Top 5 Reasons to hire TWIA Certified Inspector

As per the recent declaration by the authorities in the state of Texas, about 14 coastal counties located on the east of highway 146, are designated catastrophe prone area. It has further been proposed, that the homeowners need to cover their properties against windstorm and hail damage and ensure proper inspection from a certified windstorm inspector, Texas.

 

If you plan to hire a commercial windstorm inspection firm in Greater Houston or surrounding areas, for inspection of PCA or Windstorm Inspections, then it would be wise to hire a TWIA certified inspector for a number of reasons. Read further to know more on the reasons to hire a certified PCA inspector.

1. An Eye for Details

Although, you may come across many inspectors from many of the top windstorm inspection firm in Texas; yet there can be a big difference, in the level of their skills and experience. A certified inspector has an eye for details.

 

In most of the cities including Greater Houston, an engineer needs to have a 4-year degree, along with a letter of a recommendation from peers to avail a license. Apparently, minimum license requirement in smaller cities is lesser. A person from real estate background, in a small city, can perform windstorm inspection in Texas.

 

Moreover, further considering the long-term investment that you may put in your small or mid-sized commercial property in Greater Houston; it can be possible that all your concerns related to safety as well as damage may not be resolved.On the contrary, a certified commercial inspector can detect the engineering flaws and help you to avoid any losses through scientific risk analysis.

2. Regulatory Compliance Guide

Regulatory compliance is an important part in acquiring a Windstorm Insurance plan for your property. Obtaining certification for big commercial properties could be cumbersome, unless you appoint a TWIA approved inspector for commercial properties. He can be a guide through various regulatory clauses and give you the best advice to secure your property and investment.

3. Property Condition Assessment

Property Condition Assessment or PCA Texas, are gaining traction as an inspection package that is quite exhaustive. The certified PCA inspectors are experts at detecting structural defects developed over a period of time. In the Greater Houston a professional PCA inspections firm is most sought after and brings lots of value.

4. Environmental Site Assessment

Another set of necessary inspections routine in Texas are the Environmental Site Assessments or ESA. ESA Phase 1 in Greater Houston is an essential requirement for set up or renewal of certifications for commercial and industrial projects. A windstorm inspection professional is likely to identify ESA issues for the industrial building inspection, Greater Houston and suggest remedial measures.

5. Reassurance of Higher Resale Value

While, a certified home inspector in Greater Houston may cost you a little bit extra in the beginning, in a long run, he saves a lot of cost overheads. As a matter of fact, some defects can be spotted easily, such as leakage or cracks under the roof. However, some defects are invisible to a normal eye, such as hairline cracks, as they can only be detected by certified inspectors.

 

TWIA certified inspector, Greater Houston are trained properly to detect faults or safety issues, through their own structural evaluation of the property as per principles of civil engineering. Thus, when you seek the expertise of a TWIA certified inspector; you get guidance and a reassurance that your property is safe from an engineering point of view.

 

Once your property is windstorm inspected whether be residential, commercial or of industrial use then, its credibility in the real estate market place goes up. If in case, you wish to sell your Greater Houston commercial property then it is highly probable that you would get a better deal, because a TWIA certified inspector could make all the difference.

Benefits of Commercial Inspection Services

If you wish to get the maximum benefit from insurance companies for your property, then you need to invest in a Windstorm safe commercial property. Accordingly, some of the best building inspectors in the Greater Houston area like EDP Engineers and Inspectors can provide you with the appropriate information.

The good news is that, the commercial building inspection costs are quite less compared to the valuable knowledge shared to help choose an insured property.

Structural and Windstorm inspections in the Greater Houston is required to be conducted at regular intervals. This is necessary for every property, out of which the roof is the uppermost part that is directly influenced by the severe weather conditions and hence, needs assistance in form of TWIA Windstorm insurance.

There are numerous benefits of Windstorm inspection structural inspection brings along:

Durability

Regular wind mitigation inspections are necessary in order to increase the durability of the roof, which is directly connected with the outer weather conditions. Being exposed to the outer harsh condition, the rate of degradation of the roofs is little higher as compared to other parts of the house. Thus, for extended durability, it is necessary to be assessed by the structural inspector.

Safety

If the roof is being maintained and serviced at a regular interval of time, you would be sure to be safe, no matter what the climatic conditions are!

Increased cost-efficiency

Due to regular checkup for leakage and other small issues, you should be able to make sure that you are preventing further huge, repairing expenses. Thus, through these cost-efficient windstorm mitigation services, it is possible to live safe.

Helps maintain the environment ambient

It should be understood that the regular roof repairing services can maintain the inside temperature of the buildings, in a dry as well as the comfortable state. Thus, your home will be able to provide the great warmth in the winters and be cooler in summers to keep you fresh and growing always.

What is the four-point inspection?

