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Site Inspections maintain that new construction, manipulations, or repairs, abide with building codes, ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications, throughout the construction phase.

Construction and Building Inspectors typically review and approve plans that meet building codes, local ordinances, and zoning regulations. They will inspect and monitor construction sites to ensure overall compliance. Inspectors employ survey instruments, metering devices, and test equipment during these reviews. Inspectors monitor installation of plumbing, electrical, and other systems to ensure that the building meets the required codes. They will verify level, alignment, and elevation of structures and fixtures to ensure building compliance. May issue violation notices and stop-work orders until the building is compliant. Inspectors also keep daily logs, including photographs taken during the inspection

Construction and building inspectors examine buildings, highways and streets, sewer and water systems, dams, bridges, and other relevant structures. They will also examine electrical, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, refrigeration and plumbing. Although no two inspections are alike, inspectors do an initial check during the first phase of construction and follow-up inspections throughout the project. When finished, they do a final, comprehensive inspection.

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Types of construction and building inspectors

Building Inspectors

Inspect the structural quality and general safety of buildings. Some specialize in structural steel or reinforced-concrete structures.

Electrical Inspectors

Examine electrical systems to ensure that they function properly and comply with electrical codes and standards. The Electrical Inspectors visit work sites to review sound and security systems, wiring, lighting, motors, and generators.

Elevator Inspectors

Inspect lifting and transport apparatus, such as elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, lifts and hoists, inclined railways, ski lifts, as well as amusement rides.

Home Inspectors

Inspect newly built or previously owned homes, condominiums, and other living establishments. Home buyers often hire home inspectors to check and report on the structure and the overall condition. Sometimes, homeowners hire a home inspector to evaluate their home’s condition before placing it on the market. In addition to examining structural integrity, home inspectors examine all systems and features, including roofing, exterior walls, attached garages, foundations, interiors, plumbing, and electrical systems. They look for and report violations of building codes, however, they do not have the power to enforce these codes.

Mechanical Inspectors

Inspect the installation of all systems and equipment to ensure that they are installed and function properly. They also may inspect kitchen equipment, gas-fired appliances, and boilers.

Plan Examiners

Ascertain whether the plans for a building or structure adhere to building codes. They also determine whether the structure is suited to the engineering and environmental demands of the building site.

Plumbing Inspectors

Inspect the installation of water, waste, and vent piping systems to ensure the safety and health of drinking water, piping, and the sanitary disposal of waste. Plumbing Inspectors determine if waste is impacting human and environmental targets surrounding the building.

Public Works Inspectors

Certify that federal, state, and local government water and sewer systems, highways, streets, bridges, and dam construction conform to requirements. Workers inspect excavation and fill operations, the placement of forms for concrete, including mixing and pouring, asphalt paving, and grading operations. Public works inspectors may specialize in highways, structural steel, reinforced concrete, or ditches. Others specialize in dredging operations required for bridges and dams or for harbors.

Specification Inspectors

Certify that work is performed according to design specifications. Specification inspectors represent the owner’s interests, not those of the general public. Insurance companies and financial institutions may also utilize their services.




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