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Hedrick Construction Blog

House Buying Series: Is the House Prepared for Winter?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on November 21, 2018 2:58 PM

Make sure the home you’re considering buying is equipped to handle cold conditions. There are several important places you should inspect or inquire about before making an offer on any house. Ask the following questions now to save yourself money later and to ensure you stay safer and warmer throughout the winter. 

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Topics: roofing, Windows, insulation, home maintenance, ice dam prevention

Do I Have a Roof Leak or Attic Condensation?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on December 14, 2017 11:00 AM

Finding water damage on the wall or ceiling is worrying for any homeowner. Most people assume this is caused by a leaking roof, but that might not be the source. Water found in these places is commonly caused by condensation in the attic. Fixing this issue can be less costly than replacing a roof, but it should be addressed as soon as possible.

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Topics: insulation, ventilation

Signs You Might Have Toxic Mold in Your Attic

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on October 4, 2017 12:13 PM

Toxic mold is a serious problem in attics, and it can affect the value of your home as well as your health. Attics are the perfect breeding ground for mold, and the problem can quickly spread if it’s not contained. This guide will look at the most common signs of toxic mold in an attic and how you can avoid damage to your health and home.

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Topics: roofing, insulation

Common Signs of Asbestos in the Attic

Posted by Heather Hedrick on July 16, 2017 5:48 PM

If your home was  built before 1990  and you have  vermiculite insulation, or if your house was built prior to 1970,  it’s likely that you have some form of asbestos in your attic or elsewhere. Used for fireproofing and insulation, asbestos was a cheap and effective material that became an industry standard for buildings across the country. However, asbestos can become incredibly dangerous when airborne, and its effects can be fatal even decades after the initial exposure. This guide will help you understand the common signs of asbestos and what you can do to protect yourself from exposure.
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Topics: blown in insulation, insulation, home maintenance

Is Your Humidifier Hurting Your Home?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on January 27, 2017 10:07 AM

 

At least a few times each winter, temperatures rise for a few days after a deep freeze. When this happens, a lot of homeowners notice what looks like water infiltration on their ceilings and walls. Although this evidence may be a sign that your roof is leaking, when the temperatures rise suddenly, the culprit is more often condensation in the attic than a leaky roof. And one of the most likely causes of attic condensation can be your home’s humidifier.

 

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Topics: roofing, blown in insulation, insulation, energy efficient, energy efficiency, home maintenance, ventilation, ice dam prevention

How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Posted by Heather Hedrick on January 13, 2017 9:24 AM

 

During the winter, when the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, many homeowners worry about their pipes freezing. You may have heard advice about how to prevent your pipes from freezing like letting your faucet drip but still be confused as to how (and when) you should do that. Here are the facts about when pipes freeze, how you can best prevent frozen pipes, and what you should do if your pipes do freeze.

 

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Topics: blown in insulation, insulation, energy efficient, energy efficiency

Is the Water on Your Ceiling a Roof Leak or Condensation?

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on December 23, 2016 10:58 AM

 

When temperatures warm up after plunging below freezing for a few days, a lot of homeowners notice what seems to be evidence of water infiltration on their ceilings and walls. Although this kind of moisture can indicate a roof leak, when the temperatures rise after a deep freeze, the culprit is more often condensation in the attic than a leaky roof. How can you tell whether you have a roof leak that should be dealt with immediately or a relatively harmless condensation issue?

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Topics: roofing, blown in insulation, insulation

Should I Have Roof Heat Cables Installed for Ice Dam Prevention?

Posted by Heather Hedrick on November 11, 2016 8:24 AM

As the weather grows colder, it’s a good time to perform some routine maintenance on your home—like cleaning out your gutters—to get ready for the winter season. Is your roof in good shape and ready for another snowy, icy winter in the Midwest?

 

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Topics: roofing, downspouts, insulation, energy efficient, energy efficiency

Roof Leaking? It May Not Be What You Think

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on August 19, 2016 9:48 AM

 

 

After heavy storms, you may notice water coming in through your ceiling or moisture stains on your walls. Although your first though may be that your roof is leaking, this may not actually be the case. A very common cause of water infiltration, especially when outside temperatures are extreme, is attic condensation. If your attic is poorly ventilated or insulated, moisture can build up and find its way into your home.

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Topics: roofing, insulation, home maintenance, ventilation

How House Wrap Can Reduce Your Energy Use & Save Money

Posted by Shawn Hedrick on July 29, 2016 7:25 AM

 

If you're building a new home or renovating your existing residence, house wrap is an important part of creating an energy efficient home. You may have seen the covering on new construction homes in the area. But what is that stuff, and how does it help reduce your energy use and save you money? 

 

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Topics: siding, insulation, house wrap, energy efficient, energy efficiency