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Thanks for your interest in working with us at Greenbelt Structural and The Austin Home Inspector (TAHI). We are a small, growing firm servicing the Central Texas area. Along with real estate inspections, our company and parent companies offer:
-WDI (Termite) Inspections and Termite Treatment/Remediation Services
-Pre-Market Assessments and Seller Consulting
-New Construction Phase Inspections
-Investigations of Property Issues/Concerns
-Thermal Camera Assessments
-Plumbing Camera Assessments
-Mold Inspections/Assessments
-Investor Assessments and Consultations
-Drone Flight Assessments
-Commercial Inspections

Here at TAHI Services, we offer the most competitive payout percentages in the industry. Our goal is to build lasting relationships with highly qualified inspectors and newly licensed inspectors who have exceptional potential to grow in the inspection industry. Some of the benefits of working with TAHI include, but are not limited to:
-Paid Training/Apprenticeship: 15% of Inspection Fee During Training Period
-Low Percentage Split on All Jobs: 80% Average Payout
-Termite Inspector (Applicator Tech) Licensing and Insurance Covered By TAHI
-All Insurance Coverage Paid By TAHI (Over $1,000,000 in Coverage)
-Opportunity for Additional Licensing and Services Offered
-Complete Independence: You Set Your Own Schedule
-App and Reporting Software Access: In-House Report Writing Platform
-Financial Benefits for Building Your Own Client and Agent List
-Repayment Program to Assist in the Purchase of Tools and Equipment

Members of the TAHI team are expected to operate and perform as business owners and entrepreneurs. Andy Jordan, the company principal, entered into this field, in large part, out of passion for independence and the desire to build a business that surpasses the status quo. For this reason, we expect our fellow members to operate completely independently, professionally, and with a focus on self-reliance, business growth, and superb client satisfaction. To accomplish this mission, we expect the following from our members:
-Exceptional Communication With Clients and Agents
-Ability to Speak and Write in a Professional Manner
-Above Average Inspection Services and Reports
-Availability to Consult With Clients After the Inspection is Complete
-A Strong Drive to Market Yourself and Build Your Own Client/Agent List
-Desire to Grow and Improve in Your Industry
-Ability to Operate Independently, Set/Meet Your Own Goals

We work to ensure our inspectors and consultants remain with TAHI as long as possible. We accomplish this by offering a value to our members that far surpasses the percentages we collect. In our spirit of independence, we assist all members in forming their personal companies and building skills to grow as a business owner as well as an inspector.


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My house was built in about 1946. The electrical service was upgraded to 200 amps, but many of the outlets are still the two-pin style. The wiring appears to be an older cloth-wrapped cable. I’m worried about the grounding of this wiring. Short of replacing all the wire, is there another way to upgrade this system so that I can be sure it is grounded safely? A few ground wires are connected to the cold-water supply, but I believe that they are for a 240v electrical-baseboard heater system.

Steve Shroder, via e-mail, None


Clifford A. Popejoy, a licensed electrical contractor in Sacramento, California, replies: Modern circuits are grounded for safety, so your concern is well-founded. The “ground wire,” more correctly called the equipment ground, is there so that if any metal part of an appliance, tool, lamp, or the like becomes energized, the circuit breaker will trip and keep you from being electrocuted or shocked should you touch the metal part. How might the metal case of a drill become energized? The insulation on a wire inside the drill could become damaged. If that live wire touched the metal case, the tool could be energized to 120v, and that’s not good. If this happens with a grounded tool, a short circuit is created, and the breaker trips.

These days, not many tools, lamps, or appliances have three-pin plugs. That’s because tools and appliances are made with virtually no chance of an exposed metal part becoming energized. They are called “double-insulated.” There’s another insulating barrier between any wire inside the tool and the metal case or other exposed metal part.

