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  1. There’s cracks running along the home’s concrete tie beam. What’s wrong?

  2. How do you determine when the house was built?

  3. How do I recognize structural problems in a retaining  wall?

  4. What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

  5. Should I be suspicious about a concrete block house covered with siding?

  6. I’m buying a ‘50s modern house with a “gravel” roof. Is it going to be a problem?

  7. What can you tell me about buying a house with structural problems? It’s priced cheap!

  8. Should I buy a fixer-upper?

  9. How can I tell if cracks in the garage floor are a problem or not?

  10. How much of a roof truss can I cut out to make a storage platform in the attic?

  11. How do I remove cigarette odor in a house?

  12. The house has asbestos siding. What should I do?

  13. There’s an old fuel oil tank underground in the yard. Is it a problem?

  14. What is “knob and tube” wiring?

  15. What are the most common problems with older houses?

  16. Why does my concrete floor slab sweat and get slippery?

  17. What is a “continuous load path”?

  18. How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a house over a sinkhole?

  19. What does freeze damaged brick look like?

  20. What would cause long horizontal lines of brick mortar to fall out?

  21. How can I tell if the exterior walls of a house are concrete block (CBS) or wood or brick?

  22. Why is my stucco cracking?

  23. What are the rules for cutting, notching, or boring holes in an engineered wood truss?

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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

  One thing to try to determine after a crack appears in the walls or floor of your home is whether it is a one-time event or will continue to open up. A simple device called a crack monitor can help you determine what is going on. It consists of a plate with a grid printed on it that is placed over the crack and secured at one side, and a clear plastic plate with a cross-hair on it, which aligns exactly with the center of the grid at time of installation, that is secured overlapping it at the other side of the crack. 

    Keeping tabs on the monitor will tell you if any further movement is occurring and, if so, at what rate. We keep a couple in the truck for installation where a homeowner is concerned about cracks they have found.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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