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Messy Mold Issues

The real estate industry sure has a mess on their hand with mold issues. Mold is a unique topic in the market because it has implications for homeowners and home buyers. The issue of mold and to test or not to test is unfortunately still very confusing. Home inspectors, mold remediation providers, and insurance companies … Continued

Infrared Home Inspections – Not Just for Home Buyers Anymore

Sure, a home inspection is critical when you’re buying a home, but infrared home inspections aren’t just for buyers anymore. It’s more common to inspect a home when you’re buying it, of course. You want to know the real value of the home and what kinds of issues you’re getting into, but what about when … Continued

Hidden water leak

Chasing the Water – Infrared Home Inspection to the Rescue

Many homeowners have experienced this situation: an odd or slightly moldy smell where water shouldn’t be– like your bedroom or your closet in the bedroom – and then have no idea what to do about it. If you’ve ever found yourself touch testing the walls and carpet, patting around feeling for moisture, then you know … Continued

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Let’s Hear it for Spring! 5 Tips for Exterior Home Maintenance

After a long cold winter, we all look forward to the bright sunshine and warm wind of spring. The magazines and websites focus on how to spring clean the interior of your home: clean out closets, wash windows, dust ceiling fans … you know the drill. I thought it was about time to talk about … Continued

Top 5 Home Winterizing Tips

No doubt about it, winter is upon us and the freezing temperatures, frigid wind, ice and snow common to our region make it a challenge to keep warm. Winterizing your home in Elgin, St. Charles, Schaumburg and the Northwest Suburbs isn’t just about staying warm, however. It’s also about ensuring the safety of your home. … Continued

That Row of Icicles Along the Roof Better be Electric

The natural rows of icicles sometimes seen along the eaves of a home are not as lovely as you think. They are an indicator of serious problems within your roof and/or the attic of your home. Those rows of icicles are called ice dams and they form when the melting snow and ice refreezes along … Continued

Top 5 Basement Waterproofing Concerns for Homeowners

If you live in Illinois and your home was built in the last 20 or 30 years, your home likely has a poured concrete foundation. Older homes were often built using masonry, such as brick or stone. Both foundations have their benefits and problems and both are susceptible to leaks. Older foundations used mortar between … Continued

5 Steps to Prepare for DIY Exterior Home Painting

As much as your home’s exterior paint job is about the aesthetics, it is also about giving your home a protective barrier against the damaging elements of sun, wind, water, and more. Most people wait until warmer weather to paint the exterior of their homes, so many of you may be preparing your home for … Continued

How to Identify Hidden Water Leaks in your Illinois Home

Water damage is one of the problems most homeowners would prefer to avoid at all costs – and the biggest issue is that water leaks can be very hard to identify. Because they’re not easily identified, a water leak can go on for years causing significant hidden damage in your home before you even know … Continued

Protecting your Illinois Home from Lightning Strikes

Power or voltage surges are bursts of energy, often caused by lightning, and the resulting damage to your home can range from electronic loss to a structure fire. According to the National Weather Service, an average of 25 million lightning strikes occur each year in the U.S. In Illinois there were 534,615 cloud-to-ground flashes in … Continued