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Texas Home Inspector Standards of Practice

Texas Home Inspector Standards of Practice

Here is an easy to read version of the Standards of Practice for home inspectors in Texas. These Standards of Practice were adopted by the Texas Real Estate Commission and were effective as of September 7, 2016

What is Expansive Soil?

What is Expansive Soil?

Expansive soils are soils that contain minerals such as certain types of clay that are able to absorb water. When the clay absorbs water, it will expand. The more water they absorb, the more they expand. Soils containing as little as 5% clay can exhibit expansive characteristics.

All About S Traps

All About S Traps

An S trap is a drain trap that looks like a letter “S” sitting on its side. The plumbing systems in most older homes used S traps on the drain lines under sinks, but S traps are now prohibited by code throughout the country because they are not vented.

What is a Reverse-Fed Breaker?

What is a Reverse-Fed Breaker?

In a back-fed breaker, the wires that are bringing the power into the panel are connected to the back-fed breaker just like they are connected to any other breaker. This means that the power is going backwards through the back-fed breaker and then to the main bus.

What is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)?

What is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)?

A ground fault circuit interrupter, also called a GFCI or GFI, is an electrical device designed to monitor current flow and upon detecting a ground fault (“leaking” current), to instantaneously open the circuit and stop the flow of electrical current.

Foundation Settling vs. Foundation Problems on Slab Foundations

Foundation Settling vs. Foundation Problems on Slab Foundations

In my career, I have seen just about every degree of settling and every foundation problem that a home’s foundation can experience. I have also discovered that there is a difference between normal foundation settling and serious foundation problems.

Requirements for Closet Lights

Requirements for Closet Lights

Over the years, exposed light bulbs in closets have been the cause of many house fires throughout the country, because the heat that they generate can cause things like clothing, paper, and cardboard boxes to ignite if they are too close. There are certain requirements to prevent this and keep your home safe.

What is the Difference Between Grounding and Bonding?

What is the Difference Between Grounding and Bonding?

There is a lot of confusion about grounding and bonding and the purpose of each. Sometimes, they are used interchangeably, but they mean different things, and they serve two different purposes. So, what is the difference between grounding and bonding?

What is the Purpose of a Plumbing Vent?

What is the Purpose of a Plumbing Vent?

Your home’s plumbing vent system is very important for the health of your home. It keeps nasty sewer gases out of your home, and it helps the drain lines to drain properly. A clogged or inadequate venting system can cause poor draining which can allow

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Does Your Home Need It’s Foundation Repaired?

Most of the homes that I have inspected have foundations that fall into the category of those that have experienced some typical settling while a small percentage have needed extensive foundation repairs. I am often asked by my client. “Does the home’s foundation need to be repaired?” I will try to answer that question in this blog.

Water Is A Major Source Of Damage To Your Home

One of the more common and serious problems that I see over and over again is water penetration into the home. What makes this problem so serious is that if it is left uncorrected, the water can cause serious damage to the home.

Protecting Your Home From Termites

Termites do millions of dollars worth of damage each year to Texas homes. They cause more property damage than is caused by fire and windstorms combined. It is possible that they are eating on your home right now. There are some things that the homeowner can do to protect their homes from termites.

Spring Home Maintenance

Well, spring has almost sprung so it’s time for some spring home maintenance. We’ve all heard that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is true with just about anything in life – including our homes. If we will give our home a regular “checkup” and do some routine maintenance, it will better retain its value and do a better job of protecting us.

What’s the Big Deal About S-traps?

A common plumbing deficiency that I see in many older houses is an “S” trap. An “S” trap gets it name from its shape- it looks like an “S” on its side. It basically consists of…

Will New Double Paned Windows Save Me Money?

Many sales people and websites show you how much money you can save by replacing your windows. They tell a good story, but in many cases, the actual savings are less than projected, and it often takes decades before you can break even…

Failed Double Pane Windows

Have you ever noticed moisture in between the panes of glass in the double-paned windows in your home? Or do you have a white cloudy buildup in a window that makes it difficult to see through? If you have seen either of these phenomena in you home, then your double pane window has failed.

Does Your Foundation Need to be Repaired?

For homes built on expansive clay soils, changes in moisture level in the soil is the foundation’s worst enemy. During dry periods, the soil will contract and pull away from the foundation, leaving the edges of the foundation essentially unsupported. Since concrete slabs are flexible and not perfectly rigid, the foundation will actually sag along the edges. Then when it rains, the soil expands and pushes up against the foundation with extremely high forces.

Foundation Watering

Watering your home’s foundation may sound like an odd thing, but if done consistently and correctly, it is probably the single most important thing that you can do to protect your home’s foundation. It is critical to minimize the wet and dry cycles to which the soil around your home is subjected.

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