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Home Maintenance Tips to Prevent Water Intrusion and Avoid Need For Mold Removal

It’s that time of year again, the rain keeps falling here in Indianapolis and that means that all this water has the potential to find its way into your home and cause some major damage.  As mold removal specialists in Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Greenwood, Avon, Noblesville, Westfield, and the surrounding areas, we see many easy home maintenance items being overlooked.  Water damage and mold growth can be avoided in so many situations, and these preventative tips to control water intrusion and mold growth in your Indianapolis area home are a great place to start.

  1. clean gutters avoid mold removal in IndianapolisClean gutters and downspout extensions every 60 days. When water accumulates around your home’s foundation, it creates puddles and eventually can cause major leaks and cracks within the foundation walls. Additionally, as water accumulates over the roof line, the roof begins to deteriorate, the shingles wear and the ceiling begins to take on water. It’s important to keep your gutters clean so water moves away from your home properly.  Inviting water into your home creates a great place for mold to start breeding. Avoid the need for mold removal by staying on top of the clearing of your gutters and downspouts.
  2. bury downspouts avoid mold removal in IndianapolisBury your downspouts to help direct the water further away from your foundation. Moving water away from your foundation is essential, and burying your downspouts is a great way to get the water moving in the direction you want it to go.  Ensure that it is angled away from the home so the water does not have a chance to come flowing back towards your home.  Not only does a buried downspout have better curb appeal for your home, it allows you to choose where on your property your downspout empties out.  For many properties this is a quick DIY project, but for others it may require a little help with the labor and proper guidance of the water away from your home.
  3. use pop up drains to move water away from foundationLocate your buried downspouts, perimeter drain (if you have one), and sump line and know where they terminate. Knowing where your water is draining is the first step in identifying a potential problem.  Discharge lines and outlets can freeze over or get clogged with debris over time.  With any kind of blockage, the drainage of your system can slow or be stopped entirely. If there is no other way for water to exit your sump pump system, then it will back up cause flooding. If you know where your lines terminate you can visually inspect these regularly. Placing pop up drain at the end of your downspouts is a great way to keep lines from getting blocked.  Knowledge about your drainage system is an important step in keeping water out of your Indianapolis area home and reducing the risk for mold growth.

  4. grade water away from foundation prevent mold removal IndianapolisEnsure soil is graded to sloped away from foundation. There are two types of grading: positive and negative. Positive grading is good, negative grading is bad. Positive grading slopes away from your home, directing storm water away from your foundation. Negative grading slopes toward your home, directing storm water toward your foundation. When water collects around the foundation it increases your chances of basement and crawlspace flooding and the breeding ground for mold becomes a real risk. “Regrading”, or changing the slope of your yard so it’s pitched away from your house instead of towards it, is an important step in keeping your basement or crawl space free of water and mold.
  5. Avoid trees with large root systems near foundation.  Available space is probably the consideration most overlooked or misunderstood when deciding what tree to plant. Before you plant, it is important to know what the tree will look like as it nears maturity. Consider its height, crown spread, and root space before you plant to avoid disrupting your homes foundation in years to come.  Planting too close to your foundation can open the potential for water intrusion and mold growth. Check out this helpful guide from the Arbor Day Foundation that provides a basic spacing guide from various distances and various tree heights.
  6. Ensure mulch beds are not piled too high around foundation.  keep foundation clear to avoid mold growth in Indianapolis homeWhen mulching year after year, its important to not bring your mulch beds up over your block foundation.  If mulch is too high it can help contribute to a negative grading, and when storm water consistently collects near the home only bad things can happen. It is recommended that a minimum of 6 inches of foundation be exposed.  Don’t pile on more mulch that creeps up over your foundation and onto your siding, wood, brick, stone, etc. Instead, opt to remove the old mulch, ensure a positive grade away from foundation is in place, and then replace with new mulch.
  7. clear window wells prevent mold remediation IndianapolisMake sure basement window well drains are clear. A window well drain is very similar to a sink drain, if it is plugged, water will not drain away.  If leaves and other debris are allowed to accumulate in the window well, it prevents rain water from draining properly. If water is allowed to pool it will eventually rise until it pours into your basement right through the windows. Keeping the window well free of debris is essential in protecting your home from water intrusion and mold growth potential.  Depending on your location and landscaping, you may also consider a window well cover if excess debris is gathering quickly around your windows.

