Archive For: Inspections

Don’t Let Invisible Construction Errors Go Unnoticed

Don’t Let Invisible Construction Errors Go Unnoticed

Some of the most common building mistakes aren’t visible to the human eye. That’s why we call them “invisible construction errors.” They can occur behind the walls, within the ceiling, or beneath the floors…where you’d never see them. However, these errors can cause problems in the future and should not be accepted. When building your ... Read More
 
How Can a Contractor Prevent Construction Claims?

How Can a Contractor Prevent Construction Claims?

It’s the dreaded call that no contractor wants to get: the construction dispute. It happens when your company has completed work on a project, and someone finds fault with your work or something has failed, and they request remediation and damages, or are suing your company. Construction defect can be defined as the premature failure ... Read More
 
Building Codes Set the Performance Threshold for Construction Disputes

Building Codes Set the Performance Threshold for Construction Disputes

For every construction job, there is something called a “performance threshold” that sets the limits and standards for acceptability. And where a performance does not meet this threshold, the stage is set for contention. Within the construction field, commercial building codes are the guidelines that define acceptable, or threshold, standards. The International Residential Code (IRC) ... Read More
 

Is Your Pool Safe and Up to Code?

Modern pools are likely up to code, but older pools may not be safe. Pools even as young as 10 years old may have violations on safety and energy usage codes. What are Swimming Pool Codes? The “Swimming Pool Code” of 1968 set standards for electrical equipment used around pools, including those that circulate the ... Read More
 
Your Annual Chimney and Fireplace Inspection Is Due

Your Annual Chimney and Fireplace Inspection Is Due

Once a year you need to have your fireplace and chimney inspected. Even if you don’t use it much. Why? Because animals may build nests inside, or because deterioration may make your fireplace unsafe to use in the upcoming colder seasons. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the national safety standard (National Fire ... Read More
 
Critical Signs of Mold in Your Home

Critical Signs of Mold in Your Home

Are you constantly suffering the symptoms of sore eyes, itchy skin, sore throat, sneezing, coughing or a runny nose? Chances are you may have mold in your house. You can’t always see mold, but your symptoms may give its existence away. In addition to physical symptoms, here are some other signs that may indicate that ... Read More
 
If a Tree Falls, Who is Responsible for Its Removal?

If a Tree Falls, Who is Responsible for Its Removal?

Storms and derechos can wreak havoc through neighborhoods, downing power lines and toppling trees. Trees can also topple over on their own at times. Perhaps the soil is too drenched to support the weight, or the tree has died and large limbs break off. If you live in a neighborhood, you need to know who ... Read More
 
Först’s Step by Step Approach to Resolving Construction Issues

Först’s Step by Step Approach to Resolving Construction Issues

Homeowners call Först Consulting Group when they have a construction problem. Their contractor has made an error, or tried to cover something up, but the homeowner knows it and has already tried to approach the builder about the problem but only got excuses or denials in return. When the homeowners reach us for construction advocacy, ... Read More