Monday, June 29, 2009

"Hey, we've got waterfront property now!"

The rains so far this year in Kansas City, especially our most recent downpours, may have you suddenly living "on the water" as your basement became wet.

The best ways to combat a wet basement are to clean out your house's gutters and to grade the dirt against your foundation so that it slopes away from the house.

As your gutters fill with leaves, seed pods, and other debris, they overflow during a hard rainfall instead of draining as intended. That puts an unusually heavy downpour of water right near the foundation of the house. As that water soaks into the ground, it can easily find any cracks that might be in the foundation wall and then find its way into your basement. Sadly, in the Spring and in the Fall, you may need to clean your gutters every few weeks to keep them flowing smoothly.

Adding fill dirt up against your foundation and gradually sloping it away from the house encourages the water to settle elsewhere, out in the yard, where it doesn't do any harm. The amount of fill dirt you'll need will vary according to your yard. To avoid attracting termites and causing wood rot, the dirt shouldn't touch wood siding. But, make sure that it creates enough of a slope so that the water will easily flow downhill and away from your basement.

Call today to schedule an inspection for your property, 913-268-0222. Radon testing, mold testing, and termite inspections available, too.

Monday, June 22, 2009

"This house makes me sick!"

Mold is everywhere when we get our Spring rains in Kansas City, but you really don’t want the mold INSIDE your house. Whether it’s the house you currently live in or one you’re thinking of buying, call to schedule a mold test for the health of your family. A recent documentary on the BBC chronicled a family of five where each family member suffered from respiratory problems, headaches, chronic fatigue and other health issues. The cause was simply the mold in their house. Once the mold was eliminated, so were their health problems.

When we test for mold, we look for visible mold to sample and we also check the air in the house for invisible mold spores. The key is to find the cause of the mold. Mold needs moisture to grow, so we look for moisture entry points like leaky roofs, basements, or water pipes, anything that could add moisture to a mold problem.

Having a mold test done, perhaps along with your home inspection, gives you added peace of mind for your family’s health and safety. Call today to schedule your inspection and/or mold test, 913-268-0222. Whole house inspections, radon testing, and mold testing, we can do it all for you.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Deck Inspections

A backyard deck is the perfect place to enjoy summer evenings in Kansas City, but make sure you get the peace of mind that only comes from having your deck inspected by Complete Home Inspection. A recent deck collapse during a bridal shower in the St. Louis area put four women in the hospital. Your deck itself could be structurally strong, but could pull away from the house depending on how it was attached to the house's ledger.

Since your deck is outside 24/7/365, the wood deteriorates and the fasteners lose their integrity. And, with the snow and ice we had last winter, your deck may have sustained some stress damage. Get your deck inspected, fix any problems, and then enjoy your summer of fun with some peace of mind.

Call today to schedule your inspection, 913-268-0222. Whole house inspections, radon testing, mold testing, and of course, deck inspections, we can do it all for you.

Monday, June 1, 2009

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Call to schedule your inspection today, 913-268-0222. Whole house, radon testing, mold testing, we can do it all for you, Complete Home Inspection.