Critical inspections are require by the City of Chicago to be done on all buildings that are 8 stories and higher.  The codes keep changing so it is up to building owners to learn the rules as to if a critical inspection is required and when it is due.  During a critical inspection we are required to hang stages all around the building and allow access for a certified engineer to go and inspect the building up close and personal.  We have worked with many different engineers over the years and would be happy to recommend one to you if you are in need of one.  During the critical inspection the engineer will use our stage to stand on and check the tuckpointing, brick work, stone work, shelf angles, and check to see if your buildings lintels need replacement, along with many other items.

Critical building inspections or critical building repairs: which comes first?
Presale inspections before the purchase of a home or office are becoming a very common practice. It is one way to avoid having critical building repairs. Whether it is your family home, or your place of business, you can regard this as a critical building. Inspections should occur well before you put your signature on any contract. But if you have purchased a building, or one has been in your family for many years, it will pay you to have the building looked at. It is a great way of heading off those critical building repairs. This way, you will know that a critical building inspection headed off a catastrophe.
Many inspections are now required by law. If it is a brand new building, or one of a certain age you may not be able to get proper zoning until you have the inspection. By definition, these inspections have now become critical building inspections. When you retain the services of a company like Bruno construction, you will not have to worry about having a quality inspection or who will do any critical building repairs. To begin with, make sure the inspectors begin at the top of the building. They need to make sure that the roof is all right and that the space between the roof and the top of the walls does not need any critical building repairs. This is critical. Building inspections that do not begin at the roof or do not look at the roof line are not going to be as complete as you need. To additionally, do not let anyone tell you that you need critical building repairs unless they have done an inspection for any damage, cracks, or decay.

The inspection should now move to the doors and windows. Problems such as broken glass should be noted. Note that ill fitting windows or cracks around the door frame are all critical. Building inspections should go out of their way to include this level of detail. Someone should be looking into these cracks or gaps because they can be a sign of an existing problem and will lead to greater issues in the future. They need to be dealt with while they are small before they become part of critical building repairs. The inspectors should now move onto looking at wiring, plumbing, large appliances and air conditioning. While many of these problems are self explanatory, they need to be noted in an inspection. If there is a contractual obligation to have an electrical inspection, you may need to get an electrical contractor, but any one doing a critical building inspection should be able to advise you if you need a specialized inspector.

What you are trying to get is an outline of the deficiencies of your building and what you need to have done. This is why it is vital to have a trained and experienced professional do your inspections. When you contract with Bruno next generation construction, they will do an inspection before they begin any work. And if you retain them for an inspection, you can be comforted to know that they are a company who is able to handle any repairs that need to be done. Their vast experience will allow them to work with your own staff of engineers and make the entire process as simple and as painless as possible.