indianapolis: Garage door maintenance - 02/24/12 01:39 AM
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 11:16 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 - 01/03/12 06:56 AM
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 - 12/30/11 07:31 AM
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 - 12/30/11 07:22 AM
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 … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Ice Dams – Causes and Prevention - 12/06/11 08:21 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 - 11/29/11 07:34 AM
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: Asbestos In Older Homes – What Homeowners Need To Know - 11/27/11 02:21 PM
Many Indianapolis homes built before 1970 contain asbestos products. If you happen to live in a house that was built before the 1970s, there is a good chance that asbestos was used in its construction. Even if your house was built since then, asbestos may still be found in some areas. In fact, only houses built within the last 15 years or so should be free of insulating asbestos, although it could very easily have been used in other forms.
This knowledge may instill fear in many Indiana homeowners but a little knowledge can reduce such anxiety. Once the background and … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Buyer Beware: Foreclosed Homes and Black Mold - 11/25/11 01:23 PM
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: Does Your Home Make The Grade? - 11/19/11 08:04 PM
As a professional Indianapolis home inspector, I have found that a great deal of the moisture problems found in homes in Indiana are caused and aggravated by improper grading or as we call it in the inspection industry “negative grading”. Negative grading is where the ground around your home is sloped in towards your foundation. A negative grade allows rain water to pool next to your foundation walls and slowly seep into your basement or crawlspace through the porous concrete walls. And of course where there are moisture issues, mold growth and termite activity is not far behind. Older homes almost … (0 comments)

indianapolis: The Dangers of Knob and Tube Wiring - 11/13/11 03:00 PM

Knob-and-tube wiring was an early standardized method of electrical wiring in buildings, in common use in North America from about 1880 to the 1940s. Today the system is considered obsolete and a significant safety hazard. Surprisingly, many homes in the Indianapolis area as well as other parts of the country still utilize live knob and tube wiring to this day.

Facts About Knob and Tube Wiring:
·It has no ground wire and thus cannot service any three-pronged appliances.
·While it is considered obsolete and a safety hazard, there is still no code that requires its complete removal.
·It is treated differently in different … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Test your home for an invisible threat during Radon Action Week - 10/18/11 02:45 PM
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? - 10/17/11 06:30 AM
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 … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Take steps now to keep indoor air clean throughout winter - 10/17/11 06:27 AM
When the winter winds start to howl, it’s a natural response to want to close your home up tightly. To stay warm and avoid wasting energy, you close the windows – or even seal them with window film — find ways to stop air from leaking in through cracks and under doors, and then put your heating system to work. But when those instincts kick in, remember that what you’re doing is sealing air inside your home.
There’s a definite upside to sealing your house up well for the winter: you’ll stay warmer, with less impact on your energy bills. However, … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Mold Problems in Foreclosed Homes – The Never Ending Story - 10/05/11 05:30 AM
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 … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Three reasons you should have a property inspection before listing a home - 10/04/11 07:47 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 08:33 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 … (0 comments)

indianapolis: Home Maintenance Inspections Indianapolis Zionsville Carmel Fishers Noblesville Indiana - 09/20/11 07:18 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 - 09/12/11 05:59 AM

indianapolis: Crawlspaces - To Vent or Not to Vent? - 06/14/11 07:32 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 … (0 comments)

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