Accuracy Assured Home Inspections, LLC
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Philadelphia Home Inspections

Commercial & Industrial Property Condition Assessment Inspections (PCA)

Serving the following areas:

Pennsylvania New Jersey Delaware
Berks County
Bucks County
Chester County
Delaware County
Lancaster County
Lehigh County
Montgomery County
North Hampton County
Philadelphia County
Atlantic County
Burlington County
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Cumberland County
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New Castle County
Sussex County

Philadelphia Commercial Building Inspections

Accuracy Assured Home Inspections, LLC provides Commercial and Industrial Property Condition Assessment Inspections (also know as Due Diligence Assessments) and consulting services to assist investors, companies, developers and lenders in the decision making process when purchasing, leasing, selling, investing, rehabbing, lending and managing:

  • Apartment Buildings
  • Automotive Repair Centers
  • Banks
  • Retail Stores
  • Bars, Taverns, Pubs
  • Car Dealerships
  • Churches & Meetinghouses
  • Equestrian Facilities & Stables
  • Firehouses & Police Stations
  • Fitness Centers
  • Funeral homes
  • Hotels, Inns, Bed & Breakfast's
  • Light Industrial / Manufacturing
  • Medical & Pharmaceutical Labs
  • Multi-family Buildings
  • Office Buildings / Complexes
  • Professional, Medical & Dental Offices
  • Restaurants
  • Retirement Homes & Senior Centers
  • Schools & Daycare Centers
  • Seminary & Cathedral
  • Shopping Centers
  • Warehouses
  • Working Farms

All reports are detailed yet easy to read and understand and include photographic documentation, repair and replacement schedules of multiple systems and equipment if applicable. Property Condition Assessment Inspections generally exceed ASTM E-2018 Standards and InterNACHI International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties.

Commercial & Industrial Property Condition Assessment Inspections

All of our property condition inspections use the baseline property condition assessment process as outlined in the ASTM E-2018 Standards and InterNACHI International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties. You can specify deviations to meet your  specific needs and building type. These deviations would be mutually agreed upon and clearly stated in the inspection proposal and final report.

Inspections are generally more invasive than the (PCA) Property Condition Assessment Inspection outlined in the ASTM E-2018 Standards and InterNACHI International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties and include dismantling and operation of key systems, maintenance suggestions, long term replacement schedules and cost to remedy defects with no minimum cost threshold. This usually eliminates the need for obtaining service documents and interviewing called for in the standards.

If your short term budget does not allow for any surprises during first year or two of ownership, you might want to consider an inspection which is more invasive and inclusive than an assessment. You might also find the seller agreeable to adjusting the selling price to offset part of the cost to remedy conditions discovered during the inspection or the seller may want to remedy the situation themselves prior to closing.

The end result provides you with detailed picture of the age and condition of the major building components and how maintenance (good or bad) has effected its life span.

The final report will list deficiencies, repair or replacement recommendations to remedy them and a detailed report with representative photos if appropriate. Reports are computer generated and generally available 1-3 days after the inspection.




Standard Accessibility Inspection for Existing Commercial Buildings

ADA Accessibility Inspection

Various laws around the world require public accommodations to provide goods and services to people with disabilities on an equal basis with the rest of the general public. Businesses benefit from the patronage of all people. Those who own, lease, lease out, or operate places of public accommodation should have as a goal the identification and reduction of physical barriers to this patronage. This inspection will help identify possible accessibility deficiencies in existing facilities.

Most laws regarding accessibility only regulate new construction and remodeling and do not oblige existing building owners to reduce barriers if such reduction is not readily achievable. This inspection does not cover all of the possible local, state, provincial and federal requirements regarding accessibility or barrier reduction. The information presented within this report was derived from a visual-only inspection of the property and is intended solely as informal guidance, and is not a determination of legal rights or responsibilities.

This report may be offered in conjunction with a complete commercial building inspection or offered as a separate, stand-alone inspection service.


