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. […]

Vaughn Commercial Inspections

Vaughan 2011 population 288,301) is a city in York Region north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Vaughan was the fastest-growing municipality in Canada between 1996–2006, achieving a population growth rate of 80.2% according to Statistics Canada having nearly doubled in population since 1991. It is the fifth-largest city in the Greater Toronto Area, and the 17th largest city in Canada. In June 2013, Vaughan had a population of 313,490 residents. Since being incorporated as a city in 1991 (pop. 111,359), it has grown by over 180%. As Canada’s 17th largest municipality and 8th largest in Ontario, Vaughan is a city that welcomes all individuals from a variety of backgrounds. (Source: Statistics Canada & York Region) The City of Vaughan Economic Development Department is your source for business information and assistance. Our goal is to help local companies grow their business by bringing businesses, organizations, government and community together to achieve bold results. We also assist companies that are physically expanding or relocating their facilities. Our services include: Business Expansion and Retention program Business Investment and Attraction Program Major Economic Development Projects and Priority Key Initiatives International Business Development Program Research, Statistics and Business Information Small Business Services Real Estate Investors are actively purchasing properties located in Vaughn and area. When purchasing a Commercial, Residential Apartment or Industrial building it is always recommended that you hire the services of a Professional Inspector. The Commercial Building inspector is a Certified Building Code Official with the Ontario Building Officials Association and is a Certified […]

Toronto Commercial Building Inspections

Toronto Commercial Building Inspection The financial savings of using a Commercial Building Inspector will allow you to realize the actual condition of the building you are thinking about buying or leasing.  The exterior and exterior finishes of a building can hide some complex issues and only an knowledgeable and experienced Commercial Inspector can  completely evaluate and document those issues.   As a member in good standing in the National Association of Commercial Building Inspectors Association, we have inspected projects and purchases that have sold for over 30 million dollars.  We are the inspection company of choice of a major North American investment company and have inspected their purchases in many of the major cities in Southern Ontario.  Our knowledge and experience is extensive and we are extremely proud of our expansion into the North American market where we conduct Quality Control inspections for Companies using third party builders.     As a Certified Building Code Official you get the advantage of having your building inspected by an individual  who has 7 years of experience in charge of Project Reviews, Existing Building Renovations and New Construction reviews.  We also have an experienced 20 year Contract Inspector veteran who has reviewed and inspected every aspect of a Buildings Construction and Renovation.  It is this type of knowledge and experience that will allow you to know the exact condition of the building you are considering purchasing. Our reports are extremely detailed with pictures of every deficiency or maintenance defect.  We document HVAC, Heating, […]

Whitby Commercial Inspections

Whitby (2011 population 122,022) is a town in Durham Region. Whitby is located in Southern Ontario east of Ajax on the north shore of Lake Ontario, and is home to the headquarters of Durham Region. It is approximately a 30 minute drive to the City of Toronto borough of Scarborough, and it is known as a commuter suburb in the eastern part of the Greater Toronto Area. While the southern portion of Whitby is predominantly urban, and an economic hub, the northern part of the municipality is more rural and includes the communities of Ashburn, Brooklin, Myrtle and Myrtle Station. Enjoy Whitby’s two heritage Downtowns, seasonal Farmer’s Market , award-winning marina, and year-round sports and recreation activities make for an unforgettable getaway, and are part of the extraordinary amenities and services that Whitby residents enjoy every day. Whitby has a very diverse economy, a well-educated and skilled workforce as a result of outstanding post secondary institutions in the community, excellent transportation options to connect business to the rest of the world, and a competitive cost environment to support industry. Real Estate investors who are purchasing an investment property are well advised to seek out a Professional Building Inspector prior to buying investment properties. The Whitby Commercial Building Inspector is a Certified Building Code Official with the Ontario Building Officials Association and also a Certified Master Inspector. Protect you investment by choosing an inspector with over 9 years of Commercial Building Inspections and who has performed over 4,000 inspections. Call Roger […]

Ajax Commercial Inspections

Ajax (2011 population 109,600) is a town in the Durham Region of Southern Ontario, Canada, located in the eastern part of the Greater Toronto Area. The town is named for HMS Ajax, a Royal Navy cruiser that served in World War II. It is approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario and is bordered by the City of Pickering to the west and north, and the Town of Whitby to the east. Welcome to Ajax, Ontario, Canada’s First Competitive Ready Community! The Town of Ajax is part of Durham Region, one of the fastest growing economic areas of Ontario. Situated on Lake Ontario just east of Toronto, the population of Ajax is approximately 110,000. Ajax is a “Quality Community”, being the first ISO 9001 – 2000 registered municipality in Ontario and the first fully registered municipality in North America. The Town has a vibrant business community, with nearly 2,000 businesses and a labour force of close to 85,000, with a regional workforce of over 2 million people within a 45-minute drive. Ajax offers the Region of Durham’s strongest and award-winning economic development service team, with dedicated staff and customized processes to assist business in expansion and location. This growing community has a wide range of Commercial Type Properties which many investors are interested in purchasing. When buying investment properties it is very important to have a Professional Inspector assess the building prior to purchasing. The Ajax Commercial Building Inspector is a Certified Building […]

GTA Commercial Inspections

GTA Commercial Inspections   The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is a metropolitan area in Canada. At the 2011 census, it had a population of 6,054,191, and the census metropolitan area had a population of 5,583,064. The Greater Toronto Area is defined as the central city of Toronto, and the four regional municipalities that surround it: Durham, Halton, Peel, and York.   As of early 21st century, the regional span of the Greater Toronto Area is sometimes extended to include the city of Hamilton, Ontario and its surrounding region, to form the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, an urban area that has a total population ranked near the top 50 in the world.   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. 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 The end result provides you with detailed picture of the age and condition of the major building components and how maintenance has effected its life span. The final report will list deficiencies, repair recommendations, and a detailed report with representative photos when appropriate. When compared against other major world cities, Toronto continues to fare well with several reports ranking Toronto very well against other world cities. In Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s Cities of Opportunity report which ranks global cities across ten categories, Toronto was ranked 3rd in 2012 just behind New York City and London. Another […]