Fall Home Maintenance- Oklahoma City Home Inspection

Oklahoma City Home Inspection Tips: Fall Home Maintenance

Oklahoma City Home Inspection: Beginning a new season

It’s that time of year again! Everywhere you look you’re either already seeing or will be seeing lots of fall colors! The orange, brown and yellow leaves provide a crunchy rustling under your feet and the crisp, cool air greets you when you leave the house. By now school routines are well underway and I have a list of Oklahoma City home inspection things to take care of. The feeling of fall has settled in and October feels as though it is already threatening to end seemingly as soon as it began. Your Oklahoma City home inspection source has been thinking about fall home preparations and maintenance tips. In case you haven’t started your fall home maintenance here is a list to get you up to speed.

Oklahoma City home inspection fall home maintenance tips:

1.) Clean out your gutters so they’ll get rid of water as they should.
2.) Test your heater to make sure it works.
3.) Clean out your dryer ducts to prevent fires.
4.) Check the exterior for peeling paint, because damage can leave your home unprotected.
5.) Re-caulk around windows and door frames to keep heat inside.
6.) Check the roof for any damage to ensure safety throughout fall and winter.

There isn’t anything worse than going into the cold, rainy season with a damaged roof. This is especially true if you don’t even realize the problem until it’s a much larger one! As far as the other tips go, they all have important purposed. For example, getting your windows and doors sealed up is a smart idea to conserve energy during the cold months. The exterior paint can’t protect your home if it is chipped. Not allowing gutters to drain properly forces water build up too close to your home’s walls and roof. This can lead to long-term problems such as mold, rot or damage which will result in costly home repairs. Finally, the heater is important for obvious reasons. Due to my experience and knowledge about the average Oklahoma City home inspection I can honestly say it is worth taking time out of your busy schedule to ensure that this checklist is completed. Doing so will save time and money in the long run. As your Oklahoma City home inspection expert, I also feel that aside from these basic tips, I should encourage people to check their carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. I hope these fall home maintenance tips will help get you and your home prepared for the rest of fall.

GFI- Oklahoma City Home Inspection

Oklahoma City Home Inspection: Testing GFI Buttons

Helpful Information From The Oklahoma City Home Inspection Source

Unless you’re an electrician by trade or conduct Oklahoma City home inspections on a regular basis, you may not have any clue what GFIs are. Most often there are special looking electrical outlets which are most often placed in bathrooms and kitchens. To my trained eye, as the Oklahoma City home inspection source, I know they’re in those areas of the home, because they are meant to protect people from electrocution. You have probably recognized them as the outlets with the little “test” and “reset” buttons on them. The technical term for the special outlets are ground-fault circuit interrupters, more often referred to as GFCIs or GFIs. From an Oklahoma City home inspection point of view, today I am going to talk about the importance of testing your GFIs.

Testing your GFIs is important to make sure that the device is still sensing properly or is capable of stopping electrocutions. To test the GFI is simple, just push the test button, which should make the reset button pop out. Anything plugged in at this point should also not function, because when you push the test button the electrical current is suppose to cease to the source. If your plugged in item does not function, your GFI is on the right track to doing it’s job. Next, unplug the tested item and then push the reset button.

On behalf of my Oklahoma City home inspection wired brain, I will also inform you that some GFIs are simply too old to rely solely on the reset button. To be more precise, if your home’s GFIS are older than 2006, you will have to use a special GFI tester. These are devices that plug in to the wall in order to test the electrical current.

Tip #1 from the Oklahoma City home inspection lady: The GFI or GFCI outlet testers for the older outlets can be found at stores like Home Depot or Lowes.

Tip #2 from the Oklahoma City home inspection lady: If your GFI still doesn’t function properly after testing, you may have a more serious underlying electrical problem. If you aren’t an electrician, I can only caution you about attempting any electrical work on your own. Please consider hiring a professional in the event that your home has serious electrical failure.

If you’d like to know more about Oklahoma City 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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Oklahoma City Home Inspection: Dangers Of Landscapes Built Higher Than Homes

Oklahoma City home inspection: Keep your home safe

During a routine Oklahoma City home inspection, the outside of your home gets checked just as thoroughly as the inside. Did you know foundation issues may be the cause of your raised flower bed? Oh yes, Oklahoma City home inspections bring me to see many interesting things! When you build your landscape higher than your home, it can cause problems. The issue here is water.

Not only are you watering your plants, but you let mother nature’s rain do some watering, too. It’s great for the plants, but if your flower bed is higher than your home you will be watering your house, too. In my experience with Oklahoma City home inspection, I have seen the side effects of too much water entering a home’s foundation. What happens is that the stone and brick hold on to water, because they are porous materials. Then, the water just penetrates inside the stone or brick which can cause damage to the home.

Water build up can cause problems such as cracked or damaged foundation, infestations of mosquitoes and other insects, mold, erosion of topsoil that protects your foundation, staining to the exterior of your home, paint damage and even damage to your plants. As you can imagine, the damage caused by water entering the base of the home could be very costly to the home owner. If you have a basement, water could be slowly leaking into the basement.

I take Oklahoma City home inspections very seriously and I hope you’ll consider taking this advice to think twice before building your landscape higher than the level of your house. If you’re thinking about selling your home in the future, having flatter landscaping will work to your advantage and avoid the problems outlined above.

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