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Foundation Repair- Oklahoma City home inspection

Top Tips For Foundation Repair

Foundation Repair Tips To keep Your Foundation Steady & Strong

As our Oklahoma City home inspection experts would know all too well, keeping a home’s foundation in good shape can prevent thousands of dollars in damages to the house. Early detection of foundation damage can also reduce the amount of money and effort needed to make repairs. Here are some things you can do to keep your foundation in tip-top shape:

1.) Monitor how your drainage works: Excess moisture can cause your foundation to heave, causing a host of problems. Make sure your gutters and drainage pipes are properly sized for your home and properly fitted to your house. If you don’t know how to gauge either of those things, a home inspector (like someone on our Oklahoma City home inspection team) can help as well as looking for signs of damage. If your foundation sits on sandy soil, your drainage should move water at least 5 ft. away. If your foundation rests on expansive soil, it should be 10 ft. away.

2.) Fill minor cracks with epoxy: Over time the concrete in the foundation of your home can develop fractures. These fractures weaken the structure and can lead to serious damage. You can repair these hairline fractures yourself. Start by cleaning out the crack as much as you can, then fill it in with some epoxy glue or other repair material.

3.) Perform plumbing inspections regularly: Your entire plumbing system should be inspected yearly for leaks. This includes the sewage line and sprinkler systems. Should you or the Oklahoma City home inspection expert you hired to inspect your home find any evidence of a leak, get it taken care of as soon as you can! Leaving a leak for too long can cause serious damage to the foundation and leave you having to pay thousands in costly repairs.

These are just some of the ways you can make sure your home can continue to be your home. Regular inspections are also another key factor in keeping your house in shape. If you need an inspection, feel free to give our Oklahoma City home inspection experts at Inside Out Home Inspections a call at  405-301-3321!

If you need the assistance of a professional foundation repair company, consider this trusted source:

Company Name: Triton Foundation Repair
Phone: 405-437-9031

Roofer- OKC Home Inspection

10 Important Questions To Ask A Roofer Before Hiring Them

How To Know Your Roofer Is Legitimate

Spring in Oklahoma is notorious for producing strong winds, hail, rain, and other unfavorable conditions which can wreak havoc on your roof. If you’ve noticed damage and plan to hire a roofer for repairs, there are some important details about that roofer you’re going to want to know!

To make sure you’re hiring a legitimate roofer and not just some out-of-towner looking to make a quick buck, consider asking these 10 important questions:

1.) Are you licensed? Never hire an unlicensed “professional” as you can’t guarantee their work and make sure that if they have a license that it is up-to-date.

2.) Do you have insurance? The answer you’re looking for is that they have workman’s comp insurance so that they don’t cause you trouble if they were to get injured on your property. They should also have their own general liability insurance to cover your property from any mishaps they may accidentally cause.

3.) Will you remove my old roof? Believe it or not there are those roofers who will put new shingles right over your current roof which is not only as ridiculous as it sounds, but it can cause even more problems, later. You need a roofer willing to remove the old roof.

4.) Will you install drip edge or edge metal when you install the new roof? This metal protects the wood on your roof by extending past the roof and allowing water to flow into, rather than behind, the gutters.

5.) Do you bring a container for waste material and if so where will you put it? You don’t want to be stuck cleaning up a mess of old shingles by yourself. The roofer or company should bring a container or truck to haul the waste. If they want to park in your driveway ask them what they will do if their truck or container causes your driveway to crack.

6.) What happens if inclement weather rolls in during the job? You want to know the roofer will take caution and cover cover the roof with protective tarps or plastic covers.

7.) Do you have a local phone number I can reach you at? If the roofer you’re trying to hire won’t let you call them if something goes wrong, then don’t hire them! You need to know that after the work is completed, you can still reach that roofer if need be.

8.) What is the warranty on my new roof? Don’t accept a new roof that doesn’t come along with a minimum warranty of 25 years.