Stairway Inspections


Life Safety Inspections

  • Smoke Alarms and Pull Stations
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Means of Egress
  • Fire Doors
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Fire Escapes and Ladders
  • Signage
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Hydrants and Pumps
  • Fire Access Lanes
  • Storage of Flammables

Green Building Technology Assessments

Definition of Green

“Green” describes features, technologies and products that increase efficiency in a building’s energy and water usage, help protect the health of its occupants, and reduce the commercial property’s impact on the environment.  Green buildings are healthier, more environmentally friendly, and economically smarter than average buildings.  Green features:

  • improve energy efficiency
  • reduce pollution
  • provide healthier air
  • increase comfort
  • reduce water usage preserve natural resources
  • increase durability
  • make a building quieter
  • reduce maintenance
  • lower monthly costs
  • improve resale value

Codes and standards

Nearly all green building codes and standards have been developed by private organizations and pertain to new construction, not existing commercial properties.  Nevertheless, existing properties, by design, by luck, or through modification, have green features that clients should know about.


Indoor Air Quality Surveys and Inspections

Good indoor air quality enhances occupant health, comfort, and workplace productivity. Rental properties can gain a marketing advantage if they are known to offer a healthy and pleasant indoor environment. Failure to respond promptly and effectively to IAQ problems can have consequences such as:

  • increasing health problems such as cough, eye irritation, headache, and allergic reactions, and, in some rare cases, resulting in life-threatening conditions (e.g., Legionnaire’s disease, carbon monoxide poisoning)
  • reducing productivity due to discomfort or increased absenteeism
  • accelerating deterioration of furnishings and equipment
  • straining relations between landlords and tenants, employers and employees
  • creating negative publicity that could put rental properties at a competitive disadvantage
  • opening potential liability problems(Note: Insurance policies tend to exclude pollution-related claims)

Thermal Imaging Inspections

Infrared is an advanced non-destructive technology that allows me to show you things about your building that no one can show you with conventional inspection methods.

An infrared inspection can identify and document:

  • electrical faults before they cause a fire.
  • overloaded and undersized circuits.
  • circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement.
  • missing, damaged, and/or wet insulation.
  • heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors.
  • water and moisture intrusion that could lead to mold.
  • possible pest infestation.
  • hidden roof leaks, before they cause serious damage.
  • air conditioner compressor leaks.
  • under fastening and/or missing framing members.
  • structural defects.
  • broken seals in double pane windows.
  • energy loss and efficiency.
  • dangerous flue leaks.
  • damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems.
  • unknown plumbing leaks.
  • overheated equipment.

A picture is worth a thousand words:

Thermal imaging better determines the actual problem as opposed to merely identifying symptoms. I include this visual documentation within your inspection report providing hard proof in color. Have me perform a thermal inspection on the commercial or industrial property that you own, or are buying, building, selling or leasing.



Airborne and Contact Ultrasound

Leak Detection

Find leaks quickly and easily with Ultrasound technology!

Ultrasound leak detection covers a wide range of leaks: pressure or vacuum and any gas. Sound dependent, ultrasound instruments detect the turbulent flow produced as the fluid (liquid or gas) moves from the high-pressure side to the low-pressure side of a leak. Ultrasound leak inspection is especially beneficial in areas where there is a saturation of gases or where a wide variety of gases, pressurized vessels and vacuum processes exist. For this reason ultrasound leak detection is used in many facilities for safety, environmental, energy or quality assurance programs.

One of the more popular applications for ultrasound is compressed air leak surveys. Utilizing UE Systems patented software for compressed gas leaks the inspector is able to analyze and report on cost reduction while demonstrating the reduction of a plant's carbon footprint.

During a leak, a fluid (liquid or gas) moves from a high pressure to a low pressure. As it passes through the leak site, a turbulent flow is generated. This turbulence has strong ultrasonic components which are heard through headphones and seen as intensity increments on the meter. It can be generally noted that the larger the leak, the greater the ultrasound level.

