Archive For: Inspections

A Million-Dollar Condo Building Noise Problem

A Million-Dollar Condo Building Noise Problem

A recent construction of a six-unit condominium building in Washington D.C. sold units for more than $1.1 million each, but that doesn’t mean the owners got what they paid for. The new residents have been plagued with one particular problem: noise. When the ultra-modern units were constructed, the walls between them are obviously lacking because ... Read More
 
Hidden Damage in Your Stucco Home

Hidden Damage in Your Stucco Home

People may think that a stucco exterior is better than wood or vinyl because it needs less maintenance. Yet while stucco siding can last up to 50 years, it also has its drawbacks. Here are some problem items to look out for: Installation Stucco’s durability and reliability depends a lot on how it was installed. ... Read More
 
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