 80 year storm, and that...

Chimney Flashing

Have you ever noticed a brown or yellow discoloration on your ceiling? Has it grown over time? Does it look like the image posted below? If so, you may want to check to see if you have a roof leak. Don’t get me wrong, water leaks can originate almost anywhere,...

Upper Roof Downspout Terminations

With new construction today, it is common to have multiple levels of roofing that don’t sit square on top of one another, like the days of old when a lot of homes looked as if they had been designed by a manufactured home architect, where foundation, main level...

Enlarged Crawlspace

  To the left you can see that a house that originally had a typical crawlspace when it was constructed, had been dug deeper to offer a larger area  below the structure. Some of the things an inspector has to take into consideration are; Q: Have the foundation walls...

Rooftop Safety

  This is a harness anchor attached near the apex of the roof. This addition makes navigating the roof much safer should the person have proper harness and repelling gear. I even inspected the fasteners (nails) to make sure they wouldn’t offer a roof leak, and,...