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Home Inspections OKC: Why floods can happen anywhere

Home Inspections OKC: Why you should always be wary of floods

Behind fires, floods are the most common natural disaster in the world. Even if you don’t live in a flood plane, flash floods can occur from particularly rainy days and can fill your home in minutes. If you live near a lake or a dam you could also be at risk. Lakes can flood very quickly and dams can break causing severe flooding very quickly. Most people don’t think about their house flooding until it’s too late. Being prepared for a flood can be crucial to saving your home and maybe your life! Home Inspections OKC as a few tips about how you can prepare for a flash flood, especially as we enter the rainy season of Oklahoma.

Pack a survival kit: A good idea in general, especially as tornado season approaches, is to pack a survival kit for you and your family. This kit should contain not only supplies but several pieces of information as well including:

  • First Aid Kit plus essential medicines
  • Map with several safe locations you can go to. Like a friend’s house or a shelter.
  • Instructions for where and how to turn off electricity, gas, and water if it is authorized to shut these off.
  • Canned food and can opener
  • At least 3 gallons of water per person
  • Battery powered radio and flashlight plus batteries

Watch for signs: If it’s been raining hard for several hours, or even days, keep an eye on water levels around your home. Also pay attention to weather services. There are 2 kinds of flood warnings: A Flood Watch is the first kind and only means that a flash flood is possible in your area. A Flood Warning means a flash flood is occurring or will occur very soon.

As the rain comes to Oklahoma, make sure your home is water tight with Inside Out Home inspections, Home Inspections OKC, today!

 

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Home Inspections OKC: How to get the most out of an inspection

Home Inspections OKC: Being active during and after an inspection

Home Inspections are a great way to highlight potential problems and issues with a home. But if you don’t play an active roll in the process the benefits can be limited. Here are some tips to get the most out of your home inspections:

Be there for the inspection: Many people don’t know that you can actually be present for a home inspection, in fact, most good inspectors will expect to see you there. Being present at the inspection will let the inspector explain to you in detail what’s a big deal and what’s not. It also allows them to know that you know full well what the report is saying. In addition, it protects against corner cutting if your there to make sure your inspector is getting all the areas they need to.

Ask Questions: Unless you build houses for a living, you probably don’t know the ins and outs of building a home. If your inspector is explaining something to you and you’ve got no idea what they’re saying it helps nobody. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, a good inspector will always answer your questions and explain what they’re doing along the way. If you don’t understand what an inspector just told you, ask. Don’t let something go just because your too scared to ask.

Make sure Utilities are turned on: For most homes, it’s the seller’s responsibility to have the utilities turned on for an inspection. However, for certain homes (foreclosures especially) it’s the buyer’s responsibility to make sure utilities are turned on. The inspection will still happen if they’re on or off but you will be missing valuable information if the utilities are off when the inspection is performed.

If your in the market for a new home and need an inspection, give Sharpshooters, Home Inspections OKC, a call today at 405-538-6007!

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Home Inspections OKC: Keeping your pipes from bursting

Home Inspections OKC talks about keeping your pipes safe during winter.

Winter is here! And it’s frozen! There are many problems to keep aware of in the winter but one of the most important is making sure your pipes are protected from bursting. Home Inspections OKC is here with a few tips on keeping your pipes safe this winter.

Pipes burst because they can’t handle the water in them freezing. When water freezes, it expands. If a pipe is old or made of less than stellar materials this expansion will prove too much for the pipe. A burst pipe will spill water out continuously until it’s patched. This not only costs you a fortune on your water bill, it can also cause severe water damage to the areas of your house where the pipes burst. In addition, mold and mildew can become a problem if the water is allowed to sit for too long. So, how can you keep your pipes safe from a freezing winter this year?

Add Insulation: In the attic and basement especially, adding insulation can keep these often exposed pipes warm and safe from freezing.

Remove and store outdoor hoses: Removing, draining and storing outdoor hoses, close the indoor valve supplying water to outdoor hose bibs, and keep these outdoor valves open to drain the remaining water and keep expanding water from bursting the pipe.

Open Kitchen and Cabinet Doors: Pipes are often located inside cabinets. Keeping your kitchen and bathroom cabinets open will allow warm air to circulate through these parts of your house and help keep the water in those pipes warm.

55 F: If your going away for a few days, keeping the temperature in your home to around 55 F is usually enough to keep your pipes from freezing over while you are away.

Call Shaprshooters Home Inspection, Home Inspections OKC,  today for a home inspection at 405-538-6007

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Home Inspections OKC: How to tell is a window seal has failed (And how to fix it)

Lower you heating bill and keep your home warm with Home Inspections OKC.

Home Inspections OKC knows that drafty windows can lead to some major heating charges if they’re not taken care of. Improperly sealed windows can run up your energy bill and put un-needed strain on your heating system. Making a failure more likely and leaving you with a cold, drafty home. No matter how well made your window is, over time all windows will eventually fail and start to become less insulating. Here are some red flags to look for improperly sealed windows.

Moisture on the window: Fogging, Hazing, or general moisture in-between the panes of your window are a strong indication that your seal has failed. Consider repairing or replacing the window if your see this.

Glass Distortion: This test works better on larger panes of glass. Stand outside and look at your windows. If one of your windows seems to distort things more than the others it’s a good sign that the window with the distortion is losing it’s seal.

Now you know what to look for, but what do you do when you find it?

Replace it: The most expensive, but also the most effective way to fix the problem is simply to replace the window. Now, such an extreme measure is usually not necessary as their are a couple of cheaper options that don’t require ripping a window out of your house.

Call in a Warranty: If your window is still under warranty, you can usually call it in and have just the affected pane replaced. Simple and it usually doesn’t cost you much, if anything.

Call a Defogging Company: A defogging company can also repair the window pane in question by putting a moisture release valve in your window, whether or not this is worth it is a matter of debate though.

If you need a home inspection done right, give Sharpshooters home Inspections, Home Inspections OKC a call today at  405-538-6007!

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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 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.

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Home Inspections OKC: Why Worry About Ice Damming?

Home Inspections OKC: Keeping homeowners informed

We’ve had a slower start to the winter than in previous years, but that doesn’t mean that the ice storms aren’t coming and when they do you’re going to want to be prepared. When icicles start forming they may not seem like that big of a deal, but to a trained eye like someone at Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC, we know it can be pretty significant for your roof. If we see ice dangling from the roof we start checking for ice damming.

Home Inspections OKC can tell you that ice damming is a common occurrence in Oklahoma when homes don’t have proper attic ventilation. As a result of improper air flow, warmer areas in the attic causes snow to melt despite the colder outside temperatures. Then, the melted snow becomes ice which accumulates at the edge of the roof near the gutters or soffit creating a wall.

The problem that ice damming creates is water build up as more snow, ice, and rain comes in behind the ice dam. The pool of water becomes too heavy for the roof and can start to leak inside the home. Of course, Home Inspections OKC probably doesn’t have to tell you that leakage in the home isn’t ideal, but just know that if water is allowed to leak into a home for too long it can create damage on the walls, ceilings, insulation, floors and more.

Of course, safety is number one in our book. As your Home Inspections OKC expert we have to tell you that performing ice damming removal alone is very risky if not done properly. To avoid personal injury, we warn homeowners to never walk on a snow covered roof!

It is highly suggested that you contact professionals with the proper equipment and roofing experience to do this for you. If ice damming is an issue for your roof, you may consider looking into getting some proper attic ventilation for the future, as well.

If you’re selling your home, or buying one, and you would like to know more about Home Inspections OKC services or whether or not you have ice damming issues please don’t hesitate to give me a call!