A Commercial Inspection is done prior to the purchase of a new building or structure. You can also have a Commercial Inspection done annually to ensure the major systems in your building are functioning properly.
During a Commercial Inspection systems that will be included are, heating and ventilation,
air conditioning, plumbing, and mechanical and electrical. A Commercial Inspection also
Includes inspecting the roof surface, drainage, and penetrations, exterior elements and fixtures, and general topography of the building site. A standard on every structural inspection is the use state of the art thermal imaging technology to ensure we are seeing a complete picture of the structure.
A Commercial Inspection will allow you to find any problems that could be costly to repair or harmful to your health and the health of anyone in the structure. Overall, in the process of buying a commercial space, your inspection is one of the smallest things you can do to save you money in the long run or find comfort in purchasing real estate.
Additional services that can be added to your Commercial Inspection include Radon Testing, Water Testing, Wood Destroying Insect Testing, Septic Inspection, & Mold Inspection.
New Construction Inspection
A New Construction Inspection consists of three inspections that will need to take place which are a pre-drywall inspection, a final inspection, and a one-year warranty inspection. Please keep in mind that this series of inspections is only for new construction, if your home is already built all you’ll need is a general home inspection.
As you are building your commercial space, a New Construction Inspection will allow you to find any problems that could be costly to repair or harmful to your health as well as the health of your tenants, staff, and/or visitors. Overall, in the process of building a commercial space, your inspection is one of the smallest things you can do to save you money in the long run or find comfort that things are being done right while building.
Thermal Imaging is a service that we offer with all Commercial Inspections, this allows us to look inside the structure and see if there is anything going on inside the walls. Thermal or infrared imaging allows us to learn a lot about the structure that would otherwise be impossible to find. It also helps us to easily find damage that may go unnoticed until there is a larger problem at hand.
Although Thermal Imaging is something that we offer during all of our Commercial
Inspections, we also offer it as a stand-alone service. If you want to check on the things you can’t see within your building, you can have thermal imaging done at any time.
Radon Testing helps to protect you, your tenants, staff, and/or visitors. from a key cause of lung cancer that can be silently dwelling within. Getting your commercial structure tested for Radon can help to prevent critical damage to your health or the health of your tenants, staff, and/or visitors. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) exposure to radon accounts for almost 21,000 deaths from lung cancer annually, making preventative measures a must!
Radon Testing can be added to your Commercial Inspection and is recommended to be completed once every two years on structures that have been mitigated. Structures where mitigation is not necessary should have their buildings tested every 5 years. It is also important to complete testing after any new/major renovations or additions to a structure.
Water Testing for wells can be done one of two ways, with the use of a kit or by sending collected samples to a lab for testing. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and most state government entities recommend using a certified laboratory with qualified equipment capable of testing a wide range of contaminants at a high accuracy rate.
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) private well owners are responsible for testing their water to ensure that it is safe for drinking/consumption. If you are a private well owner it is recommended to have your water tested annually (once per year) for any mechanical problems, cleanliness, coliform, bacteria, nitrates, and any other contaminants of concern.
Water Testing can be done as part of your Commercial Inspection or as a stand-alone service at any time.
Wood Destroying Insect Testing
Wood Destroying Insect Testing is a very common test that we conduct where an examination of the property takes place to determine if there are any visible signs of wood destroying insects. Four of the most common types of wood-destroying insects in our service area are termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and wood-boring beetles. Many lenders require WDI Testing during which a pest control technician will also look for any signs of previous treatment on the property and if the treatment is currently ongoing.
This is an additional service that you can add to your Commercial Inspection or as a stand-alone service if you have reason to believe wood destroying insects may be affecting your building.
Septic Testing is done by using a dye test to inspect your sewage system. If you suspect that you are having issues with your septic system or require testing for permits or residential requirements you can schedule a Septic Test at any time.
A dye test is completed by adding a small amount of fluorescent (Fluorescein) dye is flushed through the toilet or put into the septic tank or distribution box. Over the course of the next few days the ditch, catch basis, or surface of the ground will be monitored and inspected for evidence of dye.
Septic Testing can be added to your Commercial Inspection or performed as a stand-alone service as recommended every 3 years, if required, or if you are experiencing septic issues and/or suspect damage.
Moisture Intrusion Inspection
A Moisture or Water Intrusion Inspection is completed to identify the presence of any leaks or areas where moisture is entering a building. This inspection also helps to identify the source and severity of the leak affecting your structure. Moisture and leaks can not only affect the structure and contents of your building, but also the health of anyone in the building due to potential mold growth.
A Moisture Intrusion Inspection is included in your Commercial Inspection or performed as a stand-alone service if you are experiencing or suspect moisture issues. It is also recommended to complete a Mold Inspection if you suspect any water damage or moisture intrusion.
A Mold Inspection is completed to find and identify mold growth in a structure. If you suspect growth, have had moisture issues, or have experienced water damage a Mold Inspection should be completed. Mold can not only cost you thousands of dollars in repairs, but it can also be detrimental to the health of anyone in your building, including many respiratory problems.
When it comes to Mold Inspections when you see any signs of water damage, it’s probably time to get a Mold Inspection. Common sources of mold to look for include leaks, wood rot, and water stains. However, your nose can also be a great mold tester, if you suspect a smell of must and mold, you should order a Mold Inspection,
It is highly recommended to have a Mold Inspection completed at the time of your Commercial Inspection. Mold growth can happen quickly and it is important to try and catch it as early as you can. This service is also available at any time if you suspect mold growth and should be done in conjunction with a Moisture Intrusion Inspection.