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Construction Defects / Code Inspections

CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS/ CODE INSPECTIONS

If you have a residential property that has undergone a remodel, addition, or "other" renovations and modifications (such as upgrades and/or replacements of electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, roofing, pool/spa, etc.), it is likely that some construction defects and/or code violations currently exist, unbeknownst to you. Even if the work was performed by "licensed" contractors and has been inspected and approved by the local building department, this is no assurance that the property is defects-free! If you currently own a property fitting this description, it will benefit and behoove you to consider scheduling the building for one of our detailed, comprehensive, and independent "Construction Defects/Code Inspections".

It has been my experience that especially in what I refer to as the "out-of-sight, out-of-mind" areas such as attics and sub floor crawlspaces, the highest number of defects will be located. Contractors and tradesmen often compromise work quality in these difficult- to- access regions as they know the likelihood of their work being seen by you, much less inspected by a qualified individual, in these limited-space and not-often- seen areas is very low. Our inspections have revealed that the type, severity, and resulting significance of these defects can range from simple workmanship/quality issues to serious health and safety concerns for the building occupants- YOU!

You are most likely now asking yourself the question, "How can this be?" The answer to this perplexing question can be traced to three contributing sources:

1. Contractor Qualifications: As a builder and independent 3rd party professional inspector with over 29 years in the profession, I can tell you from first-hand experience that the knowledge, experience, qualifications, and resulting work quality will differ dramatically from various contractors. While it is always advised that you only enlist contractors/companies that are "legitimate" (i.e., licensed, bonded and insured), this, IN ITSELF, is no guarantee your project will be completed in a proper workmanlike and safe manner. You are typically (naturally) assuming that the contactor/company you hire are professionals and know what they are doing. Even if you did attempt to inspect their work for yourself, would you know what to look for?

2. Inadequately Trained Contractor's Workforce: This may be the single most contributing factor to our ever-increasing crisis of sub-standard construction. While the contractor you hire may be licensed and qualified, who is actually performing the work? More and more, in an attempt to cut job costs, and secure more projects, contractors are only bidding the project, signing and submitting the contract, with very minimal (if any) actual "hands on" work or project supervision performed. The majority of the actual work is usually completed by unqualified, poorly trained, illiterate "laborers" who are often unable to read, write, or converse in English. You may never (or at least rarely) see the contractor of record on site after the project commences, and quality control suffers.

3. Municipal Building Department Shortcomings: As a builder I have scheduled and witnessed first-hand many project "progress" and "final" inspections performed by the various local city and county building inspectors. Much like their contractor counterparts, government inspector's experience and knowledge will vary significantly, even within the same department! It has been my experience that: 1) Some inspectors do not know the applicable code sections exist, 2) They incorrectly interpret/apply the applicable code section to the installation, or 3) Elect to waive the code completely, if THEY feel that the installation meets the "intent" of the code.(Which is highly subjective). Add to this the fact that nearly all building departments are understaffed and overworked/overscheduled, making 15-20+ inspection stops a day. Generally, this only allows for cursory, (15-20 minute maximum) oftentimes only random, inspection of jobsite conditions. Finally, be advised that municipal inspectors, unlike private inspectors, are protected by "sovereign immunity" meaning that they cannot be held liable for their negligence (i.e., missing defects or code violations) unless it is an intentional act of malice or criminal intent. In summary, city/county inspections should realistically be thought of (at best) as only "speed bumps" to building a defect-free building, not the "roadblock" they are often incorrectly assumed to be.

 

To Schedule An Inspection Please Call:
Michael R. Moore
National 400 Home Inspections
Phone: (626) 246-8833
3232 Brookridge Rd., Duarte, California 91010
E-mail: michael@national400inspections.com
http://www.National400Inspections.com

International Code Council. Certified Combination Dwelling Inspector # 5039922-55
Licensed General Contractor Home Improvement Contractor International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Certified Mechanical Inspector Certified Plumbing Inspector State of California Division of Codes and Standards Manufactured Housing Program

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