9.) What will the price of replacement plywood be? If your roofer finds rotten or soft roof decking, they’ll need to replace it before putting new shingles on. You’ll want to know the cost of this repair up front so that you’re not blindsided by unfair pricing at the end of the job.

10.) Is there going to be someone on site with whom I can communicate? You want to know there is a project manager on site with whom you can communicate your concerns, should there be any.

When the storms hit, roofing in Oklahoma turns into a game of chance for a lot of people. We hope you found this list of questions to ask your roofer helpful to ensure that you get treated fairly while having your roofing needs met.

Need a professional roofer? Try one of these trusted sources:

(1.) Contact Name: Brent Wilson
Phone #: 405-923-2686

(2.) Contact Name: Christian Pacheco
Phone #: 405-468-6784

plumbing

Be Cautious About Plumbing Nightmares The Day After Thanksgiving

Avoid Plumbing Nightmares The Day After Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is busy for a lot of families with the cooking, cleaning, eating and over-use of household plumbing. The drains and toilets have the potential to become clogged with all those extra guests stopping by.

Did you know that reporters in the past have deemed the day after Thanksgiving “brown Friday” due to it being the busiest time of year for residential plumbers?

What can you do to avoid this unusual build up? You know telling your family to skip coming over isn’t going to work out so well so, instead, following a few quick tips may help you avoid plumbing nightmares the day after Thanksgiving.

1.) Instruct everyone that foods do not need to be jammed into the garbage disposal.

Some examples of the worst foods for garbage disposals include; pumpkin seeds, turkey dressing, bones, turkey skins, potato skins and onion peelings.

Another big problem is fats or cooking oils which solidify in the pipes and block water from going down.

It’s best to avoid a goopy, clogged mess. Use paper towels to soak up messes and make use of those trash bags.

2.) Try to address any toilet problems before guests arrive.

Plumbers will tell you to never use Drano type products in your toilet as it can cause some serious damage costing more to replace your entire system than it was to just snake the drain.

You can call a plumber ahead of time to make sure there aren’t any pre-existing clogs waiting to present themselves when overuse occurs.

3.) Warn guests against flushing cotton balls, baby wipes, sanitary napkins, etc. down the toilet. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

4.) Do not try to stick anything down a drain in attempt to unclog it yourself. Your chosen “tool” could break off, get stuck and make the problem worse.

If you have slow drains in showers and multiple overnight guests need to clean up, make sure there is a 15 to 30 minute wait in between usage so that water has time to drain.

If you try all these steps and you still find your plumbing becomes an issue, don’t hesitate to ask a plumber for emergency assistance.

If you need a reputable plumber, try this vetted source:

Company Name: Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak
Phone: 405-340-2000

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The Dangers Of Ignoring Fire, Smoke And Mold Damage

Fire, Smoke, And Mold Restoration

There are small problems homeowners have to deal with such as replacing appliances, but then there are enormous responsibilities like restoring damage to a home after a tragic fire or after the growth of mold.It should go without saying that ignoring the damage caused by fire, smoke and mold can be very dangerous, but just to make it crystal clear we’re going to list a few reasons why you shouldn’t drag your feet on restoring your home.

Fire and smoke damage:

Any areas where a fire was put out using water will need to be cleaned as soon as possible to avoid mold growth which can begin in as little as 48 hours.

After a fire, it should be obvious that the overall structure of a home is in danger, but the smoke damage itself is also something to consider. Other than discoloration of household objects, smoke can get into your ducts and vents.

The following are health risks caused from breathing in smoke:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Scarring in the lungs
  • Scratchy throat
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Headaches
  • Stinging Eyes
  • Runny Nose
  • Opportunistic infections in individuals with compromised immune systems

Mold damage:

Removing affected material and eliminating moisture sources is the only way to recreate a healthy environment.

If putting out a fire wasn’t the cause of mold, it’s due to another source of moisture. It’s important to know that mold grows quickly in dark, damp places such as basements, attics, and crawl spaces.

