Entries by Baxtie Rodriguez

Radon Testing: What Homeowners Need to Know

Radon Testing: What Homeowners Need to Know Importance of Radon Testing Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that originates from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water Since it’s colorless, odorless, and tasteless, it can easily go undetected without proper testing. The primary health risk associated with radon exposure is lung cancer. […]

The Benefits of Pre-Listing Home Inspections

The Benefits of Pre-Listing Home Inspections Pre-listing home inspections have become an increasingly strategy among savvy home sellers. Conducting an inspection before listing a property offers several significant advantages, from identifying and addressing issues early to facilitating smoother transactions and potentially securing higher sale prices. Here are the key benefits: 1. Identifying and Addressing Issues […]

Tip of the Month: Inspect and Clean Your Gutters

The Chicago Homeowner’s Monthly Maintenance Tip: April Edition

Greetings, Chicago Homeowners!

As the city begins to bloom with the arrival of spring, it’s time to shift our focus to essential home maintenance tasks to keep our homes in top condition. In this month’s edition, we’re sharing a unique home maintenance tip tailored specifically for the city of Chicago:

Tip of the Month: Inspect and Clean Your Gutters

With the change in seasons comes the need to pay special attention to your gutters. Chicago’s weather can be unpredictable, and heavy rains are not uncommon during the spring months. Properly functioning gutters are crucial for directing rainwater away from your home’s foundation, preventing water damage and costly repairs.

Why It’s Important:

  • Protect Your Foundation: Clogged gutters can lead to water pooling around your home’s foundation, increasing the risk of cracks, leaks, and structural damage.
  • Prevent Basement Flooding: A well-maintained gutter system helps prevent water from seeping into your basement, reducing the risk of flooding and mold growth.
  • Preserve Your Landscape: By directing rainwater away from your home, clean gutters help protect your landscaping and prevent erosion and soil displacement.

What to Do:

  • Inspect Gutters and Downspouts: Take a walk around your home and inspect your gutters for any signs of damage or clogs. Look for debris, such as leaves, twigs, and dirt, that may be blocking the flow of water.
  • Clean Gutters: Use a ladder and gloves to remove debris from your gutters and downspouts. Consider using a gutter scoop or pressure washer to thoroughly clean out built-up gunk and ensure proper drainage.
  • Repair Damage: While cleaning your gutters, take note of any cracks, leaks, or loose fasteners. Repair or replace damaged sections to ensure your gutter system functions optimally.

Take Action Today: Don’t wait until heavy rains cause water damage to your home. Take advantage of the mild weather in April to inspect and clean your gutters, ensuring they’re ready to handle spring showers and protect your home.

Stay tuned for more unique home maintenance tips and updates tailored for Chicago homeowners from our team of experts.

Wishing you a dry and worry-free spring season,

City Home Inspectors, LLC

February Newsletter

 February Newsletter Winter TLC for Your Chicago Home Hello, Chicago Homeowners! As we embrace the heart of winter, our homes continue to provide us with warmth and shelter. We’re back with another essential home maintenance tip to keep your abode cozy and well-maintained during the chilly month ahead. Tip of the Month: Love Your Plumbing – […]

Lead Paint

Dear Homebuyers, Homeowners, and Realtors, Welcome to our blog, where we unravel an often-overlooked aspect of the homebuying journey – lead paint testing. In this concise letter, we’ll explore why this step is a must for every savvy homebuyer. Health First: Lead exposure, especially for children, can lead to developmental issues and health concerns. Testing […]