When having your building undergo an inspection, it’s important to know what they will first be looking for. Spotting those red flags on your own prior to your building inspection can save you and your home big time.

The following are the top fails for a commercial building inspection:

  1. Structural movement

If your property is showing signs of major pieces that need repaired this is a sign of structural movement. The real concern for commercial building inspections is major structural movement. Buildings, like homes, have small amounts of structural movement all the time; these small amounts are not considered red flags to inspectors like major structural movement is. The safety of the property relies on those major amounts of structural damage can put the value of safety on the building at risk. Indicators of major structural movement could be cracks in the paving or brickwork and cracks or bulging walls.

  1. Major Water Penetration

Insufficient draining, clogged guttering, rising damp, and leaking pipes are all ways that water can seep through the brickwork of your property. It is often that when water penetration occurs that it is not caught in time and by the time it is found the damage is too severe for a quick fix. Water penetration can also cause the growth of mold or fungus within a building which can raise a number of safety violations and may require an in-depth mold inspection to uncover the extent of the damage.

  1. Deteriorating Building Structure

If your commercial property is not regularly maintained, decay can occur and raise a number of issues as well. Major problems can occur in walls, roofing structure, and the foundation of the building without regular maintenance because once the structure starts to deteriorate the foundation is not as functional.

The following list are several things a commercial building inspector will check for when it comes to deterioration:

  • joints and bearers
  • flooring
  • walls
  1. Significant Pest Infestation

Termites and other pests are number one for reasons why a commercial property, especially one left unoccupied, may fail a building inspection. Termites are insanely destructive to a building and can cause major structural damage. Aside from the damage they cause, they can also be tricky to remove and exterminate from a property as well.

Regular pest inspections are a good way of keep your pest control under maintenance. Untreated termite infestations are detrimental to a wooden structure. These bugs will eat your structure from the inside out and leave you with the mere shell of your property if they are left untreated for too long.

  1. Roof Damage

The roof of a structure is its first defense against mother nature and the outside’s conditions. While your roof should be one of the strongest parts of your building, it is also one of the most vulnerable parts. Rain, harsh sunlight, heat, hail, lightning strikes, and other extreme forms of weather can take a toll on the health of your roof and cause it to lose its hard condition over time.

A building inspector will look at your roof for signs of wear like sagging roofline, cracked tiles, water damage, and decay. If warranted, the inspector will also look both inside and outside at the roof to find the true status of condition.

Tampa Commercial Building Inspectors

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