indianapolis: Garage door maintenance - 02/23/12 05:39 PM
Is it important to maintain your garage door? How often should you get it checked out or tuned up? What kind of problems can occur if we don’t have it serviced? Are there things we can do on our own to make sure it operates well?
It is definitely recommended you have your garage door inspected periodically. The garage door is the largest moving object and potentially the most dangerous one in our homes, yet it often goes for years without needed maintenance. Usually it’s when the door stops working that the call for help is sounded.
Typically for around $100, … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Protect Your Property From Water Damage - 02/16/12 03:16 AM
Water may be essential to life, but, as a destructive force, water can diminish the value of your home or building. Homes as well as commercial buildings can suffer water damage that results in increased maintenance costs, a decrease in the value of the property, lowered productivity, and potential liability associated with a decline in indoor air quality. The best way to protect against this potential loss is to ensure that the building components which enclose the structure, known as the building envelope, are water-resistant. Also, you will want to ensure that manufacturing processes, if present, do not allow excess water … (0 comments)

indianapolis: January is National Radon Action Month - 01/02/12 10:56 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month.
According to recent reports from the EPA and World Health Organization, radon gas is responsible for approximately 20,000 deaths in the U.S. and 100,000 deaths worldwide each year. This equates to about 15% of all lung cancer deaths. Statistically, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause for smokers.
According to The Environmental Protection Agency, over 8 million U.S. homes have dangerous levels of radon gas. The Surgeon General is urging the media, state health departments, and the press to participate in … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Condition of Indianapolis homes inspected in 2011 much worse than previous years - 12/29/11 11:31 PM
According to our own statistical data, only 35% of Indianapolis homes inspected in 2011 were considered to be in “good” condition. This is down sharply from 2010 where we saw 43% and in 2009 46% respectively.
The over abundance of distressed homes on the market has certainly contributed a great deal to these numbers. So just what do these numbers mean? Well, from a home inspectors standpoint, it would appear to indicate a significant downward spiral in home maintenance. It also underscores the importance of obtaining a professional home inspection during the home buying process.
Falling home prices and equity are … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Gutter Maintenance - 12/29/11 11:22 PM
Rain gutters are an essential part of your home. They channel rainwater away from the house – preventing soil erosion and damage to your landscape and foundation.
But homeowners often replace worn, damaged gutters with new ones, only to neglect the routine maintenance they require, and end up with more damaged gutters.
What are the benefits of clean gutters?
A lack of maintenance will lead to damage, which would require gutter repair or replacement. Properly maintained, gutters should last 20 years, if not more. Clogged gutters can cause problems with water damage, by allowing water through the foundation level, window wells, … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Ice Dams – Causes and Prevention - 12/06/11 12:21 AM
Here we are at the beginning of another cold Indianapolis winter and like every winter here in Indiana many property owners will experience issues with ice dams that will eventually cause shingle damage, roof leaks and the possibility of mold.
Although it may seem as though ice dams are an unstoppable force of nature, they can be prevented. Attics with cathedral or vaulted ceiling areas that have been correctly incorporated into the overall building envelope usually don’t have problems with ice dams and icicles in the cold seasons. Through the use of proper insulation and ventilation techniques, ice dams can be … (0 comments)

indianapolis: How to extend the life of your HVAC system - 11/28/11 11:34 PM
Just as regular tune ups extend the life of your car, performing routine maintenance on your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system extend the life of your HVAC equipment. While there are some tasks homeowners can handle on their own, many HVAC projects require a professional contractor.
Here is a quick overview of basic service tasks for do it yourselfers and service tasks that require a pro:
Furnace maintenance: DIYFilters prevent dust, dirt and mold from building up in your HVAC system. Dirty filters slow airflow, forcing your system to work harder. The extra exertion can increase energy costs … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Buyer Beware: Foreclosed Homes and Black Mold - 11/25/11 05:23 AM
It’s difficult to pick up the paper or watch the news without seeing a report on foreclosed homes flooding the market. This backlog of homes created in the past several years has motivated many lenders to move them at a fraction of their appraised value. If you want to purchase a foreclosed home, the thought has probably crossed your mind that you may be able to get a pretty good deal. It’s true, you may, but then again, you may not.
As you are shopping for that foreclosed bargain, be aware of one very important, growing problem that could add thousands … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Test your home for an invisible threat during Radon Action Week - 10/18/11 07:45 AM
Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers: radon gas.
Oct. 17-24 is Federal Radon Action Week. Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contain high levels of radon, exposing millions of Americans to this dangerous gas. In fact, a recent study by Harvard University ranks radon as America’s No. 1 in-home hazard. By taking simple steps to test your home for radon and fix any problems, this health hazard can be avoided.
Radon gas is not isolated to certain … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Buying Foreclosures Deal or no Deal? - 10/16/11 11:30 PM

Buyers and would-be investors often look to foreclosure sales to find real estate bargains. But newcomers to this market could find some unpleasant surprises if they go in blind. To get the best deal when buying foreclosures, all homes should be thoroughly inspected by a professional home inspector before sealing the deal.
Why inspect if you can’t negotiate?
Foreclosure homes are usually sold “as-is”. This means that buyers cannot negotiate for the cost of needed repairs, as they may do in a traditional home purchase. Buyers must absorb the repair costs themselves and consider this in their purchase offer at auction. So … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Mold Problems in Foreclosed Homes – The Never Ending Story - 10/04/11 10:30 PM

