The Solution for Poor Intake Ventilation on Roofs in Hampton Roads, Virginia

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Excerpt: Ever since the 1960’s and 70’s, as we built homes more airtight and energy efficient, attic ventilation has become more and more of a critical issue in building science.  The chief reason is because of the phenomenon of  stack effect, which is discussed in more detail in this video:   From the Air Vent website: “The constant, year-round movement of air across the attic is a process that can improve home comfort, reduce damage to the roof structure and help keep a roofing warranty valid. Every time stale, overheated air is vented out of the home, and fresh air is pulled in to replace it,…

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,…

The Fungal Jungle…under your home??

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Excerpt: Moisture in crawlspaces in Hampton Roads, Virginia is a big issue.  It will create problems in many different parts of your home, to include the Air Conditioning system and the Attic! This little guy is a happy resident of a wet crawl space:  I received the following pictures from Chris DeBoer of Bales Termite and Pest Control in Newport News, Virginia about some of the Clean Space encapsulation projects they’ve done to rectify bad crawlspace moisture issues. Keith Bales, the owner of Bales Pest Control,  did a radio show with me for several years on WNIS 790 AM radio in Norfolk:  “The Hampton Roads Home…

More Vents Are Not Necessarily Better

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Excerpt: The ever vigilant Brad Brinke of  Pro Craft Home Inspections and author of  Going Green means sometime just being a little smarter, sent us the following picture he just snapped on a Virginia Beach home of the classic example of cross venting. Bill Taylor, ventilation guru, who gave us Tips for the Balance System for Attic Ventilation,  and Venting On Your Neighbor commented: “That is comical. Actually, we just ended our “Ask the Expert” seminar in Richmond a couple hours ago. One of the slides in the presentation is an install similar to this with multiple types of vents. The room roared with laughter when they…

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…