Category: Property Maintenance

How French Drains Prevent Water Damage
July 15, 2019 Foundation,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

French drains are underground water drainage and management systems developed by Henry French. Though these drains have undergone significant improvements over time, they are still considered the most efficient method of directing water around your foundation. French Drains: Great Method to Keep Basements Dry Generally, every civil engineer knows that good drainage is critical in
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Prevent Water Damage in Commercial Buildings
July 12, 2019 Commercial,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

Leaks and flooding can cause water damage in commercial buildings throughout the Kansas City metro area. Resulting in safety issues and a very large bill in order to repair it. Not only can water damage walls and flooring, but it can also cause mold and mildew. This can affect the integrity of the structure, but
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Benefits of Doing Renovation Projects in Winter
March 28, 2019 Construction,Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

The peak home renovation seasons traditionally begin in the late spring thru summer. Then again in the fall as homeowners clammer to have their renovation projects completed in time for Christmas.  However, depending on the nature of the project you plan. There are some very compelling reasons why renovating in the winter can be the
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Foundation Concrete Repair Live Video
video January 29, 2019 Foundation,Property Maintenance,Videos Ben Fetzer

Foundation Concrete Repair Video Transcription of Foundation Concrete Repair Hi everybody! Ben Fetzer with Fresh Start Restoration. Sorry, the lighting is so bad and there’s a little bit of noise. I wanted to do a quick plug for a company I’m working with here. This is a Walker or Darryl, Darryl Walker Concrete, a concrete
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Why You Should Renovate Your Home in Winter
January 22, 2019 Construction,House Mold,Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

Winter is a season of rest and a day that most people look forward to. In the season, we experience long dark nights. Probably with snow and chilly mornings. Where we all want to grab a blanket and a cup of coffee on the couch. During these few months, most workers take time off to
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6 Ways to Prevent Freezing Pipes this Winter
January 8, 2019 Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Winter Ben Fetzer

Freezing pipes are a common occurrence in the Kansas City area during this time of year. With cold temperatures especially in the winter whereby pipes are exposed to freezing temperatures. When water is in the pipe then it may lead to the expansion of the pipe. In extreme cases, the pipe may crack or burst
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5 Primary Causes of Winter Flooding
January 2, 2019 Cause Mold,Insulation,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Winter Ben Fetzer

Winter flooding may sound like an oxymoron. However, flooding can occur in the winter. When water drainage is altered and the ground is over-saturated with water. Hence large amounts of water remain on the ground for longer periods resulting in winter flooding. The most common areas prone to flooding in a home are the basement
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Air Sealing: Making Attic Insulation Better
video December 11, 2018 Attic,Insulation,Property Maintenance,Videos Ben Fetzer

How to Improve Attic Insulation with Air Sealing Here is a short video from Ben to discuss the benefits of air sealing in an attic space. Taking the time to air seal in addition to adding attic insulation can greatly improve the efficiency of your home. Video Transcription of Air Sealing: Making Attic Insulation Better
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Air Duct Cleaning: How to Breathe Easier
December 4, 2018 Commercial,HVAC,Indoor Air Quality,Property Maintenance,Top Articles Ben Fetzer

How Air Duct Cleaning Makes Breathing Easier Air duct cleaning is a high priority for ALL our jobs! Clean air is an essential requirement for all human beings. That’s the reason why we have proper venting systems to allow air in and out of buildings and homes. However, many times we don’t even consider that
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Roof Repairs & Inspection: Prevent Mold Damage
November 27, 2018 Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Roof and Gutters Ben Fetzer

Roof problems are common house damages that develop with time for different reasons. The following is a list of roof repairs and recommendations to prevent water and mold damage from roof problems. 1. Improper Installation It may be as a result of improper installation by the roofing companies. This always happens mostly when homeowners are
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When Premium Gutters Are a Facade of Beauty
video November 7, 2018 Construction,Luxury Homes,News,Prevent Mold,Property Maintenance,Roof and Gutters,Top Articles,Videos Ben Fetzer

