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Edmond Home Inspection & Seeing Potential Winter Roof Damage

Edmond Home Inspection: Harsh Weather & Your Roof 

According to a temperature outlook, released by The Weather Channel Professional Division, a colder than average winter may be in store for some! January tends to be the month when the winter storms really hit. The predicted temperature drops are said to occur in the Southwest, Southern Plains, Southeast and East Coast. What does this mean for your Edmond home inspection team? It means we’ll be looking closely at potential winter roof damage. With colder temperatures comes the opportunity for more rain, freezing and heavy snows. These harsh weather conditions translate to potential damage for your home’s roof. Let’s take a look at some of the common things that could happen to your roof during the winter.

1.) Leaks: As temperatures cool down and warm up, the repeated freezing and thawing process increases risk of damage to your roof. Water has the capability of seeping into a crack and freezing. This expands the crack, leading to leaks. Areas of major concern include drains, downspouts, seams and areas where snow drifts can accumulate.

2.) Weight: Snow can add up to 20 pounds of weight per cubic foot! It can add up to be closer to 60 pounds per cubic foot when snow thaws and turns into ice. The roof is considered unsafe if you notice bending shingles, cracking or other abnormalities.

Over time your roof won’t be able to withstand the torture any longer. You’ll get the most out of your roofing system and add years to its life by having scheduled maintenance, keeping ice and snow away from important parts of the roof, and having regular inspections. If you need assistance with any Edmond home inspection needs, don’t hesitate to give me a call.  You can reach me @ 405-301-3321 for Edmond home inspection needs.

Stay safe and warm this winter!

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Edmond Home Inspection Topic: Finding Mold

Edmond Home Inspection: How we find mold

If an Edmond home inspection were to be happening around this time, a major checkpoint on the list would be for moisture in the walls, near windows, etc. Perhaps you already know where this going and why I’d be checking them, but I feel it necessary to drive this point home. When completing an Edmond home inspection I’ll look for mold or possible signs that your home has areas conducive to mold growth.

If you don’t have mold already, I’ll check to make sure there are no cracks near windows. If you do have cracks or open areas near windows this is a main concern, because water can enter. If water is allowed to enter the cavities of walls that can turn into very bad news for potential homeowners or sellers. What’s so tricky about mold is that it can spread quite quickly. It has been estimated that mold can begin growing within 48 hours of moisture build up. Mold is very dangerous as it can cause potential structural damage, environmental concern and serious health risks.

How will we know if your home has mold? During an Edmond home inspection, we will use Infrared technology called thermography to scan interior surfaces of a home without having to tear into walls. The infrared camera can reveal excess moisture due to plumbing leaks, roof leaks, leaks around windows, etc. Wet areas of materials cool when energy is transferred during the water evaporation process; therefore, a wet (“cooler”) area will stand out from the surrounding dry (“warmer”) surface.

To discuss what the next steps are if the potential for mold is found would have to be in person, because the solution depends on the severity of the problem. I just hope that this information gives someone out there a chance to fix their air/water leakage problems before it comes down to mold remediation.

About me:

I’m Jan Banks of Inside Out Home Inspection Services. I provide Edmond home inspection services. I am dedicated to serving all customer inspection needs across this Edmond area. I have over 20 years experience in the construction industry as an estimator, job superintendent and a licensed General Contractor.

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One Common Flaw Spotted During An Edmond Home Inspection

Edmond Home Inspection: What is the problem and how to fix it?

During this time of year, a lot of people have closed on house deals prior to the start of fall so that they can settle in before winter. One part of finalizing details on a home is obtaining an Edmond home inspection. I continue to spot one important flaw repeatedly during a routine Edmond home inspection and for that reason I felt this particular category needed to be addressed. One of the most common flaws spotted during an Edmond home inspection is related to the drainage. I know we just went through the summer and rain may not have been issue then, but I also have to think about the home’s state as it will be if something isn’t taken care of.

Flaw spotted during an Edmond home inspection: Poor drainage

The problem: If you notice that your lawn often gets soggy after an average rain or water pools up in your driveway, you have poor drainage. If water continues to build up too much then over time it can back up to your house causing eventual structural damage or immediate signs of insect infestation, rot or mold.

A solution: Gutters should have downspouts that direct water away from your house. They should be extended 6-10 feet away from your foundation. You may also consider French drain installation. With French drains water will be forced to flow downhill as the drains are slightly sloped trenches filled with round gravel and a pipe that diverts water away from your house.

It may not be raining now, but the fall and winter storms are right around the corner. If I complete an Edmond home inspection, I will recommend that you have proper drainage for the safety of the home. You can hire a professional landscaping team to take care of your drainage problems for you. It may seem like it isn’t worth the upfront expense, but in the long run what proper drainage will save your house from will be worth it!

