A Common But Useful Roofing Material

Do you have asphalt shingles on your roof? If so, you are not alone. It is in fact one of the most common roofing materials you will find here in the US. Why is that? It comes with a low price-tag, but at the same time, it is easy to install, fairly durable and has a...

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Sharing Your Home With Ants

Ants are everywhere. No matter where you live on earth, you have some type of ants living nearby. While ants aren’t known to be damaging pests, they are, nevertheless, a nuisance when they show up inside your home. There are even some types of ants that actually do...

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Trampoline Dangers To Be Aware Of

How safe are your children in your backyard? As with everything, their safety will greatly depend on how well you do your job as a parent. For example, many parents get their children a trampoline for entertainment, but don’t set up any ground rules for using it, and...

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Keeping Your Ducts From Leaking

A high efficiency HVAC system is very important for a homeowner. Why is that? Because any inefficiency is reflected in the amount of money spent on energy. Heating and cooling are among the biggest recurring expenses you will have for your home, so it makes sense to...

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Keeping The Light Burning

Are your children scared of the dark? Are you? Probably not, but a nightlight can make moving around in your home easier at night. If you have to get up and go to the bathroom, and don’t want to wake up the rest of your family, having a nightlight will let you find...

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How To Safely Clean Your Drain

If you have ever used drain chemicals, don’t feel bad, most of us have. That being said, however, there are a few reasons why you should avoid doing so again. While drain chemicals might feel like a quick easy fix, it is not easy on your plumbing or on the...

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The Do-Not-Flush List

The list of things that you shouldn’t ever flush down the toilet is very long. In fact, the list for what you can flush down the toilet really only has 3 items on it, but in case you decide to get innovative, here are some very good reasons why you shouldn’t. Paper...

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Metal Roofing – Good Choice Or Bad?

Are you looking for a durable roofing material for your home? If so, metal roofing might be what you need. What are some reasons why metal roofing is a good option? Well, for one thing, many of the problems that you face with other types of roofing materials are not a...

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What Your Sump Pump Does For You

Have you ever had water come into your basement? If your home is located in a low lying point, or if it is in a flat area, this could very well be a problem you experience, especially when the groundwater is at high levels. It could be this is something you just...

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Where to Plug it All In

How many devices do you have that need to be plugged in? The trend is that more and more electronics and appliances require electricity, and this has led to a problem for those that live in older homes. Since our use of electricity has changed, many homes don’t have...

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How to Keep Woodpeckers at Bay

Hearing or seeing a woodpecker at work is quite fascinating, but this is not the case when the bird is working on your house. Woodpeckers have amazing eyesight and hearing, and they use this to locate bugs to eat. Unfortunately, this means that if you have any type of...

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The Danger With Lead

Is there lead in your home? If it was built earlier than the 1970s, it is a possibility, since lead wasn’t outlawed in construction before that time. Lead was considered to be very useful for plumbing applications. It was also great when added to paint, since it made...

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Vinyl Siding for Your Home

Out of all the different types of siding materials, you probably can't find a better value for your money than vinyl. Vinyl gives you good durability at a low price while not being too complicated to install. This is why vinyl is one of the most common materials you...

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Heating With a Pellet Stove

How do you stay warm in the winter? Have you ever considered a pellet stove? Pellet stoves use a lot of different materials for fuel. Saw dust, food waste and wood shavings can be compressed into pellets for burning, so it is a very good use of natural resources. The...

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How to Take Care of Your Roof

Whenever you buy something expensive you probably take great care not to damage it. With a car, you’ll take it to get regular checkups. With a new phone, you get a case and screen protector to make sure it doesn’t break easily. With a roof costing thousands of...

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Trees – Friends or Foes?

Do you have a lot of trees in your yard? Trees can provide shade, privacy, protection from wind and many other benefits. In addition, many types of trees live for quite a long time. There are problems, however, when trees either grow too old, if there is disease, or...

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Please Don’t Scratch!

Hardwood floors are a very beautiful feature in a home, but unfortunately, they can also scratch very easily from heavy furniture being pulled across it. If this is the case, is there a way to make the floor look good again? You will be able to do so with a little bit...

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Window Safety Tips

Keeping your children safe might seem like a full time job. There are thousands that are hurt from falling out of windows every year in the US. Children are especially at risk since they might not realize the danger that a fall presents. Of course you are careful to...

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How Your Thermostat Can Save You Money

Heating and cooling your home will usually be a major expense as a homeowner. If your house is well insulated and you still would like to save money on your monthly bills, it might be worth taking a look at your thermostat. You might not think about your thermostat...

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Keeping Your Appliances Working

Appliances are a major expense for a homeowner, both when it comes to replacing them and running them. Due to this, making sure that your appliances are in good working order and operating efficiently is in your best interest. Most appliances require...

