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1485 Bayshore Boulevard, #157 (Suite 220)
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 578-9560

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Services include remodeling, home additions, construction defect investigation, design/build, bathroom & kitchen remodeling and decks. Brands include Benjamin Moore and Kohler...
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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a construction defect investigation contractor that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified construction defect investigator. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated construction defect investigation company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

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Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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Look for a San Francisco Construction Defect Investigation Contractor You Can Trust

Are you thinking about purchasing a building or home in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights ? Are you involved in a law suit and in need of proving whether or not a construction defect exists? If so, you may need to consider hiring a construction defect investigation contractor....

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Are you thinking about purchasing a building or home in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights ? Are you involved in a law suit and in need of proving whether or not a construction defect exists? If so, you may need to consider hiring a construction defect investigation contractor.

When HVAC systems don't operate correctly, buildings leak, or the indoor air quality is unacceptable, building owners look for solutions. Whether you are a building owner, a home owner, or an insurance carrier defending a contractor that is concerned regarding whether your new construction has been built correctly, a construction defect investigation contractor can provide a large variety of investigations regarding your property to determine whether there are defects, the root causes of defects, and what needs to be done to repair them.

Points to Know about a Construction Defect Investigation Contractor in San Francisco
Construction defects over a broad spectrum of issues from minor problems such as popped nails and peeling paint to more major issues such as whether a house needs to be torn down due to the costs to repair it. Some situations involve leaky walls or windows that have led to toxic-mold contamination. Other issues include faulty design, code violations, cracked foundations, substandard workmanship, and unsafe structures. Construction defects have risen in recent years for many reasons that include many inexperienced general contractors and builders offering low bids in order to secure a contract and then cutting corners by hiring unskilled subcontractors in order to make the bid profitable.

There are many different construction defects that create damage to a structure. The most common include the following:

  • structural integrity in concrete, masonry & divison carpentry, and unstable foundations
  • finishes
  • mechanical
  • doors, windows and glass
  • thermal and moisture protection
  • incorrect stucco application
  • electrical
  • water intrusion that often results in toxic mold.

A construction defect investigation contractor has the capability of providing complete invasive/non-invasive building inspections, building envelope inspections, HVAC evaluations, document analysis, liability assignment, damage assessments, infrared thermography, and cost estimating services.

Services that a construction defect investigation contractor may do include the following:

  • Through the use of Infrared Thermography, provide non-invasive monitoring and diagnosing of conditions of a building
  • review the written contract and analyze for construction compliance
  • Investigate, inspect and test the site
  • Detect the intrusion of moisture into roofs and building envelope
  • Review the building code for design and construction compliance
  • Review the file of the project for change orders, submittals, requests for information, correspondence and addendums
  • Evaluate and investigate radiant floor heating systems

Reasons to Choose a Construction Defect Investigation Contractor in San Francisco
Several factors can potentially create degradation to materials within a home or building. For example, water intrusion in large amounts can lead to mold growth which can be devastating to your health. However, a construction defect investigation contractor can clearly detect and document the exact extent of damage as s well as ensure proper remediation efforts by using high-resolution infrared cameras.

Infrared technology allows a construction defect investigation contractor to create detailed visual evidence of structural damage. These images provide better evidence than digital photos.

DNA testing is another testing tool used by construction defect investigation contractors. DNA testing often allows a contractor to establish the origin of damage. For example DNA testing allows a construction defect investigation contractor to establish the origin of water damage. In some cases, they can determine the source of water damage even years after the damage occurred.

Considerations When Choosing a San Francisco Construction Defect Investigation Contractor
There are a number of important characteristics that you should want in your construction defect investigation contractor in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Excelsior, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, North Beach, and Bayview District. These include the following:

  • Research the business practices of the construction defect investigation contractor. By calling the state licensing board, you can learn if the construction defect investigation contractor's license has ever been suspended or has claims against it.
  • A good construction defect investigation contractor should always operate their construction business in a professional manner. A quality contractor will respect the schedule of a client by showing up on time, prepared to complete whatever needs to be done that day. They should be competent, organized, and ready to deal directly with questions or concerns of the business owner. They should create a sense of confidence due to their timeliness and ability to keep promises.
  • A construction defect investigation contractor you can trust should have the experience and skills needed to get the job done effectively. It takes years of experience to be able to handle a large project efficiently. Be sure the construction defect investigation contractor that you has shown you proof of this experience by providing recommendations and referrals.
  • A good construction defect investigation contractor will have good communication skills. They should be good listeners and good communicators.
  • A well established construction defect investigation contractor will have an outstanding professional reputation. Check references given to you by the construction defect investigation contractor.

