Performing Commercial Inspections

Who’s doing commercial inspections now? A huge, largely untouched commercial inspection market exists which is completely separate from the residential inspection market! Just Google “commercial building inspections,” and what you’ll find is a small number of inspection companies across North America who perform commercial inspections in addition to residential inspection. Look through their sites, and you’ll…

Inspectors and Commercial Leases

Don’t sign on the dotted line for your commercial rental space before reviewing your lease carefully, preferably with the assistance of an attorney and a commercial property broker.  In addition to the type of lease, the rent amount and the length of occupancy, some considerations and terms you encounter in your commercial lease may include…

Inspecting Slip-Resistant Flooring in Commercial Buildings

The slip resistance of floors and pavements is the measure of the ability of a surface to prevent accidental slipping by pedestrians in dry or wet conditions.  CCPIA inspectors, especially those who perform commercial inspections on a regular basis, can benefit from learning about the details of slip resistance, especially when the lack of it presents a serious safety hazard. Slip…

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High-Performance Buildings

Americans spend most of their time inside buildings. We take for granted the shelter, protection, warmth, coolness, air, and light that buildings provide, and rarely give a thought to the systems that deliver these services unless there’s a power interruption or other problem. In addition, few Americans understand the environmental consequences of maintaining indoor comfort…

Green Strategies for Commercial Buildings

Considering the economic environment and its recent effects on commercial real estate, going green is a wise way to cut costs in operating office buildings, retail stores, manufacturing facilities and malls. Tenants and owners may enjoy significant savings in utility costs if they adopt any number of green business practices, and they’ll be helping the…

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Grease Trap Inspection

Commercial property inspectors, especially those who inspect food-handling establishments, can assist their clients in understanding the operation of grease traps so that their maintenance is not neglected.  An inoperable or clogged grease trap can cause serious problems not only for the inspected establishment but also for neighbors and even the entire local community. Grease traps…

Firestops

A firestop is a passive fire-protection method designed to diminish the opportunity for fire to spread through unprotected openings in a rated firewall. Such openings are found around the perimeter of pipes and wiring that penetrate firewalls. Places where firestops are required: Firestops must seal all unprotected openings in firewalls. In homes, firewalls are found…

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance and Inspection

Fire extinguishers are devices commonly found indoors and are used to douse fire and prevent its spread. They are small metal canisters that contain compressed gas (usually nitrogen) that, when activated, propel a directed spray of flame-retardant chemicals. Fire extinguishers are only effective if building occupants understand where and why they are used.   Fire…

Fire Alarm Systems

Fire alarm systems are designed to protect people and their property from fire and smoke, but they cannot be relied upon unless they are routinely inspected by professionals. Regular inspection and maintenance also reduce expenses by preventing unbudgeted emergency repairs and costly false alarms. Fire Alarm System Damage Fire alarm systems can be damaged in the…

Inspecting EPDM

EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a synthetic rubber membrane with elastic properties commonly used to cover low-slope roofs on both residential homes and commercial structures. Its manufacture includes the use of cross-linked polymers to improve elasticity, strength, and durability.Polymers are custom-designed molecules. Cross-linked molecules are those that bond at the atomic level, which greatly increases…