Accordion fittings and clogged drains

Accordion fittings and clogged drains. One always follows the other. Countless Do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowners have fallen for the ease of installation that accordian style plumbing fittings offer. It is true that these fittings can reduce the work load and planning...
Rain Gutter Discharge

Rain Gutter Discharge

Many Houston homes have rain gutter systems to carry rain water from the roof covering away from the foundation. A very common deficiency I see during rain gutter inspections are rain gutter discharge tubes pouring water directly on to the ground right next to the...
Siding to soil clearance

Siding to soil clearance

As a Houston home inspector, I see water damage and termite activity due to insufficient siding clearance from grade almost daily. It is important to maintain proper clearance of your siding product from the soil grade level. This clearance is also called...
Landscaping for the health of your home Part II

Landscaping for the health of your home Part II

In the first part we talked about the importance of proper slope around your foundation so that water isn’t held against the foundation. Now lets talk about the things to consider when planning new landscaping beds near the house.¬†One of the most common faults I...