• Posted On: January 13, 2015

Whether it’s a new office building, shopping mall, restaurant or medical facility – the local governing body and many others have an interest in keeping a watchful eye over construction practices of commercial properties. To make sure that things are being done properly and in accordance with area codes and standards, building inspection needs to take place at various stages of construction. This means multiple visits by certified inspectors – all of which must be appropriately documented.

Making a List, Checking it Twice
Although the bank who loans the money for such ventures will likely have a vested interest in seeing that things get done in compliance with the various regulations, there are often city code enforcement officers and inspectors who have their own building inspection checklist. Though the precise inspections required may vary according to the purpose for which the property is being built, every building needs to pass tests in terms of structural integrity, plumbing and electrical wiring.

Building inspection areas of concern also include energy checks – things like doors, windows and insulation. Mechanical inspections that take a look at the HVAC system, ductwork and gas fireplaces and appliances. Plumbing inspections start before the foundation ever gets poured and require examination of the ground conditions, the sewer and gas involvement. Specific inspectors check the discrete components like concrete, steel and masonry. In addition some properties may require radon testing.

Software Keeps Things on Schedule
Time is money and when construction stops while people wait on inspections and inspection reports, money is lost. However, it is possible to schedule inspections, accelerate reporting and keep things moving. By utilizing building inspection software things like permits, reports and notifications can be done more efficiently and can be taken care of right on the spot.

No More Questions
Software designed specifically to aid building inspections allows inspectors and officers to maintain an accurate case history and access it with the touch of a button. No more questions about whether or not permits or fees have been paid – everything shows up on the tablet or other mobile device carried by the officer. Photographs of problem areas can be logged right into the case file on site.

With a digital tool to help, inspectors can follow their checklist, schedule follow-up inspections and never worry about missing the rough or final check. And with a tool to help, everything will be in correct order and fully documented should a case need to be reverted to the courts.

Comcate understands the pressures and demands that building inspectors and safety inspectors face on a daily basis. We also know that when your inspections are standardized with a digital checklist and expedited through on-site reporting and scheduling, that your job becomes a whole lot easier and more successful. Let us help your public agency perform with confidence and efficiency. Because everyone benefits when things keep moving.

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