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Utilizing Homeowner’s insurance for Structural Issues

March 8, 2022

Insurance can be tricky. Many policies contain loopholes, technicalities and exceptions. If you’re not an insurance agent yourself, this can be downright disconcerting, but when it comes to your home, which is a big investment, it’s crucial to know what your homeowners insurance policy does and does not cover. Will house insurance cover structural damage? That largely depends on several factors. Is there a benefit to purchasing builder’s risk insurance for homeowners? There could be depending on the policy. In this article, we’ll shed some light on whether homeowners insurance will cover a home’s structural issues. In the realm of... View Article

What It Means to Be an Engineer in Responsible Charge

February 22, 2022

Nearly every engineering project requires a team of engineers working together. Like most organizations, though, there needs to be a hierarchy. Certain engineers have various responsibilities on a given project. This hierarchy of responsibility is made simpler by designating an engineer in responsible charge. This engineer has multiple responsibilities, including the final sign-off on project plans and other documents. Being the engineer in responsible charge comes with more than just a wider scope of responsibility. It’s also far from an all-encompassing term. In this article, we’ll answer some questions regarding engineers and their responsibilities. What does the term engineer in... View Article

How Can Insurance Help Pay for a Home’s Structural Issues?

February 10, 2022

When you think of problems around the house, you might think of a leaky roof, electrical issues or a broken furnace, but the real trouble comes if your house has foundation problems. Even seemingly-minor house foundation problems can lead to total collapse under the wrong circumstances, which is why they need to be addressed ASAP. The issue many homeowners run into is paying to address foundation problems. After all, they’re not exactly cheap fixes. Continue reading to learn more about what homeowner’s insurance does and doesn’t cover when it comes to the foundation. When does homeowner’s insurance cover foundation issues?... View Article

How Does Fire Affect Concrete Structures?

January 27, 2022

We all know the devastation fires cause on siding, roofs, walls and other wooden parts of a home, but we don’t always think of what those flames can do to a concrete foundation or a concrete structure in general. After all, concrete should be tough enough to handle anything, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. This post will cover what fire does to concrete and how we conduct a fire-damaged concrete assessment: Spalling: Concrete contains water, and that water turns to steam as the temperature of concrete rises in a fire. If the evaporation rate is high enough and the... View Article

What Are Solar Tubes, and Why Are They Beneficial?

January 3, 2022

What is a solar light tube? It’s a question we’ve been receiving with greater frequency as an increasing number of people are looking to start relying more heavily on solar power at their properties, both residential and commercial. Solar tubes are a type of tube designed to capture sunlight from the roof of a property and use it within a home. Solar tubes are similar in this way to solar panels: They perform the same general function, with some important differences. They’re not used to power as many types of appliances and are mostly meant to bring some natural light... View Article