What Are Commercial Property Inspections?
The Commercial Property Inspection (CPI) Program was designed to protect commercial property owners’ overall health and safety from many risks. Commercial Inspections normally cover all the major parts and systems (e.g., the heating system, the electrical, the plumbing, etc.) that a commercial property has, like the building itself, the outer shell, and the inside.
There are many types of commercial property inspections. For instance, there are inspections on public structures and facilities, office buildings, storage facilities, warehouses, industrial, institutional, agricultural, and food processing plants. The types of commercial inspections also depend on the jurisdiction that they belong to. These inspections cover different issues, which are discussed below. This will help you better understand when and what types of inspections are performed on your commercial property.
The first type of commercial property inspection is the Home Inspector. The Home Inspector is primarily concerned with inspecting systems that exist but do not usually threaten persons using the property. However, the Home Inspector can also detect potential problems that could become a problem in the future. For example, a defective air conditioning system could become a serious problem if it is left unchecked.
Commercial property inspections are divided into two main categories; structural and environmental/site evaluations. The structural evaluation mainly deals with inspecting damages to the building or property structure, including any additions or alterations. On the other hand, site evaluation involves the detection of current and future threats or dangers to the environment and human health caused by the existence of commercial properties. These include chemicals used on the land, waste disposal methods, soil, vegetation, noise, water, or radiation. Trained professionals should do both the structural and environmental/site evaluations.
Structural inspections are usually done by the General Contractor (GC), who has extensive training and knowledge in commercial property inspections. The GC will perform a thorough examination of the building’s structure, looking for any cracks, gaps, deterioration, or other irregularities that could become a problem in the future. An example of a possible problem would be a foundation crack, which could worsen with time due to soil pressure. Another possible concern would be subsidence due to the soil shifting. Other inspections that may be required during the course of construction would include plumbing systems, electrical systems, ventilation systems, fire systems, and lighting systems.
In the case of home inspections, the Home Inspector watches for the following indications. He looks for cracked or missing insulation, moisture accumulation around window areas, sagging chimneys, condensation between walls and windows, or water damage around fixtures. Other things that are usually looked for by home inspectors include cracks in plaster walls, concrete in the floor, or walls becoming brittle due to age or conditions. Newer methods are being used by inspectors that involve using video imaging of the home to see the state of the building from all angles. This is more effective than simply looking at the outside of a structure.
Commercial property inspections deal mainly with wiring and plumbing systems. The GC will verify that the wiring is up to code and secure and that all plumbing connections are intact, including the drainage system. He also checks for electrical faults such as fuses, leakage, or short circuits. For commercial inspectors, problems with the electrical system usually result from the lack of maintenance given the amount of usage that the building gets.
As a homeowner, when you hire a commercial property inspector to come and inspect your home, you can expect some challenges. The GC will not only do a physical examination of your home; he will be talking to you about your lifestyle, your current business, how you treat your building, and what you need to do to make your property safer and more profitable. You can expect a thorough examination and report that will detail all aspects of your home and offer you several options for improvements if you want to upgrade your service’s area and get more value out of your property.