How do you get a grounding receptacle outlet in an old system? The code allows a grounding conductor to be run along the existing wiring to the grounding bar on the panel where the circuit originates. Years ago, you could grab a ground from any metal water pipe, but when PVC pipe became common, that option disappeared because there was a real chance that the metal water pipe could be repaired with PVC, interrupting the grounding path.

There’s another approach to dealing with electricity being where it shouldn’t be, like on the metal base of a lamp. Rather than running a separate grounding conductor all the way back to the panel, you could use a ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI (also referred to as a GFI). These safety devices work by detecting any imbalance in electricity flowing out via the hot wire and back via the neutral. If there’s more than a minuscule discrepancy, the GFI cuts power to the receptacle or the circuit. The idea is that if there’s a difference between what’s going out and what’s coming back in, that difference in current might just be leaking out through a person. The trigger level for a GFI is 6 milliamps for 40 milliseconds. Most people wouldn’t experience shock or electrocution if the current flowing through them is less than 6 milliamps for that short a time.

If you replace a standard circuit breaker with a combination circuit breaker/GFI, you will gain shock protection for every outlet or device on the circuit. A 15-amp circuit breaker/GFI costs around $30. The downside to GFI breakers is that they trip often, so you spend a lot of time going to the basement to reset the breaker. I prefer to replace an ungrounded receptacle with a GFI receptacle to get shock protection at that receptacle and at all the other receptacles that are downstream, or farther away from the service panel. The downside is that it’s hard to tell exactly what downstream is in a 60-year-old house. A 15-amp GFI duplex receptacle costs around $15.

I wouldn’t worry about grounding the branch circuit for grounding’s sake. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t ground every outlet, just that the cost is high and the benefit low. Some electrical appliances (such as a surge protector for a computer) should be on a circuit with an equipment ground, but most appliances are double insulated. A lot of safety already is built in.

Rewiring is the best approach, but it is much more expensive than the options I outlined above and is not essential to achieve a good degree of safety.

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Below is a list of preferred trade providers that may be of assistance to our clients. Feel free to contact TAHI Services any time with additional questions or concerns. We are always available to our clients and agents.

The companies and tradesmen listed below are provided as a courtesy to our clients. No referral fees or compensation to TAHI Services PLLC are offered or accepted for providing this information. TAHI Services does not guarantee the workmanship or professionalism of the below listed companies. All referred companies are vetted and company research is performed prior to inclusion in this list.

Anything Around the House (Full Service Remodel and Repair)
Licensed, bonded with a solid reputation. Industry standard pricing.

Dan Summerlin (Carpentry/Remodel)
Dan is an amazing carpenter and remodeler. I have worked with him and seen many of his projects. Very skilled, highly sought after and is typically booked weeks in advance.

Prime Wall Systems (Stucco, Interior Walls, Stone)
Kevin Maxwell and his team is trusted and used by a local contractor who we work with regularly. I have not personally worked with Prime; but the company comes very well recommended and reviewed.

Coby Osborne – Osborne Engineering (Professional Structural Engineering)
Coby is a fully licensed professional engineer. I have worked with Coby on several projects. His knowledge and professionalism is impressive.

Enrique Comparan – Co-Owner, Centex Foundation Repair (Professional Foundation Repair)
Centex is the largest foundation repair company in Central Texas. They typically offer lifetime, transferable warranties on their work and have honored those warranties on several previous projects I have been involved with (Centex uses concrete pressed pilings which occasionally do fail over time). I recommend working directly with Enrique if possible. Centex is a well known company with industry standard pricing.

Supieror Foundation Repair
Superior only installs steel piers as opposed to pressed pilings (used by most other companies – to include Centex). Steel is the preferred method of foundation repair and has a far lower likelihood of future failure.

Scott Lockhart – CM+GC Landscaping, Irrigation, and General Contracting
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Scott Lockhart is a master landscaper, general contractor, consultant, and former building inspector operating both in Texas and Hawaii. He has spent his entire career (spanning several decades) in various aspects of the construction and professional trade industries. Currently, Mr. Lockhart is available for landscape planning/implementation, consulting, and general contract projects.

