Roof Leaks and Repair

One of the most important, and often most daunting, home maintenance tasks is to spot and repair leaks in your home's roof. Sometimes - as is the case when a spontaneous waterfall erupts over your kitchen table during your morning coffee break - leaks are obvious. Other times, though, leaks are more insidious and harder to detect if you are not an expert. How to spot a roof leak First and foremost, if you see any signs of water damage inside your home, such as mold growth on or around the ceiling or discolored water spots on parts of the ceiling, it is imperative that you investigate further to locate the source of the moisture. The best way to check your roof for potential leaks is to sp

Safety First!

How to Protect Yourself, Your Loved Ones, and Your Property During Summer Barbecue Season As the Summer months approach, thoughts of swimming pools, fireflies, long walks, and -- you guessed it! -- Summer barbecues with our friends and loved ones come to mind for many of us. We've patiently waited months to get out our favorite grilling recipes, put on our grilling aprons, and fire up the grill for a round of our favorite burgers, hot dogs, and barbecue chicken. Before sending out invites for your annual Memorial Day barbecue, take a look at the following tips to ensure that you have a safe and successful grilling experience all Summer long. Never leave a lit (or hot) grill unattended Plea

Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

Well, it's that time of year again, folks. With Spring in full swing now, we're seeing a return of sunny days and warmer temperatures. It's important to stay on top of HVAC maintenance and fix any potential problems with your air conditioning unit before the sweltering heat of Summer hits and makes cool indoor air a necessity. One of the quickest and easiest ways to spot a problem with your air conditioning unit is to hire a home inspector or local HVAC company to take a look at it. They can pinpoint any potential problems and guide you to solutions and/or professionals who can repair and service the unit. Additionally, if you'd rather not hassle with maintenance yourself, most HVAC comp

The Dreaded "M" Word - MOLD

A common problem, and one that many are talking about today in the world of real estate, home inspection, and even healthcare, is household mold. Mold is an insidious invader, and it can cause a vast number of problems for homeowners, including lethargy, fatigue, headaches, and irritation of the skin, eyes, nasal passages, throat, and lungs. In cases where toxic black mold, otherwise known as Stachybotrys Chartarum, is present, more serious symptoms involving the brain and nervous system can occur. What is mold? Mold is a type of multi-cellular fungus that is found everywhere -- both inside and outside the home. Mold usually presents like a stain and comes in many colors, such as black, w

Termites, Powderpost Beetles, Carpenter Ants, Oh My!

Well, folks, Spring has sprung. That means one thing for homeowners -- many annoying pests, such as termites and other wood-destroying insects, have come out of hiding in search of a much-awaited feast. Termites pose a significant threat in Indiana, especially in the Spring and Summer months when temperatures and humidity are on the rise. Other wood-loving insects commonly seen in our state include powderpost beetles and carpenter ants. Where do these pests come from, and how do they get inside your home? Homeowners are often shocked to find that their houses are infested with termites or other unsuspecting pests, especially in the case of termites who usually remain unseen as they live

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