Spring is home buying season! Home buying season can vary, but in general, it starts at the end of March in early spring and lasts through summer and sometimes early fall. Are you in the market for a new home this season? Congratulations! This is an exciting time but don’t forget one of the most important parts of buying a home; the inspection. A home inspection from a seasoned home inspector is meant to give you an unbiased and honest report about the home’s condition. A property inspector wants you to buy your dream home, but they also want you to be well informed and know what you’re getting yourself into. Our Sacramento home inspector at CapCity Building Inspection, with over 35 years of experience, is here to do just that. We understand that buying a home can feel like a complicated process and we are here to make the inspection portion as easy as can be. Here are a few things to keep in mind this buying season.
During your search for your dream home this year, you may think you’ve found the one. However, it is essential to learn everything you can about the home in order to make an informed decision about your purchase. One of the last things you want to find out too late is that your dream home has structural damage, wiring issues, foundation issues or other security risks. Our professional home inspector can investigate the home’s structure for these issues, so you can be aware of any problems that may exist.
Essentially, from foundation to roof, outside and inside, your home inspector should provide for you a confidential written report easy to read and understand, including pictures of the home conditions found, explanations and/or recommendations for maintenance, repair or further evaluations. Your home inspector should cover all ends of the home, including:
Pools and spas
Fireplaces and chimneys
Foundations and basements
Heating and cooling
A home inspection should always include a look at the roof, the heating and cooling system, plumbing and electrical. Since a home inspection is not “exhaustive,” it may not uncover every possible issue. However, a home inspection is an absolute essential step in the home buying process.
To learn more about our home inspector in the Sacramento area or if would like to schedule a home inspection, call CapCity Building Inspection at (916) 606-5457 or Contact Us.
When inspecting a building’s plumbing, including the sewer, drain and clean out, a video inspection may be recommended because of the age of the building or the following factors:
If the building has cast iron DWV (Drain Waste Vent) piping
If there has been or is a restaurant tenant. (Restaurant floor cleaning uses harsh chemicals that can cause serious damage to cast iron piping.)
If tree roots are close to the sewer line
If a blockage has been reported or discovered during the inspection
It is important to understand that the building drain and building sewer are defined in the California Plumbing Code. The building drain piping is under and inside the building, and the sewer piping starts two feet outside of the building’s foundation line. At the two-foot demarcation point, a clean out is required.
When requesting a video inspection, it is important to clearly tell the video inspection company whether you want just the building drain and/or the building sewer. If you want the building drain, it will be necessary to determine if the clean out is a two-way clean out. If not, then an end-of-line clean out will need to be located for the inspector. Usually the inspector will know where to find the end-of-line clean out. If neither clean out allows access for his camera, then this is a code violation. A toilet may need to be removed to provide access to the main building drain line.
California Plumbing Code (CPC) can be found online here.
Building drain and building sewer are defined in CPC Chapter 2 section 204.0
Clean out requirements are covered in CPC Chapter 7 Section 707.0
If you have additional questions about the building drain, building sewer and clean out requirements under CPC, feel free to give us a call at 916-606-5457 or contact us.
Commercial buildings most commonly have low slope roofs at 2 percent slope minimum with parapet walls on all edges. These types of roof structures rely on piped roof drains. A primary drain and secondary drain are required.
The secondary drain is higher than the primary drain. If the primary drain gets plugged then the secondary drain prevents water build up. If water is coming out of the secondary roof drain pipe termination then immediate action is required. It is critical that the drains be cleaned before and after every rain. If both drains get plugged, the roof structure could collapse. This happens more often than you might think.
Older buildings are especially suspect for not having secondary drains. This is a very important inspection item that almost always is a problem. If this is not addressed by the inspector, it could result in a roof collapse.
• Roof drains required – CBC Chapter 15 section 1503.4 and the installation and sizing per Chapter 11 of the CPC
• Secondary roof drain required – CBC Chapter 15 section 1503.4.1 and the installation and sizing per Chapter 11 of the CPC
If you have additional questions about roof drainage for commercial buildings, give us a call at 916-606-5457 or contact us.
Welcome to the blog for CapCity Building Inspection. We are proud to serve the greater Sacramento area with professional home and commercial building inspections. With more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry, we can handle any type of residential or commercial inspection you need done.
We will work with your schedule, offering evening and weekend appointments for your convenience. Whether you are looking at a home to purchase or want to check the structural soundness of a possible commercial site, we can assist you.
We want you to feel confident in any real estate purchase or sale you make. Be sure to check our blog regularly for updates and tips on inspections and construction. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an inspection, contact us or call 916-606-5457 today!