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A Simple Do-It-Yourself Test For Mold

If you suspect that you have mold in your home, there is simple test that you yourself can perform that won’t damage the building material in your home, takes a few seconds to perform, costs very little and won’t require training or expertise.In fact, it...

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Keeping Wildlife At Bay

Whether you live in a large city or in a rural area, wildlife will always be a factor to consider when it comes to maintaining your home. It might be that it is a different type of wildlife you’re dealing with depending on where you live, but when it comes...

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Masonry Work

Beautiful masonry work adds a lot to a home, and it can improve the way your house looks. However, when poorly maintained or very old, it could actually do the opposite. There are many ways that your masonry could take damage from the environment, but in...

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Is Rust A Problem For Your House?

Whenever you hear of problems with rust, your first thought might be that it is a problem for cars more than houses, but this is not always the case. In fact, there are many components of your home that are affected by rust, and it could be very damaging....

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Pest Birds

Who doesn’t love listening to birds chirping outside the windows? Many homeowners will even put out bird feeders to attract a great variety of birds to their yard. Unfortunately though, birds could become a problem when they enter our living spaces. Bird...

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Care for Your Septic System

For most homeowners, paying for a large expense is never easy, and that is why you want to pay attention to your septic system. Replacing a septic system could cost anywhere from five thousand to fifty thousand dollars. Of course, it is not easy to break...

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Ungrounded Electrical Receptacles

Some of the outlets in your home might have 3 holes, while others have 2. You might know that this means they are grounded or ungrounded, but do you know why it matters? Do you know for a fact that those grounded outlets are properly wired? Why should you...

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Termites In Your Home

When you hear the word “termites”, the first thing you think is that they are destroying the wood in your home, but this is not the only thing that they are looking for when invading your home. They also need moisture and shelter for it to be appealing....

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Collecting Rainwater

Having access to running water is one of the requirements for comfortable living, and in large parts of the world this means being connected to a municipal water supply or a private well. However, some, in the interest of being self-sufficient, have...

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Pesticides – Use Them Safely

Pesticides have been around for a long time, and in some cases they have proven to be very dangerous to human health. Today, there are pesticides that are fairly harmless to humans and are still getting the job done, but others that warrant extreme caution...

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Well Water

There are many homeowners that have a private well. This could be due to not being connected to the public water system, or it could be by choice, but many times the assumption is that the water from a well is better than the water in the public system. Is...

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Could You Benefit From Mudjacking?

Many houses have cement sidewalks and paths around them, and with age, these can sink, warp, crack and become uneven. This will pose a safety risk, as well as, make your home look bad. Tearing out the old cement slab and replacing it would mean a costly...

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Save Money by Saving Energy

There are many things around your home that drain energy, and wasted energy equals money out of your wallet. Making a few minor changes to your everyday routine can save you a lot of money. Heating and cooling are some of the biggest drains to your energy....

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Tobacco Odor Removal

If you have purchased a home that was previously owned by a smoker, you might be dealing with odor that seems like it is never going to go away. Part of the problem is that the smoke particles are so tiny that they can travel unhindered throughout your...

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Water Damage

Water is an amazing liquid with much utility, but in the wrong place, it can do extensive damage to your home. Water has the ability to enter your home a multitude of ways, but you can do much to prevent it. It is very important to take care of any...

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Should You Replace Your Roof?

Replacing the roof on your home is a large, and sometimes, daunting task. Keep these points in mind if you plan to have your existing roofing materials replaced: Tile, metal, and slate cost a little more than other building materials, but they also provide...

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Tamper Resistant Receptacles

If you have kids in your home, you have probably worried about them suffering electrical shock from sticking items into your wall outlets. Some try to prevent this by inserting plastic coverings into the outlets, but those can be removed by an insistent...

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Should You Remodel Or Not?

Many homeowners feel like a remodel is a good investment, but this is rarely the case. The amount of money recouped in a resale has been estimated to be between half to 80% of the money invested. With the abundance of TV-shows about house remodeling, there...

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Kickout Flashing

If you are experiencing issues with water accumulation inside your house from rainstorms, the problem might be your kickout flashing. Kickout flashing or diverter flashing is designed to divert rainwater away from sensitive areas to the gutter. If your...

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Are You Properly Wired?

Your house might look beautiful and modern on the outside, but what is the situation like inside your walls? If the electrical wiring in your house is old and outdated, this can present a risk for fire and other safety hazards. For example, some older...

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Re-grouting Tile

Many enjoy a beautifully tiled floor or wall, and ceramic tile is very durable as a building material. Due to being waterproof, it is ideal for placement in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. The problem is that the grout in between the tiles will...

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Asbestos

Asbestos is a mineral fiber which was added to products to make them stronger, fire resistant and insulating. In the years leading up to 1970 it was used in many different types of building and insulation materials. If you breathe in high levels of these...

