Commercial Buildings Inspections Most Common Inspection Issues

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No building is perfect. Even the best built and best maintained structures or facilities will always have a few items in less than perfect condition. Below are some of the items we most commonly find when inspecting a a commercial facility or home:

Roofing Problems with roofing material are the single most common defect we find. Usually it doesn't mean the roof needs replaced, simply that it is in need of maintenance or repair.

Ceiling stains Caused by past or present leaks, ceiling stains are very common. It can be difficult to tell whether the stains are from leaks still present, or were caused by leaks which have since been repaired.

Electrical hazards Most common in older homes, but often found in newer homes as well. Electrical hazards come in many forms, from ungrounded outlets to wiring done incorrectly by the homeowner.

Rotted wood Caused by being wet for extended periods of time, most commonly found around tubs, showers and toilets inside, or roof eaves and trim outside.

Water heater installations Many water heaters are not installed in full compliance with local plumbing code.

Gas furnace Most gas furnaces seem to be in need of routine maintenance such as new filters or gas company certification at the least. Many have other issues such as faulty operation or inadequate fire clearance as well.

Plumbing defects Plumbing issues commonly found include dripping faucets, leaking fixtures, slow drains etc... Even in brand new homes, it is common to identify minor plumbing defects.

HVAC Heating venting and air conditioning are very complex systems, proper air balance and ducting deficiencies are always present in older buildings.  Thermostats and climate controls are sometimes broken or in operative. 

Hazardous Materials The presence of hazardous materials come in many forms from Biological to Chemical to Poisonous Gasses and minerals such as Asbestos.

ADA: Many buildings when transferred to new owner are not equipped and not in compliance with people with disabilities.

Roofing

Interior side of Bowstring roof truss system

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Bowstring Roof

As you may see the interior plywood covering is rotted. This application installation was installed incorrectly.

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Roof Patch

Some owners will use improper materials

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Roof Leak

When inspecting the interior mechanical room I observed a ceiling stain around the flue.

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Roofing Material

For some reason I decided to lift up on this shingle tab during the inspection. The whole tab was not secured. The material used to cover roof sheeting also was installed incorrectly. Brand new roof.

Firewalls

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Motel Attic

Never be surprised on what you will find

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Mechanical Room

Many issues were found in this area.

 Foundations

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Crack in concrete 5th floor balcony

This could present a problem!

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Step Crack

Foundation Wall

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Historical Building

Equipment

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Restaurant Equipment

Testing

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Restaurant Equipment

Testing

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High Voltage

I’m never surprised anymore