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WickRight serves Chicago and the following neighborhoods:
Andersonville, Bridgeport, Brighton Park, Bucktown, Edgewater, Forest Glen, Gold Coast, Goose Island, Hyde Park, Irving Park, Jefferson Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Logan Square, Magnificent Mile, Near North Side, Near West Side, Norridge, North Center, Norwood Park, Printer’s Row, Old Town, Ravenswood, River North, River West, Rogers Park, Roscoe Village, State Parkway, Streeterville, Uptown, Ukranian Village, West Loop, West Town, Wicker Park

WickRight also serves the following suburbs:
Addison, Arlington Heights, Bannockburn, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Bartlett, Berwyn, Bloomingdale, Brookfield, Buffalo Grove, Carol Stream,  Clarendon Hills, Country Club Hills, Countryside, Deerfield, Deer Park, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Evanston, Forest Park, Glen Ellyn, Glencoe, Glendale Heights, Glenview, Glenwood, Grayslake, Hawthorne Woods, Hickory Hills, Highland Park, Hinsdale, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Kenilworth, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Lincolnwood, Linderhurst, Lisle, Long Grove, Medinah, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, North Riverside, Northbrook, Oak Brook, Oak Forest, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge,  River Forest, Rolling Meadows, Roselle, Sauk Village, Skokie, Streamwood, Vernon Hills, Western Springs, Westmont, Wheaton, Wheeling,  Wilmette, Winnetka, Wood Dale, Woodridge

HSH Inspections

Dale Kopp
Certified Home Inspector
Dan Cullen
Licensed/Certified Home Inspector
Home Inspections by Kopp

A1 Property Inspection Corp.
Domicile Consulting
Kurt Mitenbuler

Your Nose Knows

Like it or not, we all know instinctively what MOLD smells like. All buildings have mold. What matters is the following: type of mold, amount of mold, where is the mold forming and why.

Mold needs two things to live and grow – food and water.  The food mold lives on is cellulose – wood products and drywall.  The water comes from many sources – rain, condensation and humidity. The water is stored in the wood products, like joists, framing lumber and plywood roof decking. Condensation forms on steel framing and copings. And rain water and humidity is held in insulation, concrete block and brick.

white stains,  musty smells...

Recognize the Signs of Water Damage in Chicago – WickRight Stops Leaks

Trust Your senses!

White Stains on Walls?

Sagging Ceilings? Moldy Smell? 

Take Action Now!

William Decker
Licensed/Certified Master Inspector
"I have, personally, seen this product installed on a number of buildings and find it to be one of the most innovative construction products, ever.  

It solves both the problems of flashing and venting, all in one." 

WickRight Parapet Vent® is a Patented Product owned by WickRight, Inc.  WickRight Coping VRS™, WickRight Capstone VRS™, WickRight Roof VRS™, WickRight Hip VRS™, WickRight Valley VRS™ and WickRight Perimeter VRS™ are Patent Pending products owned by WickRight Inc.

WickRight Parapet Vent® is a registered trademark of WickRight, Inc.  WickRight™, WickRight Vapor Release Systems™, WickRight VRS™, WickRight Coping VRS™, 
WickRight Capstone VRS™, WickRight Roof VRS™, Wickright Breathe-Weep™, WickRight Hip VRS™, WickRight Valley VRS™, WickRight Perimeter VRS™,
Buildings Breathe Right™ are trademarks of WickRight Inc.

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"My client was smelling musty wafts.  When we opened the top of the wall to investigate, we could see water trapped below.  We didn't think fast enough to catch it in a bucket, but it's fair to estimate 3 gallons poured out of this section of the wall.  Then we pulled the rest of the copings, and found more cells filled with water.  After all the water was drained, we installed WickRight Coping VRS, WickRight Parapet Vent ® Copings and Interior Wall Assembly and a custom version of the WickRight Roof VRS.  The last time we checked, the building was completely dried out."  

– Bob Kelly, Owner WickRight Inc.

Signs 2 & 3 – Parapet-itis and Pre-Pancaking, Old Town

Sign 1 – Efflorescence - Old Town

Stains stand out on red brick, old and new – one of the tell-tale signs of water damage in Chicago. This does not mean that brick is more prone to moisture absorption or water damage than other masonry.  It's just easier to see.

Sign 1 – Efflorescence - Gold Coast

Sign 1 - Efflorescence - Lincoln Park

Wet Split Face Block buildings typically look wet.  Staining may be less obvious than on brick, but the damage is typically far more severe.

Moisture Intrusion Specialists We Trust...

WickRight works with many Moisture Intrusion Specialists and Home Inspectors that are knowledgeable and trustworthy; including those listed below.  This is NOT paid advertising.  WickRight only recommends persons/businesses that we have done business with many times and on multiple projects.  You can also check and to find certified inspectors in your area.

Sign 1 — Efflorescence

The first sign a masonry building has porous exterior walls and inadequate ventilation is Efflorescence – a white, chalky stain on the exterior of masonry buildings.
Efflorescence occurs when moisture has nowhere else to go, and weeps out through the face of the masonry, bringing with it mineral deposits which causes staining. These stains are usually near windows and doors, but also in random spots toward the upper floors.
Take a drive through Chicago and look for efflorescence on residential, commercial and municipal masonry buildings. In many neighborhoods more than 30% of the buildings will have this telltale marking.
When owners notice efflorescence, they typically call a Professional Sealer. While it is important to seal some masonry, this is not the proper time. Sealing the exterior of a wet building prior to repairing water damage and adding ventilation can cause even more damage.
If the walls are sealed now, one of two things may occur –
1. Moisture escapes IN and water may leak from the ceilings on the top floor, near windows and doors, and possibly from the electrical outlets.
2. In the winter, the water may build up behind the face of sealed brick, freeze and crack the face off the brick.
It is important to have your building assessed by a Moisture Intrusion Specialist or Home Inspector. They can determine the root of your building’s problems and offer referrals for the proper repair specialists.
To find a qualified Moisture Intrusion Specialist or Home Inspector, scroll down.

Sign 2 — Parapet-itis

Parapet-itis occurs when the parapets of flat-roofed masonry buildings do not have proper drainage and ventilation. Moisture breeds mold that decays wood trusses or ceiling joists, wall studs, furring strips, insulation and drywall.
During this stage a musty-moldy smell may be present. The air may not be healthy. Do not delay calling an inspector and hiring a CERTIFIED Mold Remediation Specialist if recommended.
Parapet-itis is the name Joe Lsturibek (Building Science Corporation) gave to this condition.  Mr. Lsturibek is a building science thought-leader and we have learned a great deal from his articles and videos.  Click here to read more about Parapet-itis

Sign 3 — Pre-Pancaking

If a ceiling starts to sag, call an inspector immediately. Sagging occurs when moisture-laden trusses or joists begin to rot away. If this support system rots through completely, pancaking may occur.
Pancaking is when an upper story of a building falls to the story below. This may result in catastrophic property damage, condemned buildings and possible fatalities. This may sound extreme, however inspectors in Chicagoland are finding rotting trusses and ceiling joists on a regular basis. Some inspectors are concerned that pancaking is going to become commonplace.
Decker Home Services
​Office: 847-676-8393
Cell:    847-609-2345

Ross Naeg
Charles W. McKiel
Licensed/Certified Master Inspector
Robert Casey
Licensed Home Inspector
Vintage Inspector
Cell: 773-759-1578
Lucas Weigle
ASHI Member
Chicago Building Inspections


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