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Being Prepared for an Evacuation

Disasters seem to impact our lives on a more regular basis than ever before. They can range from minor events that cause some damage to property to major disasters that cost millions of dollars and sometimes even take a toll in human lives. While it is...

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In Case of Fire…

In 2015 the U.S. Fire Administration estimated that there were 380,900 residential fires. Out of those, they estimated that about 1,800 resulted in fatalities and 7,500 in injuries. About half of all home fires are caused from cooking, one in ten from...

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Why Have Your Home Inspected

Why Have Your Home Inspected? (Even if it is new construction) How to Avoid a $10,000 Mistake And Buy a Quality Home!   HOME INSPECTION FAQ’S Q. Why do I need a Home Inspection? The purchase of a home is often the largest single investment families ever make. ...

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Nick Minderman, New Certified Master Inspector!

7 Oaks Home Inspection, LLC, based in Warrenton, MO is pleased to announce that a second inspector in their company has earned the title of Certified Master Inspector, (CMI) by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, (InterNACHI). The Certified...

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Why Home Inspections Include Attics

Written by: Wes Kelley,Certified Inspector 7 Oaks Home Inspection, LLC Why do home inspectors have to look in the attic? What can you see up there? Good question. A professional home inspector will always include the attic inspection as part of...

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At Home With Meth

Written by: Wes Kelley, Certified Inspector 7 Oaks Home Inspection, LLC 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...

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Exploding Water Heater

Written by: Wes Kelley, Certified Inspector 7 Oaks Home Inspection, LLC The lowly water heater is rarely thought of by many homeowners until they happen to step in to an icy shower some fateful morning. A few water heaters make a more dramatic...

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Why Basements Leak

Written by: Wes Kelley, Certified Inspector 7 Oaks Home Inspection, LLC As inspectors working in the Midwest we see quite a few basements. The biggest complaint or concern we hear concerns a moisture related problem. There are three basic...

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Creepy Crawlspace

Written by: Wes Kelley, Certified Inspector 7 Oaks Home Inspection, LLC Inspecting the crawl space under a home is always a little daunting. This unfinished area located underneath the home is usually cluttered and accessed only by crawling and...

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Why a Home Inspection?

Written by: Wes Kelley, Certified Inspector 7 Oaks Home Inspection, LLC Inspection is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as, “To view or examine closely and critically those conditions that are visible and accessible, as well as those that are...

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Benefits of a Pre-Listing Home Inspection

Written by: Wes Kelley, Certified Inspector 7 Oaks Home Inspection, LLC In our general area the housing market tends to be picking up but it is still a little soft. Realtors might call our market a “buyers market” meaning that there are fewer...

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7 Safety Tips for Your Home

Written by: Wes Kelley, Certified Inspector 7 Oaks Home Inspection, LLC (1) Did you replace your smoke detectors when you moved in your new home and at least every 10 years thereafter? This is a must do for every home. Your first night in a new...

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Ask Wes (Frequently Asked Home Inspection Questions)

Written by: Wes Kelley, Certified Inspector 7 Oaks Home Inspection, LLC WHY CAN’T MY UNCLE JOHNNY, WHO IS A CARPENTER, DO OUR HOME INSPECTION AND SAVE US THE MONEY? Rick & Mary S. from St. Charles, Mo. Good question! I was on e-Bay last...

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Secret Weapon Stops Home Sales: ‘Deal Killers’

Written by: Wes Kelley,Certified Inspector 7 Oaks Home Inspection, LLC December 12, 2012 Selling a home can be stressful. Uncertainty rules the day. How long will it take to sell? Will the buyer’s home inspection find something unknown or hidden? Will the...

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Home Wreck

Written by: Wes Kelley, Certified Inspector 7 Oaks Home Inspection, LLC Who could believe a brand new home might be wrecked in under a year? Not from a tornado or flood but from unforeseen mistakes made during construction. Sad to say, some...

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What Really Matters On Your Home Inspection

When you get your home inspection report, it is easy to get lost in all of the information. There is a lot that goes into a home inspection, and the information can often leave you wondering: What really matters? The video below helps you...

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Family Owned – And Staying That Way!

We are proud to be a family owned home inspection company. We love seeing our family come together, and work hard for our community. One of the biggest reasons people hire us is because of our high standards and our great qualifications (including being...

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Pre-Listing Inspections

Why should you consider getting a pre-listing home inspection when selling your home? A pre-listing home inspection is one of the best ways to find out about problems ahead of time, and then take care of them - before you go under contract....

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Welcome to Our New Website!

Look around, and contact us for all your home inspection needs! We are here to provide you with the best home inspection service possible. Whether you need a home inspection, well testing, radon testing, or any other service, we are your home inspection...

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