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Tips to prepare for Fall with Home Inspections OKC

Fall is here and Sharpshooters Home Inspections OKC is here to help Fall-Proof your home.

Fall can really wreak havoc on a home. From leaves filling gutters to pests looking for shelter from the cold, your home takes quite a beating in this beautiful season. Here are some tips from Home Inspections OKC to help get your home, and your wallet, through Fall.

Seal up Windows:

Heating and Cooling can account for up to 47% of a home’s energy costs. Proper sealing and insulation of your windows can reduce your annual energy bill by up to 10%! Air leaks in your windows and doors can be found be running your hand over these areas and feeling for drafts. Holes and gaps can be filled with Caulk to help better seal your home. Keeping cold air out and warm air in, or vice versa.

Check and Clean your gutters:

Keep your gutters clear of debris to keep them in working order. If your gutters can accommodate them, consider adding leaf guards to make the job easier. Don’t forget to check the corners of your gutters as this can hide blockages that keep your gutters from working properly. Clearing out debris like this also give pests fewer places to hide in your home.

Have your Chimney Inspected before you use it:

There’s nothing like the crackling of a real wood fire in Fall and Winter. Just be sure to have your chimney checked and cleaned before you use it this season. Burning wood creates a by-product known as Creosote. Left unchecked it can build up to dangerous levels and cause a very serious chimney fire. In addition, chimney’s can become clogged and not vent smoke properly causing smoke damage and potential carbon dioxide problems.

Sharpshooters Home Inspections OKC can inspect your homes, wells, and septic systems for damage. Give us a call today at 405-538-6007!

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4 Fall Bug Problems That Our OKC Pest Control Team Can Tackle

OKC Pest Control For Fall Bugs That Are Bugging You

It’s October and that means a lot of fall fun is bound to be had, but first you have to make sure the area is pest free, otherwise it just might ruin your merriment! There are quite a few bugs still active during this time and today our OKC pest control team will be letting you know about 4 common ones that we’ve been able to help homeowners get rid of!

1.) Flies: Many types of flies have reached their maximum population by this time and homeowners have noticed them hanging around. It’s bothersome when they’re buzzing all around your house and in your yard as you’re trying to enjoy the many fall festivities.

2.) Carpenter Ants: This species of ant is most problematic when the weather gets cooler, because they will make the walls of a home their resting place for their entire colony! This, inevitably, does structural damage to the walls of the home.

3.) Wasps: After a busy summer of building up nests, wasps that are still active in the fall are most likely seeking food which is insufficient due to resources dwindling. Be careful of accidental stings when coming into contact with hungry wasps.

4.) Stink Bugs: The stink bug will let off a smelly odor similar to pungent coriander as a defense mechanism. Imagine having an entire group of stink bugs seeking shelter from the cooler temperatures. You may be in for a foul smelling fall if these little guys invade your home

Sharp Shooter Inspection Service and Pest Control LLC. is known for both home inspections OKC and pest control services! That being said, if you have noticed any insect activity this fall, please don’t hesitate to give our OKC pest control team a call. We’d be more than happy to help control your bug problems so that your home can remain pest free this fall.

Our OKC pest control team can be reached 405-538-6007.

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Home Inspections OKC & Pest Control For Fall Preparation

Rain Making Way For Interesting Home Inspections & Pest Control Needs

Have you wondered why there are still so many pesky bugs still active at this time of the year? Our pest control and home inspections OKC team knows that during warm spring and summer months the ants, flies, wasps, spiders, and other creepy bugs have something in common; they need time to reproduce! The reason you usually start to see more pests in warmer months is because they’ve had more time to lay enough eggs and potentially produce thousands of babies. With Oklahoma’s crazy weather this year ranging from wet, damp, rainy days all the way to the extremely and unusually warm days in between it’s no wonder the fluctuating temperatures made the perfect “storm” for incubating a staggering amount of reproduction for various insect species.

Did you know it only takes one burst of wet weather, for example, to create a breeding ground for flies? The astonishing part is that flies have the capability of laying up to 900 eggs! The offspring can then hang around for nearly a month afterwards. Annoying, right? If you’ve seen an increase in flies around your home in the last few weeks, it could be a result of rainy days all the way back from the beginning of August. On the other hand, many bugs start to make their way out of their resting places when temperatures become more stable and when weeds, flowers, and grass are still alive to help the insects have places to hide and feast.

This is why after the rainy month of August, the many bugs that usually are gone by early September have stuck around. With that being said, our home inspections OKC team have a little more to look our for when we look at a home for a customer as we have to watch for standing water or places that promote even more breeding of insects. That also means that our pest control side of the business is still in full action!

