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Creating Your Commercial Inspection Team

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…

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How Home Inspectors Can Market Their Commercial Inspection Services

As a home inspector looking to expand your list of ancillary services, the commercial property inspection is one option that’s always in demand. The training and Continuing Education you need to become a skilled home inspector also provide the foundation for establishing yourself as a well-regarded commercial inspector.  Although you will hire specialized subcontractors to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Inspecting Air Curtain Units

An air curtain unit (ACU), also known as an air door, is a mechanical device used to create an invisible barrier between two different environments. It generates a controlled stream of air and projects it across the entire height and width of an opening to create a seal. This airflow seal separates two environments without…

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Commercial Property Safety Requirements: Maximum Occupancy

Terms You Should Know Occupancy load Occupancy load refers to the number of people permitted in a building at one time based on the building’s floor space and function. The International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties (ComSOP) defines occupancy load as the number of people permitted in a building based on the means…

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Visual Inspection of Concrete

Most information available about concrete is written for contractors, for those who design concrete mixes, and for those who perform invasive testing. The information provided here is specifically for those who perform non-invasive, visual inspections of concrete, such as home inspectors or commercial property inspectors using the International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties. In…

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