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The Damp Realities of Doglegs

Feb 25, 2021 7:45:00 AM Christina Wilson

In the DC area, homeowners likely know all about "doglegs" built into many historic two to three-story rowhouse homes, which share at least one wall side with their neighbor's house. Doglegs were..

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Clean Rain Gutters Now for a Trouble-Free Winter

Dec 17, 2020 12:32:00 PM Christina Wilson

One of the most damaging things we see that allows water to invade homes begins before the cold winter months start. Some simple maintenance can prevent this serious problem from developing...

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When It Rains It Pours: Water Penetration via Failing Brick and Mortar

Dec 3, 2020 8:45:00 AM Christina Wilson

Stately old homes are a thing of beauty. Historic neighborhoods, like those in Washington DC, boast many brick homes built in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. These homes require..

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Water and Your Brick Chimney

May 8, 2020 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Your chimney is more than just a silent black hole of mystery. A chimney performs a number of vital functions for the safety and comfort of your home. A simple outward appearance doesn't tell the..

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What Causes Bulging in Brick Walls?

Feb 6, 2020 3:43:25 PM Christina Wilson

As winter turns to spring and warmer temperatures draw us outdoors, you may spot a bulge in your exterior brick walls. This is masonry issue that are not uncommon among old brick buildings in..

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Those Picturesque Icicles on Your Roof Mean Trouble

Dec 13, 2019 2:32:27 PM Christina Wilson

Many love the appearance of icicles hanging along the eaves of an old house, but those icy formations mean something ominous is also forming on your roof – ice dams. Freezing weather and plenty of..

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What Happens When There is Water Damage to Mortar?

Nov 21, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

The battle between moisture and structural deterioration has lasted since man first erected a structure, and it will continue. Masonry systems are designed to prevent the intrusion of natural..

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What Should I Know About Water Damage to Old Brick?

Aug 15, 2019 1:43:17 PM Christina Wilson

As a preservationist I love the enduring exterior brickwork of the Washington DC area's 100-year-old brick buildings.  Whether single owner homes or multiple units, the rich sense of history..

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What Is the Best Way to Deal With Bulging Brick Walls?

Mar 28, 2019 4:41:58 PM Christina Wilson

 

When the winter season is over, owners of old brick homes in the Washington DC areas are advised to inspect the exterior walls of the structures. One of the things to look for is any bulges in..

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How to Prevent Damage from Ice Dams

Jan 31, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Winter. There’s no avoiding the harsh weather, with its freeze and thaw patterns. While walkways and steps demand immediate attention, there is also the problem of ice forming on the eaves of our..

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