Mold is dangerous as it can cause potential structural damage and serious health risks including the following list:

  • Headaches
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Persistent cough or cold symptoms
  • Burning or irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or lungs
  • Asthma attacks
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Skin irritation
  • Allergic reactions
  • Opportunistic infections in individuals with compromised immune systems

Fire, smoke and mold damage restoration is best left to professionals. My top choice for a recommended restoration team is:

Company Name: Phoenix Restoration
Contact Name: Jada
Phone: 405-844-7700

Roof

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Roof Repairs

High Price For Skipping Roof Repairs

The last few seasons brought a lot of ice, hail, rain and other unfavorable conditions to your roof.

A lot of homeowners make the mistake of believing that if nothing bad happened to their roof during those times then they are in the clear when summer arrives.

Don’t be fooled!

There’s a high price for skipping roof repairs. The truth is that roof damage can, sometimes, be unnoticeable to the average homeowner and ignoring small problems, now, could actually hinder the roof even more in the long run.

A lot of times you might notice smudge-like marks in the shingles and think nothing is wrong when, in fact, the loosened ceramic granule particles were there to protect your roof from the sun’s harsh UV rays. If the protection is gone then that leaves the tar underneath exposed to the hot air and the sunlight.

Eventually, the tar will be melted and leave the wood wide open for water entry. Fast forward a year or so and this means big trouble.

If you think it’s a hassle to call your insurance provider with a claim for damage after a storm, imagine what it would be like to tell them that a portion of your roof caved in.

According to data gathered from ImproveNet, the average cost of storm, wind and hail damage is $5,757. If flooding were to take place the cost to refurbish the home would depend on the extent of the damage.

Some people can testify paying for damages up to $70,000. We don’t think it’s in anyone’s best interest to pay that much due to neglecting their roof repairs. It’s probably best to bite the bullet and call a roofer at the first sign of damage rather than wait until it’s much too late.

For safety reasons, we don’t recommend anyone climbing onto their own roof. The good news is that some roofers will offer you a free inspection before you decide to spend any money.

Need a professional roofer? Try this trusted source:

Name: Brent Wilson
Phone #: 405-923-2686

Edmond home inspection

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!

Oklahoma City Home Inspection

Oklahoma City Home Inspection: Earthquake Damage Or Not?

Oklahoma City Home Inspection: Structural damage

While your home is a strong, intricate structure there are many factors that cause the exterior (and sometimes the interior) of the home to change. While some of these changes are obvious, other times it can be a little difficult for homeowners to recognize potentially hidden issues. Recently, it seems that Oklahoma has gained a bit of a reputation with all the reoccurring earthquakes that we keep having. Oklahoma City home inspections have led me to see a lot of different types of structural damage, but much of the time it has nothing to do with earthquakes.

Keep in mind, my Oklahoma City home inspections are from top to bottom, therefore; I see it all. The truth is, I see a lot of things that most homeowners don’t believe are really there, because they haven’t ever taken a good look to see the damage themselves. It’s probably true of most homeowners that there is a “blind spot” of your home that you never go to. It’s not the side of the house with the water hose, the garage door leading to the backyard or even the shed. It’s, generally, a corner on the side of the house that you never really looked at.

These earthquakes are causing more and more people to call about Oklahoma City home inspections, however; some homeowners feel compelled to search their own house after an earthquake hits. When they find tiny cracks on the side of their house they automatically think it was caused by the earthquake. Not to say that these earthquakes won’t get worse and that earthquake insurance isn’t important (we just never know these things and by all means check with your insurance agents), but to be one hundred percent honest a lot of the structural damage that I find is preexisting of these earthquakes.

A thorough Oklahoma City home inspection will be the only way to be sure that I can identify any structural weaknesses that may not be obvious to the homeowner. A property inspection is advisable, even as a precaution, if any structural damage is spotted inside or outside a house.

About me:

I’m Jan Banks of Inside Out Home Inspection Services. I do Oklahoma City home inspections in the metro to include a 50 mile radius. I am dedicated to serving all customer inspection needs across this greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area. I have over 20 years experience in the construction industry as an estimator, job superintendent and a licensed General Contractor.