Most Common Issues In Commercial Buildings

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.

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Leak at flashing

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Asphalt Shingle Tab

I was able to lift the whole tab, brand new roof

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Hole in Firewall

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Lead Joints Water Lines


Combustion Testing Gas Fired Equipment

Clients need to know everything about the building before they spend millions of dollars. The inspector should be well equipped and trained to performed many types of tests to insure his or her client of the property condition. This service is not offered by home or commercial building inspection companies for two reasons. They have to be certified to conduct this test and 2nd, it takes time to perform these tests.


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Foundation Issues

If you don’t look hard enough, things will be missed

Foundation Step Crack

Concrete Block Wall, Step Crack

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Concrete Wall, Top of Roof

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25 Feet From Floor At Top Of Support Beam

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Main Support, Underside Of Decking, Approx 15 Feet, 2nd Story Stairs

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Testing Restaurant Equipment

Does your inspection company take the time to analyze and test commercial equipment? If not your inspector is not looking out for your best interest.

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Restaurant Equipment Testing

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Hard To Believe

Very possible this high voltage line could entergize all of the metal fixtures and countertops in this restaurant

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Buried Oil Tank

This little pipe sticking up out of the ground is a big expense. An buried oil tank is an environmental issue when not de-commissioned properly.