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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: 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 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!