Residential and Commercial Inspection Services
Structural or Foundation Inspections
Examination by a licensed engineer to address concerns or appraisal and underwriting requirements.
- Structural Inspections – Engineer can evaluate and design structural changes or possible problems with properties. Codes require an Engineer’s approval of changes in structural integrity like wall or beam removals.
- Foundation Inspections – Engineer can examine foundation cracks, wall movement and floor slabs to determine if on-going movement or deterioration has caused the need for structural repair. Foundation repair company SALESPEOPLE will make recommendations that are often not necessary or are exaggerated. Our unbiased Structural Engineer will evaluate, calculate and recommend only necessary and prudent repairs.
- Grade and Drainage Inspections – Improper grade and drainage can be damaging to the structural integrity of a property.
- Roof Inspections – Engineers are the roofing industry experts in condition assessment and/or cause and origin of damage. Insurance companies recognize the unbiased third party Engineer expert opinion.
Building Construction Inspections
Experienced inspectors and engineers qualified to perform construction site inspections including but not limited to:
- Site Surveys
- Soil Compression Capability
- Rebar Placement
- Final Construction Punch List
- Third Party Inspections
- City Codes
Whole House & Whole Building Inspections
Experienced inspectors identifying deficiencies in the Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical and HVAC, Roof etc. areas of a home for sellers or buyers. An engineer on-site is optional and is available for foundation inspection and structural engineering concerns.
Whole House Inspection will identify significant deficiencies, foreseeable costly problems and potential failures. The whole house property inspection will provide all parties with a professional factual verbal and written report on the condition of the property. More importantly, by getting an unbiased, full disclosure of the inspected property, all negotiating issues are brought forward to both the buyer and seller.
Beware – in the state of Missouri home inspectors have no licenses or registration requirements. Any “uncle Bob” can be an inspector or own an inspection company. We recommend that you hire an educated, experienced, insured, licensed Engineer to perform a whole house inspection and most importantly, perform a structural evaluation¹.
Whole House Inspection includes:
- Mechanical Systems
- Electrical – outlets, electrical panel, switches
- Plumbing – faucets, tubs, showers, hot water heaters
- HVAC – heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fireplaces, ductwork
- Roofing – flashings, chimneys, valleys, gutters structural¹ concerns
- Attic – insulation, fire damage, water damage, structural concerns – framing, bracing
- Interior Components – floors, walls, ceilings, windows, doors, *structural concerns
- Exterior Components- grade and drainage, siding, trim, windows, doors, grading, decks, porches, patios, driveways, retaining walls *structural concerns
Structural Evaluation includes: Foundation, Framing, Attic, Interior and Exterior components. Some Indications of structural concerns are cracks in sheetrock, doors not shutting properly, uneven floors, cracks in grout lines of tile floors or walls, windows not opening, cracks in foundation walls, cracks in basement slab, and uneven ceilings. (*a licensed structural engineer is the expert qualified to evaluate structural systems)
Radon Testing: determines the level of radon gases in the home. Radon is radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil, rock and water. It is odorless. It gets into the air we breathe. It comes into our homes through cracks and seams in the foundation and slabs and is trapped inside. How high is the level of radon in your present home or the property you are buying? EVERY home and property should be tested. Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer. For more information on Radon visit: epa.gov on Indoor Air Quality
Mold Testing: inspects for visible signs of mold, identifies by laboratory the type of mold and determines whether it is a health hazard. If you suspect mold or there has been water damage, we can evaluate and even run Air Samples to determine if there are air quality concerns. For more information on Mold visit: CDC on Mold
An evaluation, either preliminary or exhaustive, revealing the points of entry of water into the building. Often we perform these investigations on EIFS and Stucco covered homes, but we find significant defects in hardboard sided homes as well and often window and roofing areas.
Physical samples taken and an independent laboratory identifies levels of radon gas.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that radon causes thousands of cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.¹
Air & Mold Quality
Phase I and Pre Phase I ESA
Property Condition Assessments
City Code Inspections
HUD & FHA Inspections
Expections or Evaluations Not Listed
Property Owners, Buyers and Sellers
The purchase of a home can be a complicated and emotional process, especially for the new homeowner. A thorough third-party home inspection is critical in helping the home buyer make the right choices. Ensuring you understand the value of any property transaction is always crucial to both the buyer and seller.
At PST Engineering, your home inspection team brings years of experience in the real estate industry and structural evaluation process to add the insight and knowledge that will bring “peace of mind” to all important commercial & residential property transactions.