As mold removal specialists in Indianapolis, we find that the most common causes of mold growth can be avoided with proper maintenance. If you think you have a problem with water intrusion or need mold removal, we can come take a look at your property and set you down the right path to fix the problem before it gets worse. Complete our online contact form or contact our Mold Removal Specialist directly.

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Water in basement? Why mold and mildew are such threats.

One of the worst nightmares for any homeowner is finding water in the basement, and in most cases, the only way to deal with such a situation is to bring in a professional. Excess water, especially when it is contaminated(was a toilet involved?), has the potential to cause a great deal of damage, and if the problem is not dealt with properly, the situation can quickly get out of hand. This is especially true when water is pooling in the home and coming in contact with organic materials like drywall or fabric. This environment is a perfect habitat for mold growth. If water is not removed properly, you may quickly find yourself in need of an Indianapolis mold removal expert.

If you find water in your basement, Immediately Call A Certified Company For Water Damage Cleanup. Expert water damage cleanup is geared toward immediate response and full restoration of the property. A homeowner may be tempted to perform the job alone, but this can be a major mistake in many cases. Extensive restoration can take several days to perform, even with professional assistance, and with every hour that passes, the chances of recovering certain items decreases. Certified Indianapolis water restoration professionals are often on call around the clock and can respond immediately, bringing the manpower and equipment needed to get the job done efficiently.

Why Is Mold And Mildew Such A Big Threat?

The primary threat that mold and mildew produce is to the building inhabitants. Fungi contamination can aggravate allergies and respiratory conditions such as asthma. This is especially problematic in young children and the elderly, who are susceptible to both. Fungi, though, can also destroy material and necessitate expensive replacements and repairs if not dealt with promptly.

Certified Indianapolis Mold removal technicians are experts at halting the spread of fungal contamination, and they know how to seal off the area to keep it from dispersing. And with their commercial grade products and processes, the contamination can be  eliminated in  short order. This quick response will minimize the damage and ensure the home is healthy enough for a family to live and relax in.

Contact your Indianapolis mold removal experts at Indiana Residential if you think you may have a mold issue. Our Mold Services>

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Why use a certified mold removal specialist?

The IICRC outlines five major principles of mold remediation.

  1. Make sure safety and health precautions are taken by cleanup professionals and occupants. Mold-contaminated buildings can be associated with a number of health problems. Anyone involved in the mold remediation process must be protected from exposure through a combination of practices and controls.
  2. A post-cleanup assessment by an independent environmental expert. An      effective mold remediation cannot be developed without first determining the extent of the contamination to be removed. To ensure that remediation work is being properly performed, it is highly recommended that appropriate documentation of the remediation process be kept by project management
  3. Control of mold before it spreads further. Eliminating mold at the source of      contamination is essential. Once mold spores spread through the air, it will be much more difficult to capture.
  4. Oversee the proper physical removal of the mold. The mold must be physically removed from the structure. Attempts to isolate mold or remove signs of mold on the surface are not adequate. Note that bleach alone cannot kill mold.
  5. Ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or recontamination. Mold growth is virtually inevitable if moisture is not controlled. Moisture problems must be identified, located and corrected or controlled as soon as possible.

Application of these principles may involve multiple disciplines and professionals from a wide range of restoration and indoor environmental fields.

Certified professionals have the training and experience to:

  • Identify moisture sources
  • Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
  • Contain damage to the smallest area possible
  • Physically remove contamination
  • Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return
  • Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to a pre-loss condition
Professional restoration technicians understand the need for quick response. Immediate remediation is key to controlling any escalating costs. The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration. Certified restorers like Indiana Residential have the knowledge to test materials and apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their pre-loss condition. Please always look for the IICRC logo to verify IICRC certification.
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Meet Our Team

Just as your real estate business relies on referrals, Indiana Residential also depends on the quality of the relationships we build and the unique service we provide.  You count on us and we count on you.  Our team of experienced employees make us who we are, so we’d like to introduce them to you properly.

