Regular Maintenance on Your Home

So many people buy a house and just move in, fill the fridge with their favorites and put up the big screen TV.  The reality of owning a house is like owning a car where you need to check the tires and change the oil.  With a house there are generally some things that should be… Read more »

The Electrical Portion of a Home Inspection

Part of a home inspection involves an electrical inspection. What does an inspector look for during this part? Most homes have electricity coming into them via a service entrance cable from the street. The inspector checks this cable’s clearances, splices and supports. If there’s an exterior ground rod, the inspector will look to see what… Read more »

Are Home Appliances Checked During a Home Inspection?

Many people wonder whether or not home appliances are checked during a home inspection. Babcock Home Inspections does check certain appliances– the ones considered “permanently installed appliances.” Essentially, permanently installed appliances are the ones that would generally stay in the home when it’s sold to someone new. Most are located in the kitchen. Babcock Home… Read more »

Why a Professional Roof Inspection is a Necessity When Buying a Home

Typical roofs in Texas can range from concrete flat tiles to Spanish style roofs to asphalt shingles.  The lifespan ranges from 20 to 50 years.  The more common roof coverings is asphalt shingles.  The 3 tab shingles generally last 20 years.  The heavier shingles known as architectural grade shingles can last 30 to 35 years…. Read more »

Electrical Surge Protection for all Electronics

Surge protection is also known as outlet power strips that we plug many of our electronic devices into.  These power strips help protect our electronic devices such as electronic clocks, computers, televisions, printers, microwave ovens, fax machines, water sprinkler controllers, electric tooth brushes, electronic displays on ovens,  cell phone chargers etc. from power surges. Small electrical surges from lightning… Read more »

Common Foundation Problems in San Antonio, TX

Recent rains have saturated the soil around our homes.  Too much water has a negative effect on our foundations.  The wetter the soil the more it raises the foundation.  When the soil is dry the foundation sinks. Stopping water from getting under the house is very important.  This applies to Slab homes, Pier and Beam… Read more »