All the expert and well experienced commercial building inspection services are assessing the homes on the basis of four crucial characteristics, such as roof examination, checking electrical connections, along with plumbing as well as air-conditioning works. And hence, the goal of these services is to determine the approximate age of the structure and further determine the safety associated with hazardous environmental conditions.

EDP Engineers and Inspectors are professional commercial property inspectors, operating in the Greater Houston and nearby areas. We are here to help you for windstorm assessment of your Greater Houston commercial property. Give us a call today!

Begin Your New Year with Windstorm Inspection

Wish you a very Happy New Year 2019!

So what is the most important thing that you plan to do in this coming New Year?

As professional home inspectors in Texas, we recommend that you get your home inspected for windstorm certification, TX.

The Windstorm season brings lot of anxiety every year because, it is during this season, that the probability of occurrence of Windstorms, Hurricanes and Tornados is maximum. So from the point of view of a Texas professional inspections firm, the beginning of an year, is the best time to plan for Windstorm Insurance, for your home and office buildings.

TWIA (Texas Windstorm Insurance Association) has introduced a number of residential and commercial insurance plans which suit your requirement. It is good time to call a professional home inspector in Texas, like EDP Inspectors to visit your residence and do a complete structural analysis of your property.

There are a number of Windstorm terms and conditions that need to be fulfilled in order to secure WPI 8 and WPI 8c certificate for your property. As the best home inspection firm in Greater Houston area, we suggest you the right structural measures to update your property to acquire the TWIA windstorm certification.

EDP Engineers and Inspectors also offer structural analysis and design services to help correct the defects developed over a period of time due to erroneous engineering design or workmanship errors during construction phase.

In the Greater Houston area, EDP Inspections have done numerous inspections, that have helped our clients acquire knowledge, of the structural status of their property and take remedial measures. Most of the people are unaware of the benefits of home insurance or the best insurance plan applicable on their property.

EDP helps in identifying the right insurance plan on the basis of many factors, such as location, size, type and complexity of your property. Apart from Home and Commercial building inspections in Greater Houston, we also do 203k consulting TX, Roof inspections Tx and Window inspections in Greater Houston.

Our inspection and engineering team work in collaboration to suggest you all the feasible measures to make your qualify TWIA windstorm insurance criteria. It is our endeavor to provide Turnkey Windstorm Consulting solutions beginning this new year.Turnkey Windstorm Consulting for Residential & Commercial buildings shall have:

1.   Professional Windstorm Inspection

2.   Structural Analysis and Redesign

3.   WPI Certifications

Would it not be a great idea to get your home windstorm insured in the month of January itself and be at peace for the entire year?

What do Inspectors do when not inspecting?

EDP Engineers and Inspectors are a Texas based Windstorm Inspections firm. As providers of Home Inspections services in Houston Area, we would like to answer a common question: What do inspectors do when not inspecting?
EDP Inspectors from their busy schedules take out time to train and upgrade their windstorm inspection skills. Among our TWIA approved inspection and engineering team, we discuss the challenges we face in Texas based on-site inspections. Our main topic of discussion is the behavior of different members in a structure, under duress of various vertical and lateral forces.

We do extensive root cause analysis of structural failures and update our engineering team to keep in mind the results, so as to help them execute better windstorm compliant engineering designs. For more knowledge, we seek external resources for more reference on windstorm inspection and design in TX.

As we have experienced, a Houston Windstorm inspection is a science by itself. With each and every inspection completed in the Greater Houston and surrounding areas, we learn something new. In very basic terms, we come to know, how the different structural members of a home or a commercial building react differently to varying forces of nature under different circumstances.

At the recently concluded Inspection Fuel Seminar in Las Vegas, we learned how to organize and grow our inspection business by automating various features within the overall inspection cycle. There are many factors that consume too much time, in the Windstorm Inspection Process in Houston, distance being one of them.

We also learned the judicious use of collaborative tools, among our team members, to work instantly on the same requirement. Such tools help in streamlining the effort, put by a Texas residential or commercial inspections team and it avoids duplicity of effort, by all means possible.

At a recent GHBA event in Houston, we had the opportunity to discuss the windstorm updates to IBC and IRC set of codes. What probable impact would they make, on the overall ecosystem of the Inspection industry, especially for Windstorm Inspections, in Greater Houston, TX and adjoining areas?

In a nutshell, apart from our internal discussions on Windstorm design requirements, our team prefers external interaction with different industry leaders via such events. An event such as Inspection Fuel and GHBA seminars, eventually help us to be innovative and explore creativity in our profession when we are not inspecting.

Hurricane Michael – A Brief Analysis & Windstorm Mitigation

Hurricane-Michael

Hurricane Michael, classified as near Category-5 hurricane, originated from the eastern Gulf of Mexico on Oct 10, 2018. It made a hard landfall on the Mexico Beach, South Florida and continued inwards passing through the state of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and parts of North Carolina.

