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When it comes to maintaining the safety and durability of buildings, a comprehensive facade inspection service is essential. Our facade inspection procedure allows us to detect potential issues that could compromise the building’s stability or the safety of its occupants. At Genispec, we offer specialized services to ensure that your buildings comply with the standards set by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec and Bill 122. Here are the key elements to evaluate during a facade inspection:

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1. Overall Condition of the Facade

The first step in our facade inspection service is to assess the overall condition of the facade. This includes evaluating the structure for signs of deterioration, cracks, or crumbling. A facade in poor condition may indicate more serious underlying issues, such as water infiltration or structural problems.

2. Cracks and Deformations

Cracks can be a sign of significant structural problems. It is crucial to determine their size, location, and orientation, as they can indicate movements within the building’s structure. Horizontal cracks, for example, may signal a weakening of the foundations, while vertical cracks could be related to temperature variations. Our building engineers are capable of finding dangerous cracks and deformations in your building’s facade, as well as identifying their origins and causes.

3. Water and Moisture Infiltration

Water is one of the main enemies of building facades. Inspectors must check for the presence of moisture stains, mold, or signs of water infiltration. These issues can cause significant damage, such as deterioration of building materials and mold formation. Regular inspections help identify these problems before they become too severe and thus very costly for the building owner(s).

4. Material Inspection

Each construction material reacts differently to environmental conditions. Therefore, it is essential to check the condition of the materials used for the facade, whether they are brick, concrete, wood, or stone. For example, concrete can show signs of carbonation, a chemical reaction that can weaken the structure, while wood can be prone to rot or insect infestation.

5. Thermal and Acoustic Insulation

An effective facade must provide good thermal and acoustic insulation. The inspector must check the condition of insulating materials to ensure they are still in good condition and have not been damaged by moisture or other environmental factors. Faulty insulation can lead to significant energy losses and poor indoor air quality. Defective insulation has harmful consequences for the environment by causing energy waste.

6. Fixing and Support Elements

It is also crucial to check the fixing and support elements of the facade, such as anchors and metal supports. These components must be in good condition to ensure the stability of the facade. Problems with these elements can lead to sagging or even partial collapse of the facade.

7. Complete Compliance with Provincial Standards and Regulations

Finally, a facade inspection must ensure that the building complies with local standards and regulations of the Régie du Bâtiment du Québec, such as those stipulated by Bill 122. This law governs the maintenance and safety of buildings in Quebec, and it is essential to ensure that your building is in compliance to avoid sanctions and ensure the safety of the occupants.

In conclusion, a good facade inspection in Quebec is essential to identify and resolve potential problems before they become serious risks, potentially leading to sanctions. At Genispec, we are committed to providing superior inspection services to ensure the safety and longevity of your buildings.

Do not hesitate to contact us for an inspection of your building.