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Common Defects Found During Home Inspections: An Interview with Michael Muzik of Cavalry Inspections

By Michael Muzik

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Cavalry Inspections is a veteran owned business serving the DFW metropolis. Our inspections are based on the square footage of the home, and we schedule one hour per 1,000 square feet to ensure our clients get the most information possible about the largest purchase they will make. We offer several inspection options for our customers which include the following:

  • Pre-Purchase
  • New Construction
  • Warranty- Inspections are performed during the 11th month of your 1-year Builder Warranty.
  • Investor Property
  • Pre-Listing
  • Pool & Spa
  • Sprinkler

What is one of the most common defects you find when you're inspecting Texas homes?

The most common deficiency found during home inspections usually involves the main electrical panel and the lack of ARC Fault protection. This protection is very similar to the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection for outlets near sinks and kitchen counters, but protects the main panel. All inspectors must report deficiencies as outlined by the Texas Real Estate Commission in the Standards of Practice. These standards are constantly reviewed, and changes are made to these standards. When a standard changes, homes built after the effective date are required to have the proper equipment. This does not mean that homes built before the change are unsafe, it just means that new products have been developed which better protects the systems and the homeowners.

Is there something that most people don't know about roofing problems that they should know?

The roofing system could be the most important part of your home. It protects against water damage, and homeowners need to monitor the condition of the system. Proper maintenance and visual inspection are the best tools against damage. Homeowners should keep large tree limbs trimmed from the roof to prevent mechanical damage to the shingles. Leaves and debris should also be kept of the roof, as this may cause water to build up and work its way into the home. Satellite dishes are also an area to monitor. These units are designed for roof installations, but after large storms these units could become loose and allow water to penetrate into the attic.

How common are electrical hazards in older homes? What about in newer homes?

Electrical hazards usually come from the joining of dissimilar wiring. As older homes get upgraded, aluminum and copper wires are used in conjunction. This is usually not an issue except for the cases where the proper connectors and procedures are not used to join these wires. When this deficiency is found, a licensed electrician is needed to evaluate and repair the connections. Another common issue in older homes is the fact that they were built with a 2 wire system, whereas homes today use a 3 wire system which includes a grounding wire.

What are some of the most expensive defects that are commonly found during a home inspection?

Usually the most expensive deficiency found in home inspections is the presence of foundation damage. Foundation repair companies have an assorted array of repair options specifically designed for each type of repair. The extent of the repairs could prove quite costly. Proper use of soaker hoses will provide the maintenance to the foundation, and will give the homeowner the best way to avoid these costly repairs.

What are the basic steps that people should take after they've received an inspection report for a house with several defects?

After a client has received the inspection report, I always advise that the entire report be read and a list of questions be compiled. I always make myself available to my client and their realtor to discuss and answer any questions that came from the inspection. When deficiencies are noted, I recommend that these be repaired or evaluated by a licensed professional in each specific area of the home. This ensures that the necessary repairs are completed correctly, and within established codes or standards.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

Our company can be contacted through our website www.cavalryinspections.com or by phone at (682) 465-7453. Inspection appointments can be booked directly through the website. As a veteran, I want to give back to those who give so much for us. As our way of honoring our service men and women, Cavalry Inspections offers a 15% discount on services for anyone who is, or has served our great country. We also extend this offer to police officers, firefighters and teachers. Our Hero discount is our way of saying thank you to those who protect and serve all of us each and every day.

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