Preparing for Freezing Weather

Preparing for Freezing Weather

FREEZING WEATHER When it looks like we are about to get into some freezing weather, the first thought that comes to mind is if you have adequately protected your home.  You may have some special considerations for your home, depending upon what systems you have and...

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Foundation Repair?

Foundation Repair?

One of the biggest concerns when looking at buying a house is the performance of the foundation.  If you are unsure if a foundation has been repaired one way you can tell is to look for patches in the flat work concrete outside or interior floors. The photograph for...

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Plumbing Drain Testing

Plumbing Drain Testing

Drain Testing-What are the Risks? Plumbing drain testing has become a common occurrence when purchasing an older home known or suspected to have been built using cast iron for drain lines.  In older homes in the Houston area, those built before the 70s, cast iron was...

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City of Houston Approves New Flood Plain Rule

City of Houston Approves New Flood Plain Rule

The Houston City Council has approved a rule that will require homes and business in the City of Houston located within the 100-year floodplain to be built two feet above the 500-year floodplain to mitigate flooding to structures.  This mirrors the requirement passed...

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DEALING WITH DIFFICULT CONTRACTORS

DEALING WITH DIFFICULT CONTRACTORS

By: Gary J. Caruso, P.E. R.S.   Criterium-Caruso Engineers. Dealing with a contractor requires some understanding of what they do and who they are as persons.  To understand your contractor, you have to understand that contracting is a very difficult, risky and...

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