Avoid hiring a contractor who does any of the following:

  • Has no business number in the local telephone directory
  • Provides only a PO Box address rather than a physical address
  • Applies pressure for you to make a quick hiring decision
  • Requests that YOU obtain any required building permits
  • Suggests you borrow money for your project from a lender the contractor knows
  • Requests complete payment upfront
  • Accepts only cash
  • Offers a discount for on-the-spot hiring
  • Offers discounts for finding customers for the contractor

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Know What You Want
Researching and Planning Before Hiring a Construction Defect Investigation Contractor in San Francisco

Many factors should be considered before selecting a construction defect investigation contractor in San Francisco that will meet your needs the most successfully. Write down everything that you're searching for before you begin your research. Consider the following questions before making your final selection of a construction defect investigation contractor....

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Many factors should be considered before selecting a construction defect investigation contractor in San Francisco that will meet your needs the most successfully. Write down everything that you're searching for before you begin your research. Consider the following questions before making your final selection of a construction defect investigation contractor.

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  • What is my budget?
  • What is the time frame for completing the construction defect investigation?
  • What aspect of the construction project needs to be investigated for defects?
  • Am I interested in having a construction defect investigation contractor that can also repair the construction project?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my San Francisco construction defect investigation contractor to have? (These may include good communication skills, honesty, reliability, cleanliness, etc.)

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What to Ask on the Phone
Ask These Questions When Speaking on the Phone with a San Francisco Construction Defect Investigation Contractor

Before you choose a construction defect investigation contractor in San Francisco, call them on the phone to discuss your options. It's good to have a list of questions ready and to write down the answers that the construction defect investigation contractor gives you while you're talking to them. Use the following questions to guide in your discussion:...

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Before you choose a construction defect investigation contractor in San Francisco, call them on the phone to discuss your options. It's good to have a list of questions ready and to write down the answers that the construction defect investigation contractor gives you while you're talking to them. Use the following questions to guide in your discussion:

  1. Will you provide a written estimate for the construction defect investigation?
  2. How long has your San Francisco construction defect investigation company been in business?
  3. Has your company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  4. Do you have a valid license or permit as a construction defect investigation contractor?
  5. Do you guarantee your work?
  6. Will you, the San Francisco construction defect investigation contractor, provide a written contract?
  7. Does your construction defect investigation company offer repair services for the source of the problem?

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What to Ask in Person
Ask These Questions When Speaking in Person with a San Francisco Construction Defect Investigation Contractor

The next step is to interview construction defect investigation contractors in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights . Questions you may want to ask include the following....

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The next step is to interview construction defect investigation contractors in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights . Questions you may want to ask include the following.

  1. How do you as a construction defect investigation contractor price the construction defect investigation?
  2. Do you provide the construction defect investigation work yourself or do you hire subcontractors?
  3. What professional organizations are you a member of?
  4. What will be your timing as a construction defective investigation contractor for completing the site investigation?
  5. Do you carry workers' compensation and liability insurance?
  6. How many projects that are similar to mine have you completed in the last year?
  7. If you provide repairs for the construction defects, do you provide a warranty? If so, what type and what are the terms?
  8. How do you perform your work: what time do you start, how will you handle trash and debris, etc.

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What to Ask References
Ask These Questions When Speaking With a Previous Customer of a San Francisco Construction Defect Investigation Contractor

It's best to choose a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality contractor work in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews....

