Austin Insurance Inspections are performed because insurance companies often require a Four-Point Inspection prior to insuring older properties. This inspection is a review of the Roof, Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC systems. This is not an in-depth complete home inspection but for insurance purposes and your information only.
Electrical items are found throughout the house. I do not recommend that you do an electrical inspection yourself. Austin Electrical Inspections are best done by your home inspector or by a licensed electrician.
Smoke detectors can now be wired into the electrical system and also have batteries. The ac-wired variety can be connected together so that all of the detectors sound an alarm if any one of them detects smoke. Keep an eye out all during the inspection for smoke detectors. Typically, several different battery-powered detectors are found in most houses. In some houses, however, I have found no smoke detectors. In houses with fuel burning appliances or central heating systems, it is a good idea to install carbon monoxide detectors.
Plumbing components, piping, and fixtures can be found throughout the house. Start looking for plumbing vents outside on the roof when you first arrive at the site. Sometimes you have to go out in the backyard to find them. Many plumbers and owners prefer to penetrate the roof in back so the vents won't be visible from the street.
As you commence your attic inspection, keep an eye out for the plumbing vents. If you found them outside earlier, you should have a better idea where to look after you get inside. Occasionally, I find a plumbing stack vent terminated inside an attic. To my knowledge, plumbing vents should terminate outside.
In the attic, take a look around and under the plumbing vent flashing. If there are any daylight openings around the flashing, it might leak. These openings also provide a point of entry for small animals and birds as well as insects.
Is the plumbing vent material plastic, cast iron, copper, or steel? What is the condition of the joints? Is there an elbow right under the roof penetration? If so, check around for signs of leakage and try to determine if the joints are tight. If the vent stack is cast iron and has elbows, how well is it supported?
Does the bathtub or shower have grab bars? Even if you are not elderly or disabled, grab bars can be a nice thing to have.
Austin Roof Inspections begins when your home inspector first arrives at the site. Before going into the house, he is likely to make a mental note of the location of dormer, chimney, and wall flashing, low pitch and flat roof surfaces, and general roof surface conditions.
What kind of roof surfacing materials are found? Asphalt strip shingles, double-coverage asphalt roll roofing, single-coverage roll roofing, built-up roofing, wood shingles, metal, fiberglass, and rubber membrane are all used in my area. The asphalt strip shingles and metal roofing are typically used on higher pitch roof surfaces. Roll roofing, built-up roofing, and membranes are generally found on lower pitch or flat roof surfaces.
Sometimes, during the inspection of the interior, your home inspector might climb out onto a low pitch roof surface from a window in order to get a closer look at the condition of the roof surfacing material.
The roof inspection should include an inspection of the condition of the chimneys and chimney flashing visible above the roof surface. Sometimes, your inspector will not be able to walk on the roof and will use binoculars instead.
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