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Causes of Cracked Grout

It is disappointing. It is frustrating. You see your carefully applied grout begin to crack or even start to chip off and fall to the ground. What causes cracked grout and what can you do about it? Causes of Cracked Grout There are several possible reasons why your...

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Anti-Tip Range Bracket to Keep You Safe

  Anti-Tip Brackets for Ranges Anti-tip brackets are metal devices designed to prevent freestanding ranges from tipping. They are normally attached to one of the rear legs of the range or screwed into the wall behind the range, and are included in all installation...

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Proper Venting of Gas-Fueled Appliances

Gas furnace ventilation issues can be dangerous to homeowners!   Gas Venting Basics Most homeowners are aware of the need for chimney cleaning and inspection if they own a wood-burning stove or regularly use their fireplace, but many don't realize that a gas heating...

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Preventing Holiday Decorating Hazards (PSA)

While decorative lights and other electrical decorations add to the splendor of the season, they can increase the risks of fire and electrical injuries during the holidays if not used safety. Follow the basic safety guidelines outlined in this high-quality video to...

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Get your furnace tune-up now

It’s well below freezing. The ground is covered with snow. You can’t remember the last time your furnace kicked on. You try to troubleshoot, but it’s no use—your furnace has quit working. As you wait for help from HVAC professional, your home becomes very cold. To...

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Top Tips for Fire Safety

American Red Cross- Home Fire Prevention Gatlinburg Fire Incident- "The wildfire exploded on Monday, as massive walls of flames spread down the mountains into Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge with shocking speed, according to those who fled with little more than the...

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Posts not positioned correctly

Visit us and follow along to learn more about your home. We see this often when inspecting decks or porches. The issue is bearing is not correct. It becomes even more critical when the structure extends to a second story. The weight being supported by the post should...

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Verify the repairs are done correctly

Repair Verification- It isn't unusual to have a contractor quickly complete tasks you've hired them to do and not do the repair or work up to standards. Sometimes their schedules get busy or subcontractors aren't doing what the contractor expects, there are reasons to...

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Improper roof flashing

Flashing was protected by sealant only in various areas of roof covering. Using only sealant is improper roof flashing and the homeowner should consider this improper flashing temporary. Metal flashing should be used to provide more protection. Improper roof flashing...

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Poor Foundation Repairs

View the video here: Poor Foundation Repairs Sometimes people will hire a company that doesn't do work using a proven standards approach. The homeowner had a foundation issue and decided to contract with a company to repair the issue. The repair was performed and the...

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Signs of moisture and water damage

If left untreated, water damage can cost you BIG money, especially if it goes for long periods of time without recognizing and repairing the issue. Look for signs of water damage and repair areas leaking before it gets out of hand. You may clean your bathrooms...

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Mold in Attic- Common Causes

Watch Video from Link Here: Mold in Attic Cause #1: You guessed it! A leaking roof Sometimes a roof leak is bad enough that water leaks into the floors below and becomes immediately apparent. While this kind of water damage is never fun, the good news is that at least...

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Settlement

All concrete block foundations should be inspected for problems associated with settlement. Although serious settlement problems are relatively uncommon, uneven settlement can be a major structural problem in residential buildings. Indications of settlement are...

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Crawlspace Issues

Video Link: Crawlspace Issues Home's older than 50 years usually have many concerns based on several variables. Expect problems to surface as time passes especially in construction eras of the past. It is common that homes of any age will have had repairs performed...

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Lintel Damage Above Garage Opening

Watch Video: Lintel Damage Above Garage Opening Lintel damage can be a big issue for homes. Lintels are horizontal members which are placed across an opening to support the portion of the structure above it. The function of a lintel is the same as an arch or a beam....

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Water heater discharge pipe visibility

Water heaters can be very dangerous when pressure builds up. One of the features build in water heaters is a TPR valve. The TPR, or temperature/pressure-relief,  valves are installed on water heating appliances, such as boilers and domestic water supply heaters. TPR...

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Use Joist Hangers Properly

All too often rookie carpenters or do-it-yourself homeowners will not install joist hangers correctly. That’s a recipe for disaster if the joist hangers are not fit properly. They don’t have the inherent strength to support the weight from above, especially if they...

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Limitations and benefits of rolled roofing

Limitations and Disadvantages of flat roofing: Flat roofs have a number of disadvantages. The main issue is the fact that there is no slope and all the water/snow sits on the roof. While water can be taken care of with proper drainage, snow will sit on the roof until...

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Where does the water go?

Gutters & Downspouts:  Downspouts may need adjustment. Water from the roof reaches the ground through gutters and downspouts or by flowing directly off roof edges. Because downspouts create concentrated sources of water in the landscape, where they discharge is...

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Window Maintenance

Condition:  Window frames, sills and sashes should be monitored because the interior condition and hardware of windows change over time. Frame materials can include plastic, aluminum, steel, wood, plastic-clad wood, and metal-clad (steel or aluminum) wood. Window...

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Vent Clearance = Home Safety

Vents from your building gas appliances should be installed with an understanding there are requirements on clearance and types of materials to be used. Proper sizing is important due to the fact ducts will get hot and could potentially start a home fire. Combustible...

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The Importance of a WDI Inspection

If you are buying or selling a home in Indiana chances are you will need a Wood-Destroying Insect (WDI) inspection. Some sellers and agents consider the WDI inspection to be a “nit-picky” item- just another obstacle in the path to closing the deal. But the truth is...

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Notching I Joists

I-joists are engineered truss joists that are lighter and less expensive than typical floor joists. There are two parts to an I-joist, the flange and the web. The flange cannot be modified. Cutting, notching, or putting holes in the flange will weaken an I-joist. The...

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The Unseen Space Above You

The Attic An attic is an unconditioned space between the roof and the ceiling or walls of the building’s inhabited rooms. In a small house with a pitched roof, the attic is usually partially or fully accessible. In a house with a low-slope roof, it may be inaccessible...

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