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Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

Answer:  There isn’t a minimum or a maximum requirement for the inspection, per se’   The intent of the legislature is to ensure the structural integrity is such that residents are safe.  What this means in terms of inspection is identified in the specific laws.

  1. CA5551 This law is specific to HOA/ Condo/ Townhomes.  Where there are more than 3 units per building.  The structure must be made of wood framing to be considered a candidate of the inspection requirements.
  1. Quoted from the law” Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.The least invasive method of inspection should ALWAYS start with a Visual Inspection.   This means, don’t cut or bore into the structure unless you are sure cutting or boring is necessary, and many times it’s not!
  1. What building components for this visual inspection are looked at during the inspection?
    1. From the Law:
      1. Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water
  1. Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system

   iii. “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.

  1. The Visual Inspection should always start with a visual review of the stairs, decks, railings, and waterproof systems.

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