The comments below are based solely on the opinion of 20/20 Home Inspections and information gathered from home inspection manuals.
Always install garage door bypass sensors as recommended.
- Roof leaks can occur even in new roofs. Be aware of potential areas for leaks that can exist at shingles, gutter backups, roof seams, skylights, exposed nail heads, chimneys, chimney flashing valleys, roof flashing, vent flashing and roof decks.
- Installing a "C" clamp on the damper of a gas fireplace will allow gases to escape up through the fireplace instead of entering into the room.
- If the house is serviced by gas, consider purchasing a carbon monoxide detector(s). Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be deadly. Pay close attention to gas water heater vents and gas furnaces (heat exchangers). Have a licensed professional evaluate systems if warranted.
- Per the Texas Real Estate Commission, it is beyond the scope of our visual inspection to adequately check the gas furnace heat exchanger. Therefore, it is recommended that a licensed heating contractor test and insure that combustion gases (carbon monoxide) are not entering the warm air circulated throughout the house, if concerns are present per the age of the house/heater.
- Smoke alarm(s) are recommended and the batteries should be checked annually. New Years Day is a good day to change the batteries.
- Exterior penetrations (water faucets, vent openings, etc.) should be checked annually and caulked as needed to prevent water seepage. Also check window caulking and door weather stripping.
- Adequate ventilation in the attic can reduce moisture and mildew buildup. Excessive heat build up can "cook" your roof shingles inside out and lessen the life expectancy of the shingles. Rule of thumb for attic ventilation is 1 square foot for every 100 square feet.
- It is suggested that you do not cover the wind turbines during winter. This causes moisture to build up in and around the turbine.
- Do not plug the weep holes if your house is brick construction. These are designed to let water that has gotten in between the brick and the interior wall to drain out and away from the foundation. If you must block the holes, you can use steel wool.
- Windows and doors should be easily operable, and window heights must be less than 44" from the sill to the floor. Know your escape routes. Make sure small children can open their bedroom windows in case of fire.