How to find a roof leak: Use a Water Test

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Excerpt: It’s simple and works so effectively, you’d be amazed that more contractors don’t use this technique. Start at the lowest point that the water could be entering the roof system. Let the water run for 10+ minutes to rule out each component from the bottom up. The farther you move away from where the leak is showing on the interior, the more time you will have to give each component to test for leaking, due to the fact that if that component is leaking, the water now has to run farther before it shows on the interior. When testing brick,…

Beware of House Flippers in Virginia Beach

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Excerpt: “A fool and their money are soon parted.” -Thomas Tusser in Five Hundreth Pointes of Good Husbandrie, 1573 There are many “great deals” in the housing market in today’s economy.   But how do you protect yourself against professional “house flippers” who may be unscrupulous?   These professionals buy a distressed property for a low price, apply some cosmetic fixes and then sell it for at a much higher price.  This is known as “Flipping a House”.  The unsuspecting new buyer may be buying a home with many problems that will be very costly to fix. As a home buyer, to protect your…

Going green means sometimes just being a little smarter

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Excerpt: Brad Brinke is a licensed and well-experienced professional home inspector in the Hampton Roads area.  He may have not seen it all, but I bet there isn’t much he hasn’t seen when it comes to homes in Hampton Roads!  Going green doesn’t always mean some tree-hugging flower children holding hands in a circle and singing Greatful Dead songs – LOL.  Now, it usually means just being a little smarter in your energy usage and saving some green while doing a little here and a little there to help out the environment.  Brad Brinke of Procraft Inspection Services and The Crawlspace…