About Us

HOUSETIPS was born from an idea of educating homeowners about the function of systems and features in their house. We want to share our knowledge and experience with you, so you know “how things work” in your house and observe conditions when things go wrong. As forensic engineers, plan designers and contractors specifically working in the residential market, we have observed failure pathways because of natural degradation, neglect, and material incompatibility. Our mission is to empower homeowners through education.

Meet Our Team

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MICHAEL LEBAS, PE

Michael leads the team with a history of home inspections, structural assessments, and forensic engineering investigations. As a former licensed home inspector, Michael performed thousands of home inspections and earned an outstanding reputation as a leader in the home inspection industry. As such, he was asked to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors and honored to be elected Chairman of the Board for three of his six years of service. Performing home inspections offered Michael a unique opportunity to study failure origins in houses. As a Registered Professional Engineer, Michael assists homeowners with structural engineering assessments and water intrusion investigations helping homeowners identify problems and establish practical repair programs for their houses. As a member of the Board of Directors of a local Home Builders Association, Michael works closely with building contractors and associates to manage governmental compliance matters as well as educate the residential construction industry on the ever changing regulatory demands of the industry.

GORDON MCDOWELL

As a graduate of Louisiana State University Architectural Program with decades of service in the planning, designing, and construction of residential properties, Gordon has achieved a high degree of proficiency in residential house construction and building diagnostics. As a former Deputy Building Official and Senior Plan Reviewer, Gordon administered governmental oversite on residential construction compliance and plan reviews. Through this endeavor, Gordon refined his skills in identifying plan deficiencies while also gaining exposure to the challenges of system integration of residential houses. With this knowledge, Gordon systematically evaluates failures in houses delivering conclusive outcomes to clients. In turn, the clients learn about problems in their house while obtaining a reliable “path forward” to remediate problems.

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When you think about a home, what is one of its most important parts? The walls, floors, basement? One of the most essential parts of any home is the roof! But what happens if it begins to sag?

You may be wondering what I'm talking about. What's a sagging roof? How can you identify the cause of a sagging roof?

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We can all agree that having your power go out during a storm is not ideal.

Along with downed power lines, there are six other common outdoor electrical issues you should be aware of.

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Battling electrical issues, leaking ceilings, cracked floors, or sagging roofs? HOUSETIPS will help you with the fight!

Whether you seek advice, tips, or information on how your home's issues came about, I've got you covered. With a variety of topics and an abundance of articles, HOUSETIPS is the ideal place to find the answer for any questions you have about your home: housetips.net/

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1 week 4 days ago

As southern Louisiana residents, we all know the heat can be killer sometimes.

When the temperature is up, it's essential to make sure your attic has proper ventilation. Poor ventilation in your attic can lead to potential health and comfort issues.

Is your attic ventilating properly? Find out in this article: housetips.net/ventilation/what-is-attic-ventilation/

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2 weeks 9 minutes ago

One of the most important parts of any home is the foundation. The foundation supports the entire home!

What do you do if your home's foundation begins to fail? The first step is to try to identify the cause of the failure.

Discover what can cause foundation failure and what steps you should take next by visiting the article on the HOUSETIPS website today: housetips.net/structural-problems/how-do-i-repair-foundation-failure/

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