As we continue to stay relatively busy this season to ward off the bugs of the last season, we’re also going to be preparing our customers for the fall. If you’re in need of assistance with checking out a home you might want to purchase, please schedule your appointment with our home inspections OKC team as soon as possible to secure a spot.

Our pest control and home inspections OKC team will be serving the OKC metro area and we’d love to add your home to our list of stops to help keep your yard protected. You can reach out to Sharp Shooter Home Inspections at 405-538-6007 to get started with your pest control and home inspections OKC services this September!

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Home Inspections OKC: The Importance Of Proper Windows

Home Inspections OKC: Explaining Egress Windows

When our home inspections OKC team is out looking at potential problems in a home one of the items on our checklist is whether there are “proper” windows. When we say proper we mean windows that follow today’s regulation codes.

If your home is older, then you may not realize that your windows do not meet the current safety standards. Even some newer homes may not be up to par with the code.

Our home inspections OKC team doesn’t check the windows to be bothersome, but instead to ensure safety. The fact is that egress windows are a requirement for homes that are now being built and, perhaps, should be considered for installment in older homes for safety reasons.

What does “egress” mean?

The word egress is Latin. It’s defined as “a way to get out of a place or the act of leaving a place”.

Egress windows are meant for emergency exiting or rescue. While completing our home inspections OKC checklist, we often see windows that not even a normal sized child could squeeze out of. You might be surprised just how many people don’t have an emergency exit plan from their bedrooms, or a way to exit from their bedrooms safely in case of a fire.

By today’s standards every residential sleeping room is required to have at least one operable window or exterior door approved for emergency exit in case of a fire. The egress windows are also required in basements with habitable space. Even if you have a basement without sleeping space, it would still be safe to have one installed. I would like to share with you from a home inspections OKC perspective more about egress windows; how they measure, why they’re beneficial and how they should function.

1.) The minimum net clear opening height must be 24 inches and the minimum net clear opening width must be 20 inches. An egress window must also have a sill height no more than 44” above the finished interior floor. It has to be large enough for you to get out of or a fully dressed fire fighter to get into!Egress

2.) Not only are they meant for safety, but egress windows are economical, because they are adding value to your home. They may also be more energy efficient than your current windows which could be allowing drafts of air in.

3.) The egress window must be operable from the inside to a full clear opening without the use of a key, tool, or special knowledge.

Any way you choose to look at it, egress windows are essential lifesaving equipment.

Final thoughts from our home inspections OKC team:

If you’re replacing a smaller window with a larger one that meets egress requirements, keep in mind that enlarging the height of the opening takes less structural work than enlarging the width.

If you’re in need of a home inspection, feel free to give our home inspections OKC team a call. Sharp Shooter Inspection Service & Pest Control LLC can be reached at 405-538-6007.

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OKC Pest Control For Killing Off Those Scary Ticks

OKC Pest Control Helps You Avoid Ticks!

We’re already well into the summer and ticks have been spotted in yards all over the Oklahoma City and Metro areas. This is why our OKC pest control team thought it would be important to inform our readers about 2 types of common ticks that have been making their presence very well known as well as the threat of diseases they carry.

A lot of people don’t ever think that a tick bite will really do anything to them, but the warning of diseases couldn’t be more real. The first type of common tick that our OKC pest control team would like to discuss is that of the deer tick, or the black-legged tick. This is the tick most known for carrying the infamous Lyme disease.

Symptoms of Lyme disease include: Fever, chills, sweats, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea, and joint pain. About 42% of cases are reported to have a bull’s-eye rash along with other symptoms. It can take anywhere from 3-30 days before symptoms even appear, but if Lyme disease is not diagnosed and treated early, it may become late-stage or chronic.

The other type of tick that our OKC pest control team would like to share information about is called the American dog tick. It is a lot more common around Oklahoma and carries tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. There are several types of tularemia, but the most commonly contracted one is Ulceroglandular tularemia.

Symptoms of ulceroglandular tularemia include: A skin ulcer near the infection, swollen lymph glands, fever, chills, headache, and fatigue. Signs of illness normally appear within 3-5 days of the bite. Sometimes, it can take up to 14 days to notice reactions.

Symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever include: Severe headache, high fever, chills, muscles aches, nausea and vomiting, restlessness, insomnia, and a rash on the wrists and ankles (usually after a few days). It takes generally up to 14 days before symptoms show up. This bacterial infection is very serious and can to damage to internal organs, such as kidneys and the heart if not treated promptly!

Now, does any of that sound like something you want to put up with? Our OKC pest control team surely wouldn’t want anyone to suffer from these horrible conditions. To prevent your yard from becoming a breeding ground for possible tick infected pests, please consider having your yard treated! Our OKC pest control team would be more than happy to help you protect you, your family, and your pets. Give us a call at 405-538-6007.