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Healthy Lawn Tips From The Edmond Home Inspection Source

Edmond Home Inspection: Keeping your lawn green

The first part of a home that is seen by someone like myself, while completing an Edmond home inspection, is the front yard. If the purpose of having an Edmond home inspection completed is to sell your home, then you certainly want to show some respect to the landscaping. Your yard is the curb appeal, after all. It’s easy to have a healthier looking lawn in the spring, when rain water is in abundance, but it may not be so easy in the warmer months of summer. Here are a few healthy lawn tips to keep your lawn looking green this summer.

Edmond home inspection tip #1: Try to avoid walking on your grass so you don’t cause breakage and “stress” to it. Another cause of stress to grass is weeds and bugs so make sure you’re handling that by either hiring a company to spray for you or purchasing materials on your own.

Edmond home inspection tip #2: Don’t cut your grass too short just to “save you time in between mows.” That line of thinking will only leave you with scalped grass on the verge of losing it’s ability to cope with drought. Not only that, but it also opens up more possibilities for weeds and other stresses to creep in. As a good rule don’t mow off more than 1/3 the grass’s height.

Edmond home inspection tip #3: Look anywhere regarding lawns in the summer and you will find that the recommended watering time is early in the morning to avoid increased evaporating (which happens in the heat of the afternoon). Of course, you don’t want to over water your grass either so keep it to about 1 inch per week to be safe. Even more important, only keep to that measurement when it hasn’t rained.

I hope that you have found these tips helpful and that you are able to keep a green lawn this summer. Taking some time to take care of your grass will ensure that your yard looks freshly green all summer long. If you want to know more about Edmond home inspections, please feel free to give me a call at 405-301-3321.

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Edmond Home Inspection: Getting A/C Ready For Summer

Tips from the Edmond home inspection source

It’s not unexpected that warmer weather has already started to settle in, but soon the real scorching summer days are going to be here. If you haven’t started thinking about your central air conditioning unit yet, now is the time to do so. Just because your A/C functioned perfectly fine last summer doesn’t mean that zero maintenance will be needed before you start using it this summer. In the course of completing Edmond home inspections, I have seen many filters that were rarely replaced. As someone who has seen A/C problems during many Edmond home inspections, I’m going to offer up some tips to get your A/C ready for the long, warm summer.

Edmond Home Inspection Tip # 1: Air Flow

  • Keep all the areas around the vents clear for maximum air flow. This means no furniture, rugs, etc.
  • I also recommend the “open door method.” By this I mean if it is possible for you to keep bedroom doors opened, the air will flow properly rather than being strained or forced into a closed off area.

Edmond Home Inspection Tip # 2: Pests & Pets

  • Use a pesticide (an eco-friendly product, please) around the exterior of the unit to keep ants and other bugs away.
  • Keep dogs and other pets away from these units. Dogs or other animals urinating on the outside unit can cause damage.

Edmond Home Inspection Tip #3: Keep it clean

  • Be wary about mowing the lawn near the unit while the A/C is running. Blades of grass getting into the system could cause damage. It would be best to shut the thermostat off while mowing.
  • Check the unit and clean off any debris.

Edmond Home Inspection Tip # 4: Change Filters

  • This is so important! Check and change your furnace filter regularly. This area gets ignored, but is important to the efficiency of your unit.
  • Set the fan mode on the thermostat to “On” to help clean the interior air.

These are just a few quick tips, there are other things to think about such as keeping the duct work clear and kink-free, having regular maintenance check-ups and having ongoing protection of your A/C unit. Spending some time to give your unit a once over and following the tips provided could save you some heartache and money in the long run.

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Edmond Home Inspection: What Hail Really Does To Your Roof

Edmond home inspection: The damage you don’t see

I have been completing a lot of Edmond home inspections lately and I keep noticing a lot of hail damage on the roofs which have never been fixed. It occurred to me that many homeowners can’t understand why they should bother with insurance claims and replacing a roof that they can barely see any damage on. I understand that thought process, but I also know what is really going on with your roof when hail has hit. I feel, as your Edmond home inspection specialist, that I should explain a bit more about what hail really does to your roof.

From the Edmond home inspection client point of view: What you see

Chances are what you see when you go outside and look at your roof is, at best, some very tiny smudge marks in the gritty, sandy textured part of your asphalt shingles. Sometimes, just from a ground view it can be hard to see anything at all. This often causes homeowners to think nothing is wrong with their roof after hail has hit.

