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I offer a Seven-Part Phase Inspection for new construction that complies to the current International Residential Code (IRC) and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

These generally exceed the local building inspection departments standards. Other trades persons often alter, bore, cut, and notch structural materials to get their systems installed. All of this is done after the City Building Inspection Department or Authority Having Jurisdiction has issued the Foundation and Framing Green Tag. This compromises the structural integrity of your home! Other defects may also be built into your project.

Depending on time of notification the 7 inspections are broken down into:

  1. Sub-terrain Utilities 
  2. Foundation Form to Pour
  3. Framing-Roof-Dry In
  4. All Utilities Rough In
  5. Windows-Exterior Finishes-Insulation
  6. Drywall-Doors-Cabinets-Trim-Fixtures-Flooring
  7. Final Inspection of finished Structure-Electrical-Mechanical-Plumbing Systems and all Appliances

Typically included systems:

  • Structural
  • Foundation
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Mechanical
  • Appliances

 

 

Optional systems:

  • Gas
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hot tub
  • Lawn sprinklers
  • Out buildings
  • Outdoor cooking equipment
  • Water wells
  • Septic
  • Security
  • Fire protection
  • Features unique to a particular property

From the Texas Department of Insurance

Phase Inspection Guidelines

 

Under normal circumstances, at least four separate categories of structural inspections will be necessary to determine compliance with the applicable building construction requirements. Inspections shall be requested prior to the installation of any type of covering which would impede my inspections. In order to inspect all fastener patterns, the number of inspections may exceed four; a charge will be assessed for each inspection(s). I add 2 (two) more inspections to cover all of the items not listed below and a Final Inspection upon completion.

 

The four categories shall be as follows:

 

1. FOUNDATION - Inspections for slab on grade foundations shall be requested after placement of reinforcement, but prior to pouring of concrete. Inspections for pile foundations shall be requested during driving of the piles. Inspections for pier and beam foundations shall be requested prior to the installation of floor members, which would impede inspection.

The following are the major items, which will be examined during the foundation inspection:

 

Monolithic Slab on Grade Foundation:

a. Reinforcement of slab.

b. Type of anchor bolts.

c. Placement of holddown anchors.

d. Dowels for masonry construction.

e. Offsets for masonry or masonry veneer walls (proper brick ledge).

 

Piling Foundation:

a. Embedment of piles.

b. Size and spacing of piles.

c. Concrete piles properly reinforced.

d. Wood piles properly pressure treated.

e. Anchorage of beams to piles.

f. Size of beams.

g. Floor joist span, size, and spacing.

h. Anchorage of floor joists to beams.

i. Height of lowest structural member.

 

Pier and Beam Foundation:

a. Proper size and depth of buried footings.

b. Proper size of piers.

c. Reinforcement of piers.

d. Reinforced concrete or grout fill in hollow masonry units.

e. Size of Beams.

f. Anchorage of sills or beams to piers, and piers to footings.

g. Floor joist span, size, and spacing.

h. Anchorage of floor joists to beams and/or sills.

i. Treatment of beams with wood preservative, where required.

Where applicable BUILDING CODE FOR WINDSTORM RESISTANT CONSTRUCTION Amendments Effective April 1, 2001

 

2. ROUGH FRAMING - Framing inspections should be requested prior to the installation of any type of covering which would keep the inspector from being able to verify the required connector or fastener patterns.

The following are the major items, which will be examined during the rough framing inspection:

Floor Framing:

a. Floor joist span, size, and spacing.

b. Floor decking type and application.

 

Wood Stud Wall Framing:

a. Spacing of sole plate anchors in exterior and interior walls.

b. Proper size of washers.

c. Sole plate pressure treated.

d. Grade and seasoning (moisture content) of lumber.

e. Size and spacing of studs.

f. Anchorage provided by framing anchors.

g. Anchorage of studs to plates (top and bottom).

h. Construction and anchorage of headers.

i. Installation and location of lateral wall bracing.

j. Bracing of fireplace chimney.

k. Anchorage of second story to the first story.

l. Anchorage of beams, if required.

 

Masonry Walls:

a. Size and spacing of vertical reinforcement.

b. Size and placement of bond beam reinforcement.

c. Length of shearwalls.

d. Construction and span of lintels.

e. Masonry wall connections.

 

Ceiling Framing:

a. Bracing of gable endwall, if required.

 

Roof Framing:

a. Roof joists or rafters (spans, sizes, and spacing).

b. Bracing and anchoring of roof joists and rafters.

c. Installation of collar ties.

d. Anchorage of rafters and joists to top plate.

e. Roof truss design, construction, installation, and anchorage.

f. Roof decking type and application.

g. Fastening of roofing underlayment.

Where applicable BUILDING CODE FOR WINDSTORM RESISTANT CONSTRUCTION Amendments Effective April 1, 2001

 

Miscellaneous:

a. Construction of awnings, overhangs and porches.

b. Installation and design of windows.

c. Installation and design of doors and garage doors.

 

3. FINAL FRAMING - The final framing inspection should be requested prior to installation of insulation and concealment of fastener patterns of exterior coverings and roof coverings. Reroofing inspections will also fall into this category.

The following are the major items, which will be examined during the final framing inspection:

a. Knee braces installed, if required by design.

b. Attachments to foundation below flood level.

c. Alterations in structural members.

d. Type and fastening of wall sheathing or other exterior wall finish.

e. Type and spacing of masonry anchors.

f. Application of roof covering.

g. Installation of roof vents.

h. Venting of attic space.

i. Installation or presence of window protection, if required.

j. Installation of gypsum sheathing board, if gypsum diaphragms are required.

 

4. MECHANICAL INSPECTION - The mechanical inspection should be requested when all outside mechanical equipment has been anchored (where applicable), particularly air conditioner condensers. This inspection may be performed at the time of the final framing inspection if the outside mechanical equipment is secured at that time. The major item(s), which will be examined during the mechanical equipment inspection, is anchorage of exterior air conditioner equipment. However, anchorage (where applicable) of any other exterior equipment, such as floodlights, turbine vents, propane tanks, swimming pool filters, water-cooling towers, and satellite dishes will also be inspected.

To schedule appointments or if you have any questions concerning the timing of inspections, or concerning the following construction guidelines, you are encouraged to contact the inspector.

 

We strongly encourage you to accompany the inspector so that you may ask questions and gain a better understanding of the systems in the home.

 

If you have any questions, or are interested in any other inspection services, please contact me so we may discuss your specific needs.