From building inspections to energy audits to infrared diagnostics, we offer a range of services to help you start making your home more comfortable, more affordable, and more environmentally friendly, today.
To start the process call our office at (254)690-1186.
Code Compliance Inspections
Building inspectors inspect the structural quality and general safety of buildings. Some specialize in such areas as structural steel or reinforced concrete structures. Before construction begins, plan examiners determine whether the plans for the building or other structure comply with building code regulations and if they are suited to the engineering and environmental demands of the building site. Inspectors visit the worksite before the foundation is poured to inspect the soil condition and positioning and depth of the footings. Later, they return to the site to inspect the foundation after it has been completed. The size and type of structure, as well as the rate of completion, determine the number of other site visits they must make. Upon completion of the project, they make a final comprehensive inspection.
Professional Home Inspector
The Texas Real Estate Commission Standards of Practice (Sections 535.227-535.233 of the Rules) are the minimum standards for inspections by the State of Texas (TREC) licensed inspectors. An inspection addresses only those components and conditions that are present, visible, and accessible at the time of the inspection. While there may be other parts, components or systems present, only those items specifically noted as being inspected were inspected. The inspector is not required to move furnishings or stored items. The inspection report may address issues that are code-based or may refer to a particular code; however, this is NOT a code compliance inspection and is NOT designed to verify compliance with manufacturer’s installation instructions on all items. The inspection does NOT imply insurability or warrantability of the structure or its components. Although some safety issues may be addressed in this report, this inspection is NOT a safety/code inspection, and the inspector is NOT required to identify all potential hazards.
Home Energy Audits: Great Information for Existing Homes
Chances are, you're spending much more on utility bills than you need to be. A home energy audit gives you the opportunity to fix that. Using the latest technology, including a blower door to assess air leakage and infrared thermography, a comprehensive home energy audit will point out leaks in your home's thermal envelope, deficiencies in insulation, and other opportunities to stop heat loss and reduce energy consumption, while improving the comfort and safety of your home. In addition to recommending fixes to reduce energy, we'll also may evaluate carbon monoxide safety and other air quality isssues and improvements to temperature and lighting comfort. Our comprehensive audit report will include a prioritized list of potential improvements, and may include an estimate of the savings the repairs may likely lead to.
ENERGY STAR Certification
As energy efficient building standards become increasingly prominent in the real estate community, more and more homeowners are looking to efficient building certifications as a way to distinguish their properties. As a ENERGY STAR Rater I am fully qualified to determine whether your new construction or remodeling may be up to the stringent standards of ENERGY STAR Homes and to provide certification where applicable. Fully aware that sorting through the red tape of energy efficient building can be difficult for homeowners and contractors alike, I'd be happy to work with you to help you achieve your building goals.
Duct Leakage Testing
Studies indicate that duct leakage can account for as much as 25% of total house energy loss, and in many cases has a greater impact on energy use than air infiltration (leakage) through the building shell. In many light commercial buildings, duct leakage is often the single largest cause of performance and comfort problems.
Residential construction using the 2009 International Residential Code & International Energy Conservation Code requires that all air ducts and air handler be tested for air leakage.
Blower Door Testing
Blower door testing is a way to test the "leakiness" of your homes walls and ceiling. By depressurizing your home and measuring the rate at which air leaks through imperfections in the building envelope, we're able to assess how much energy (and money) is escaping through air leaks, and how much you're likely to save by fixing those leaks. As part of this process, we will inspect the house with an infrared camera to pinpoint potentially hidden air leaks (making it much easier to address them when the time comes to get to work). We also offer blower door testing as an isolated service to test the effectiveness of improvements that have been made to a home, and to provide homeowners and contractors with a roadmap to further improve a home's efficiency moving forward.
Having your home or building evaluated with an infrared camera sheds valuable information on the effectiveness of your home's thermal envelope. An infrared camera may reveal hidden air leaks and areas where insulation isn't performing, and can also yield some interesting surprises -- such as where an uninsulated hot water pipe or recessed lights may be contributing to an air leak, for an example. It's a valuable part of any good home energy audit, and a step that we guarantee to take with thoroughness and precision (although our experience tells us that it can also be a fun part of the energy audit for homeowners).
We are contracted with multiple political subdivisions to perform plumbing inspections. Quality plumbing systems installed by qualified plumbers and inspected by qualified plumbing inspectors are critical to the health and safety of the Texas population because improperly installed plumbing systems can cause and actually have caused injury and death through explosions, fires, hospital medical gas contamination, and noxious fumes. Improperly installed plumbing systems can transmit diseases that include typhoid fever, diarrhea, cholera, and amoebic and bacillary dysentery. Sickness or death can occur when noxious fumes such as carbon monoxide, methane gas, and fuel gas are not properly ventilated by our plumbing systems. Improperly installed medical gas systems can deliver contaminated or cross-connected medical gasses to hospital patients causing sickness and death.