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TOM GIBSON

Meet Tom, he is a Project Manager and Estimator at Indiana Residential, responsible for preparing accurate and cost effective job estimates and managing projects to successful completion. From conception to completion, Tom is hands-on, on-the-job, and doing whatever it takes to ensure customer satisfaction. 

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JOEL SHORES

Meet Joel, he is a Project Manager and Estimator at Indiana Residential, providing timely, accurate and detailed estimates.  He makes the process from initial contact to final completion as painless on the agent and homeowner as possible.  Joel plans and purchases equipment and material, organizes and oversees contractors, and most importantly, makes sure that the customer is happy at the end of the day

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ELYSE GEIS

Meet Elyse, she manages the daily operations at Indiana Residential, and that’s no simple task. She handles everything behind the scenes from scheduling, logistics, HR and payroll to office management and all aspects of company financials. Basically, she’s the one that keeps everyone in line and keeps the train running. 

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ROBERT BARNES

Meet Robert, he leads the Indiana Residential Mold Division, managing the entire remediation process from visual inspection, sample collection and testing to on-site estimates, mold removal and material replacements. He finds the most cost effective ways of making projects affordable while still providing quality and on-time completion. 

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KELLY LATIMORE

Meet Kelly, he is the Co-Founder of Indiana Residential and leads the roofing division, Indiana Roofing. Latimore specializes in roofing repairs and replacements; ensuring a home’s resale value is at its highest. He is intimately involved in all aspects of customer relations from on-site Project Management, Fleet Management to preparing project estimates and safeguarding customer satisfaction. 

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MIKE GREVE

Meet Mike, he is the Co-Founder and a Project Manager at Indiana Residential. His main focus is to ensure the job gets done efficiently and effectively, while making sure everyone is happy, healthy and prosperous. From project management and estimates to keeping up with the latest remodeling trends, he is involved with every aspect of the business. 

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Tips for Selling Your House in Winter

While summer is the prime season for selling a home, winter can also be a great option for homeowners since buyers have fewer choices. Using this strategy could help you sell faster and for more money. Since winter brings its own set of challenges, you want to be prepared for when buyers tour your house by following these tips.

  1. Make Your Home Accessible

You have issues like snow and ice on sidewalks and snow piled up in the driveway to worry about in winter, which isn’t a problem in the summer. To combat this problem, make sure to shovel snow and put down ice melt before a showing or open house. The last thing you want when someone comes to see your home is for them to fall and get hurt.

  1. Brighten Up the Entry and Landscaping

You don’t have as many options for beautiful landscaping in the winter, and your yard can turn ugly and brown. Don’t let that deter buyers when you can spruce it up with a few unique ideas. If you plan ahead, you can plant a few evergreen or winter plants, which will be a bright spot on a dull landscape and draw the eye in.

Another option is to go with fake plants. Remove dead flowers and plants from your planters and replace them with a few artificial plants. Don’t go cheap, but spend a few extra dollars for high-quality products that look natural. Select plants which would naturally grow during this time of year to make your setting look more realistic.

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  1. Maximize Your Mudroom

Winter is a time for coats, boots, hats and other outdoor gear. Showcase your home’s storage capacity with an attractive, spacious mudroom. Buy and install hangers, hooks and shelves to keep the space organized.

If you don’t have a mudroom, consider building one. Take a corner of the garage and turn it into storage space for your outdoor wear. You can purchase a shelving unit and small table or bench and install it right by the door into the house. It doesn’t have to be fancy but efficient, and it will make your home stand out from the other houses that don’t have one. Contact Indiana Residential for a quote on a project to find out the cost of adding valuable space.

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  1. Maintain Your Home

Winter is hard on a home. From roofing issues caused by excess snow to heating problems, it seems a home is much harder to care for in the winter. If you have your roof inspected by a local roofing company like Indiana Residential, you can make any repairs before potential buyers see the home.

Have your furnace inspected and any repairs made before you put the home on the market. A house that looks and functions well in the winter will enhance buyers’ confidence to put in an offer.

  1. Indoor Play

With cold weather, now is the time to highlight your indoor spaces like a game room, media room or other areas for fun. If you don’t have these spaces, you may want to think about converting an unfinished attic or basement to enhance the value of your property. Indiana Residential offers numerous services to help in this large-scale project.

