Everything You Need to Know About Inspections

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Building codes, permits, and inspections all work together hand in hand.  Building codes are written because of actual, true, real events that have taken place.  For example:  The  Great Chicago Fire, where everything (including the sidewalks) was constructed of wood, taught us about the spread of fire and multiple night club fires such as The Station fire in Rhode Island taught everyone why we need lit exit signs, limits on the number of people allowed in places, etc. Because homes are a much smaller scale, we typically don't hear about what happens to them on the news.  Although a smaller scale, they still have the same issues.  People still need to be able to get out in an emergency and the house needs to be able to withstand natural and man made disasters.

Following is a break down list of all residential inspections in the order they are performed.  Every project is unique and may not require all inspections due to the scope of work.  Required inspections are by request.  Please remember to request them at each check point.

​​​Erosion Control​ Inspection
This inspection is necessary to eliminate project dirt from neighboring properties and to keep dirt out of catch basins and storm drains.  This inspection must be completed and approved prior to calling in for the footing or foundation inspection.

Footing & Foundation Inspection
The footing and foundation inspections occur after the grading has been done and the forms have been laid for the footing and/or the foundation.  These inspections my be requested together or separately depending if you are pouring them at one time or at two separate times.

Plumbing/Slab Inspection

Rough-In Inspection

Insulation Inspection
This inspection occurs after the insulation has been installed, but prior to drywall, and checks to see that is complete and of the proper R-Value.  The R-Value tells the inspector it's the correct thickness.  

Final Inspection
When building work is complete (all electrical, plumbing, and HVAC should be completed for this inspection) the inspector will make their final inspection to ensure that everything has been completed correctly.  They will test smoke detectors, test outlets, check items for compliance with manufacturer's specifications, ensure there are no penetrations betwen the garage and the living space for fire spread, check that required handrails and guardrails are installed if necessary, check that exhaust fans are in working order, check all other mechanical equipment, check final grading/landscaping, ensure siding is sealed correctly, and ensure that the house is safe for occupancy.

Congratulations!
Your project is complete!  Constructing to codes ensure that you or the next family to own your
 home always enjoys your project for years to come with peace of mind.  Helping you save on utility bills,
 helping keep the people you bring into your home safe, and encouraging you to take pride in your home
are just a couple of the reasons why we do what we do every day.

 

 

 

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