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Home Inspections OKC And Summer Pest Control Services

Sharp Shooter: The Home Inspections OKC & Pest Control Team

Imagine that you’re in the market to buy a new home. The last thing you’d want to see when walking through the yard is a swarm of insects, right? Luckily, our home inspections OKC and pest control team can take care of potential problems such as these during routine home inspection procedures. We have the upper hand, because after identifying an insect problem we are also equipped to take care of it so another pest control company doesn’t even have to be called!

Have you ever wondered why so many species of insects are more active during the summer months? Everything from ants, flies, wasps, and spiders love this humid weather Oklahoma has to offer and after the cold and rainy seasons they’ve had plenty of time to reproduce.

Besides, who doesn’t prefer to move around in the warmer months? It’s the same for house hunters looking to move. Most people do not like moving in the winter! For both the insect population and the common human behavioral preference to buy real estate in the summer, our home inspections OKC and pest control team is available to help.

As the busiest season comes to full swing, we do encourage you to schedule your OKC pest control appointment as soon as you can. While home inspections OKC is something we can usually squeeze in due to there being more time in between them, pest control schedules can get booked up rather quickly.

No matter what service you need help with, our home inspections OKC and pest control team will be serving the OKC Metro area and we’d love to add your home to our list of stops to help keep your yard free from critters (whether you’re buying, selling, or still living in the same home you have lived in for years).

You can reach out to Sharp Shooter Home Inspection Service & Pest Control at 405-538-6007 to get started with your next home inspection or pest control services this summer!

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Home Inspections OKC: Why Homeowners Should Have A Well Water Inspection

Don’t Get Sick, Get Your Well Water Tested

Whether you’re looking to buy a home with well water or you’ve already been living in a home for quite some time and you utilize well water, it’s important to have a well water inspection completed. In fact, The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) recommends well owners test their water at least once per year. Our Home Inspections OKC team knows this as it is vital for ensuring that bacteria, nitrates, and other contaminants are no longer a concern.

According to the Center of Disease Control, the U.S. has one of the safest drinking systems in the world, but that there are an estimated 32 million cases of Acute Gastrointestinal Illness (AGI) per year from drinking water systems. Here are a few tips provided by our Home Inspections OKC team to help you determine, besides buying a new home, that your well water may need to be tested:

  • There is a change in taste
  • There is an odor
  • The appearance of the water has changed
  • There is a broken well cap
  • The well has a history of bacterial contamination
  • The septic system has recently malfunctioned
  • Family members or guest have recurrent gastrointestinal illnesses
  • An infant is living in the home
  • There’s a new contamination source
  • You just want to monitor the efficiency and performance of your home water

In addition to a well water test, Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC would also recommend that the mechanical workings of the water system also be inspected. This would include the well pump, pressure tank, water treatment system, the condition of the area around the well, and the well’s proximity to potential contamination sources. The well itself should be inspected to make certain that it has a tight construction.

If you suspect that your well water isn’t safe to drink, Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC can help! We’ll test your well for the presence of E.Coli and Coliform, but we’re also able to disinfect wells that have unsafe drinking water. To reach our Home Inspections OKC team, please click here.

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Home Inspections OKC Reveals How To Prevent Cockroach Infestations

Home Inspections OKC: Cockroach Infestation Prevention Plans

Let’s face it, no one likes having pests in their home. There is nothing worse than feeling invaded in a place that is supposed to belong to you. Cockroaches are a common infestation problem and it’s not just a dirty house that causes these uninvited pests. The truth is that even a clean home will provide shelter, water and food for cockroaches. An infestation of bugs isn’t just a bother to people; they can actually cause damage by chewing on paper products, leave stains behind and cause allergies or other health problems for families. Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC is going to go over some tips to keep pests under control, whether that be from a preventative standpoint or how to take back your home.

If you don’t have pests, you can follow these preventative tips to keep it that way:

  • Store food in sealed containers.
  • Don’t leave pet food and water out overnight.
  • Tightly cover garbage cans containing food scraps.
  • Take trash out regularly.
  • Don’t let water accumulate anywhere in the home.
  • Don’t leave clutter around.
  • Close off places where pests can enter and hide.
  • Learn about the pests you have and options to control them.
  • Check for pests in packages or boxes before carrying them into your home.

If you already have pests there is a lot more to consider. A can of standard “Roach Spray” might only cost you $5-10 off the shelf, but how many have you had or will you have to purchase, because they aren’t that effective?

Truthfully, many people waste hundreds of dollars attempting to get rid of pests on their own. Unfortunately, cockroaches are persistent and off-the-shelf products are often not enough. If you’ve tried at-home remedies that failed, it’s time to call in a professional pest control company. If you want to skip all the hassle, call in a professional to begin with. Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC would be happy to help, of course! We’re not just specialized in Home Inspections OKC, but also in pest control solutions.

