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Plumbing Devices for Waste Control at Commercial Properties

Commercial properties can have unique storm and wastewater drainage design features and plumbing devices. Most of these features and devices are installed in buildings to protect the watershed or municipal systems from contamination by certain substances and to prevent sewer blockages and damage to plumbing systems. Businesses requiring these features and devices include restaurants, car…

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Assessing the Main Water Service at Commercial Buildings

Commercial property inspections entail an assessment of the water service. This portion of the inspection should begin with locating the main water service/supply leading into the building. The main water service/supply could be located anywhere at the property, and some buildings may have several locations, such as at multiple tenant properties. The main water shut-off…

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How to Organize a Multi-Family Inspection Report

The difference between a residential and a commercial multi-family property depends on the number of units to be inspected. Most state regulations define a residential building as a structure containing four or fewer dwelling units. By that definition, a commercial building is a structure containing five or more dwelling units, so it should be as…

Commercial Property Inspection Checklists and Field Guides

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About Infrared Tube Heaters

Infrared tube heaters, also referred to as tube heaters, are found in large open spaces, such as warehouses, factories, and other industrial spaces. Tube heaters may also be found over doorways to prevent heat loss and on restaurant patios for customer comfort. A tube heater is an alternative to a central heating system. It is…

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Introduction to Commercial Property Inspections 3-Day Class (Weston, FL)

This three-day, in-person class will help individuals confidently enter the commercial sector of the inspection industry. In a series of lectures and class discussions, students will learn about the most significant differences between commercial and residential inspections, ranging from business practices to building systems and components. Students will also perform an entire mock inspection of…

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Inspecting Restrooms at Commercial Properties

A standard commercial property inspection according to the ComSOP should include the visual inspection of permanently installed restrooms throughout the property. While this is generally a visual-only inspection, the general operation of some fixtures, devices, valves, and stoppers is typically required using basic manual techniques in order to test their normal functionality. Any fixture or…

The International Plumbing Code (IPC) and Commercial Property Inspections

Definitions and Acronyms You Should Know: building code: rules and regulations adopted by the governmental authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) over the construction and/or remodeling of the commercial property. code official: the officer or other government-designated authority charged with enforcement of building codes. IBC: International Building Code ICC: International Code Council IPC: International Plumbing Code The…