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Backflow Preventers at Commercial Properties

Backflow preventers can be complex and are best thoroughly inspected by a plumbing professional or a certified backflow prevention inspector. However, it’s important for the commercial property inspector to be able to identify common devices and assemblies in order to accurately note them in the commercial property inspection report. Additionally, if you decide to hire…

Inspecting the Commercial Kitchen Exhaust

Many commercial building inspections include some sort of kitchen. Some kitchens are similar to those found in homes, while others are much more complex in terms of size and system components. Understanding the technical components of a commercial kitchen exhaust hood will help the commercial inspector better identify defects and work with specialty consultants or…

TEAM Approach for Creating Your Team of Speciality Consultants for Your Commercial Inspection Business

No one person has all the technical knowledge to perform every commercial inspection single-handedly.  Many commercial inspection projects simply demand that a number of experts and specialists be contracted to help complete the inspection project. The International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties defines “consultant” as: “a person with particular expertise in a subject who assists the…

Commercial Steam Boilers: A Primer

by Joe Farsetta, Certified Master Inspector® and Certified Commercial Inspector   Commercial boilers are typically pressurized systems that burn combustible fuel (or sometimes use electricity) to heat water, changing the water’s liquid state to a gas –steam – which is then distributed to provide heating in a building or other structure. Steam may not be…

The Hartford Loop

by Joe Farsetta, Certified Master Inspector® and Certified Commercial Inspector Prior to the invention of the Hartford Loop and low-water shutoff, steam boilers could quickly become unstable and unsafe to operate. Cracked boilers – or worse yet, exploding boilers – plagued the industry, so much so, in fact, that one insurer took it upon itself…

Hiring Independent Contractors

It’s common for a commercial property inspector to act as the project manager for a particular job. This inspector is in charge of the overall planning and execution of a particular project, which typically involves hiring specialty consultants, also known as independent contractors or subcontractors. A specialty consultant is typically hired to help the inspector…

Scope of ADA Title III for Accessibility Inspections

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability in areas including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and access to state and local government programs and services. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act focuses on businesses and other public facilities,…

Commercial Inspection Legal Case Library

CCPIA’s Commercial Inspection Legal Case Library is a compilation of summaries of legal cases involving lawsuits in the commercial inspection industry. Some cases involve commercial building property owners or developers, insurance companies or claims, mold inspections, and fraud on the part of the seller. All of the cases are compelling and educational, whether you’ve been…

How to Price a Commercial Building Inspection

How to Price a Commercial Building Inspection

Being a home inspector naturally means you can inspect commercial and industrial buildings too because they’re just bigger, right?  Well, for some that is a true statement.  There’s a structure, a roof, and HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, so what could be so difficult?  If the phone call comes, all I have to do is…

Vestibule Inspection

A vestibule is a completely enclosed unconditioned space that separates the interior of a building from the exterior. It creates an air-locked entrance and acts as an entryway into a larger space, such as a lobby. Its purpose is to reduce stack effect (air movement caused by warmer air rising and colder air falling), and…