Vent Stack Inspection


A sewer camera inspection can be much more than placing a camera into the sewer line and looking for issues.  Many building owners should think beyond the traditional sewer inspection and consider going down vent stacks from the roof. A camera could be placed in a plumbing vent stack.  This is very important in multi-family... Read more »
Stairs and Railings Every commercial building inspector is trying to climb the stairs to success but not all stairs have the same levels of protection.  Like so many other systems present in a building, stairs too have certain set standards that have to be present.  It is through these standards that a building can maintain... Read more »
Some might think walk in or accessing a roof is the least safe element of a commercial property inspection.  While the roof can be dangerous the single most unsafe element of a commercial building inspection is the electric. If you are a “residential inspector” you are used to having services of 60 to 200 amps. ... Read more »
While inspecting any existing building these elements are typically already present and looking for them is something that is typically excluded through contract and agreement or through omission but these are very important elements that should be part of every inspection.  Because they are excluded they are often overlooked during the inspection process. Before inspecting... Read more »
Why is the commercial client interview so important? What is the commercial client interview? Unlike the residential inspection the commercial inspection is not a cookie cutter experience. For most, the commercial inspection is a unique event. Typically, no two buildings or building inspections are alike. This is why the interview is so important. A commercial... Read more »
Not every commercial client is a seasoned veteran.  Everyone has to make a first time purchase at one point in a business lifecycle.  These are some of our favorite clients. When The BrickKicker started performing commercial property inspections 30 years ago the process was mostly academic and the clients were not part of the process. ... Read more »
Commercial buildings have the opportunity to have several different types of roof materials installed on the properties.  Each material has a different life span expectation and maintenance requirement.  Here are two: Modified Bit Roof The older style or norm is to place a Modified Bitumen.  This style of roof is technically referred to as torch-down... Read more »
In a recent stay at a National hotel brand I got to see poor weatherproofing first hand.  It is monsoon season in the desert and it rained everyday.  When it rains the water from the upper floors migrates through the concrete seams to the lower floors.  This migration cannot be good for the structural components... Read more »
The inspection of manufacturing, industrial, or some office spaces, often include a loading dock feature. This is the means for which deliveries flow to and from the building. Industrial or shipping buildings could have dozens of docks spread across the building campus. A professional commercial building inspector has to have an understanding of how a... Read more »
The BrickKicker has been providing Commercial Building inspections for almost all of it’s 32 years of operation.  Being a multi-inspector firm there was always someone on staff with the experience or expertise to provide this service to our clients. In 2016 we saw a need in the industry to not only build a new separate... Read more »