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It's best to choose a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality contractor work in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews. That's because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you can't find a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor within reach, you'll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it's wise to call some references provided by your construction defect investigation contractor. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the construction defect investigation contractor are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That's because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company's 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

  1. Did the construction defective investigation contractor show up on time?
  2. Did the construction defect investigation contractor clean up after completing the job?
  3. Do you feel like the general contractor charged a fair price for the quality of the work?
  4. Did the contractor seem receptive to your input?
  5. Did the contractor provide answers to questions to your satisfaction?
  6. If you need a construction defective investigation contractor in the future, will you consider hiring this general contractor?
  7. What type of construction project did you hire the general contractor to investigate?
  8. Were there any unexpected costs? If so, what?
  9. Did the construction defect investigation contractor repair the source of the problem that caused a defect in the construction of your property? If so, did the contractor do a quality job?
  10. Would you recommend this construction defective investigation contractor to your family and friends?
  11. Did they finish the job on time?
  12. Were you satisfied with the service from the (construction defective investigation contractor name)?

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Review Your Options
Choosing a First Rate Construction Defect Investigation Contractor in San Francisco

Your choice of construction defect investigation contractor is important to you and your family. So before deciding on the best construction defect investigation contractor in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights , for you, it's important to consider the following questions....

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Your choice of construction defect investigation contractor is important to you and your family. So before deciding on the best construction defect investigation contractor in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights , for you, it's important to consider the following questions.

  1. What is the time frame for this construction defect investigation project: when do I intend to start it and when do I need to have it accomplished?
  2. Is my construction defect investigation contractor of choice well-established in the community?
  3. Does my construction defect investigation contractor of choice have good references that I have checked?
  4. Is my construction defect investigation contractor of choice charging a reasonable price for quality work on my construction defect investigation project?

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How to Work With
Getting Ready to Sign a Contract with a Construction Defective Investigation Contractor in San Francisco

Once you've hired a construction defect investigation company in San Francisco, including the smaller neighborhoods of South of Market Street (SOMA), Cole Valley, the Presidio, Japantown, Excelsior, Eureka Valley, Union Square, West Portal , and Western Addition, you will have an initial meeting between you and the contractor to discuss your requirements and the contractor's qualifications. An estimate of the projects and its feasibility is drawn out. The contractor will provide you with an estimate based on the investigation specifications....

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Once you've hired a construction defect investigation company in San Francisco, including the smaller neighborhoods of South of Market Street (SOMA), Cole Valley, the Presidio, Japantown, Excelsior, Eureka Valley, Union Square, West Portal , and Western Addition, you will have an initial meeting between you and the contractor to discuss your requirements and the contractor's qualifications. An estimate of the projects and its feasibility is drawn out. The contractor will provide you with an estimate based on the investigation specifications. Once the final contract has been drawn, the construction defect investigation will begin.

Be Contract Specific
Once the contract is drawn up, it should be signed by both parties: you, the project owner, and the contractor. If any sub-contractors will be involved, they should sign the contract as well. The contract should protect the interests of both you and the contractor. As a result, it should include the following:

  • A clear, concise, and complete description of the project, including start and completion dates. Contractor's name, physical address, mailing address and phone.
  • Quote of the project.
  • Terms of payment schedule as well as the payment schedule for the contractor.
  • Any oral promises made.

Take Precautions to Protect Yourself
Taking precautions will help protect you and your commercial project investment. It will also increase your chances of success. Consider the following guidelines:

  • Agree to make payments as the project progresses, contingent upon completion of a determined amount of work. This way, if work on the project is delayed, payment will be delayed as well.
  • Do not make final payment until the work completed meets agreed upon specifications.
  • Do not sign a contract or any document until you have thoroughly read through it and filled in any blank spaces.
  • Do not sign a contract that uses vague terms. Make sure that all terms are specific regarding project requirements and the work that will be performed.

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Be a Good Customer
How to be a Good San Francisco Construction Defect Investigation Contractor Customer

It's the construction defect investigation contractor's responsibility to complete a quality commercial building project for you according to your specifications. But you play a big part in the success of your construction defect investigation contractor, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a San Francisco construction defect investigation contractor....