If you follow these five tips to make your home show well and impress buyers, you’ll have no problem selling it even in the off-season. In fact, you just might get a better price by having fewer competitors and be ahead of the game.

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Basic Principals for Managing Mold – Cleaning, Restoration and Remediation

Mold is everywhere! Knowing the proper ways to clean, restore and remediate your mold problem is the key. In this useful article from The Journal of Cleaning, Restoration and Inspection, Author Michael A. Berry, PHD shares the basic principals for managing mold.

As mold growth has become one of the biggest issues in the real estate market, Indiana Residential is certified through the IICRC/The Clean Trust in order to help home owners and real estate professionals take care of their mold problem at its source.  Have a mold problem? Let Indiana Residential’s mold remediation experts handle it. Call us today for inspections and removal estimates!

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Top Home Improvement to Boost Your Home’s Selling Price in Indianapolis

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Home improvement projects can help you get top dollar for your property when you sell. Whether you are putting your home on the market right away or planning to sell in the next couple of years, the right updates and changes can have a big impact on what buyers are willing to pay.

The key is to know which projects add value and which ones do little or could even hurt your home’s appeal for buyers. Once you know which projects are worth putting time and money into, you can plan your budget.

  1. Make a Good First Impression

Buyers often drive by the property before they ever schedule an appointment to come inside. Curb appeal is what will inspire them to take the next step. If your view from the front needs a lot of work, it sets the tone for how buyers feel as they come through your front door. This project doesn’t have to be costly or time-consuming. Trimming overgrown bushes and removing dead or overpopulated plants, and spreading a fresh layer of mulch can do wonders. A fresh coat of paint to your front door and around windows and trim can make the place feel brand new. Replacing or painting old exterior light figures can have a bigger impact than you might think. Even just adding a wreath and flower pots to your front door can entice potential buyers to want to see more. Don’t forget about the exterior of the house as well. Repair any cracked concrete and edge any walkways making the potential buyers trip up to your door the best it can be

  1. The Heart of the Home

It doesn’t matter how much the buyer likes to cook, they still want an updated kitchen. They want to see working appliances that don’t look like they need replaced. How much of a remodel you should do will depend on the market in your area and how outdated your kitchen is. Even a minor remodel where you prime and paint existing cabinetry, and replace hardware and lighting fixtures can have a big impact on what price your home brings. According to Remodeling Cost vs. Value study, a minor remodel in the kitchen will provide an 82 percent return on investment.

  1. Don’t Forget the Bathroom

Much like the kitchen, buyers like to see a functional, updated bathroom. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but low-flow toilets and showerheads, updated faucets and bright lighting can have big impact. Since this is usually a small area, you can often find it affordable to replace flooring or add a new vanity. If you have a little extra cash on hand, consider adding a second bathroom in a one-bath house. You’ll see big returns on this remodeling project. The same study from Remodeling shows that adding a bathroom can give you a 60 percent ROI. On a smaller budget, try priming and painting an old wood vanity cabinet in a fresh color, and add simple new hardware. Spruce up a basic clip mirror by adding a wood frame around it (Pinterest is swarming with instructions on this update). Bathrooms take a lot of wear and tear from water, so be sure to clean and caulk around the tub, shower and countertops to freshen up the condition.

  1. Save Your Energy

Budget-conscious buyers will appreciate renovations such as installing new windows or adding more insulation. If you have old exterior doors or windows that are original to the home, you could deter buyers who see projects in their future. However, it won’t cost you a lot to make those improvements before you list the house. A bonus is the fact that you’ll save money on heating and cooling until your home sells.

  1. Move Outdoors

One of the easiest projects to take on to add value to your home is the addition of a deck or patio. Outdoor spaces have become an extension of the home, so adding or enhancing this area is like increasing the square footage. Expect to get about 87 percent return on your efforts with the right design.

Each of these projects has the potential to increase the price of your home and bring in more buyers. To maximize your results, work with a realtor or designer and a contractor who knows the neighborhood and can give you solid advice.

Remember, spend your time and money on the things that really matter, and ask for professional opinions before you get started. The professionals at Indiana Residential can help you review all your home improvement and repair needs and work to get you the biggest bang for your buck! Contact us today to schedule a time to look at your property.

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