A building inspector main responsibility is to make sure that all safety standards, state and local, are being met in a given construction site.

Building inspectors using engineering skills to inspect structures and verify the structural soundness, as well as determine the compliance with building codes, specifications, and other regulations. Inspections can be more general in nature, or limited to specific areas, such as existing conditions dilapidation surveys.

On a daily basis, building inspectors may visit places as varied as dams, bridges, and highways. Most of their work, though, is performed visiting buildings and verifying their plumbing, sewers, electrical circuits, wiring, heating systems, and so on. They keep daily written logs and supplement their inspection records with photographs.

In a normal work day, another thing they do is to issue various permits, such as for relocation, demolition, construction, or occupancy.

His or her main duties include the following:

Inspecting The Structural Quality

Before any construction begins, a building inspector will verify the soil and other land conditions of the foundation site to ensure that the building plans will comply to current legislation. The inspector will also assess the positioning and the depth of the structural beams and footing.

It is important to perform inspections in foundations during and after construction because they are able to check for elements such as general safety, structural quality, and also the conformance to building codes and specifications.

Checking For Fire Hazards

Another important concern building inspector have is verifying the firs safety conditions of a job site or home and ensure that the workers or the future residents are able to escape a fire quickly and safely. Checking smoke control alarms, emergency fire exits, fire sprinklers, are just some of the ways the building remains up to code standards.

Inspecting Electrical Systems

Inspectors also examine a building’s electrical wiring and lighting systems looking for faulty wiring elements, as well as air-conditioning and heating systems to ensure their correct maintenance and inspection approval.

Issuing Violation Notices

After checking a building and finding problems in certain systems or structural damage or issues, inspectors issue the building owner a violation notice. Then, the inspector go over the violation with the owner and explains him or her what needs to be done to fix the issues found.