The Faulty Nature of Premium Gutters Premium gutters are a common item on the luxury homes we service in the Kansas City metro area. We have noticed a common trend with many premium gutters. Especially some of the more luxurious “minimalist” designs. For example, we just completed a mold remediation project on a luxury home in
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5 Tips for Insulating Your Home this Fall
October 17, 2018 Attic,Fall,House Mold,Insulation,Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

Insulating your home is an important item to review each fall to ensure your home is operating at the most optimal efficiency. Most of us think improving the efficiency of our home is expensive. Often it’s the least expensive insulating options are missing. However, yield incredible benefits. It is common for us to walk into
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Dealing with a Rodent Infestation in the Attic
video October 10, 2018 Attic,Property Maintenance,Videos Ben Fetzer

Rodent infestations have been on a recent incline as winter approaches rodents are beginning to look for a cozy, warm home to ride out the winter….many times in your attic. We have had a recent influx of calls from customers dealing with rodent infestation problems in their attic. At the moment, it seems that squirrels
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Step-by-Step Guide to Decon Rodents from Attic
video September 28, 2018 Attic,Indoor Air Quality,Property Maintenance,Videos Ben Fetzer

Rodent decontamination is a messy process! Those little “varmints” can create a lot of damage in a short amount of time. At Fresh Start, we have dealt with our fair share of rodent problems! We have found significant rodent contamination and carnage especially in wall cavities of basements. In addition, our attic insulation installers frequently run
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Downsizing to Reduce Maintenance & Simplify
video September 9, 2018 Property Maintenance,Real Estate,Videos Ben Fetzer

Downsizing and simplification are becoming a more popular discussion over recent years. We see all too often the scenario where homeowners can’t stay on top of their property’s demands for maintenance, cleaning, and repairs. As a result, we see lots of water and mold damage as a result of missed or ignored common maintenance items.
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Summer Mold from HVAC Condensation Line
video August 11, 2018 HVAC,Property Maintenance,Summer,Videos Ben Fetzer

Summer is Still a Time for Mold: HVAC Condensation In this video, Ben Fetzer will discuss the most common summertime cause of mold, HVAC condensation. Also, he speaks about plugged condensation lines. In addition, to plugged lines, we see a common occurrence of mold on drywall surrounding the HVAC lines due to condensation within the
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Stucco Siding Causes Water & Mold Damage
May 29, 2018 Cause Mold,Commercial,House Mold,Luxury Homes,Property Maintenance,Siding and Windows Ben Fetzer

Stucco is porous and retains moisture. Hence, it becomes a breeding ground for mold. Stucco siding is a material that is made from cement, water, and lime. It is applied in three coats on top of a lath base. It is used to provide a durable as well as a seamless exterior. If the stucco siding
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3 Ways to Improve Air Conditioner Efficiency
May 16, 2018 HVAC,Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

By reading this it’s apparent you are looking for ways to improve air conditioner efficiency.  When its summer, everyone needs to be having their air conditioner in the best condition. This is going to make sure that you are living comfortably in the hot weather. To enhance air conditioning efficiency, several things a homeowner has to
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Condensation Causes Mold on Cathedral Ceilings
May 11, 2018 About Mold,Cause Mold,Commercial,Drywall,House Mold,Luxury Homes,Property Maintenance,Videos Ben Fetzer

We see a large number of Overland Park homes with mold on cathedral ceilings. Condensation is the primary cause. Most often, it is due to the lack of insulation in the ceiling. The lack of insulation causes warm and cold air to meet and create condensation. The condensation creates mold. Check out both of our
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Dryer Vent Cleaning: The Top Fire Prevention Tip
April 13, 2018 Property Maintenance Ben Fetzer

What is the big deal with dryer vent cleaning? There are a hidden fire hazard and a threat to your house…it’s your dryer vent. Unfortunately, many of the users fail to prevent fire which occurs in the dryer vent. Such circumstances usually arise because of negligence. It is important to keep the dryer vents clean.
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