During the course of its path, it caused immense damage to properties, near the sea beach and its vicinity. Notable among those damaged were Tyndall AFB, which saw roofs of several buildings blown away and tress uprooted. Bay Medical Center in the Panama City was also extensively damaged with glass windows shattered by the force of the gusts.

Michael was a tropical windstorm which quickly converted into a category 4 Hurricane. The residents of areas like South Florida and Panama City, hardly had any time to move to safer locations as it took just a 24 hours for #HurricaneMichael to grow from category 1 to 5 hurricane.

 

Flash Floods due to Hurricane Michael
Submerged areas around Mexico Beach due to Hurricane Michael

 

The National Hurricane Center issued relevant advisories for Hurricane Michael and upgraded its strength to Category 4 as it came closer to make the landfall. The Mexico Beach and its surrounding areas were completely submerged as visible from aerial survey.

In its path of destruction, #HurricaneMichael left behind enormous amount debris. It also left behind lessons for us to learn, to analyse the structural failures which led to loss of property. Such high intensity hurricane also underlines the inherent need for proper Windstorm Inspections by certified inspectors.

 

Hurricane Michael Aftermath
Residents Assessing damage to their property and the Neighborhood

 

Team EDP Engineers and Inspectors, along its neighborhood community pray for the safety and well being of residents of the hurricane affected areas.

In a follow up to this analysis, EDP will discuss how we can execute structural design, for buildings and custom residential structures to withstand, severe lateral forces generated by winds exceeding 155 mph wind speed mark. We will also explore the potential benefits of regular home inspections to help make windstorm proof homes.

Please find more information about relief efforts in your state and Local County by searching for Hurricane Relief Centers.

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Seminar – Windstorm Resistance Structure Design at GHBA Education Center Houston

Windstorm Resistance Structure Design

In an effort to sensitize the Houston engineering community, GHBA is organizing a seminar on Windstorm Resistance Structure Design. The seminar will be delivered by two industry experts, Mike Babin, Texas Department of Insurance & Srinivasan Pillaipakkam P.E, DPIS Builder Services

The program shall focus on TDI – Windstorm Program, its latest updates and certification process. Information shall be provided on the TWIA designated catastrophe zones from the engineering and construction perspective. Differences between construction in non TDI jurisdiction areas and the designated catastrophe zones will also be discussed.

The core concern of coastal areas is the requirement of wind resistant structural design, so Wind resistant design of residential structures will be discussed along with a brief introduction to wind resistance requirements for commercial structures.

The essential use of Building codes while designing wind resistant structures and applicability of jurisdiction, permitting issues will also be under focus. For engineers involved in residential engineering design of structures, will get to discuss “Minimum design loads for Buildings and other structures 7-05″.

For construction professionals, the revisions to building codes IRC and IBC by the state of Texas shall also be discussed. The construction methods which comply as per TDI rules shall also be investigated. This is a good occasion for construction professionals to make GHBA aware of the practical issues they face on the field.

Attention shall be brought to the structural design of residential structures, the Foundation and Frame which majorly affect the building design and cost. Introduction to components and cladding elements in a structure will also be given in brief. Methods and practices which help minimize cost of construction shall be discussed.

For residential and building inspectors, various aspects of TDI approved windstorm services will be open for discussion. The Compliance perspective to TDI approved inspection program will be explained. The design, installation and inspection of building components and TDI approved products, methods and inspection procedures will the subject of structural investigation.

Lastly, the seminar shall discuss common strategies for Seaward, Inland I and Inland II zones, the concepts and criteria for selection of various structural members such as Windows, Exterior doors, Garage Doors, Roof Shingles, Siding, Brick, Stucco and more. A brief introduction to cladding in non-residential structures will also be given.

Team EDP shall be attending this seminar to stay updated on latest structural practices for Windstorm engineering and Windstorm inspection in Greater Houston. Hope to see you there.

For more information please visit – ghba.org

IBHS Hail Field Study Team Completes Successful First Deployment

Windstorm Construction-Professional

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s (IBHS) hail field study team is no stranger to using new technology to better understand the characteristics of damaging hail.

As 3D scanning abilities evolve and increase, IBHS is adopting this technology for the purpose of learning how and why hail causes property damage and how to prevent that damage. After testing 3D scanning abilities in the field last year, the IBHS hail field study team was able to fully take advantage of the tool this year and scan an astonishing 42 hailstones in parts of north Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

“Severe weather in the Great Plains states continues to be active this year and cause significant damage to homes and businesses throughout the region,” said Ian Giammanco, PhD, IBHS lead research meteorologist. “We are very enthusiastic about expanding our field study this year to increase the use of 3D laser scanning of hailstones to help understand hail aerodynamics and how hailstone shapes may affect damage.”