Leak Detection Method

A major advantage to ultrasound leak inspection is that as a high frequency, short wave signal, ultrasound emissions tend to be localized around the leak site. By scanning an area with an ultrasound instrument, an inspector will follow the sound of the leak to the loudest point. Once identified, the leak amplitude can be noted and used in UE Systems' compressed gas reporting tool for reporting, cost analysis and environmental impact.

Ultrasonic Bearing & Mechanical Inspection

Inspection of mechanical equipment with ultrasonic instruments such as an Ultraprobe has many advantages. Ultrasound inspection provides early warning of bearing failure, detects lack of lubrication, prevents over lubrication and can be used on all bearing speeds (high, medium and low). In addition, since ultrasound is a high frequency, short wave signal, it is possible to filter out stray, confusing background noises and focus on the specific item to be inspected. Basic inspection methods are extremely simple and require very little training. For those who require more sophistication, UE Systems offers training courses that range from one-day specialized classes to five-day certifiable courses.

Ultrasonic condition analysis is straightforward. Users of analog instruments can observe sound levels while simultaneously listening to the sound quality. Digital users have additional options such as both sound and data analysis through specialized software. The more sophisticated digital instruments provide features for comprehensive mechanical or bearing condition monitoring programs including; data logging, software for trending and creation of alarm groups, sound sample recording, spectral analysis of sounds and software with customizable reporting formats.

How Ultrasound Bearing and Mechanical Inspection Works

Mechanical movements produce a wide spectrum of sound. One of the major contributors to excessive stress in machinery is friction. Ultrasound instruments detect friction. By focusing on a narrow band of high frequencies, the Ultraprobe detects subtle changes in amplitude and sound quality produced by operating equipment. It then heterodynes these normally undetectable sounds down into the audible range where they are heard through headphones and observed on a display panel for trending, comparison, and analysis.

It has been established that ultrasound monitoring provides early warning of bearing failure. Various stages of bearing failure have been established. An 8 dB gain over baseline indicates pre-failure or lack of lubrication. A 12 dB increase establishes the very beginning of the failure mode. A 16 dB gain indicates advanced failure condition while a 35-50 dB gain warns of catastrophic failure. For those who utilize ultrasound spectral analysis, these conditions can often be observed through both FFT and time series analysis.

Ultrasonic Electrical Inspection

Ultrasound inspection may be performed at all voltages (low, medium and high). When electrical apparatus such as switchgear, transformers, insulators or disconnects and splices fail, the results can be catastrophic. This is just as true in industrial plants as it is in the power transmission and distribution side. Electrical discharges such as arcing, tracking or, in higher voltages, corona have the potential to create equipment failure and costly downtime. In addition, the problems of RFI and TVI impact on our valuable communication networks. If left undetected, these conditions can become a source of an arc flash incident, which can result in severe injury or death. Arcing, tracking and corona produce ultrasound and are detected with an Ultraprobe.

How Ultrasonic Electrical Detection Works

Arcing, tracking and corona all produce ionization which disturbs the surrounding air molecules. An Ultraprobe detects high frequency sounds produced by these emissions and translates them (via heterodyning) down into the audible ranges. The specific sound quality of each type of emission is heard in headphones while the intensity of the signal is observed on a display panel. These sounds may be recorded and analyzed through ultrasound spectral analysis software for a more accurate diagnosis. Normally, electrical equipment should be silent, although some equipment such as transformers may produce a constant 60 cycle hum, or some steady mechanical noises. These should not be confused with the erratic, sizzling frying, uneven and popping sound of an electrical discharge.

Steam Trap Testing & Maintenance

When steam traps leak or fail, it can be extremely costly in terms of product quality, safety and energy loss. There are differences in the way particular steam traps work (for example, inverted bucket trap versus float and thermostatic trap). An Ultraprobe makes it easy to sense these differences and readily determine operating conditions while steam traps are on-line.

How Ultrasonic Leak Detection Works

Steam traps can either be defined as continuous (or modulating continuous) flow and "on-off" (hold-discharge-hold) types. UE Systems' Ultraprobe series helps an inspector readily identify the trap operation in all types of environments.

