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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

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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

Mold- Edmond Home Inspection

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.