New article on electric fence inspection

Electric fences are typically used on residences and farms to keep pets and livestock safe from traffic or the mouths of hungry coyotes. But more can go wrong with these systems than you might expect – dry soil impedes grounding and weakens the fence, an errant spark leaves the fence and starts a fire, or the owner designed it to be far too powerful. Lightning, too, is a major concern with these systems. To find out more about their design and hazards, read our new article on electric fence inspection.

New article on mudjacking

Mudjacking might not sound attractive, but it’s a clean, cheap and environmentally friendly way to fix uneven concrete. A slurry of sand, clay, polymers and other materials are pumped beneath the sunken concrete, which is forced to rise back into place before the slurry hardens. The alternative, which involves tearing out and replacing the old concrete, is usually a lot more expensive and cumbersome. To find our more about the process, its advantages and limitations, check out our new article on mudjacking.

New article: Concrete for Exterior and Structural Walls

Typical wood-frame homes may be less expensive and quicker to construct compared to other types, but their ability to withstand environmental threats can pale in comparison to homes that are constructed using insulated concrete forms for their structural components.  Read about the pros and cons of using these two standard construction methods, and why ICFs may come out on top, in Concrete for Exterior and Structural Walls.

New article on snow guard inspection

A cubic foot of ice weighs more than 50 pounds, which can be pretty dangerous if it slides off a roof. That’s why they invented snow guards to help retain snow and ice on the roof while it gradually and safely melts away. To read about their installation requirements, why they’re needed and how they can actually be counterproductive, take a look at our new article on snow guard inspection.

New article on Poison ivy, oak and sumac

Most people are allergic to the oil found in poison ivy – urushiol – but few people realize just how toxic it can be. 500 people can develop a rash from the amount of urushiol oil required to cover the head of a pin, and inhaled vapors of the oil can cause serious injury or death. And it’s virtually everywhere in the United States in Canada, mostly in the leaves, vines and roots of poison ivy, oak and sumac. To learn how to identify these plants, where they’re found and what you can do to protect yourself and your clients, take a look at our new article on poison ivy, oak and sumac.