* We have worked with a number of lawyers and homeowner associations in order to help them with their construction defects issues. Some of these assignments involved the detection of the source of moisture and water intrusion and the determination of the corrective steps to be taken.
* During the past 18 years we have seen an extraordinary amount of dwellings that are having major problems. Some of these problems are due to the effects of bad siding and other problems are due to improper construction methods.
* Our firm inspects and documents what is occuring. We provide our findings in a concise and to the point report which can be useful in court as forensic evidence or as a basis of remedial action of the situation. Job site consultation and co-management of the project or portions thereof is also available.
To accomplish an inspection of this type we create a schedule of operational guidelines:
Operational Guidelines:We format to custom fit the particular need.
1.) Mission and purpose of the inspection is determined first.
2.) What determinations need to be 100% proven as opposed to supporting evidence are identified..
3.) We are non-biased agents gathering findings to be determined upon by others at another time or we make the final determinations based on your need and our experience.
4.) On occasion we are requested to be present at a given inspection time to gather our findings which we share with an environmental lab to perform various cultures, tests, and measurements. These findings are submitted to the parties that retained us for such services which they can use to compile evidentiary data.
B. Technical Testing and Tools Used by Siding Solutions, Inc., during the coarse of a typical inspection might include:
1.) Moisture Meters: We use four kinds of digital readout meters. Two non-invasive (no-pins) and two invasive (with pins) types. One of these can be calibrated at the time of metering the other electronically calibrates itself when turned on. The TRAMEX Wall detector and the Delmhorst Moisture Detector are primarily used while inspecting E.I.F.S.( Exterior Insulation Finish Systems also known as synthetic stucco).
2.) Digital Calipers: are used to obtain accurate thickness and to determine swelling that accelerates the deterioration of the hardboard sidings.
3.) Edge Checking Probes:. dimensioned after the accepted dimensions of the Amercan Plywood Association and The Engineered Wood Products Association. These are used to measure depth of fissures that generally appear on the drip edges of lap siding.
4.) Digital Camera: For photo documentation of the findings and conditions. These can be instantaneously transmitted via a modem / Internet connection for review.
General Observations: Recording and documenting every detail accurately and concise.
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3535 SW Multnomah Blvd. Suite #104 Portland, Oregon 97219
Phone: (503) 244-6610 Fax: (503) 452-0653