by Michael Lennon
Big opportunities & deep pitfalls await you in this
HOUSE TYPES WITH TYPICAL PROBLEMS TO LOOK FOR:
SLAB RANCH HOUSE:
Higher vulnerability to termites, carpet moisture
spots, water in perimeter floor ducts.
If modified to finish the second
floor, minimal ducting or no
return. Condensation and roof
sheathing rot from insulation
stuffed between sloped
ceiling and roof sheathing. Eave-edge chimney with
smokey fireplace from poor draw.
Poor air flow in areas farthest
away from the furnace.
Crumbling brick at rear window
arches, from no gutter and
dripping water. Retrofitted to a
hot air system with poor duct
layout, either hot top floor
(furnace in bsmt.), or cold first
floor (unit on the