Inspectors can choose from simple "point and shoot" analog instruments to sophisticated digital instruments with on-board non-contact infrared thermometers, sound analysis and data logging features. UE Systems unique frequency tuning feature enables users to literally tune into the trap sound and clearly identify leaking or blowing traps.

Valve Testing Instruments

When valves leak or fail, it can be extremely costly in terms of product quality, safety and energy loss. Valve operation effects the way fluids will flow through a system. There are great differences in the way particular valves work (for example, control valve versus safety valve). An Ultraprobe makes it easy to adjust for these differences and readily determine operating conditions while valves are on-line.

How Ultrasonic Valve Leak Detection Works

As fluid moves from the high pressure side of a valve through the seat to the low pressure side, it produces turbulence. This turbulence generates ultrasound which is detected by the Ultraprobe and translated, via heterodyning, down into the audible range. The translated ultrasounds are heard through headphones and seen as intensity increments, usually decibels on a display panel. High frequency tuning allows users to adjust for differences in fluid viscosity (i.e. water vs. steam) and reduce any interference from stray pipe noises. Ultrasound spectral analysis provides an "image" of sound to help determine fluid flow characteristics. Using the time series screen it is possible to determine low, medium or high flow conditions.


Voltage Drop Measurements

Heat is generated in a circuit whenever current flow (amperage) encounters a resistance to the flow. Voltage drop normally occurs when current passes through a wire. The greater the resistance of a circuit, the greater the voltage drop. A small voltage drop of between 1% and 5% is expected in all electrical circuits. Excessive voltage drop can cause excessive heat, which should create a concern for the safety of the circuit.

Excessive voltage drop leads to poor efficiency, wasted energy, higher electric bills and may cause damage to motors and electrical equipment.

Voltage drop is caused by high resistance in a circuit when the following conditions are present:

  • There are long runs of wire
  • The wire size is too small to carry the load.
  • There are point sources of high resistance such as poorly made splices or corroded connections.

Fireplace and Chimney Inspections


Fire Door Inspections

Many buildings, including schools, high-rises, health care facilities, churches, office buildings, factories, and warehouses are likely to have fire doors. Should a fire occur, the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants and emergency responders depends on the regular inspection of fire doors.


Garage and Overhead Door Inspections


Automated Vehicular Gate Inspections


Dryer Vent Inspections


HVAC Duct Inspections


Plumbing Drain and Waste Line Video Inspections

A video camera pipe inspection allows for a real-time visual inspection of underground sewer lines and other piping to determine the condition inside the pipe. A flexible fiber optic cable with a specially designed high-resolution video camera on its tip is inserted into the pipe for inspection. As the cable is pushed through the pipe, the hardened waterproof camera, equipped with powerful lights, records its journey and findings. Video images are transmitted to the camera operator who can make an informed diagnosis of any problem found. The video inspection can be saved for a permanent record.

Video cameras may be used to identify pipe damage and obstructions that inhibit proper flow or create occasional or repeated backups. The cameras also verify that obstructions have been eliminated and that the lines are clean following service. The condition of a pipe typically cannot be determined without a visual inspection using an in-line camera.

Video camera inspections pinpoint problems like these:

  • Broken, cracked or collapsed pipe — damaged pipes requiring repair or replacement.
  • Offset pipe — sewer pipes have become misaligned due to shifting soil, frozen ground, settling, etc.
  • Blockage — grease buildup or a foreign object is restricting or prohibiting proper flow and/or cleaning of the line.
  • Corrosion — the pipe has deteriorated and/or broken, causing sections to collapse and restrict water flow.
  • Bellied pipe — a section of the pipe has sunk due to ground or soil conditions, creating a valley that collects paper and waste.
  • Leaking joints — the seals between pipes have broken, allowing water to escape into the area surrounding the pipe.
  • Root infiltration — tree or shrub roots have invaded the sewer line, preventing normal cleaning and/or roots have damaged the pipe.
  • Off-grade pipe — existing pipes are constructed of substandard or outdated material that may have deteriorated or corroded.

 


Commercial Pool and Spa Inspections