A commercial building inspection from Valley Building Inspections is crucial for investors purchasing a property in Arizona. It can reveal valuable information about the building’s overall condition and help buyers make informed decisions. However, commercial buildings fail inspections all the time and for a variety of reasons. Keep reading to learn about five of those reasons.

5 Reasons Commercial Buildings Fail Inspections

1. Structural Issues

The first and most critical thing that our inspectors check during a commercial inspection is the structural integrity of the building. This includes the foundation, walls, roof, and supporting beams. Any cracks, water damage, or unevenness on these structures can indicate a severe problem that could be costly. A building with structural issues can pose a safety hazard for occupants and may not be up to code.

2. Plumbing Problems

The plumbing system is another essential aspect of any commercial building. We’ll check for leaks, corrosion, clogged pipes, and faulty fixtures. These problems can affect the building’s water supply and waste management, leading to water damage or mold growth. Plumbing issues can also be expensive to repair and may require extensive work that can disrupt business operations.

3. Electrical Concerns

Electrical systems are critical to any commercial property’s daily operations. That’s why we check for outdated wiring, overloaded circuits, and malfunctioning electrical equipment. Electrical problems can lead to fire hazards, power outages, and high utility bills. A building with electrical problems needs to be rewired, which can be expensive and time-consuming.

4. HVAC System Issues

The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is another critical commercial building component. So, we always check the furnace, air conditioning system, and ventilation. Any signs of poor air quality, inadequate heating or cooling, or unusual sounds may indicate a problem with the HVAC system. These problems can affect the comfort of the building’s occupants and can be expensive to repair.

5. Environmental Concerns

Finally, environmental issues are a pretty common reason commercial buildings fail inspections. These include mold growth, pest infestation, and hazardous materials such as asbestos or lead. These problems can pose serious health risks to the building’s occupants and be challenging to remediate. A building with environmental concerns may not be suitable for occupancy until the problems are addressed. 

Understand the Condition of Your Property 

Want to know the condition of your commercial property in Scottsdale or Phoenix, AZ? Give Valley Building Inspections a call at (480) 860-1100. Our team will be there to give you a thorough evaluation of the property, including a report on possible mold and radon. So, before buying, schedule your commercial inspection with the area’s most-trusted team.