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It's the construction defect investigation contractor's responsibility to complete a quality commercial building project for you according to your specifications. But you play a big part in the success of your construction defect investigation contractor, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a San Francisco construction defect investigation contractor.

  • Ask your construction defect investigation contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
  • Be sure your construction defect investigation contractor has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they're completing your design and build project. The work will move along more smoothly if your construction defect investigation contractor can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
  • When your construction defect investigation contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the commercial contract work on schedule.
  • Before you hire a construction defect investigation contractor in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Excelsior, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, North Beach, and Bayview District, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the construction defect investigation contractor your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local construction defect investigation contractors occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
  • Pay for the construction defect investigation contractor's work quickly.
  • Be clear and upfront with the construction defect investigation contractor. Let them know what you want from your construction defect investigation contractor, the long-term outcome you're expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!

Why would you want to be a good customer? Construction defect investigation contractors in San Francisco appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check the Work
Use the Invoice to Verify the Completed Commercial San Francisco Construction Defect Investigation Contractor Work

When the commercial contract work is completed, your construction defect investigation contractor is required to give you a written invoice. This must include:

  • The name and physical address of the construction defect investigation contractor
  • A list of all work performed
  • An itemized list of all merchandise purchased or included, if any
  • The total construction defect investigation cost

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When the commercial contract work is completed, your construction defect investigation contractor is required to give you a written invoice. This must include:

  • The name and physical address of the construction defect investigation contractor
  • A list of all work performed
  • An itemized list of all merchandise purchased or included, if any
  • The total construction defect investigation cost

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Top 10 Requests
Top Service Requests from Construction Defect Investigation Contractors

Construction defect investigation contractors in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights , provide defect investigation for all types of construction projects. Following is a list of the most popular projects that require a construction defect investigation contractor....

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Construction defect investigation contractors in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Sunset District, Richmond District, Mission District, Tenderloin, and Bernal Heights , provide defect investigation for all types of construction projects. Following is a list of the most popular projects that require a construction defect investigation contractor.

Commercial construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in commercial properties.

Public works building defects
This is the process of looking for any nonconformance of a public works building with specified requirements in regards to structural issues such as roof cracks or foundation problems that weaken the fitness of the public works building overall.

Industrial construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in industrial buildings.

Residential construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in residences.

Apartment building defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in apartment buildings.

Condominium defect investigation
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco condominiums.

Restaurant building defects
This is the process of looking for any nonconformance of a restaurant--an establishment which prepares and serves food and drinks to customers in return for money-with specified requirements in regards to structural issues such as roof cracks or foundation problems that weaken the fitness of the restaurant building overall.

Shopping center construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco shopping centers.

Real estate construction defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in real estate.

Office building defects
This is a reference to construction defects such as foundation issues that threaten the structural fitness of a building or more aesthetic issues such as poorly applied stucco in office buildings.

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If Things Go Wrong
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified companies are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the company you've hired is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138....

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Diamond Certified companies are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the company you've hired is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Know Your Rights as a San Francisco Construction Defect Investigation Contractor Customer
The truth is most construction defect investigation contractors in San Francisco, including the larger neighborhoods of Excelsior, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, North Beach, and Bayview District, are honest and really do look out for their customers' best interests. Still, you should know what to do if you are ever dissatisfied with your local construction defect investigation contractor's service or work.

If you have a complaint or concern about the building of the project, or the service you received from your construction defect investigation contractor, immediately speak with the service contractor. It is often best to resolve problems directly with the construction defect investigation contractor, minimizing conflict and getting your commercial project done right and on time.

When discussing the issue with the construction defect investigation contractor, keep these tips in mind:

  • Review the contract specifications with your contractor and attempt to verbally resolve any problems in person.
  • Set a deadline for resolution, and tell the construction defect investigation contractor that you are willing to agree on a mutually-beneficial solution.
  • You may legally withhold payment until the dispute is resolved to your liking.
  • As long as building code, safety, and contract guidelines are met, you do have the final say. The contractor was hired by you to complete a project that you are paying for, to your specifications.
  • If you do not get a suitable response, consider sending a letter that outlines the problem and how you would like it resolved. Send the letter by certified mail and request a return receipt. If the problem continues, it may be time for outside intervention.
  • Try discussing the problem with a trusted family member or a friend. If that doesn't help, you may need to seek legal advice from an attorney.
  • Be sure your construction defect investigation contractor knows that you're willing to compromise or negotiate a mutually-beneficial agreement.
  • If you have tried all of the above suggestions and the problem continues, you may need to visit your local builders association (LBA) for assistance.
  • Remain calm and polite.

