New Construction Inspection

Over recent years, we have seen the quality of new construction drop dramatically, resulting in increased repairs and maintenance costs to the homeowner in the early years of property ownership. Examples include improperly applied roof materials and flashings, improperly applied moisture barriers and house wraps, improperly sealed synthetic stucco and siding, incorrect or missing window and door flashings, and improper use of plastic pipe and sealants, to mention a few, all of which can have disastrous consequences. For this reason, many homeowners now choose to have an independent review of new construction while it is in progress. AccuTech Inc. believes in this approach, and offers inspections at different phases of the construction process to ensure that your new home holds no unpleasant surprises in the future.

Why inspect new construction?

Although all reputable builders attempt to provide good quality control during the building process, shortfalls sometimes occur. Quality control problems can arise for a variety of reasons, including overextended construction superintendents, heavy usage and lack of oversight of subcontractors, as well as over-reliance on city or county inspectors. As a result of these and other factors, quality control can be inconsistent from one builder to another and even among homes built by the same builder!

It is for these reasons that we provide a comprehensive “phase-by-phase” inspection service. This allows you to be involved in the quality control process while construction is underway. The end result is that you have a much better idea about the quality of your home.

PHASE-1 SLAB

We inspect formwork, plumbing, reinforcement, moisture barrier and any other material to be embedded in the concrete while it’s still visible. Although elevation levels are not taken, a courtesy check is carried out to ensure that the elevation of the finish floor is adequate to prevent a future grading or drainage problem. Future grading or drainage problems can be host to many future major defects, such as moisture intrusion damage and increased termite risk. Slab thickness is also important but sometimes not achieved because too much fill was provided within the pour area. Slab thickness can be easily checked at this time. Some other elements inspected include:

  • Ensuring internal load bearing footers are provided and properly located.

  • Visible plumbing and drainage lines are properly laid and protected.

  • Vapor barrier properly installed and sealed at all joints and openings.

  • Proper placement and tying of concrete reinforcement bars.

  • Proper reinforcement of formwork ensuring square and plumb.

  • Trenches for footers properly cut out and clear.

  • Ensuring no visible debris or foreign material within the pour area.

  • Sample measure checks of width, length of house only.

NOTE: Having the design drawing during this inspection is recommended, otherwise some elements of the inspection will be more difficult to determine, resulting on the inspector drawing on his experience only.

PHASE –2 FRAME

Inspection of the building framework before the application of finish materials (such as drywall and paint), enables us examine in detail the entire structure of the home. The entire framework of the home is inspected room-by-room. All trusses, framework, support beams, hurricane resistance, electrical and plumbing fixtures and roof venting are checked. When we note a deficiency, such as poor construction details, recommendations for upgrading are made. Common deficiencies that we inspect for are:

  • Missing or unsecured hurricane straps/bolts

  • Missing sheer walls

  • Improperly nailed wall sheathing or siding

  • Missing flashings

  • Inadequately secured or altered trusses

  • Improper framework

  • Missing beams

  • Undersized or over-span beams or roof members

  • Improperly installed stucco

  • Inadequately sealed windows

  • Missing roof vents

  • Pinched electrical wires due to framework railing

Note: To take full advantage of this part of our inspection service, it is advisable to have the design drawings and builder's engineering documents available at this inspection.

PHASE -3 FINAL

The final inspection is carried out prior to closing when all fixtures and finishes are in place and the electricity and water is turned on. All systems are checked including:

  • Structure Exterior Roof Floors

  • Ceilings Air conditioning Electrical Plumbing

  • Appliances

Some examples of deficiencies we may discover include:

  • Missing roof insulation

  • Poorly installed soffit, fascias and eave drips

  • Air conditioning duct leakage

  • Inadequately sealed window and stucco details

  • Poorly installed stucco/siding

  • Poor yard drainage

  • Uncut roof vent openings

  • Improper circuit breaker protection

  • Mismatched circuit breakers

  • Improperly wired switches/receptacles

AS YOU CAN SEE, ACCUTECH PERFORMS YOUR COMPREHENSIVE IN-PROCESS PHASE-BY PHASE INSPECTION THAT WILL RESULTY IN A QUALITY PRODUCT THAT WILL SERVE YOU FOR YEARS TO COME!!