Inspection

Construction Inspection and Quality Assurance Services

EnviroHome Inc. has developed a proprietary construction inspection program that is designed to identify and eliminate potential water/moisture problems during the construction process. This program includes the conducting of critical stage inspections at the framing, pre-drywall and closing stages of construction that allow the identification and correction of moisture entry problems before they are built into the structure.

Construction_Quality_Assurance200.jpgMany of our clients have used our construction inspections as both a quality assurance program and a second level of protection to reduce the occurrence of post closing water entry incidents. The closing stage inspection may include indoor air quality testing designed to document that the structure is free of IAQ concerns.

Our services are designed to provide the professional oversight and technical expertise to allow certification that a client’s project has been constructed to the highest standards for:

  • Environmental/Health Concerns
  • Moisture Entry Prevention
  • Planning
  • Construction Defect Mitigation

Source of Water/Moisture Entry Problems

Over the past 15 years EnviroHome, Inc.'s engineers and inspectors have conducted thousands of home and building water/moisture entry cause and origin investigations. As a result of this work we have become the experts in the evaluation and prevention of building water/moisture entry problems. Through our investigations we have identified four primary sources of moisture entry problems in new construction including:

  • Design Flaws
  • Construction Defects
  • Inadequate Waterproofing
  • Poor Maintenance

EnviroHome, Inc.'s proprietary program includes the inspection of over 500 critical points of construction to eliminate water/moisture entry and IAQ concerns during the construction process.

Follow-up inspections are conducted to verify that one building trade does not modify the work of a previous trade. Leak tests are performed to provide certifications and documentation.

EnviroHome's construction inspection program has reduced our clients' water/moisture entry incidents by 97 percent

“The quality of construction is based on what you inspect not what you expect” EnviroHome, Inc.

Building-Maintenance275.jpgRe-inspections should be conducted to verify that identified defects and concerns are corrected.  Design defects need to be identified to the architect so they are eliminated rather than repeated.  While EnviroHome acts as a independent, third party inspector, we are also part of the  builder’s team.  

Performance records and reports are prepared to allow identification of defects that result from problematic trade contractors or design flaws.

Shell Seal - The Problem

Through EnviroHome, Inc.’s work with many different builders, it has become painfully evident that few trades recognize how to seal the building envelope.  The average home has over 1000 critical seams, joints, or fasteners that must be sealed during the various stages of construction.  The sealing has to be done at the correct time during construction using the correct sealant.  The surfaces to be sealed have to be properly prepared to ensure proper application and adhesion. 

Water, draft, and damp proofing measures are necessary throughout the construction process.  These procedures need to be verified through inspections and testing (leak tests).

These details are too important to be left to the shell and glazing contractors who too often are more interested in expediency rather than quality.  Additionally, the painting contractor gets involved too late in the construction process to address the critical points to be sealed.  Waterproofing is a full time job with critical points throughout the construction process.

Maintenance

The final source of water/moisture entry problems is ongoing maintenance after construction, which is often the responsibility of the property manager.  We have inspected thousands of buildings for indoor air quality problems including but not limited to mold.  During those inspections, it was determined that more than 60 percent of the water/moisture entry and associated mold problems stem from a lack of proper maintenance and general upkeep, primarily this is in residential but happens in commerical as well. 

Over 90 percent of the A/C system mold related problems result from poor filter maintenance and condensate drainline cleaning.  Approximately 60 percent of the exterior shell moisture entry problems source from improper upkeep of the exterior shell seal, doors and window seals, and the ignoring of roof repairs.  Improper additions or renovations and improper sizing of A/C systems have also created major water/moisture and fungal (mold) problems.