About Davis Home Inspections
Experienced, Professional Home Inspections
Jim Davis owns and operates Davis Home Inspections. Jim has over 40 years experience in residential and commercial construction. His career has given him a unique perspective on home construction, and he brings to his home inspection business an experienced eye that has overseen almost every aspect of residential construction. He is someone who knows buildings inside and out.
Jim's experience as a residential builder started in 1978. He has built homes in Lexington, Nicholasville, Georgetown, Winchester, and Richmond.
Jim worked as a carpenter at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lexington and owned a home remolding business from 1985 to 1997. The remodeling business did room additions, roofing, fencing, decks and residential and commercial remodeling.
He worked as a construction supervisor for the federal government from 1991 and retired in 2011. His duties included structural upkeep in residential and commercial buildings, as well as servicing electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems, maintaining and repairing roofs, and overseeing new construction.
Jim's Tips for Homeowners
- Trees, shrubs, and vegetation located close around your home can cause the drainage tile around the house to fail. The roots from the vegetation will search out the moisture with their roots. The drain tile and gravel will clog up. The drainage will stop and hydrostatic pressure will increase. This can cause basements to leak and crawl spaces to become wet. Trees to close to the roof of the house can cause shingles to deteriorate.
- Make sure the down spouts and water coming from the roof goes away from the house. This will keep the water out of the basement and crawlspace.
- Draining your hot water heater once a year will give it a longer life. Be sure to shut off the energy source before draining.
- Cleaning the coils on the outside of the heating and air units annually will increase the efficiency of the unit. Remember to turn off the power to the unit before cleaning.
- Changing or cleaning the heating and cooling air filters will keep the system running efficiently.
- Change smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries once a year.