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When you book your home inspection with us, you can have us coordinate any other specialty inspections you needs such as WDI/Termite, pool inspections etc. so that they are performed at the same time we are performing your home inspection. Our endorsed service providers have worked closely with us for years and deliver the same high levels of service that you receive from us. They also coordinate their inspections / findings with us so you get a "team" of experts protecting your investment rather than a bunch of individuals.

This is a courtesy service and costs you nothing extra.

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Specialty & Ancillary Inspection Services

We can either perform or coordinate these and other additional inspection services for you. Just let us know what you think you need.

Wood Destroying Insects

In Texas, only those business and individuals who hold the proper structural pest control Licenses issued by the Structural Pest Control Service under the Texas Department of Agriculture can perform structural pest inspections or identify infestations.

You should be aware that any structure containing wood or cellulose material provides a natural food source for subterranean termites. Even structures that are mostly steel and concrete are vulnerable to termite attack. Some general conditions which are considered conducive to termite infestation include:

Sub Teranean Termites

We strongly recommend to our home buying clients that even newer homes be inspected for wood destroying insects during the option period.

A wood destroying insect inspection involves the following.  A licensed person will conduct a careful inspection to determine the presence or absence of visible evidence of infestation from wood destroying insects. The inspection will be made in those areas which are readily accessible and where infestation is most likely to occur. No inspection is made in areas that require the breaking apart, or dismantling/removal of any objects. Therefore, it is not a warranty as to the absence of wood destroying insects. It is not a structural damage report. A wood destroying insect inspector is not ordinarily a construction or building trade expert, and therefore, is not expected to possess any special qualifications, which enable him to detect the extent of structural damage. Evidence of wood destroying insects is noted in the report.

Diagnostic Inspections

Experiencing a problem that you just can't get a handle on? Is the tile contractor blaming the plumber while the plumber says it's a tile problem? Can't figure out the source of those mysterious stains or the reason for the warped hardwood floors? Accurate diagnosis of the cause and assessment of the extent of the problem is essential in order to determine the most effective method of correction.

Inspecting A/C unit leak

We have the tools and know-how to assess and diagnose many complex building problems and can bring in other specialists (e.g., Stucco and Indoor Air Quality experts), as appropriate, to provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your problem. It is best to be armed with detailed root cause information before contacting repair contractors. We provide this service to both builders an homeowners.



On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems

Approximately 25% of Texas homes are currently served by on-site wastewater treatment systems (i.e., septic systems). The percentage of new homes serviced by these system is projected to be 37% as more residential housing is built in less densely populated areas. The vast majority of tank type systems (at least in this part of Texas) fall into one of two design categories: “conventional" or standard systems consisting of a tank with an underground pipe and gravel drainfield; Alternative Treatment Systems, which are typically Aerobic Treatment Units which utilize oxygen consuming bacteria for treatment and discharge effluent on the surface of the ground, usually via spray heads

Aerobic Septic System

Regardless of the type of system used, on-site wastewater treatment systems do require regular maintenance to perform properly; they can and will fail if abused or not maintained. Unfortunately a high percentage of systems are not well maintained, which can expose the owners to both health and financial risks.

If you are purchasing a home with an on-site wastewater treatment system, we strongly urge you to have the system thoroughly inspected by a qualified inspector during your option period. Although Texas does not require on-site wastewater treatment system inspections by law, it is in your best interest to have an experienced on-site professional perform the inspection. While any licensed Home Inspector can "inspect" your system there are only 2 National Certification programs for on-site wastewater system inspectors: the National Association of Wastewater Professionals(NAWT) and the Natl. Sanitation Foundation (NSF).

We are certified by the National Association of Wastewater Professionals to inspect these systems (NAWT Certified Septic System Inspector #111984 IC).

Water Well Systems

Water Well Anatomy

Approximately 15 percent of Americans (8% of Texas homes) rely on their own private water wells for drinking water supplies, and these supplies are not subject to EPA standards, although some state and local governments do set rules to protect users of these wells. Unlike public drinking water systems serving many people, they do not have experts regularly checking the water’s source and its quality before it is sent to the tap. These households must take special precautions to ensure the protection and maintenance of their drinking water supplies.

If you are considering purchasing a home served by a private water well, we strongly suggest that you have the system thoroughly inspected and tested during your option period.






A basic water well system inspection should include:

HomeCert, LLC does not perform water well inspections, but we can help arrange to have a qualified inspector perform that service for you.

Foundation Elevation Surveys

Measuring slab for level

We can perform slab and pier and beam foundation elevation measurements to determine if, and just how much, your  foundation is out of level. This can be useful for initial foundation performance assessment, establishing a baseline, or for comparison to a prior elevation reading to determine if additional movement has occurred.

Note: These foundation elevation surveys are intended for assessing foundation performance. They are not intended for flood certificates.

Swimming Pool Inspections

Pool Inspection

A pool or spa can be a great enhancement to a home and can provide many hours of family fun and memories, especially in Texas where we have long pool friendly seasons. However, along with a pool or spa comes a great deal of responsibility. A pool or spa presents the homeowner with significant safety challenges, requires constant maintenance and can present costly repairs if maintenance is not kept up-to-date.

If you are purchasing a home with a pool or spa, we strongly recommend that you have it thoroughly inspected to ensure that it complies with required safety standards, that the pool finish, decking, plumbing, pumps, filters and controls are all in good condition and serviceable.

HomeCert, LLC does not perform pool and spa inspections, however, we will be happy to coordinate your pool inspection with a qualified endorsed provider so that your pool inspection will be performed at the same time as your home inspection.

Stucco / EIFS Assessment

Moisture penetration can be a major problem with conventional hardcoat stucco and EIFS (synthetic stucco) installations, especially in the Houston area with our sub tropical climate, high humidity and rainfall levels. Moisture penetration in stucco finished wood frame construction can lead to wood rot of the substrate and framing members and can contribute to termite infestation, mold and indoor air quality issues.

Stucco Inspection

Common areas of moisture penetration issues include flashings (especially where roof edges terminate next to a wall), penetrations, window / door openings, chimneys, deck and pergola attachments, accent attachments, soil contact and cracks.

Our regular home inspections include visual examination of vulnerable areas for deficiencies or signs of water penetration in stucco homes. However, often times a more aggressive inspection process is called for. In these cases it may be appropriate to utilize specialized methods and equipment such as infrared thermography and deep wall moisture detection probes.

If you know or suspect that you may have a stucco moisture penetration issue in the home you own or are contemplating purchasing, we can setup an appropriate specialized inspection.

Lawn Sprinkler Systems

Sprinkler Inspection

In-ground lawn sprinkler systems consisting of a single controller and 10 or less stations/zones can be inspected with your home inspection for no additional fee. Larger, more complex systems can also be inspected for a reasonable fee.





Outbuildings

Outbuilding Inspection

We will inspect detached garages and moderate sized (400sqft or less) non-inhabitable outbuildings for no additional fee. Larger structures including, barns, buildings, garage apartments, etc. can be inspected for a reasonable fee. Please let us know about them when you book your inspection.