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Flooring Issues

We often take for granted the ground that we walk on, as well as the floors. As long as they are in good repair, the surface beneath our feet does not usually cross our mind. It is important to maintain various flooring surfaces accordingly so that they can withstand life’s daily wear and tear and […]

By |November 4th, 2015|Home Maintenance|Comments Off on Flooring Issues

Chimney Preparation for Winter Use

Regular inspections are important to make sure your chimney is safe to use during the winter months. Any damage to the chimney or buildup from previous use can cause a potentially dangerous situation if it is not diagnosed and fixed. There are multiple levels of inspections that are determined by usage and other factors of […]

By |October 28th, 2015|Home Maintenance|Comments Off on Chimney Preparation for Winter Use

Clearing and Sealing Attics, Basements, and Crawlspaces

Winterization is an important part of any home maintenance routine. One part of this process is sealing off attics, basements, and crawlspaces. This can help prevent critters from moving in, keep your house warmer, and save on energy costs. You may not think about these spaces much since you don’t spend a lot of time […]

By |October 7th, 2015|Home Maintenance|Comments Off on Clearing and Sealing Attics, Basements, and Crawlspaces

Identifying Types of Wood Damage

The wood on your home is constantly being bombarded with all types of objects that could end up damaging it. These may be bugs, moisture, heat, fire, and just plain age. Learn how to spot these types of wood damage, as well as some ways to help protect your home.

Termites

Termite damage causes the wood to […]

By |September 23rd, 2015|Home Inspection Articles|Comments Off on Identifying Types of Wood Damage

How Gutters Protect Your Home’s Foundation

Why Gutters are Necessary

Gutters keep the rain water coming off the roof from landing on someone’s head, right? Incorrect; gutters are actually mean to divert rainwater to prevent problems with the house’s foundation. Too much water near the foundation of a building can have some very serious repercussions. Heavy rainfall can cause the soil around […]

By |April 28th, 2014|Home Inspection Articles|Comments Off on How Gutters Protect Your Home’s Foundation

Warning Signs of Water Damage

Catching leaks and water damage early can help lessen the chances of a large problem and a big repair bill. Sometimes damage is easy to spot, and other times it might require a little digging. The sight of the damage also might not always be the site of the problem. Some telltale signs of water […]

By |April 25th, 2014|Home Inspection Articles|Comments Off on Warning Signs of Water Damage

Cleaning and Managing Mold Growth

Where to Look

Molds are found in areas with excessive moisture. They are able to grow on virtually any surface including paper, wood, carpet, and foods.  There is a higher probability of mold growth in dark, damp areas, or after flooding.

Inside –

Indoor leaks, as well as high humidity.
Bathrooms, laundry areas, or kitchens.
Any sinks or other […]

By |March 26th, 2014|Home Inspection Articles|Comments Off on Cleaning and Managing Mold Growth

What does it mean to Winterize?

Winterizing includes anything to do with preparation for the upcoming winter season, and preventing problems that may be caused by freezing temperatures. It can be anything from draining outside water features before cold weather to adjusting curtain closing habits. Getting your home ready in the fall can save money and prevent problems in the winter.

Ways […]

By |December 2nd, 2013|Home Maintenance|Comments Off on What does it mean to Winterize?

Energy Saving Appliances For Your Home

Certain appliances are considered to be energy saving and meet the criteria for an Energy Star label. These products use less energy than other comparable appliances, which offer the same features and performance.  Energy Star appliances, such as washers, dryers and refrigerators, typically use less electricity as well as less water.

These energy efficient products are […]

By |November 15th, 2013|Green Home Improvement Tips|Comments Off on Energy Saving Appliances For Your Home

What does it mean to Go Green?

Going green is growing in popularity everywhere, but what exactly is it? “Going green” is any change toward a more eco-friendly lifestyle that works toward sustaining Earth’s resources.  This can mean anything from converting your house to solar power, to turning off the lights whenever you leave the house. Every little bit that can be […]

By |November 1st, 2013|Green Home Improvement Tips|Comments Off on What does it mean to Go Green?