Allan Seekatz – IHS Landscaping (Full Servicing, Professional Landscaping)
IHS is a fully licensed and bonded landscaping company. Professional work at industry standard prices.

Nathan Nicholson – Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage, and Lighting
Nathan: 808-386-8428
Office: 512-836-5100
Nathan is a 20 year Army vet who, upon retiring, pursued  his love of landscaping by founding a business in Hawaii. Having recently retuned home to Texas, Nathan is now an area manager working with Andy’s Landscaping. Nathan is passionate about his craft and an honest tradesman.
NOTE: TAHI Services has not worked directly with Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage and Lighting. Pricing ranges are unknown.

Austin Affordable Gutters
A-Affordable has worked with several of my clients. Professional installation at competitive rates.

Hill Country Seamless Gutters
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Hill Country is a rain gutter installation company used by my roofer. I have not worked directly with this company; but they come well recommended.

Lakeline Gutters
Lakeline is a rain gutter installation company used by my roofer. I have not worked directly with this company; but they come well recommended.

Victoria Toler – The Roof Lady LLC (Full Service Roofing)
I have worked with Victoria and her crew several times. Great work done in a timely fashion at a fair price.

Jay Puckett – Jay Puckett Roofing
Mr. Puckett is one of the most knowledgable roofing experts in the Central Texas area. His work is exceeds standards. Service prices are within normal industry rates.

Ja-Mar Roofing (Full Service Roofing and Sheet Metal)
Ja-Mar is a mid-large sized company well known in the industry for their specialization in metal, commercial, and high-end residential roofing. Ja-Mar carries an A+ rating with the BBB and has an impressive project portfolio. I have not worked directly with Ja-Mar; but have researched the company and consulted with the owner, David Philips. Ja-Mar is a fully licensed and bonded company at industry standard prices.

Deruiter Insulation (Full Service Blown and Foam Experts)
Kurt Deruiter, owner, is known to be the foremost expert on foam insulation in the Central Texas area. Great reputation at industry standard prices.

Jed Jordan – Texas Electrical Services of Austin (Full Service Electrical)
Texas Electrical is a full service residential electrical company. My brother, Jed Jordan, is employed with this company. Jed has worked with the owners for many years in the commercial and residential industry. Requesting Jed is advised as I am absolutely confident in his skills and professionalism.

Tim Putman – Putman Electrical (Full Service Electrician)
Tim is a master electrician. Fully licensed insured and bonded. I have worked with Tim on several projects. Very good work at industry standard prices.

Texas Air Specialists (Full Service HVAC)
Texas Air Specialists are a mid-sized HVAC company. They are very quick to respond and typically schedule a servicing within 24 hours. I have worked and several projects with Texas Air and am always impressed with their knowledge and professionalism. Fully licensed and bonded. Industry standard pricing.

Ruben Coronado – Tex Air (Full Service HVAC)
Ruben has worked with many of my clients. I have received great feedback and personally use Ruben for my HVAC needs. Fully licensed and bonded. Competitive pricing.

Jonathan Betak – Asics Plumbing (Full Service Plumbing)
Jonathan is a master plumber. Fully licensed insured and bonded. I have worked with Jonathan on several projects. Very good work at industry standard prices.

Peanut Plumbing: (Full Service Plumbing)
Fully licensed insured and bonded. I have worked with Peanut on various plumbing investigation projects. Professional service at fair pricing.

TAHI Services (Termite Remediation)
I am the owner of TAHI Services (parent company to The Austin Home Inspector). My remediation services cover residential treatments and inspections of termites and wood destroying insects. All treatments include a 1-Year warranty. Fully licensed and insured at industry standard prices.

Worldwide Pest Control (Full Service Pest Control)
I work directly with Worldwide and refer all pest control jobs outside my scope of service to them. Worldwide maintains a solid reputation and performs professional work at industry standard prices.