Home Inspections in Mobile, Alabama

If you’re buying or selling a home in Mobile, then you most likely are very familiar with the area. However, if you aren’t, then let me give you a little history lesson on the types of homes in Mobile.

Colonial French & Spanish Heritage Influences on Structures

In 1702 Mobile began as the first capital of colonial French Louisiana. However, it wasn’t long after that Mobile was captured by Spain during the American Revolutionary War. This is where downtown Mobile and even midtown gets a majority of it’s structural influence. While some people may shy away from older homes, there’s a lot to be said about the history and construction of a 50+ year old structure. When we inspect older homes, we take into consideration the time period in which the home was built. However, we also focus heavily on the safety of the homes electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems.

New Neighborhoods & New Construction

While older homes come packed with history and charm, new homes in new neighborhoods are also very appealing to home owners. These newly constructed homes come with all of the modern amenities and upgrades any home owner would desire in their home. At HIR we inspect these homes just as astutely as we would an older home with obvious flaws. Just because it’s a newly constructed house doesn’t mean it will be perfectly flawless. We’ll sniff out any deficiencies and present them to you on your inspection report. If there aren’t any – then you’ve picked a good solid home!

Weather Trends in Mobile & Surrounding Areas

We all know Mobile and the surrounding areas experience A LOT of rain. This abundance of rain and inclement weather can sometimes cause significant damage to homes that can’t handle or withstand this type of weather. That’s why we take every measure possible to ensure the homes we’re inspecting haven’t experienced any recent water damage or leaking. We also go a step further to make sure the foundation of the home is built in a way to withstand the levels of saturation that it will inevitably face in the coming months.

At Home Inspections Resource, we’re familiar with the Mobile area and we know what to look for while inspecting a home. We’re accustomed to the uniquely styled older homes found in the mid-town area and we’re also experienced in inspecting the newly constructed homes. We have over 30 years experience in home building and home construction and know just what to look for. If you have any questions about your upcoming inspection or if you’d like to go ahead and schedule your appointment, please feel free to reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you and we’d love to inspect your home.

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I recently performed a Home Inspection for a client and I saw something that you do not see much of in our area. The heating and cooling system was a Dual-Fuel Heat Pump with a gas Furnace or a "Piggy Back" Heating System. Here is how it works. The AC works just as any AC Split system heat pump would work. The AC condenser comes on and pumps the cold freon into a coil located inside of the furnace. In this case the furnace was a horizontal gas furnace located in the attic. The air flows over the cold coil and that is how you get the cold air delivered inside of the home. In the winter time the Heat pump reverses that theory and pumps the warm freon into the same coil located inside the furnace. The air flows over the coil and warm air is delivered to the inside of the home. There are also auxiliary electric heat strips located in a regular heat pump to provide additional heat to the house when the temperature is too cold for the Heat Pump to heat the house adequately. On this Dual Fuel Heat Pump The auxiliary heat is a Gas Furnace. When the temperature gets too cold for the Heat Pump to heat the house, a outside sensor/thermostat will shut down the Heat Pump and fire up the Gas Furnace to heat the house. When the temperature outside raises to a level that the Heat Pump can handle, the sensor/thermostat shuts down the Gas Furnace and turns the Heat Pump back on. The theory is that this cost to heat the home by using Gas Heat as opposed to Electric Heat Strips is cheaper when unit requires auxiliary heat to heat the residence.
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I recently performed a Home Inspection on a Newly Constructed Home. During the Inspection I tested the water pressure on the house just as I do during all Home Inspections. The highest my gauge measures is 100 and the pressure pegged the gauge at 100 PSI when i tested it. The water pressure on most of the homes I inspect measure much less. I retested it and got the same reading. When I left the house I called the Water Company and asked them if that was typical pressure for that neighborhood. The Water Company sent a tech out to recheck it and found that it was measuring 100 PSI. They also said that they install pressure reducing valves on all of the services in that neighborhood when they install the meters. Apparently the reducing valve had been removed when hooking up the line from the meter to the house. I informed my client in my report and they advised the builder to have it repaired. I have seen water lines blow out fittings at this pressure before. Discovering this issue and having it repaired probably saved a lot of aggravation and money for the homeowner and the builder in the future. This is one of many examples I have experienced when inspecting Newly Constructed Homes.
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