When buying a building, you usually hire your go-to PCA consultant to review the building for you. But what about when you sell a building? Let’s say you’ve owned it for five years. You know everything about it, right? You know what is good, you know. What needs to be fixed, and you also know that it is up to the buyers to find the problems on their own. But what you don’t have is the eyes of the PCA consultant and you don’t necessarily know what the buyer’s PCA consultant wi
Trips and Fuses
If your circuit breaker trips often or the fuse tends to blow out more frequently, In such cases, the circuits usually draw more power than they’re supposed to, which means there is a fault within your circuit. Owing to our growing dependence on electricity.
When you turn on electrical appliances, do you notice a flicker in another appliance? Do the lights dim every time you turn on the air conditioner? Many appliances draw a lot of current,
1. Phenolic foam insulation phenolic foam roof insulation was manufactured in the US in reaction to a need for greater energy efficiency after oil spikes in the 1970s and 1980s.the insulation material can become very acidic in the presence of water, and is also very friable. The introduction of moisture through leaks or condensation creates an acidic environment, which corrodes the metal decking. The friability of the material greatly increases the surface area exposed to the
1. Nails visible below the edge of the shingle– opposite to the high nailed shingles, you can also have low nailed shingles. This is where the nails are placed below the nailing zone and, often times, this leaks the nails visible. 2. Crooked shingles Not having straight lines to use as a reference when installing shingles will cause the finished product to be wavy. If the rows are too crooked, this can cause wind driven rain to get underneath the shingle and Will leads to lea
Under Title III of the ADA for buildings defined as public accommodations. There is no grandfather clause, Properties that were built before ADA enactment in 1990 are not exempt from its requirements.
When it comes to ADA exceptions, properties qualify as historic only if
1.They are listed on the National Register of historic places;
2. They are eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places;
3. They are designated as historic properties under state or loc
A REC is a recognized environmental condition. According to the ASTM E 1527-13, it is defined as “the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products in, on, or at a property.” Basically, a REC is any possible source of contamination. A contamination release can come from improperly functioning hydraulic machinery, improperly contained or disposed chemicals, or a leaking storage tank, to name a few. #Homeinspection #homeinspections #Homeinspector
Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Panels Why they’re unsafe: FPE electric panels’ circuit breakers fail to trip when they should (when there’s a short circuit or circuit overload). This problem has led to thousands of fires across the United States, including this one in Central Florida. Zinsco Panels Why they’re unsafe: The circuit breakers inside many Zinsco panels melt to the main ‘bus bar’. This means the breaker can’t ever trip, even when there’s a short or overloaded circu
1. Coordinate and consolidate your site visits – Have your entire due diligence and lender team walk the property and units at the same time. 2. Understand lender requirements and flexibility – If you are obtaining financing, you’ll need to understand not only the requirements of various lending platforms but also what flexibility they might offer due to the unique situation we’re in. Some lenders may be flexible on their financing requirements including amending or modifying
Before you lease or buy a building, it is very important that you get a detailed snapshot of its current condition. If this step is overlooked, you risk facing sizable expenses down the road: If you purchase a building where maintenance has been poor or where key equipment is reaching the end of its service life, you may have to assume major expenses in the short term. The same applies for leasing: Tenants are often responsible for building maintenance, and they may be held l
1. Pools on rooftops The water can find a way into the building and deteriorate other building materials, cosmetically and structurally. 2. Ponding The physical weight of the water can cause issues an area of water 20′ by 20’ and 1” deep weighs 2,000 pounds! This ponding can potentially result is structural failure. The water accelerates the aging process through chemical leeching and increased UV radiation exposure. 3. Non-maintenance wear and tear Leaf and other organic lit
What is a Facility condition assessment
Facility condition assessment is an analysis of the condition of a facility in terms of age, design, construction methods, and materials. The individuals who perform the assessment are typically architects and engineers, and skilled-trade technicians. Engineering and architectural professional opinions as to the conditions observed are part of the assessment. Building diagnostics go beyond facility condition assessments to determi
Reverse polarity is the “hot” wire is connected to the spot on the receptacle where the “neutral” wire should be and the “neutral” wire is connected to the spot where the “hot” wire should be. Essentially, the two wires are reversed. If you look at a receptacle, you’ll see there are two vertical slots that an appliance plugs into. The neutral, white wire is connected to the terminal of the longer slot and the “hot” wire is connected to the shorter slot. The “hot” wire is
1. Nails visible below the edge of the shingle– opposite to the high nailed shingles, you can also have low nailed shingles. This is where the nails are placed below the nailing zone and, often times, this leaks the nails visible.
2. Crooked shingles Not having straight lines to use as a reference when installing shingles will cause the finished product to be wavy. If the rows are too crooked, this can cause wind driven rain to get underneath the shingle and Will leads to le
1. Malfunctioning gutters Rain cascading over the edge of a gutter means that dead leaves and debris are blocking the flow. 2. Downspouts that dump Each inch of rain that falls on 1,000 square feet of a house produces more than 600 gallons of runoff, enough to fill 10 bathtubs to the brim. Dumping that much water too close to the foundation can send it right into the basement. 3. Cracks in the foundation Hairline cracks, as thin as thread, are just cosmetic. Bigger cracks may
1. Pools on rooftops The water can find a way into the building and deteriorate other building materials, cosmetically and structurally.
2. Ponding The physical weight of the water can cause issues an area of water 20′ by 20’ and 1” deep weighs 2,000 pounds! This ponding can potentially result is structural failure. The water accelerates the aging process through chemical leeching and increased UV radiation exposure.
3. Non-maintenance wear and tear Leaf and other organic lit
Repair Or Replace Your HVAC System? Energy And Cost Savings – If your system is more than 10 years old, a great deal of energy can be saved by upgrading to a newer, more efficient system. Depending on the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), upgrading could save you 20% to 40% on heating and cooling costs. If your home has a furnace, answering the repair vs. replacement question is easy. According to Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings, which is a measure of
An energy audit is an assessment of the energy efficiency of a building. It identifies opportunities to save energy, reduce costs and improve the value of a property. Energy audits can also make a building more comfortable and safer for its occupants. Whether for a new construction project, major building renovation, commercial interior, or existing building, energy audits can help property owners make their buildings smarter and more environmentally-friendly.
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They have a higher than usual rate of failure, due most often to loosening of the connection between bus bar and breaker. When this happens, it causes arcing and overheating in the area, which leads to melting of the metal, with breaker permanently welded to bus bar and impossible to remove. Secondary problems are failure of the breakers to trip under an overcurrent event and cases of a tripped breaker continuing to be energized. The Zinsco company was sold to GTE-Sylvania in
Windows have a lifespan of 15-20 years. 1. Your Windows Are Visibly Damaged 2. Your Windows Are Drafty Because outside air is seeping in, your HVAC system has to work harder to keep your home at the temperature you set. 3. Your Electric Bills Are Higher – With No Other Explanation 4. Condensation Forms On The Inside of Your Windows Condensation on the inside of your window usually means your windows are leaking air and/or your home is humid. 5. Carpet & Furniture Around Your
1. Have an Appropriate Toolkit 2. Check the State of the Walls Check your interior walls’ to see if there are signs of mold, such as dark spots or peeling paintwork. By checking your interior walls for moisture, it’s possible to mitigate the growth of mold and mildew to prevent further leaks from spreading. 3. Look Out for Damp Areas Around Vents and Chimneys Damaged or worn flashing and sealing are the primary causes of leaks around vents and chimneys. 4.Check for Leaks Make