We provide a comprehensive diagnostic report on the visible status of your home.
Foundation: With special equipment, Potthoff Professional Inspections measures every home's foundation to within 1/10 of an inch. Without this information, the other inspectors are just guessing!
Roofs: Your roof needs to be in good shape to keep out the elements and keep your energy in. We get on the roof to inspect it, barring any safety issues. There is no better way to check the status of the shingles, flashings and roof penetrations.
Rain Gutters: One of the biggest destroyers of a home is water. It damages walls, floors and foundations. We verify the status of all gutters and downspouts.
Grading and Drainage: Water must be able to move away from the home. The overall flow pattern of the lot is looked at.
Exterior Walls: Outside walls can be made out of many different materials: brick, stone, stucco, vinyl siding, or cement board (Hardy board). All of these materials react differently to the environment and each has its own weaknesses and strengths.
Windows: The biggest problems with windows is that they sometimes leak. We also look for proper installation, sealing (inside and out), glass damage, fogging, and operation.
Chimneys: These can be a likely way for water to get into the home. Metal flashing, water flow around the chimney, brick condition, chimney caps and safety screens are all looked at.
Exterior Doors: Doors are your first line of defense. We examine locks, latches, frame, weatherstripping and the general condition of the door.
Electrical: The electrical system is one of the most costly and potentially dangerous systems in the home. Breaker panels, wire size and condition, lighting, receptacles and other electrical fixtures are considered for safety concerns. Where we can, we check the temperature of electrical components with an infrared device to tease out problems that may not be visible otherwise.
Plumbing: Plumbing issues range from adequate water supply, leaking drain or supply pipes, and workings of tubs, sinks, showers and outside hose connections.
Air Conditioning: Air conditioning systems are put through their paces. Equipment is examined for proper installation and condition and the size (tonnage) of the units are checked to make sure they are a match for the house.
Heating: There are 3 different types of heating systems for the average Texas home: Electric, Fuel or Heat Pump. Each type has specific requirements and quirks. Potthoff Professional Inspections has the experience and training to meet the task.
Ducts & Vents: They are a key element to good energy flow through the house. If the duct is blowing cold air into the attic, you are losing expensive energy.
Attic: Attics are a very important part of the house. Was the attic built right to support the roof? Proper ventilation helps save energy, as does a proper layer of insulation. The attic is a good place to spot leaks that may not be noticeable on the roof.
Water Heaters: Water heaters are checked for size, flow and function. Proper ventilation is needed for fuel-fired heaters. Water heaters set to a high temp are energy wasters and can be a scalding hazard. If the relief valve is not functioning properly, it increases the likelihood of a devastating explosion.
Smoke Alarms: They are checked for function and placement. The proper function of these devices can save lives.
Interior Walls & Floors: We report significant holes in the walls, but that can be fixed or negotiated before closing. The status of the walls and floors can indicate structural problems as well as water leaks.
Interior Doors: We examine locks, latches, frame, and the general condition of the door.
Appliances: Every permanent appliance is inspected (Oven, Cook top, Garbage Disposal, Dishwasher, Garbage Compactor, Microwave, Oven Exhaust Fan, Built in Central Vacuum) Proper operation, installation and safety concerns are noted. Refrigerators are inspected if they convey with the house.
We also inspect septic systems, water wells, swimming pools, hot tubs, irrigation sprinklers, detached buildings