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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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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 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: 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!

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Are Bed Bugs Feasting On You? Call Home Inspections OKC!

Home Inspections OKC: Protecting your bedding

Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC is ready for the holiday season. Are you? We all know that the holidays are supposed to be a special time spent laughing and having a great time with friends and family. There are multiple family members coming and going in many households and a lot of sleepovers will be had. The last thing anyone wants is to find out that they’ve allowed their beds have been infested with bed bugs causing their guests to be feasted on. Likewise, did you know that guests can actually bring bed bugs with them?

You may think bed bugs aren’t as common now as they once were, but Home Inspections OKC is here to tell you they’ve made a return! Older generations will remember they were a common occurrence before World War II in the United States and the epidemic seemed to eliminated for quite some time, but records indicate bed bugs remained prevalent in other areas of the world and that increases in immigration, travel, and restrictions on stronger pesticides have played a role in the comeback of these nasty little critters.

Bed bugs can be identified as being reddish brown in color and even more reddish after they’ve feasted on the blood of humans or animals. They may be difficult to find as they are very good at hiding in beds, dark areas, in luggage, and on clothing. While they might not be visible, they do leave behind evidence of their existence. Here’s a few tips from our Home Inspections OKC team on what to look out for:

  • Bug skins or shells
  • Egg cases
  • Fecal stains on mattress, sheets, blankets, or pillows
  • Blood stains on sheets or pajamas
  • Sometimes a musty odor

You may also notice rash-like patches of red blotchy skin around the face, neck, back, hands, and arms. If scratched, the bites can become infected and typically, there are no treatment options unless infections does set in. Bed bugs can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas.

As you will come to realize through research of your own, getting rid of bed bugs is not an easy process. Each adult female produces about one egg per day and each egg takes 10 days to hatch. Furthermore, it only takes another five to six weeks for the offspring to develop into an adult and be ready to procreate.

Home Inspections OKC can help! We’re here make sure your holiday season is enjoyable rather than you getting eaten up by tiny bugs. That’s why we’re offering 20% (a $60-$240 savings) off of all bed bug services from December 1st, 2016 to December 31st, 2016!

Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite, contact Sharp Shooter Home Inspections OKC.

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