TEXAS STATE PROFESSIONAL HOME INSPECTOR • TREC LICENSE #20867

Monthly

  • Smoke detectors – Test to make sure they work in the event of a fire.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors – Test to make sure they work in the event of an appliance malfunction.
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters – Test to make sure they work in the event of an electrical malfunction.
  • Heating & air-conditioning filters – Clean or replace to reduce heating / cooling costs, prolong equipment life and improve system efficiency.
  • Garage door openers – Test the auto-reverse and photo sensor systems to prevent injury while closing.
  • Range hood filters – Clean to maintain efficiency and reduce the risk of grease fires.
  • Central vacuum systems – Empty canister and clean filter (if applicable).

Quarterly

  • Sliding doors and windows – Clean tracks and make sure drain holes are open to reduce the risk of water damage in home.
  • Bathroom exhaust fan – Clean grill to ensure good air flow

Spring

  • Gutters – Clean to extend the life of the gutters and to promote efficient draining.
  • Air-conditioning system – Have it serviced before turning it on- to protect the equipment.

Fall

  • Gutters – Clean to extend the life of the gutters and to promote efficient draining.
  • Heating system– Have it serviced before turning it on- to protect the equipment.
  • Outdoor hose bibs – Protect to prevent freeze damage to pipes.

Annually

  • Trees and shrubs – Trim all trees and shrubs away from outdoor air-conditioning units and away from the home.Vegetation can interfere with your home’s foundation and roof components. Vegetation is also an entry point for rodents and insects.
  • Bathtub and showers – Check tile grout and caulk to prevent concealed water damage.
  • Attic – Check for evidence of pests and roof leaks to prevent infestation and water damage.
  • Structure exterior – Inspect for water tightness, siding, trim, doors, windows, wall penetrations to prevent concealed water damage.
  • Exterior paint and stain – Check and improve as needed to prevent exterior wood rot and water damage. Make sure there is no wood to earth contact.
  • Fire extinguishers – Check gauges and or expiration dates.
  • Garage door hardware – Lubricate to ensure door moves freely. Check all safety reverse features.

Ongoing

  • Septic systems – Set up a program with a septic company for regular maintenance and inspection. Tanks are typically pumped every 3 years.