Do I really need to use my bathroom vent?

Do I really need to use my bathroom vent?

The short answer: YES! Bathroom ventilation systems are designed to exhaust odors and damp air to the home’s exterior.  Ventilation systems should be installed in all bathrooms, including those with windows, since windows will not be opened during the winter in...
Preparing your A/C for Summer

Preparing your A/C for Summer

Since summer is just around the corner, lets talk about air conditioning units. Now is a good time to check your unit to make sure it will function properly this summer in our humid Iowa temperatures. The last thing you need to is to have your a/c not work when you...
Is your home inspector certified?

Is your home inspector certified?

Did you know that Home Inspectors don’t have to be certified in the state of Iowa? There is no regulation in our state when it comes to home inspectors! Any random person, no matter how little training or education, can market themselves as a home inspector. That is a...
Keeping Your Basement Dry

Keeping Your Basement Dry

There have been lots of wet basements after the heavy rains this week. Here’s why gutters are so important! 1. If your gutters do not extend at least 6 feet from your house- as seen in the top 2 photos, the water can drain right back to your foundation and into...
Why are home inspections so important?

Why are home inspections so important?

When buying a new car, you always want to take it for a test drive, and take it to your mechanic to make sure that there are no major defects before buying. When purchasing a home, you are spending *much* more than that, and repairs can also be much more costly! It is...

10 Tips to Prepare your Home for Winter

Now that winter (well at least it feels like winter in November) is upon us, there are 10 simple things you can do around your home to prepare it for the cold weather. Insulation: New Iowa homes now require R49 as a reference to how much insulation you may need in the...
Water Heater Safety

Water Heater Safety

A few years ago there was a great episode of Myth Busters where they tested what would happen if a water heater in a house exploded. The water heater literally shot out of the roof like a rocket! (Watch here) You may be wondering, “Could this happen to me?” Here are a...