Monthly Archives: September 2016


Mold Testing Facts and Fallacies

Mold is not good.  It can cause substantial problems, both health and building related.  That said, let’s get to facts. There are over 100,000 mold types with probably another 100,000 that we haven’t identified yet. Mold is everywhere.  There are millions, or hundreds of millions of mold spores, on every surface on the face of the Earth….


Aluminum Wrap on Steel Lintels / Big Mistake

I see it everywhere. Otherwise nice and well maintained buildings that have had their windows replaced, and the window installer wraps the structural steel lintel with aluminum.  Ouch. When you wrap lintels in aluminum,  they remain saturated.  Lintels are supposed to drain and not sealed up with aluminum or caulk.  It dramatically accelerates the deterioration…


Things to Know About Split Face Block

Split face block works on: single story strip malls, warehouses, Big Box stores, and similarly industrial or mercantile structures. Split face block doesn’t work on: Multiple floor residential structure with wood floor platforms.  Most of them leak. Some leak a lot. I have looked at hundreds of split face block residential buildings and I’ve never…