From the Edmond home inspection professional point of view: What the inspector sees

When I see those smudge marks, what I see are dents, divots or loosened ceramic granule particles. Those particles are there to protect your roof from the sun’s harsh UV rays. Over time, those particles will be knocked off or washed away. In Oklahoma, the wind and rain play a large role in this (and we all know how very windy it can be)! When enough of the ceramic granules disappear, it leaves the tar underneath exposed and it will be melted by the sun! After the tar melts, the wood is wide open for water entry and that is when leaks begin.

Edmond home inspection tip:

You should have your roof inspected after any major hail storm to identify the location of potential damage. You don’t want to wait until there is a serious problem to get things taken care of, because waiting for the leak to make it inside your home will do external and internal damage.

About me:

I’m Jan Banks of Inside Out Home Inspection Services. I do Edmond home inspections. I am dedicated to serving all customer inspection needs across this Edmond area. I have over 20 years experience in the construction industry as an estimator, job superintendent and a licensed General Contractor.

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Edmond Home Inspections & Attic Firestops

Edmond home inspections: Increasing attic safety

In my many adventures of Edmond home inspections, I have seen quite a few unsafe attic spaces. It is important to know that sometimes the building code is not retroactive, because many homes would be in violation of the building code each time the code was updated. Of course, I wouldn’t be doing my job on Edmond home inspections if I didn’t check the attic. Even if you aren’t selling your home or don’t have to worry about being up to code, it’s still a good idea to be safe! If you ask any fireman with experience, they are sure to tell you that firestops are a life saver.

As I kick off another month of Edmond home inspections, I just know there are going to be some attics out there that don’t have firestops. It’s important to have firestops, because without them, the space between each wall stud will act as a funnel and accelerate the flames of a fire. The concept of firestops seems like it would be self-explanatory, right? It is as easy as that, in fact. Firestops do what their name suggests; they halt the spread of fire from one section of a structure to another. Perhaps you’d like to check in and see if you have firestops. As your leading lady for Edmond home inspections, I’m here to keep you informed. Here are a few things fire stops can be made from:

1.) Firestop mortar: Cements made from lightweight aggregate.
2.) Intumescent: Flame-retardant materials, such as graphite, hydrates, and sodium silicates.
3.) Firestop pillows: These items contain various flame-retardant and intumescent substances, such as rockwool or graphite. They are filled loosely inside of a fiberglass fabric case that resembles a small pillow.

Firestop pillows can be combined with other fire stopping materials and be inserted into openings in firewalls. Together or separate they can all be helpful in stopping the spread of fire. I hope that after reading a little more about attic firestops, you will come to understand why they are a necessary safety feature. Give me a call (405-301-3321) to find out more, or if you feel you need an Edmond home inspection!

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Edmond Home Inspections: Having Proper Attic Ventilation

Edmond home inspections: Attic air flow

In just a few days, Spring will be here and temperatures will be changing! Just as the new season kicks in people are wanting change, too. A lot of people are going to be in the market to sell and buy homes starting around this time of year. This means Edmond home inspections are certain to take place and one thing I will be looking for while inspecting a home, is the attic ventilation.

Do you have proper attic ventilation? Do you wonder why this is even significant? Since being experienced with Edmond home inspections is my job, I will be happy to share my knowledge with you so that you will have a heads up going into your Edmond home inspection!

Believe it or not, there has to be a good combination of insulation for warmth and some way to allow cold air to enter the attic in order to have the most energy-efficient home and to avoid any damage from moisture build up. It may seem a little silly to add insulation for warmth and then intentionally permit cold air to enter the attic through vents, but this arrangement is the best solution.

From my Edmond home inspection “point of view,” I am looking for these things for a few reasons. Here is why:

Cold months: In the colder months, the natural flow of outdoor air ventilates the attic to keep it cold, which sounds strange, but it helps reduce the potential risk of ice damming. The phenomenon of ice damming is when snow melts off of a roof from an attic that is too warm then re-freezes at the edge of the roof, near the gutters, causing an ice dam that can be destructive to the roof.

Warm months: In the warmer months, proper insulation and air sealing is important. The insulation will resist heat transfer into the house. The natural air flow in a properly vented attic moves overly hot air out of the attic, protecting roof shingles and removing moisture. The moisture build up can lead to damaged shingles and other roofing materials as well as a buildup of condensation and growth of mildew and mold.

I hope that after reading a little more about why proper attic ventilation is necessary, that you will consider whether your attic is being ventilated properly. If it isn’t, now is as good a time as any to get that corrected. You could just think of it as part of your Spring cleaning checklist.

Give me a call (405-301-3321) to find out more, or if you feel you need an Edmond home inspection!