Professional Engineering Inspections has been providing residential and commercial inspection and consulting services for existing and new construction in the Greater Houston area for over 28 years. Our services include prepurchase condition of property inspections, inspection of new construction, legal inspections, as well as inspections and consulting services where our clients may have specific needs. Our experience in construction consulting, where we are often asked to help find and solve construction related problems, is reflected in our inspection work and the quality of our resulting inspection reports. Our quality inspection services and reporting provide our clients with information that is useful in making an informed decision through narrative format reports which are easy to read and easy to understand. Our professional staff is also available to assist you in your inspection needs and to answer any questions you may have related to the inspection or consulting work we perform.
All of our reports and any associated photographs are made available online in an easy to access and secure Adobe Acrobat format for download and distribution.
Professional Engineering Inspections service area includes Houston and its outlying areas. We most frequently provide our services in the areas around Houston including Katy, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Baytown, League City, Friendswood, Pearland, Galveston, and Richmond. Upon request we will travel anywhere within the State of Texas and have provided our services to our clients in Austin, El Campo, Columbus, Brenham, Bryan, College Station, Corsicana, Dallas, Denton, and Livingston. If we must travel outside our normal service area we must normally charge a reasonable travel fee. Our travel fees are depended upon the time expected to be spent on site and distance to be traveled. If you live outside of the Houston area do not hesitate to contact our offices for a travel fee.
I am seeing a lot of soaker hoses placed way to close the edge of the foundation and evidence they are not being run enough. The summer has been heating up and as a result the soils supporting foundations in the Houston area are drying out. It has become common on my inspections to find the soil around the foundation of a home dry and pulling away from the edge of the foundation. This is an early indication that the owner is not watering enough. This trend continues below the grade beam of the foundation and if water is not added will result in differential settlement of a foundation. Soaker hoses should be placed between 12 inches and 24 inches from the foundation and watering should be done daily this time of year.
The rains we have been getting are helpful but not enough to provide a good soaking to rehydrate the soils. We need long duration slow rains. This can be duplicated by a regular watering program using a soaker hose or drip irrigation system. I am more impressed these days with drip irrigation systems than I am soaker hoses. Drip irrigation system parts are cheap, more durable than black soaker hoses, and the system waters more evenly all making the system more effective. You can buy parts for these systems at the major home improvement stores in our area. Most of these new systems come with detailed instructions and connect together without special tools and can be controlled with a battery powered timer to your hose connections.