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Protect your plumbing this Brown Friday

You’ve heard of Black Friday, where hordes of shoppers descend on stores to snag the best deals of the year. But there’s another Friday that fewer talk about, but it’s effects can be seen everywhere, Brown Friday. The day after thanksgiving where plumbers across the nation are at their busiest fixing plumbing systems that have cracked under the pressure of Thanksgiving. There are lots of reasons why plumbing systems are under increased pressure during thanksgiving. Friends and relatives are in town, more food is being disposed of and, obviously, toilets are in high demand. The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest of the year for plumber, even more so then Christmas. Here are some way you can avoid falling victim to Brown Friday:

Spread out shower time: It’s not just the food and toilet use that strains a plumbing system, if you have a large number of people staying the night your showers might also take a beating. Ask guests to spread out their showers by 10-15 minutes, this will allow your drainage system time to do it’s job and make way for the next shower.

Don’t throw everything in the disposal: Instead, scrape leftover food from plates, pots, and other dish ware into the trash. Lots of food disposal can mean you miss the bits of food, like turkey bones and other hard scraps, that can clog and damage a disposal unit.

Put a plunger and waste basket in all your bathrooms: More of a common courtesy than anything else, no one wants to make the walk to the other bathroom with the plunger in it explaining that they clogged the toilet.

Don’t flush wet wipes and cotton balls down the toilet: Materials like these can clog up toilets fast and be hard to remove.

If your still in need of plumbing repair on Brown Friday, gives this reputable plumber a call:

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

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

green lawn- Edmond home inspection

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.

A/C unit- Edmond Home Inspection

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.

Hail Damage- Edmond Home Inspection

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.

Firestops

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!