Friday, May 27, 2011

Clean your gutters

The rainy season has come to Kansas City a little later than usual this year. But, it has indeed arrived. Remember, whether you're buying or selling a home, or just maintaining the one you live in, it's time to clean out the rain gutters on the house.

It's easy to remember to do this in the Fall because all of the falling leaves clog things up. But, it's just as important to do in the Spring now that the maple tree "helicopter seeds", the sugar gum tree balls, and the blossoms from flowering trees are down.

Clogged gutters and downspouts lead to overflows and back ups that can put water in your basement. The clogs keep rainwater from flowing away from your house's foundation. Instead, it seeks out the cracks in your basement walls.

So, now's the time to improve the drainage around your house's foundation by sloping the ground away from the house. And, keep the gutters and downspouts free from debris.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Dangers of Radon gas

Words to consider when buying a new home - "reducing...radon offers peace of mind for homeowners, and that's priceless." Today's edition of The Kansas City Star includes a commentary by staff writer Lewis Diuguid headed, "Beware The Menace That Creeps Into Your Home", that concludes with those words.

When you're buying a home, you have so many things to look at and consider all at once. You need to prioritize it all to get anything accomplished. But few of those other things are as important as your personal health and the health of your family. And there's a simple and relatively inexpensive way for you to help safeguard your health - include a test for radon gas in your home inspection.

The Surgeon General of the United States recommends that all homes be tested for radon. Since it's a colorless and odorless gas, you don't know it's there otherwise. And the EPA says that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in the U.S. Read Mr. Diuguid's column in the paper. Read the EPA's Guide to Radon on the Complete Home Inspection web site "Multimedia" page. Call to ask questions. And then include a radon test in your home inspection. As the EPA says, "This is a health threat of epidemic proportions that needs immediate attention."

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