Why Do Basements Leak

As inspectors - we see quite a few basements. The biggest complaint or concern we hear concerns a moisture-related problem. There are three basic reasons for a basement to develop a leak or a moisture problem. Sometimes a little detective work is needed to figure out...

Should You Have Your Home Tested for Meth?

Even if the owner disclosed prior drug use you should have the home tested for traces of drugs. The dangers aren’t worth the risk. These chemicals can saturate the walls, get into the carpet and house contents such as furniture. Lead and mercury are common byproducts...

Signs of Meth

All of us have a list of concerns when moving into a new home but if you’re in Missouri you should have possible meth contamination on your list. If you’re moving into a location that is in or near a drug abuse area, foreclosed property or prior use area consider...

Clearing Out The Clutter

Is your home clean or cluttered? We all have different standards, and while some can’t stand having a mess in their home, others aren’t bothered by it. While the way you live your life is entirely up to you, there are some good reasons to clear up the clutter in your...

Preventing Heat-Loss From Pipes

Are your water pipes insulated? You might not worry about it since they run inside your home, but there are many reasons why insulating your pipes is beneficial. One issue that comes from uninsulated pipes is the possibility of heat transfer, causing your hot water to...

How do you get up there?

What’s creepier than a dingy basement? A musty attic. And yet, we all use them if we have them. Accessing them can be very convenient if we have a pull-down ladder. But make sure that pull-down ladder is still up to the job. Often, these are installed by previous home...

Burning Wood For Heat or Atmosphere?

When it is cold outside, there are few things that are nicer than sitting in front of a fire. While some homes have wood-burning stoves for heating their whole home, it is a lot more common for homeowners to use them for a single room or even just for the atmosphere....

How Do You Clean Your Home?

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, cleaning supplies have been selling out at a rate never seen before. Everyone is stocking up to keep themselves safe, but you might be surprised at how far just a single bottle of bleach will go in your fight to keep yourself and your...

Can’t Stop Your Tub From Draining?

Do you use your tub for anything besides showers? Some do. Parents might give their children baths in the tub, and some enjoy soaking in their own tub, even though most don’t have much depth. If your tub stopper doesn’t work properly, however, your tub will drain out...

The Receptacle That Saves Lives

About 60 years ago there was an invention that has a huge impact on electrical safety even today. It is called Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) receptacles, and they might have saved your life already. GFCI receptacles are designed to cut power when an...

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