Occasionally building owners are faced with problems with a particular building
system or component that cannot be easily remedied. Often contractors will be
called in to fix the problem, but depending on the source of the problem, the
selected contractor may not be the appropriate person. For example, to engage a
roofing contractor to fix a “roof leak” which is actually caused by condensation on a
piece of mechanical equipment, will typically be a frustrating process. Other times,
there may be conflicting opinions from different contractors as to the source of the
problem or the best method to remedy the problem.
In many of these cases, it is more cost effective to engage a building inspector who
understands how all systems work and more importantly how they can interact with
one another. It is through this knowledge of system operation and how buildings
function that less obvious causes of problems can be identified, without the need to
undertake various iterations of trial and error repairs.
For example, a problem with condensation on windows may not be a problem with
the windows at all. In fact, depending upon the building usage, the replacement of
older windows with newer windows can sometimes cause a condensation problem
that was not there before. In these cases, the source of the condensation problem
is not actually the window, but the problem with the ventilation systems in the
building or the occupants not utilizing the ventilation systems, as required.
Undertaking the problem investigation with a holistic approach and considering all
building systems, in terms of how they function and interact, West Coast Inspections
can often uncover the source of the problem. In some cases, an initial visual
assessment may not pin point the exact causes, but can typically eliminate what is
not the cause in order that further detailed reviews into the likely causes can be
undertaken. These further detailed investigations often do require destructive
methods to expose hidden components or potential problems.
West Coast Inspections is able to undertake these investigations as required, to
identify the exact cause and recommend an appropriate remedial strategy.
For when it is more cost effective to engage a building inspector rather than undertake various iterations of trial and error repairs.
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