How can a composite floor material fail? Placed slab concrete is thermally coupled to the soil supporting it. Unusual moisture conditions, outside a floor manufacturer’s installation criteria can cause poor / failing long term composite results. The photos illustrate a method how to test a placed concrete slab for moisture content. “RED” zone…
Staircase stringer bearing at landing is a major deck stair safety observation while inspecting.
Dropped headers and attachment is critical to long term personal safety.
Refer to ASHI Reporter July 2016 article written by Bruce Barker READ MORE
Property Inspection Service, Inc. site dropped header photo example
Observing a raised deck, key elements is ledger flashing and ledger fastening. When ledger flashing is not present and above drainage enters between the rim / band board; wood decay may occur. Below: observed joist brackets and ledger bolting – not present. Deck Joist nailed ONLY! These condition pair a personal safety issue.…
What if an air duct and register is not sealed?
We’ll this could happen! Take a look at the structural joist wood decay.
HVAC air duct not sealed has created a crawl space environment, which now requires major construct.