We get asked this question a lot! What should I fix first?
Especially when it comes to the Marginal Summary of our reports.

When looking at the Defective Items List in Our Reports; One must look at what items
are safety hazards that would be detrimental to the life of your family. (Life or death) issues:

Remember all Defective Items Should Be Repaired or Replaced by a Qualified Contractor!

Here is how a person can determine sequence of repairs:
*This is just an example and is not an exhaustive list.
All Defective items need to be repaired and the order is up to the owner of
the report of how such repairs are dealt with.


For Example: First Set of Repairs


1.  The heat ex-changer on the furnace is cracked which would cause carbon monoxide poisoning which can cause death.
2.  There is inadequate clearance between the furnace flue and combustible materials which could cause fire.

1.  Gas Service Lines: Black iron piping and copper tubing; Copper tubing and flare fittings are no longer approved
for use with natural gas. Again a Gas Leak potential.
2.  CSST: Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing: Must be electrically bonded to prevent burn through in the event of
a nearby lightening strike. CSSTSafety.com

1.  The main lugs are double tapped in a 100 amp panel. Electrical fire.
2.  120 VAC Branch Circuits: Copper; Rodent damage to the wiring in the panel was observed. Fire Hazard.

1.  Broken fire brick liners were observed. This can cause carbon monoxide poisoning or fire in the home.
2.  Heavy creosote deposits in the flue of your fireplace chimney.  This is a fire hazard.

For Example:
Second Set of Repairs Listed in the Defective Summary of Your Report

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We were inspecting a house that had a well for their water.

We told our clients that they needed to have their water tested for toxins, especially LEAD.

Little did they know that the property next door used to be a junk yard.
We have been living in Columbia
since we were born and we were aware
of many areas of Boone County that were dumps.

Since, we knew what used to be next door to the House we were inspecting we told our clients
that they definitely needed to do water tests for these toxic elements:
waste oil
petroleum products
acid from batteries

When you move into a home do you know what water system is used to provide your home
with drinking water?

It is important to be educated on where your water comes from.

How old is the infrastructure that is providing your home with safe drinking water?

There are many stories of families who have been exposed to lead from drinking
water from their water supply in their homes and their children
becoming very sick!

Call your local water service provider to find out:
How your water is treated?
What chemicals they use to treat the water?
How often is it tested?
What types of pipes does your homes water pass through.


A Home Inspector can only see the supply piping that comes into your home.


So Be In the KNOW! Do not become a victim!

Contact your local water supplier or
the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Public Drinking Water Branch (573-751-5331) or

David Erickson, MoDNR, Missouri Water Resources Center
Tel: (573) 368-2332
E-mail: david.erickson@dnr.mo.gov


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It is so fun to sit on the front porch and watch the birds go from feeder to feeder!
Their colors especially the blue birds are so vibrant.
To hear the doves sing brings such peace to my soul!


Check This One Out! He/She is just making Your Home Theirs!

Birds can Damage your Home and
Bring in All Kinds of Unwanted Pests like snakes.


Learn About the 5 Diseases Birds Carry that Can Infect YOU!

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We were out driving around looking at Houses Being Built.
We love looking at new construction. It is fun to see the steps in

We came across the craziest site ever!  The duct work was in the attic but no roof.
The job site had boards everywhere with nails sticking out of what looked
like pulled off roof boards and lumber sprawled everywhere!
Nails were scattered all over the premises. It was CRAZY!

Before You Buy Learn All YOU CAN!

  1. What moisture exposure did the house have before being built?
  2. How long were the framing boards on the ground?
  3. Was the foundation poured and protected correctly?
  4. How much weather exposure did the interior have before the roof was put on?
  5. Was the electrical hooked up and installed to the panel safely?
  6. Is the exterior of the house like brick, EIFS, and or stone applied to current standards?


Check out the List of Problems That Can Occur to All the Situations Listed ABOVE:

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Just like the Sun Burning Holes Through Your Eyes During an Eclipse the Sun Can Also Damage Your Home!

Imagine being outside in the sun playing in the sprinkler or sipping tea reading a book but Uh Oh you forgot to wear sunscreen
and now your skin is burning and your are as red as a lobster. Aside from your skin turning red your are also going to become
dry and the moisture from your skin will become depleted quickly!

The Same Thing Happens to Your Shingles, Siding, and Exterior of Your Home!

This can become costly:

Melted siding

Blistering of Shingles

Deterioration of floor boards on decks and stairs

Overheated Concrete that chips and buckles

Ways to Prevent Sun Damage and Future Problems

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What Do You Mean?
I do not want to have a Flooded Basement-ANYTIME!

During Hot Dry Weather the Soil Around Your Foundation Pulls Away and Drys Out.

Then when it rains hard, your dry soil will not
absorb the moisture that fast; therefore running all the way down into your
basement. Possibly flooding, leaking, or staining the walls causing a host of problems!

Start by making Watering Foundation Plan.

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Stuart was inspecting around the corner
when he heard the sound of Fire Engines and saw smoke!

Everyone thinks, “Oh this only happens to other families, not us!”
Not true it can happen to YOU!

When have you had your home inspected?

Water Heater?
Radon Gas…Radiation?
Doors, Windows?

All these components are important for healthy living!

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Spradling Home Inspections Can Help you Find Potential Problems Before They Start!
Proper Maintenance Can Prevent Injury and Death!
Be Smart and Avoid The Most Costly Repairs!


  1. Asbestos Removal

    Asbestos removal and disposal should be done by a licensed contractor that has hazmat experience
    due to its cancer causing agent.
  2. Foundation Damage

    A foundation that is damaged will cause racking of walls, windows, and doors.
  3. HVAC Repairs

    A Leaking heat exchanger can not only be costly financially but a leak can be deadly.
    Carbon Monoxide is an invisible gas!
  4. Mold Remediation

    Mold can make you sick. Removal, repair of walls, and stopping the moisture is the most important
    in improving air quality after the mold is removed.
  5. Damaged Roof

    Replacing, repairing is very important in order to prevent other maintenance issues such as mold,
    and water in places it is not suppose to be.

Five More to Go:

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I love to take showers during a storm because we have a huge
Picture window facing the North West! My shower has rope lights around the ceiling
and it is just the coolest thing to see lightning cross across the sky and hear the thunder!

But How Dumb am I? I never thought of this till just recently!!

Lightening can strike your house and it can travel through the metal pipes, wiring, or the gutters,
and it can travel through the reinforcing steel in the concrete.

So during a Storm, Heed the Warning Stay Inside and away from your shower!!

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Ivy around your house can look so wonderful!!

Seeing the green leaves and new growth makes you feel great but your future headache
is about to happen! The expense in repairing and replacing exterior and interior walls can
really be a huge headache!

The roots of your vines  can grow into small cracks in your siding. This can lead to trapping moisture,
leaking inside your walls and rot. On brick it causes failing mortar joints.
The vines can damage other parts of your house as they envelop it. The vines can
pull off gutters, window panes, roofing materials, and wires due to their growth and heaviness.

When vines get into the cracks of your home the freeze and thaw cycle allow those
cracks to become bigger allowing pests and varmints to enter your home as well.


Most importantly this dense coverage also conceals what’s occurring to the
exterior walls and averts regular maintenance

Learn the best way to grow your beloved vines without damaging your home!

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