Commercial Property Inspection Preliminary Walkthrough

Inspection Preliminary Walkthrough

  • 🏒 Preliminary walkthrough for commercial property inspection is a valuable tool.
  • πŸ•’ Typically takes a few minutes to assess the building both inside and outside.
  • πŸ‘‹ Introduce yourself to the client and set the stage for the inspection.
  • 🏠 Inside, quickly assess ceilings, windows, structure, and key areas like HVAC, attic, and basement.
  • πŸ’§ Look for signs of water damage and structural issues during the walkthrough.
  • πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Exterior walkthrough helps identify major issues, drainage, and safety hazards.
  • πŸ—οΈ Make a mental plan for the inspection process based on your preliminary findings.
  • πŸ” Observe gas meters, electrical systems, and exterior features during the walkthrough.
  • 🌳 Pay attention to landscaping, labeling, and potential obstacles on the property.
  • πŸ• A quick exterior walkthrough should take about 4-5 minutes for a typical building.
  • πŸ› οΈ The preliminary walkthrough is not a substitute for a formal inspection but aids in planning the inspection process effectively.

Understanding and Preventing Ice Dams: A Guide for Commercial Building Owners

Understanding and Preventing Ice Dams

As winter sets in, the charm of snow-covered roofs can quickly give way to a significant concern for commercial building owners: ice dams. These frozen formations may seem harmless at first glance, but they can lead to costly damages, energy inefficiencies, and potential safety hazards. In this blog post, we’ll delve into what ice dams are, the risks they pose to commercial buildings, and essential preventive measures to safeguard your property.

What are Ice Dams?

Ice dams are ridge-like formations of ice that accumulate at the edges of roofs, typically along the eaves. They form when snow on the upper part of the roof melts due to heat escaping from the building’s interior or inadequate insulation. The melted snow then runs down the roof until it reaches the colder eaves, where it refreezes, creating a barrier of ice. As this process continues, the ice dam can grow, blocking proper drainage and causing water to back up beneath shingles and leak into the building.

Risks and Consequences

Ice dams can wreak havoc on commercial buildings in several ways:

  1. Water Damage: The trapped water behind the ice dam can seep into the roofing structure, insulation, and eventually leak into the building. This can lead to stains, weakened ceilings, and even mold growth.
  2. Roof Damage: As the ice dams expand and contract due to temperature fluctuations, they can lift and damage shingles, leading to premature roof deterioration.
  3. Gutter and Downspout Damage: The weight of the ice dams can damage gutters and downspouts, causing them to detach from the building and further impeding proper drainage.
  4. Energy Inefficiency: Ice dams indicate heat loss from the building’s interior, which can result in increased heating costs during winter.
  5. Safety Hazards: Falling ice and icicles from ice dams can pose a threat to pedestrians and vehicles below.

Preventive Measures

  1. Insulation and Ventilation: Proper insulation and ventilation are key to preventing ice dams. Ensure your building’s attic is well-insulated and adequately ventilated to maintain a consistent roof temperature.
  2. Sealing Air Leaks: Identify and seal any gaps, cracks, or air leaks in the roof, walls, and ceilings. This prevents warm air from escaping and heating the roof.
  3. Roof Raking: Use a roof rake to remove snow from the lower sections of the roof, especially around the eaves. This reduces the chances of ice dam formation.
  4. Gutter Maintenance: Keep gutters and downspouts clean and free from debris, allowing melted snow to drain properly.
  5. Heat Cable Installation: In particularly vulnerable areas, consider installing heat cables along the eaves to melt ice and create channels for water to escape.
  6. Professional Inspection: Regularly schedule inspections with a commercial building inspection professional who can assess your roof’s condition and identify potential issues before they escalate.


As a responsible commercial building owner, being proactive about ice dam prevention can save you from extensive repair costs, energy inefficiencies, and safety concerns. By understanding the formation of ice dams, their risks, and implementing preventive measures, you can ensure that your property remains well-protected and prepared for the winter months ahead. If you require assistance in assessing your building’s vulnerability to ice dams, our experienced commercial building inspection team is here to help.

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Asbestos Consulting and Testing – Commercial and Residential

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Asbestos Consulting and Testing

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring compound that was widely used in construction settings prior to 1989.  Asbestos is now known to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, and is therefore heavily regulated and used much less often.  It is frequently found in older buildings, most commonly in-wall systems, flooring, insulation, plumbing, HVAC systems, roofing, and exterior coverings.  If it is possible that your building contains asbestos, or if you are planning a renovation or demolition, an asbestos inspection can help you identify potential health and financial risks.  If asbestos is identified, there are specific management techniques that our inspection team can advise upon.  These techniques are intended to protect individuals, and to avoid future fines and litigation.  If you need to pursue abatement services for asbestos in your building, Fremont Safety can also provide post-abatement clearance testing to ensure project completion.

Our licensed and certified inspection team provides reports that comply with Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements. We use only certified laboratories for analysis and testing to make sure that your results are accurate and reliable. All of our services include detailed reports with comprehensive inspection findings and user-friendly formatting.