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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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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.


Many homeowners complete the closing process and immediately start their own search for qualified contractors. Many times we’ve already been in the home to complete repairs so we are very familiar with the condition and its need for updates. We can help reduce the transition stress by staying on the project after the inspection repairs are complete.

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If you know your friends or clients are looking to do some additional enhancements or remodeling, let us know and we’ll take it from there.  Or pass along our info and be sure they let us know you sent them.  It’s that simple, we’ll send you $100 Amazon card for your referral if we end up winning the bid.

The Details:

  • Reward is $100 Amazon Gift Card that will be sent to you via email.  You can use the code we provide you when completing your Amazon transaction. If you have an Amazon Account, just let us know the email you use for that account and it will sync and deposit as a credit onto your account. Easy right?
  • You can receive reward multiple times… simply send us more referrals. We are happy to give you our money!
  • To count, your referral must become a new Indiana Residential client
  • To count, your referral must result as a client and the value of the work completed must be estimated at $5000 or more






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Successful and growing construction services business is seeking an Estimator/Project Manager in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. This position will be responsible for preparing accurate and profitable job estimates, converting estimates into successful bids and for planning and managing the resultant projects to successful completion.

Salary plus company vehicle included. No cold call sales.

Must be a dynamic and proactive communicator, who competently uses written and verbal disciplines such as e-mail, MS Office and voice-mail, etc. Candidate must be dedicated, motivated and loyal. Prefer experience in the construction field or a similar position estimating jobs within the construction industry

Indiana Residential, where homeowners and real estate industry professionals turn to for quality workmanship, competitive pricing and superior customer service.  Apply directly to Mike


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ir-group-emailFrom our team to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year!

As 2017 approaches quickly, remember we are here to help get your real estate business off to a great start.

Don’t forget about all our other great services:

  • Kitchen and Bath Remodels: Come by anytime to visit our office showroom.
  • Mold Remediation: We manage the entire remediation process… all the way to material replacements
  • Roof Replacements: We are a Preferred Owens Corning™ Roofing Contractor, offering a Warranty covering workmanship for a full 10 years


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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.





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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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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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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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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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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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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Ways To Transform Attic Space into Valuable Real Estate

What Can Do with an Attic to Add Value To Your Indiana Home?

An attic is often an unused space because it’s usually unfinished. Whether you are looking sell and need to add valuable square footage onto your house or you just need more storage for yourself, you might want to look up ↑ for the solution. Here are a few ideas to inspire you with this area to fit in various budgets.

Spare Bedroom

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If you are in need of one more bedroom to add value and space to your home, you can transform your attic space into a valuable guest bedroom. If you have kids who are getting older and want their own space, they will probably love the idea of finishing the attic for their room or creating a playroom or hang out area. While a steeply-sloped roof can be a decorating challenge, it won’t bother those little people or overnight guests in your home. With a bit of creativity, you can work with the angles to get the most out of this space.

Office/Hobby Room

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As more people work from home at least part-time, they desire a dedicated office space. The attic is the perfect solution.  Create built-ins along the sloped roof with open shelves or closed cabinets to hold office supplies, electronics and other items. Depending on the size of your space, you could even add seating for guests. Talk to a contractor about building outside stairs if you anticipate clients coming to your office to keep from interrupting your household.

Media Room

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Many homes come with only one living/lounging space. If you long for a family room or media room, your attic may be a dream come true. In a large space, you can bring in couches, chairs and an entertainment center. Simply place the television along the angled wall and seats opposite with the highest point of the room reserved for standing. If your attic is small or the entrance is narrow, you may have to build custom seating in the room. Big or small your attic space could be transformed into a get away from the rest of the house.


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If you have the budget and appropriate entrance, consider turning your unused attic space into a rental unit or apartment for your teenagers. You’ll have to expand the plumbing for a bathroom and kitchenette, but a large attic makes a nice studio apartment.

Tips to Make the Most of Your Attic

The angles and slope of the attic often intimidates people who aren’t sure how to use it or fear the discomfort that comes from walking around short walls. Utilize this feature by making it the focal point. Instead of trying to hide the sharp angles, play them up with lighting and bright colors. Use the shorter portions of the attic for built-in storage, such as cabinets, shelves or other built-in storage.
Add windows to bring in more natural light if codes allow. You can even put in a skylight for a spectacular view that doesn’t overlook the neighbors. Light paint colors will also brighten the room while dark tones add a sense of coziness. Finish exposed beams a contrasting color to make them stand out as an architectural centerpiece.
Work with a contractor to ensure your attic can handle whatever dreams you have for it. If it isn’t sturdy enough, a professional can add support beams to reinforce it. Have them do a thorough inspection before beginning any work to ensure the space is solid and dry and won’t compromise the integrity of your home. Indiana Residential is ready to help you make the most of this unique space. If you know you have some attic space and would like our team to take a look and see what options you may have for expanding this into valuable living/working space, Contact Us Today!

Considering New Flooring In Your Home? When It Makes Sense And Things To Consider

Flooring is an often forgotten aspect of a home when it looks good and works well. However, as it becomes outdated or worn, it takes center stage and not in a good way. Here is a look at the reasons to update the floors in your home and how to do it efficiently and affordably.

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Why You Should Update Your Floors

The most obvious reason to switch out your current flooring for new materials is because it looks bad and it’s a big thing that potential buyers look at when searching for a new home. If you cringe every time you see your old shag carpet or trip over a broken tile, you know the importance of a beautiful-looking floor. Your flooring choice can make or break how put-together you room looks. No volume of paint or furniture can make a room feel clean and inviting if the floors are yucky.