Once we’ve helped you rid your home of these pests, here’s the best way to keep cockroaches from returning:

  • Have pest control treatments at least 3 times per year (spring, summer, fall).
  • Follow all above mentioned preventative measures.

If you have a cockroach problem, now is the time to take back control of your home. Feel free to get in touch with Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC (and pest control services)!

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Home Inspections OKC Warns Of Termites: The Silent Destroyers

Home Inspections OKC: Worried About Termites?

Termites are insects that have, reportedly, been around since the time of dinosaurs and seeing as how they’re from the cockroach family (called Blattodea) it may be easy to understand why they’ve survived so long. As we’ve come to learn in our Home Inspections OKC and pest control business, there are several species of termites that vary in size and have slightly different habitats, but the commonality is their love of eating wood.

Termites are commonly known to be silent destroyers as most homeowners don’t notice the damage happening until it’s often far too late. The reason it’s so difficult to know if you have a termite problem right away is due to the fact that these insects generally work within the inner walls of a structure.

The damage termites can do is astronomical and in most cases it’s more than most homeowners can handle. In fact, it is estimated that each year, termites and similar pests cause an estimated $30 billion in damage to man-made structures in the U.S. Furthermore, a homeowner who discovers termite damage will spend an average of $3,000 to repair the damage.

Here’s a little information from our Home Inspections OKC and pest control team about various types of termites:

  • Dampwood Termites: They live near damp, dying wood which they’ll eat on or they’ll survive in homes with leaky plumbing that keeps wood wet.
  • Drywood Termites: They’ll live in dry wood areas and eat up dry wood, wallpaper, plastics, and fabrics made from plants.
  • Formosan Termites: They generally live underground, build mud nests inside walls, live on boats and in buildings. They’ll eat wood and fabric made from plants.
  • Subterranean Termites: They need contact with soil to survive and will live underground, or in wet areas aboveground. They’re the most destructive type of termite and will eat wood, wallpaper, plastics, and fabrics made from plants.

You can try to keep an eye out for signs of termites yourself if you wish.

Here’s some tips from our Home Inspections OKC and pest control team on how to identify them:

The termite workers are pale, soft-bodied insects about one-quarter of an inch or less in length. At first glance they may appear as white ants, but aren’t actually shaped the same. You may be able to find dead termites or their wings near windows, heating vents, doors, sinks and bathtubs.

Another sign of termites would be mud tubes which are about the size of a straw in width. They would most likely appear near cracks, beneath flooring, around baseboards, on pipes, piers, chimneys, behind siding, plumbing and other fixtures. Another way to check for termites is by tapping along walls, baseboards, and windowsills in your home to see if there are any damaged, hollow spot of wood.

If you suspect you have termites or just wanted to be 100% sure without second guessing, please feel free to give us a call. Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC (and pest control services) would be glad to make sure your home is termite free!

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Home Inspections OKC: When Water Damage Happens

Home Inspections OKC: Detecting Water Damage Early

Sometimes water damage happens without anyone knowing about it until warning signs emerge. Other times it’s quite obvious as flooding due to a violent storm, a busted pipe, or a backed up drain could cause enormous amounts of visible damage right away. Whether you’re the first person in this scenario or part of the latter, our Home Inspections OKC team shares with you why it’s important to detect the damage and clean up quickly!

Did you know that a homeowner with water damage in their home will spend between $1,000 to $3,635 to repair the damage? It’s vital to note here that not all insurance policies will cover flood damage, either. Flooding can be a very slippery situation, indeed. Once water damage does happen, it’s time to move quickly to avoid an even worse situation later on.

For homeowners that didn’t know the damage was there or for new home buyer’s it’s a great idea to get a home inspection completed as sometimes the water leak may behind a wall that isn’t visible to the outside. Professional home inspection teams, such as Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC, will be able to detect this kind of leak for you and save you hidden maintenance costs.

Here are a few tips from our Home Inspections OKC team:

  • If you have minor damage that is manageable, first shut off the main valve to prevent the flow of water.
  • Get rid of any standing water
  • Clean up any debris, and if possible, remove your most valuable possessions from the area.
  • If you see any mold, remove all wet items and throw away moldy carpet.
  • If damage is too catastrophic to handle on your own, consider calling in some professionals for clean up!

Don’t let water damage ruin your home! If you’re in the market for a new home, definitely consider having a home inspection completed. Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC specializes in all inclusive home inspections and we can find any water damage.

Let us know if you’re in need of assistance. Our Home Inspections OKC team can be contacted by clicking here.