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A checklist for identifying construction problems

On Behalf of | May 21, 2024 | Construction Contracts

Anyone who commissions construction projects is duty-bound to monitor for defects. It is better to nip a problem in the bud than allow trouble to fester.

Investors should scrutinize every aspect of a building site to identify potential issues before they grow out of control.

Perform surprise inspections

Conducting periodic examinations can minimize flaws before they mushroom into a lawsuit. Inspectors should visit at unexpected times to assess progress and pinpoint possible worries.

Check structural elements

Structural defects can compromise the safety and stability of any building. Closely examining the foundation can reveal areas of concern. Beams, columns and load-bearing walls may also have worrying signs of damage.

Review plumbing and electrical work

Anyone performing an inspection should verify that the installation and sealing of water lines are done correctly. Examiners must also test plumbing fixtures for leaks and ensure proper drainage. Similarly, they need to check the electrical wiring, outlets and fixtures for accurate installation and functionality.

Assess exterior components

Exterior elements, such as roofing, siding, windows and doors, protect buildings from the weather. Roofs must not have missing or chipped shingles. The siding needs to be free of cracks, warping and gaps. Most importantly, windows and doors should have proper sealing, alignment and operation.

Test mechanical systems

Improperly installed heating, ventilation and air conditioning units mean trouble, so HVAC equipment requires testing for proper operation and airflow. Paying attention to ductwork can also pay dividends.

Identifying construction defects in an active building project can be a chore. Despite the challenge, stakeholders save time and money by ensuring the quality and integrity of the final product.