Inspections of Texas

2 Major Tips You Should Know For Winter Heating

2 Major Tips You Should Know For Winter Heating Heating your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in winter – about 29% of your utility bill.  The whole-house approach to heating is the most efficient as opposed to heating individual rooms.  Modern systems can achieve 98.5% efficiency.  There are …

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5 Things To Check Before You Light That Fireplace!

While most of us love the inviting atmosphere of a fireplace, there are 5 signs of trouble you should look for before lighting your fireplace this winter:  1. Firebox Cracks. The firebox is the area where all the magic happens in a fireplace.  It is the area with the most intense heat.  Firebox inserts must …

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5 Things You Need To Know About Attic Ventilation

Why should you care about attic ventilation?  93% of houses in the South are not ventilated for proper air flow.  Proper air flow extends the life of your roof, prevents damage to the inside of your home, minimizes repairs, and lowers cooling bills.  It also reduces the potential for mold in the attic space, aging …

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Shocking Pool Practices You Need to Know

There is nothing more refreshing than swimming in clean, cool pool water.  However, people are finally becoming aware of the dangers associated with electricity and swimming pools and boat docks.  The Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association launched an awareness campaign that labels Electrical Shock Drowning (ESD) “A Silent Killer.”  Lives can be saved by being …

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7 Mistakes To Avoid When Having a Home Inspection

Selling a home is an invasive process with realtors, buyers, and inspectors streaming through and poking into every corner. According to NAR (National Association of Realtors) 84% of homes are inspected before purchase. So it is important to understand how you can prepare for a home inspection. Try to avoid these things: 1. Hassling Over …

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Out Flashing the Floods

With annual rainfall averaging almost 50 inches per year in the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area, how your home sheds water is important to its health and longevity.  Our rain often comes as a deluge, pouring thousands of gallons of water on your roof within hours.  In torrential rains the water can overshoot full gutters and …

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Stairway To Heaven?

From graceful curves to straight runs to tight winders, stairs are essential for second story homes.  With approximately 12,000 deaths annually attributed to stairway falls, it is important for them to be safe.  The residential building codes for stairways are complicated.  There are several types of stairs which have different rules. To further complicate matters, …

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