As the Great Recession grinds on, the number of REO (Real Estate Owned) properties continues to rise. Because of this, the link between foreclosures and mold keeps growing. The real estate collapse in the US has led to a growing number of abandoned REO homes with big mold problems. The numbers are in the thousands.
In performing home inspections on these properties, we see that approximately 60% of all foreclosed homes in Indianapolis have some form of mold infestation.
The infestation of mold in bank-owned, vacant houses exists throughout the country, not just here in Indiana. Water leaks and flood problems go untreated … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Three reasons you should have a property inspection before listing a home - 10/04/11 12:47 AM
Many real estate agents and home sellers focus on staging, cleaning, and painting a property so it will ‘shine’ for potential buyers. They spend a good deal of time looking at comps and pricing it attractively; all that’s essential, of course. But they often don’t bother to do something else that’s really important: get a pre-listing home inspection.
Property inspections, once upon a time, were just part of a checklist. Buyers, eager to get into the market, would sometimes turn a blind eye to the issues that came up during an inspection. Or if a buyer balked at issues uncovered by … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Warning: Watch for Mold In Empty and Foreclosed Houses - 09/22/11 01:33 AM
Many people believe the banks have shown that they are not very good at managing money. Without the governments (we the taxpayers) help, many of them would be out of business and the high priced executives would be looking for work like 20% of the population. So it comes as no surprise to most people that a new problem has cropped up in the houses the banks have taken in foreclosure. Mold. This problem is giving the term Underwater House a whole new meaning.
When you cut off the power and seal a house up, mold creeps in regardless of the climate. … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Home Maintenance Inspections Indianapolis Zionsville Carmel Fishers Noblesville Indiana - 09/20/11 12:18 AM
MC2 Home Inspections recommends that you receive a Home Maintenance Inspection every two to three years. For about the cost of a basic automotive tune-up, a Home Maintenance Inspection can help identify problems and damage in your home before they become an expensive or irreversible threat to your fiscal and physical well-being. Most people perform regular maintenance on their car, yet most people neglect the single most expensive investment they have, their home.Much like a buyer-seller inspection, a home maintenance inspection is a visual examination of your home’s systems, mechanicals and structure. Everything from the foundation to the roof is inspected … (0 comments)

indianapolis: The value of a home inspection for current homeowners - 09/11/11 10:59 PM

indianapolis: Crawlspaces - To Vent or Not to Vent? - 06/14/11 12:32 AM

Vented crawlspaces have successfully been utilized for over 65 years. A relatively new option that homeowners have today is a non-vented, closed or sealed crawlspace which entails the sealing of your crawlspace by enclosing it with a vapor barrier and insulation.
The question is, do sealed crawlspaces offer homeowners any more protection against moisture and mold than traditional vented crawlspaces? The answer is NO.
The only people that seem to benefit from enclosed crawlspaces are the ones who are actually marketing and installing them. Homeowners are left to fend for themselves after discovering that enclosed crawlspaces offer no more protection against moisture and … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Who Knows Home Inspections Better- Your Realtor or a Home Inspector? - 06/03/11 03:16 AM
Seems like a no brainer right?
Do a search online and I guarantee you will be very surprised at how many articles you will find out there written by Realtors giving advice on home inspections. I love going out and reading some of this advice. Many Realtors seem to think that just because they sell homes, that they know everything there is to know about homes. “buzzer”
I will give you the straight truth concerning this issue. In most cases, your Realtor doesn’t know squat past the new countertops and cabinets in the kitchen. Many couldn’t tell you the difference between … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Why Bleach Does Not Kill Mold - 05/15/11 07:53 AM
1) The object to killing mold is to kill its “roots” (hyphal fragments). Mold remediation involves the need to penetrate and disinfect porous surfaces such as concrete, wood and cellulose based building materials. Chlorine bleach should not be used in mold remediation as confirmed by OSHA’s Mold Remediation/ Clean up Methods guidelines. The use of bleach as a mold disinfectant is best left to kitchen and bathroom countertops, tubs and shower glass, etc. (non-porous surfaces)
(2) Chlorine Bleach does kill bacteria and viruses. Mold is a fungi, NOT bacteria and NOT a virus. Bleach is not effective in killing mold on … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Radon gas worries – am I safe? - 04/20/11 04:23 AM
As Americans watch the nuclear reactor drama unfold in Japan, many have radiation concerns closer to home. One of them is radon.
What is it? How dangerous is it? And how can you keep your family safe?
Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that has no taste or smell. But over time, it can be very dangerous. Each year, it's estimated that more than 21,000 people die from lung cancer caused by radon exposure, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That's almost twice as many deaths as drunk driving. It's the second most likely cause of lung cancer death, behind cigarette … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Controlling moisture in and around your home - 03/31/11 11:53 PM
As a home inspector I can tell you the number one problem I see every day while inspecting homes here in Indiana is moisture intrusion. Too much moisture in a home can lead to wood rot, structural damage, mold, mildew, and other biological growth. This in turn can lead to a variety of health effects ranging from various allergies, asthma attacks and hypersensitivity pneumonitits, for example. Too much moisture in or around your home can also make for conditions which are conducive to termites and other insect activity.
Methods to control moisture really should start by builders building an energy efficient … (0 comments)