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Limitations and benefits of rolled roofing

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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Seal up holes to prevent rodents from entering home

Seal up holes to prevent rodents from entering home

Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel, and rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half dollar! Prevent rodents from entering the home by checking inside and outside the house for gaps or holes. Where to look for gaps or holes inside your home...

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Where does the water go?

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

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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Vertical cracks in building foundations

Vertical cracks in building foundations

Foundation cracks, which are signs of foundation damage, can mean very different things depending on the material from which a foundation is made, the location, size, and shape of the foundation crack, and other site observations. How to Diagnose the significance of...

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Vent Clearance = Home Safety

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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Structural Strength is Important to Safety

Structural Strength is Important to Safety

When you are evaluating a deck- supports and connections are very important for safety reasons. Decks are where people tend to spend a large deal of time. Sometimes you have guests and want to spend your time outside on your deck. With each person you bring out, the...

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The Importance of a WDI Inspection

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

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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Surface Drainage Around Your Home

Surface Drainage Around Your Home

Controlling water around your home can save you thousands of dollars in repairs. You should have the surface around your home sloping away to allow the water to properly drain. Allowing the water to flow towards your home could potentially cause the water to settle...

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June is National Garage Door Safety Month

June is National Garage Door Safety Month

June is National Garage Door Safety Month. Here is a list of 10 common garage door accident types, and tips and how you can prevent them from ever happening. Playing With Garage Doors Nearly 100 children are injured each year playing with garage doors, whether riding...

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Leak in drain under home.

Leak in drain under home.

Leaks and areas of standing water are not good under a home. Moisture control and properly routing water away from the home can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in repair costs. Don’t cut corners with repairs and use the correct materials and tools for...

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Seller’s Pre-Listing Inspection

Seller’s Pre-Listing Inspection

Inspect your home yourself before issues arise. Eventually, your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Having an inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways, such as: • It...

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Should I get a home inspection?

Should I get a home inspection?

Absolutely. You’re not just buying a renovated kitchen and beautifully design screened patio, “you’re also buying ALL problems which are a part of the home in the crawlspace and in the attic,” Your home inspection is a chance to avoid these expensive problems—or, use...

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