We pay attention to major issues and work to identify common problems based on our experience. If we are inspecting a slab on grade home with brick veneer walls, we understand to look for step cracks in the brick veneer, or cracking around or above the framed overheard garage door opening. We work to identify concrete slab leaks. We inspect around window casements where the window is framed into brick veneer wall to see (if there are lentils) that they are properly installed, or if lentils are missing completely. These features support the opening in the exterior brick veneer wall. Other tell-tale signs of issues like step cracks and loose bricks are examined.
Many of our clients choose us because there’s a few things we offer that most inspectors don’t:
We offer a reduced rate on wood destroying insect reports
We provide septic inspection, water well inspection, and water laboratory tests
We inspect pools and spas
We provide special notes for pier and beam homes
We inspect for soil height around the foundation
We inspect for heavy foliage
We inspect out buildings, detached garages, sbarns, greenhouses, and other detached permanent structures. We provide commercial property inspections.
Inspection issues common in Southeast Texas
We inspect many homes and commercial properties in Lumberton, Beaumont, Port Arthur, and all of the surrounding areas, and we find a few issues common to this area, including:
We provide wood destroying insect reports or termite inspections for termite issues.
Septics and Wells
In more rural locations, septics and wells are common features. We are experienced at inspecting traditional septic systems as well as aerobic septic systems. It’s common for clients in this area to have problems associated with septics and wells, and we provide detailed reports on these issues.
Due to the type of soil in Southeast Texas, which is very expansive, there is a lot of movement within structures. As soil absorbs moisture and dries out, it expands and contacts. This is a major factor in the settlement of the foundation. Whether it’s a pier and beam style home or a monolithic slab on grade, as the foundation reacts to moisture levels, it’s common to detect corner pops on the foundation. Sometimes this indicates a substandard foundation construction which can lead to premature foundation failure.
When we suspect foundation issues, we use a hydrostatic altimeter. We zero this at the front door, then take a reading, normally in three to four corners of each room. This produces a reading that is accurate to within 1000th of an inch which will indicate if the structure has moved. Using this reading, we will understand precisely how much the structure has moved, and can assess whether this movement is within tolerance. Generally, anything within half-inch of deflection per 10-linear feet is acceptable, and anything over a half-inch in a 10-linear foot span of deflection indicates that further evaluation is needed by a licensed foundation specialist.
Additional Points of Interest Covered During our Inspections
We test all fixtures, check for leaks underneath sinks, inspect for corrosion on supply piping, and all other aspects of the plumbing. We verify that water heaters are properly positioned at the 18” minimum mark above the garage floor, that a drain is installed and includes a pipe that terminates within six inches of the exterior grading, that the pressure relief valve on the water heater has a three-quarter inch pip that terminates to the exterior, within six-inches of the exterior grading. Other plumbing issues that we commonly find during inspections are gas water heaters that come in contact with drywall, ceiling, or roof structure. All types of V vents should have a minimum clearance of one-inch from any combustible material, so we carefully inspect for this.
- Window Seals
What Really Matters in a Home Inspection
What really matters is the condition of the home, property, systems and components.
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