Document your concerns in writing with the construction defect investigation contractor's service or photograph the problem area if you have concerns about the quality of the work. Write down the construction defect investigation contractor's response to your complaints in case you need records for future arbitration.

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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Customers of Local Construction Defect Investigation Companies in San Francisco

Below are key construction defect investigation contractor terms and descriptions that will help you navigate your way through your construction defect investigation from beginning to end.

architects
When designing a new home or business project, the architect is in charge of creating a draft of the actual design of the home, addition, remodeling, or building project.

Also known as: architect jobs, architect, shop architects, interior architects...

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Below are key construction defect investigation contractor terms and descriptions that will help you navigate your way through your construction defect investigation from beginning to end.

architects
When designing a new home or business project, the architect is in charge of creating a draft of the actual design of the home, addition, remodeling, or building project.

Also known as: architect jobs, architect, shop architects, interior architects

building decay investigation & repairs
This is a reference to a construction defect investigator investigating a building for signs of and reasons for decay and then repairing the root of the problem in order to re-establish the building's foundation and strength.

civil construction
This is anything to do with earth, water or transport infrastructure

commercial apartment buildings
These are residential units in a building that is comprised of five or more residential apartments. The building itself is a commercial apartment building designed for several families.

Also known as: apartment buildings for sale, apartment building financing, apartment building listings, buying apartment buildings, apartments for sale, financing for apartment buildings, commercial apartment loans

commercial building contractor
This is a reference to contractors who provide service for commercial construction projects such as high-rise buildings, recreational, government, and institutional facilities, public works projects, etc.

Also known as: commercial general contractors, commercial construction contractors, commercial building contractors

commercial concrete services
This is service provided by a commercial company that includes sitework, flatwork, curb & gutter, paving, foundation, and all phases of structural and architectural concrete.

Also known as: cement contractors, foundation contractors, foundation contractor, cement flooring residential, decorative cement, decorative cement floors

commercial construction services
This is a reference to contractors who provide service for commercial construction projects such as high-rise buildings, recreational, government, and institutional facilities, public works projects, etc.

Also known as: commercial construction companies, commercial construction cost, commercial construction contractors, commercial construction job, commercial construction costs

commercial flooring installation
This is a reference to installing flooring in a commercial building.

Also known as: hardwood floor installation, laminate floor installation, commercial flooring contractors, hardwood floor installation video, laminate flooring installation, wood floor installation, commercial flooring, commercial flooring companies, commercial flooring installers, tile flooring installation, commercial flooring tile, carpet installation prices, linoleum flooring

construction defects
A construction defect can result from several different factors that include workmanship or inferior materials. Water leakage from windows or a faulty exterior envelope system is common examples of construction defects. A construction defect is a condition that reduces the life expectancy of one or many different building components in a commercial building or a residential home. Though some defects are obvious such as water intrusion, many are less obvious until years after the home or building was built. Any building imperfection or design fault that reduces the value of the building is a construction defect.

Also known as: construction defect insurance, construction defect attorney, construction defect lawyer

construction defect attorney
This is an attorney who specializes in construction defects in residential or commercial structures.

Also known as: construction defect lawyers, construction defect, construction defect litigation, construction defect claims

construction defect investigations
This is a reference to investigating a building in order to find probable defects in its construction.

Also known as: construction expert, litigation construction, forensic construction, defects in buildings, building test

construction defect repairs
This is a reference to repairing, or fixing, defects in a building's construction in order to re-establish the building's foundation and strength.

construction expert witnesses
This is a reference to people who are used in a lawsuit in a construction defect case. A construction expert witness is someone who has knowledge not normally possessed by the average person concerning the structure and structural defects of a building or home.

