Destructive Testing Reveals Real Source of a Deck Leak-It Was the Roof that Done It, With Help From The Electric Box on The Wall

A client (as well as myself) had been stymied by a recurring leak on a deck. Over the last couple weeks of rain, they had water leaking in to their family room below, causing damage to the drywall and finishes. Moisture meter testing found high elevations of water in the wall and ceiling below the … Continue reading Destructive Testing Reveals Real Source of a Deck Leak-It Was the Roof that Done It, With Help From The Electric Box on The Wall

Grover Beach Homeowner Loves Our Services, Gives Five Stars On Yelp!

Our last client of 2016 has nothing but nice things to say about my service and professionalism regarding a deck inspection I performed for him. Ben P of Grover Beach had a leak develop in/around a second floor deck over living space that he discovered after the recent rain storms. Barry Stone, House Detective, referred … Continue reading Grover Beach Homeowner Loves Our Services, Gives Five Stars On Yelp!

Property Mgt Company Pays $1,600,000.00 to Settle Balcony Collapse Lawsuit

Property Managers, property management companies cannot afford to ignore inspecting and maintaining decks and balconies; a recent lawsuit settlement illustrates this lesson all to well. Wolfe & Associates in Santa Barbara received a termite report that detailed multiple issues with a deck, they ignored the report and failed to make repairs to the dangerous deck … Continue reading Property Mgt Company Pays $1,600,000.00 to Settle Balcony Collapse Lawsuit

We Now Offer Low Cost Destructive Testing of Decks to Owners

Having heard several horror stories of owners with roof decks and balconies being the victims of high pressure sales tactics by Deck Tech Inc of Grover Beach has led us to the conclusion that clients need an alternative. I'm pleased to announce our new service to owners-limited destructive testing of deck assemblies and adjacent building … Continue reading We Now Offer Low Cost Destructive Testing of Decks to Owners

Dana Point Homeowner Hires SLO Deck Expert for Report on Newly & Poorly Installed Deck

Your remodeling project is winding up, the newly enlarged deck is done and you're ready to put new furniture out on it and you notice a poorly done finish. You look harder at it and while you're not an expert, you sense something isn't right. That's how a recent inspection job came to be for … Continue reading Dana Point Homeowner Hires SLO Deck Expert for Report on Newly & Poorly Installed Deck

One “Little Leak” Leads to Our Discovery of Massive Failures of a Tufflex Deck in Santa Barbara

"I have a small leak" said the owner, "Will you help locate it and recommend a fix?" With that start, SLO Deck Inspector's Bill Leys was retained by the owner of an upscale home in the hills of Santa Barbara to investigate a leaking Tufflex deck covered in tile. My investigation of the leak found … Continue reading One “Little Leak” Leads to Our Discovery of Massive Failures of a Tufflex Deck in Santa Barbara

SLO Deck Inspector Retained as a Third Party Observer in Seaside CA

When a Seaside CA property owner started planning the rehab of an mixed use building, one important aspect was new waterproofing of the podium deck. The owner knew that he had one chance to have the work done correctly. Over a one year planning period we convinced him to add to his budget a fee … Continue reading SLO Deck Inspector Retained as a Third Party Observer in Seaside CA

CSLB Rules Say Contractors Who Offer Home Inspection Services & Then Contract For The Repair Work is Illegal

Contractors need to be aware of the pitfalls of offering home inspection type services to real estate agents, buyers and sellers. The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) regulates home inspections even though no license is required to perform home inspections. CSLB  clearly defines home inspection services as "a non invasive physical examination, performed for a … Continue reading CSLB Rules Say Contractors Who Offer Home Inspection Services & Then Contract For The Repair Work is Illegal

Do You Have a Failing DeckTech “Granite Deck” System?

A lot of my consulting business lately has been centered on DeckTech's "Granite Deck"  system.  With good reason too-in our years of seeing the product applied to plywood decks I had many concerns with it. Decktech claimed on their website (they don't advertise this product anymore) that the product was "unlike any other" and it was "Class A" … Continue reading Do You Have a Failing DeckTech “Granite Deck” System?

Deck Inspection Finds Railings Lacking

Deck safety is a top concern here at SLO Deck Inspector. If you follow me on Twitter (@SLODeckExpert) you know I tweet a lot about deck collapses and accidents; many of which happen because of poor construction. So when a scheduled deck inspection in Atascadero took place, I carefully inspected the deck and railings. Code requires railings … Continue reading Deck Inspection Finds Railings Lacking