Commercial Inspections
Certified Master Inspector

The Commercial Building Inspector is committed to providing the best possible service at a price that is un-matched by the competition. We have been providing Professional Commercial and Industrial Building inspection services to the Southern Ontario area for the past nine years. With over 4,000 inspections we are the Premier Commercial and Industrial Inspection Company in Southern Ontario. Our commitment to our customers and their investment ensures your complete satisfaction. Our companies investment in the latest technology ensures our leadership in the investment property inspection field. Our company offers FREE Thermal Imaging as part of our inspection package, which includes electrical and insulation scans. The Commercial Building Inspector  performs inspections of commercial properties for a variety of clients on a wide range of property types. Our inspections range from Property Condition Assessments (PCAs) in accordance to ASTM E 2018 Standards, to inspections tailored to a client’s specific needs. Whether buying of leasing we can inspect your future property to ensure protection of your investment dollars. Experienced inspectors of Plaza’s, Strip Malls, Apartment Buildings and Office Buildings in Toronto, Commercial Inspector, GTA, Mississauga, Etobicoke, Brampton, Oakville,Milton, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Aurora, Newmarket, and Bradford. We have an experienced team which will travel to most of Southern On for large apartment buildings or plaza’s. We provide Reliance Letter’s and 20 Year Cost Estimates if required. Our evaluation provides valuable information for the following systems: ●  Structures, Exteriors, Interiors ●  HVAC Cooling and Heating ●  Roof System, related components ●  Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical ●  Insulation, Ventilation ●  Repair […]

Inspection Standards
ASTM Inspection Standards

The Commercial Building inspector conducts all inspections based on the following  Inspection Standards: National Association of Commercial Building Inspectors (NACBI) Code of Ethics Standards of Practice ASTM E2018 – 08 Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process No PCA can wholly eliminate the uncertainty regarding the presence of physical deficiencies and the performance of a subject property’s building systems. Preparation of a PCR in accordance with this guide is intended to reduce, but not eliminate, the uncertainty regarding the potential for component or system failure and to reduce the potential that such component or system may not be initially observed. This guide also recognizes the inherent subjective nature of a consultant’s opinions as to such issues as workmanship, quality of original installation, and estimating the RUL of any given component or system. The guide recognizes a consultant’s suggested remedy may be determined under time constraints, formed without the aid of engineering calculations, testing, exploratory probing, the removal or relocation of materials, design, or other technically exhaustive means. Furthermore, there may be other alternative or more appropriate schemes or methods to remedy a physical deficiency. The consultant’s opinions generally are formed without detailed knowledge from those familiar with the component’s or system’s performance. Not Technically Exhaustive—Appropriate due diligence according to this guide is not to be construed as technically exhaustive. There is a point at which the cost of information obtained or the time required to conduct the PCA and prepare the PCR may outweigh the usefulness […]

Concrete Corrosion & Commercial Building Inspections

Concrete can be damaged by many processes, such as the expansion of corrosion products of the steel reinforcement bars, freezing of trapped water, fire or radiant heat, aggregate expansion, sea water effects, bacterial corrosion, leaching, erosion by fast-flowing water, physical damage and chemical damage (from carbonatation, chlorides, sulfates and distillate water.   Carbonatation is a slow process that occurs in concrete where lime (calcium hydroxide) in the cement reacts with carbon dioxide from the air and forms calcium carbonate.  The water in the pores of Portland cement concrete is normally alkaline with a pH in the range of 12.5 to 13.5. This highly alkaline environment is one in which the steel rebar is passivated and is protected from corrosion. According to the Pourbaix diagram for iron, the metal is passive when the pH is above 9.5. The carbon dioxide in the air reacts with the alkali in the cement and makes the pore water more acidic, thus lowering the pH. Carbon dioxide will start to carbonatate the cement in the concrete from the moment the object is made. This carbonatation process will start at the surface, then slowly move deeper and deeper into the concrete. The rate of carbonatation is dependent on the relative humidity of the concrete – a 50% relative humidity being optimal. If the object is cracked, the carbon dioxide in the air will be better able to penetrate into the concrete. Eventually this may lead to corrosion of the rebar and damage to the construction.   As a Commercial Building Inspector knowledge of Concrete and ability to the report on its condition is an important factor of the building report. […]