Engineering Inspections and Why They're Important

Engineering Inspections and Why They’re Important

July 10, 2020

If you’re in the process of either building or purchasing a property, it’s important that you go through all of the necessary inspections to make sure the property is in good condition. In some cases, this may include engineering inspections.

The engineering inspection in Hudson, CO is a bit more thorough and involved than other types of inspections, including a standard home inspection. In this type of inspection, an engineer will make sure your building meets all applicable building codes, and that there are no long-term concerns you should be aware of.

Here’s an overview of what you should know about engineering inspections.

Calling in an engineer

An engineering inspection won’t be necessary for every type of property. However, if you encounter any issues such as water penetration, roofs that appear to be sagging, cracks in walls, spalling concrete, floors that vibrate or any foundational issues, it’s important for you to contact an engineer who will be able to make the appropriate repairs.

When the engineer first comes out, their job is to analyze the property and uncover any underlying conditions that could cause these types of deficiencies described above. Based on the engineer’s findings, they will then prepare a report that includes the kind of corrective action that should be taken, along with estimates of the costs for those types of jobs. The engineer will then supervise the repairs of those deficiencies.

The engineer will not have any vested interest in the repair work—they are working for you. This means if you are working with an experienced and trustworthy engineer, you do not need to worry about them trying to take financial advantage of you by suggesting repairs you don’t actually need.

In some cases, they may be able to come out and conduct emergency engineering inspections in Hudson, CO to ensure the safety of the building and to supervise any initial, temporary work needed to prevent further issues from arising. For example, if a roof is near the point of collapse, the likely path forward would be to do some temporary work to shore it up and support it until more significant repair work can be done. Having an engineer on hand for that kind of work is extremely valuable for ensuring the structural integrity of the temporary repairs.

Any time you bring an engineer out to a building site, it’s important to make sure they’re licensed for the particular type of work you’re having them do. If you do not bring out an appropriately licensed engineer, you run the risk of low-quality work. In addition, licensed engineers are responsible for the accuracy of their reports and the actions they recommend. If you work with an unlicensed engineer, that liability falls on you for not selecting a qualified professional to perform your inspections and make repair recommendations.

For more information about engineering inspections and structural inspections in Hudson, CO and how to find a good engineer to work with, contact the team at High Plains Engineering & Design, LLC today.

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