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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!