The IBHS hail field study is in its fifth year of a multi-year, major field research effort to study hailstorms with the goal of reducing property losses and improving weather forecast models and radar detection of hail.

Data collected in the field will be used to accurately recreate hailstones at the IBHS Research Center for further studies. In particular, the 3D scans collected will later help IBHS build molds used to create hailstones that reflect what the team has observed in the field.

In addition, data collected in the field will be used to accurately recreate hailstones at the IBHS Research Center for further studies. The 3D scans collected will help IBHS build molds used to create hailstones that reflect what the team has been able to find in the field. In fact, more than 10 billion data points on a single hailstone scanned will allow IBHS to create a hailstone that is almost identical to what was found in the field.

IBHS Participates in AIA’s Resiliency Summit

The American Institute of Architects recently released the proceedings from its Resiliency Summit, which included participation by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). The summit brought together about 75 participants to ask and begin to answer the question, “What can AIA do to advocate resilience in the nation and the world?” Architects see their role in resilience as including disaster preparedness, property loss mitigation, disaster response and recovery. The summit featured presentations by a number of architects, several of whom specifically mentioned IBHS’ FORTIFIED standards as a key to resilient design and construction. There also was an opportunity for participants to identify their top suggestions for architects to improve their role in resiliency. Among the ideas generated were:

Convincing clients about the resilience value proposition.
Better incorporating resilience into retrofitting.
Insurance and other incentives.
Ensuring that resilient designs are actually incorporated into buildings.
Helping citizens in their community understand risk.

IBHS looks forward to working closer with AIA and the design community to create more resilient communities with safer, stronger homes and businesses.

IBHS Research Scientist Lends Hand to Women in Roofing Industry

Often found inspecting asphalt shingle damage by looking down the barrel of a microscope, Heather Estes, materials staff scientist at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), keeps herself busy while analyzing various hail, wildfire, high wind and wind-driven rain tests at the IBHS Research Center.

Estes also makes time to assist women in the roofing industry through National Women in Roofing (NWiR), a national volunteer-based organization that provides networking, recruiting, mentoring and educational opportunities for women roofing professionals.

Launched just this year, the organization recently named Estes secretary of its Education Committee. We recently caught up with her to see what she hopes to accomplish with NWiR.

Why did you choose a profession in chemistry and roofing research?

I have always been fascinated with how things work and what makes them tick. I took as many classes in biology and chemistry as I could. Now, I get to put my interests and expertise to good use making roofs better.

My earliest memories of the sciences were when I was five. I remember placing bread and seeds on the window sill of our kitchen to observe how fast the mold and seedlings would grow. Soon after that, I was making rock candy in the kitchen to observe how crystals formed. Without sounding like too much of a nerd, I would stay in at recess in fourth and fifth grade to learn about acids/base reactions, phase changes, and separation techniques. I have always been fascinated with small things and how they change over time. I enjoy all of the sciences, but chemistry is the field that has really inspired me to become an expert and to try and make change.

He Knows a Thing or Two about Hurricane Safety

When his brother bought a house on the North Carolina Coast, Dr. Tim Reinhold, IBHS senior vice president of research and chief engineer, gave him the perfect house warming gift: storm shutters for his windows. “I got the translucent kind, so if he has to put them up, he will still have light in the house.” Known to colleagues as a leading authority on wind engineering, Dr. Reinhold joined IBHS in 2004. Prior to that, he spent 12 years as a professor of Civil Engineering at Clemson University.

We’re approaching the peak of hurricane season. What can people do now to get ready?

Protect their home’s doors and windows. If high winds blow out a window or door, the pressure inside the home is likely to take the roof off. That’s why I bought my brother shutters. There are a variety of commercial shutters that can be installed, including several that are translucent, and there’s always plywood, which provides some protection but not nearly as much as commercial shutter products. Whatever you decide to use, it’s important to buy the shutters now; once a storm is forecast, it can be hard to find them in stores. To be effective, the shutters have to be properly anchored and it is best to have pre-installed permanent anchors. It takes time to measure the windows and install the anchors, so do it well before storms threaten and use permanent ones so you don’t leave empty holes when you remove the shutters. It took my brother and me half a day, working together, and I’m handy and have installed them before.

What about doors?

You can get shutters or install plywood to protect the doors. It’s a good idea to add this level of protection, especially if you have a double door. Lots of people have them on their front entry way. They look nice, but they tend to be particularly vulnerable to being blown open by the wind—much more so than a single door. After Hurricane Charlie, I met a man who had tried to hold his door closed by pushing against it; he was injured in the attempt and it didn’t stop the wind.

Garage doors are vulnerable too, and they are a big opening for wind and wind pressure to enter. If you don’t have a high wind–rated garage door, think about replacing or retrofitting it to make it stronger.