Buildings can be damaged and accumulate defects after years of constant use, and the owners must hire a licensed to building inspection engineer NJ inspect it. If the owner does not get an inspection done on the property, they can face significant risks from the unidentified defects in the building.
Building inspection engineers must conduct an inspection and provide a thorough report on the building’s condition. The inspection report highlights the structure’s condition and helps stakeholders decide whether they should make a major investment in the property or not. The report also gives a detailed estimate on how much the repairs will be.
A licensed NJ structural engineer will evaluate the building’s columns, beams, girders, and trusses and see if they have any defects that can affect their integrity. Among the faults that engineers usually see are water infiltration, cracked masonry or wall sliding, thermal bridges, and cracked foundations and floors. Building inspections are necessary to ensure that the building is structurally sound.
New Jersey buildings need adequate fire safety routes and fire suppression systems to comply with the requirements under the New Jersey Administrative Code Title V, Chapter 70-76. A licensed engineer will assess the fire escapes, fire extinguishers, and fire alarm systems and see if there is enough and if they are strategically placed in the building. The building must also comply with the NFPA 25 code, so the owners must look for a licensed building inspection engineer to examine the water-based fire suppression systems.
Building inspection engineers will also inspect the building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system to see if it creates a safe and healthy environment for its occupants. The inspector will inquire about the HVAC maintenance cycle, operations, temperatures, and others to review the air quality.
New Jersey buildings must follow the state’s codes and regulations, like the ASHRAE 90.1-2019, so building inspection engineers will also serve as the first line of defense against any risks of non-compliance. For more information, see Lockatong Engineering’s infographic here.