Additional Home Inspection Services In
the Houston Metro Area
- Thermal Imaging Scan: The inspector
will use a Thermal Camera to detect differences in temperature between the suspect area of the home and the
surrounding areas. This difference in temperature could indicate water / moisture in the wall, ceiling, or
other area. The Thermal Camera can often "back-track" to the source of the moisture. The Thermal
Camera may also detect the source of drafts, inadequate insulation, excess heat sources, and pest
infestations. FREE with every Premium Home Inspection!
- Elevation Surveys: Measurements are
taken from a central location in the home to the corners of each room on the ground floor to determine how
level the floor is. A survey of the ground floor gives a 'snapshot' of the foundation, which is useful when
comparing to previous or subsequent surveys to see how the foundation has shifted. Survey of First Floor
FREE with every Premium Home Inspection!
We had a foundation inspection performed on a one year old house. The guys were thorough, answered all
of our questions and explained the results in a way that was easy to understand. They found several
areas that we were unaware of and gave us a better understanding of what to look for in the future and
how to protect our slab from new damage. I will be using Fox again in the future and recommending you
to our friends. Thanks. Shawn Greer
- Chinese Drywall Visual & Intrusive
Inspections: During the Visual Inspection the inspector checks for common signs of Chinese
Drywall in the home, such as an odor of sulfur, corrosion / blackening of copper wires and pipes, and markings
on unpainted drywall indicating that it was made in China. If this inspection reveals indicators of Chinese
Drywall an Intrusive Inspection may be performed. At that point small samples of drywall will be taken from
various areas in the home and sent to a laboratory for testing. Results of the lab testing can take up to two
weeks. Additional Fee.
Read About Chinese Drywall Sulfur
Read Chinese Drywall Description/Explanation
Thank you Fox inspections for doing a wonderful job for my clients. My buyers are in
California, and the inspector was happy to review the report with them on a phone conference
upon completion of the inspection. My buyers were very impressed with the detailed report and
felt very comfortable moving forward with their home purchase."
Forensic Inspection: The
inspector will use a drill, saw, or other appropriate tool to open the suspect area of a structure and
pin-point the source of moisture or other issue. In the case of stucco, the hole will be filled with caulk when
the inspection is complete. The inspector is not responsible for replacing drywall or other building materials.
- Commercial Inspection: The inspector
will conduct a structural, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing inspection of a commercial property. Ancillary
inspectors may be called in as appropriate, such as Fire Control Systems Inspectors, Elevator Inspectors,
Chilled Water Systems Inspectors, etc. Additional Fee.
- Wood Destroying Insect
Inspection: (Performed by Texas Termite Terminators, a division of Fox Residential
Services Group.) The inspector will check the property for signs of wood destroying insects, such as termites,
carpenter ants, etc. The inspector will also assess the property for structural or landscaping issues that
could contribute to future wood destroying insect problems. Additional Fee.
- Stucco Visual & Intrusive
There are two main types of stucco inspections. The more
complete is called a Moisture Intrusion Inspection and the lesser is the limited Visual Only Inspection. The
majority of our clients need the information that the full moisture intrusion evaluation provides, yet we
understand that inspection costs are important. Consider both services and weigh the value that each will
provide. Stucco Visual Inspection Included in Basic Home
Inspection: This inspection is
recommended to all clients who want to know the condition of the structure in behind their
stucco. First we ask the home owner to
sign a waiver form. This is so we can put tiny holes into areas we suspect are likely to have water
penetration so we can insert a specialized tool that can read moisture (of course, we patch the holes).
Click HERE to watch a short video about Balcony Flashing.
Are stucco inspections recommended for New Homes? Click HERE
to find out! Moisture Intrusion Inspection available at Additional
Inspection: (Performed by Arctic
Fox, a division of Fox Residential Services Group.) The inspector will
check the heating and air conditioning equipment for installation and age related issues. The
inspector will also provide photos of areas of concern and make recommendations to increase the
life of the HVAC equipment. Additional Fee.
Swimming Pool Inspection:
Handyman Services: Almost anything
you need repaired, refurbished, installed, cleaned, painted - Fix-It Fox can
take care of, from Cabinets to Windows. Additional Fee.
Stucco Inspectors' certifications are posted below: