Gutter Maintenance – Spring Cleaning

Gutter Maintenance – Spring Cleaning

Gutter Maintenance The flowers are starting to bloom, and spring has sprung (March 1-May 31) with all the maintenance the comes with it.  One often overlooked maintenance item is cleaning of gutter systems and doing any necessary repairs to ensure they are functioning...

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How to Get Ready for a Home Inspection

How to Get Ready for a Home Inspection

Get Ready for a Home Inspection As a homeowner, selling your home is one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make. That’s because, for most of us, our homes hold sentimental value, and selling them means letting go of the places where we have built precious...

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Proper Drainage After Foundation Repairs

Proper Drainage After Foundation Repairs

Drainage is an Issue Do you ever think about the drainage conditions around your foundation and how they might affect the performance of your foundation? Poor soil grading at repair piers can cause foundation settlement. Prevention of poor drainage allowing water to...

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Getting a C.L.U.E….. Report

Getting a C.L.U.E….. Report

Information on Your Home Is Available I receive a lot of advertising emails daily and one I recently received was selling access to historical property condition information on homes assumably to be used by a potential buyer.  I don’t know anything about the company...

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Poor Tape Flashing Application

Poor Tape Flashing Application

Poor tape flashing application is common in residential window installation in new construction, and this can result in water entry.  In the video water entry was found to be occurring even during framing stage because it rained pretty hard during the inspection. ...

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Tensioning Residential Foundation Cable Late

Tensioning Residential Foundation Cable Late

Most of the home foundation construction in the Houston area today is post tensioned slab on grade foundations. This type of foundation is not reinforced with conventional reinforcing steel bar but is reinforced using tendons that compress the concrete in two...

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Knob and Tube Wiring

Knob and Tube Wiring

During inspection of older homes in the Houston area it is not uncommon to find Knob and Tube (K&T) wiring.  In Houston this type of wiring is typically found in buildings constructed in the 1940s and before.  Knob and tube wiring was an early standardization of...

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Suction Filter Dryers

Suction Filter Dryers

Suction filter dryers are typically installed on air conditioning systems that have had a compressor failure and when observed normally indicate that a compressor was replaced on the system.  When a compressor motor fails it can introduce solid particles and acidify...

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Masonry Base Flashing Errors

Masonry Base Flashing Errors

Flashing issues are common in residential construction.  During our framing inspections, we try to identify flashing mistakes or areas where there is concern for performance so that they can be corrected early in the construction process.  This is often the best time...

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