Another reason to invest in new floors is because it increases the value of your home. If you plan to sell in the next few years, your floors will have a big impact on how much you can sell your home for and how quickly it sells. It’s a big expense for a buyer to put into a home outside of their mortgage, so consider updating the areas of your home that need it most so you can get that return on your selling price. Buyers will appreciate a neutral, clean, updated flooring choice so they can be move in ready.
A third reason is that new floors save time. You don’t spend as much time cleaning them, hoping to get them to look a little better. Vacuuming a new carpet is much easier than going over one that’s frayed and worn.

Things To Consider When Updating Your Floors

Once you’re convinced of the need to update your floors, the next task will be to figure out how. First, you’ll need to decide if you want to replace the outdated flooring with a new version of the same product or if you want a different material.

For hardwood floors, you may only need to make repairs on any damaged boards and then sand the floor before putting on a new stain. You can completely change the look of your floor just by going from a dark stain to light or vice-versa. Another option is to paint your floors, which will create a modern space that stands out.

You can also update a tile floor that is in good shape but has gotten dull by having it re-grouted and buffed to a shine. This only works if the pattern and style aren’t outdated, but it can extend the life of your current floor and make it look like new.

Choose the material based on the room and how you use it as well as your personal taste.  If you plan to sell your home soon, it’s always better to get a few opinions from real estate agents, designers and contractors on the best choices in order to get the most out of your home.  Sometimes your personal taste may not be what appeals to the masses of home buyers.  Perhaps you like the soft feeling of carpet in the bedroom but hardwood floors could be done affordably and increase your resale value significantly; it’s something to consider and weigh out.

Replacing Your Floors

If the only option is to replace your floors, you’ll have to decide what you want the new material to be. In most cases, you’ll need to tear out the old flooring and ensure a solid subflooring lies underneath. You can lay carpet over old tile or hardwood without removing the original floor, which reduces the cost.

You never want to install any type of floor over the concrete without a subfloor to help reduce moisture. An example is if you have a converted garage or basement. You’ll want to have a subfloor put in between the concrete foundation and the new flooring to prevent future problems.

Visit old houses and you may find layers upon layers of old flooring on top of each other, especially with tile, vinyl and carpet. You don’t want to do this in your house. Take the extra time needed or pay a professional to remove the old floor and start out fresh. It will improve the integrity of your new floor and ensure a smoother surface.

Updating your floors is a relatively inexpensive investment to make in your home. A new floor can make you fall in love with your house all over again and help it sell faster when it’s time to move on. Talk to the professionals at Indiana Residential about new flooring options for your space.

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How To Create a Renovation Budget to Sell a Home

Selling an outdated or dysfunctional home can be difficult if not impossible. However, many homeowners hesitate to put more money into a home that no longer works for them. There is a distinct line between spending enough money to get the home sold and putting too much into it that you won’t get back. The key is to create a renovation budget that takes care of the problems in the least expensive way.

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Know What Needs Renovated

The first step is to know what issues need to be taken care of. One way to find out where to put your focus is by having a home inspection and an appraisal done before the home is listed. Look at both reports and notice the big-ticket items. When homeowners work with a real estate agent, they have the advantage of the person’s experience to know what buyers will look past and what will need to be fixed.

Outdated electrical and plumbing and foundation and structural issues are big warning signs to most buyers and the most expensive to repair. However, cosmetic issues can also deter many would-be buyers because of the cost involved in updating. For example, the average cost of a kitchen remodel varies from just a few thousand on a minor renovation to almost $100,000 for a high-end space. The majority of that cost is materials.

Because kitchens and bathrooms are big selling points for a home, these two areas often need the most work if they are outdated. However, you also don’t want to overlook the landscaping and outdoor space. The living areas and bedrooms are relatively inexpensive to update.

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How to Designate the Budget

Some homeowners will decide to put all of their money into one area, such as the kitchen. While updating this space is high priority, when you stop with one area, you make the rest of the house look worse. Instead, it makes the most sense to divide the budget to hit all of the major points.

Put most of your budget towards the kitchen, bathrooms and landscaping. Save about 10 to 15 percent to make inexpensive updates to the rest of the house. Paint is relatively cheap and can do wonders to the living room and bedrooms. If you need flooring, you can find inexpensive options that won’t cut into the budget too much. For example, replace an old carpet with vinyl or laminate. Modern laminate can be made to look like hardwood at a fraction of the cost.

Learn How to Cut Costs

You don’t want to be cheap on your renovation just because you’re selling since buyers can spot low-quality materials and work. However, you can learn how to reduce your costs by shopping for clearance products or going to outlet centers. Last season’s light fixture is still going to look modern but at a fraction of the price of the latest designs.

If homeowners are willing to do some of the work, they can cut down on labor costs. Even demoing a room can help out a tight budget before calling in the professionals. Another way to conserve your money is by talking to a contractor before you start the work. Let them know your budget and your goals, and they can create a proposal that provides the basics within your price. They know how and where to get the less expensive materials and where to cut costs and in which areas you should spend more.

If you want to get a homeowner to renovate their home for sale within a budget, encourage them to contact a contractor or remodeling company in the early stages. Indiana Residential has experienced professionals who can work within any budget and provide advice on how to renovate a house to help it sell faster.

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