Also known as: expert witness, construction expert, expert witness construction, expert witnesses, construction defect expert witness, expert witness directory, expert witness testimony

engineering reports
These are reports that are created by engineers that provide status on different topics such as investigation, issues being tested, issues being developed, etc.

framing contractor
This is a person who specializes in building new houses.

Also known as: framing construction, general contractor, construction companies, drywall contractors, home improvement contractors, remodeling contractors, house framing contractors, contractor reviews

general contractor
General contractors manage all aspects of a project. This includes hiring and supervising subcontractors, obtaining materials and building permits, and scheduling inspections.

Also known as: general building contractor, general contractor reviews, general contractor license

green commercial building construction
This is a reference to constructing a commercial building using a process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the life cycle of the building. The construction and life of the building is designed in a way that reduces the overall impact on human health and the natural environment by efficiently using resources such as energy and water and reducing waste and pollution.

insurance investigations
These are investigations by insurance investigators. The insurance investigator has a private detective role and assists insurance claims adjusters and examiners in cases where criminality or fraud is suspected.

Also known as: insurance investigator, insurance investigator jobs, insurance fraud investigation, insurance investigation, insurance fraud investigators, insurance claims investigators, private investigator insurance

legal expert witness services
This is a reference to a service provided by certain companies for situations such as court cases or other settings that require an expert witness. An expert witness is believed to have expertise and specialized knowledge in legal issues.

Also known as: expert witnesses, legal expert witness, legal expert witnesses, expert witness services, medical expert witness

licensed architects
Architects who have met the standards for licensing by the California Architects Board are licensed. This includes completion of the two state-run intern development programs known as CIDP and IDP; completion of the Architect Registration Examination; and completion of the oral examination known as the CSE.

licensed building contractors
This is a person who is licensed to construct a building or other improvement for the owner or developer.

Also known as: licensed roofing contractors, general building contractor license, licensed general contractor, licensed electrical contractor, building contractors, commercial building contractors, building contractors association

non-destructive defect sampling
This is a reference to a wide group of analysis techniques used in the construction defect investigation business that is used to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system without causing damage. This process does not permanently alter or damage the material being inspected. It is a highly valuable technique that saves time and money in the evaluation, troubleshooting and research process of investigating defects in a construction.

residential building contractor
This is a person who contracts to construct a residential home or other improvement for the owner or developer.

Also known as: residential building contractors, general building contractor, commercial building contractors, residential building contractor, residential contractor, residential general contractor

site inspections
This is a reference to inspecting a building site for particular issues such as the life expectancy of a construction, pipeline integrity assessment, component inspection, flood damage inspection, structural integrity, paint inspection, etc.

Also known as: site safety inspection form, field inspection companies, inspection software, site inspection report template

subcontractor
Any constructor who contracts to perform parts of the work of a project that the original contractor contacted to do.

Also known as: subcontractor agreement template, subcontractor agreement, subcontractor agreement form, sample subcontractor agreement, subcontractor agreement, subcontractor agreement construction, subcontractors insurance, insurance for subcontractors

structural analysis investigations
This is a reference to investigations that search for the effects of loads on physical structures and their components. The investigations compute a structure's internal forces, stresses, deformations, support reactions, stability, and accelerations. The results of this analysis are then used to verify a structure's fitness for use.

water intrusion detection & repairs
This is the process of looking for the sources of water intrusion on a property. The sources can include rain, driven rain, waste drain lines, water supply lines, appliance supply lines, windows and doors, tubs and showers, roofs, siding, etc. Because water intrusion can cause structural problems, construction defect investigators are able to find the source of the water intrusion and then repair the root of the problem in order to maintain the stability and fitness of a structure.

Also known as: water detectors, detector water, water detection, water detector, water detection alarm, water leak detector, ground water detection, water leak repair, pool leak detector, underground water leak repair, underground water leak

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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Customers of Local Construction Defect Investigation Companies

Below are key construction defect investigation contractor terms and descriptions that will help you navigate your way through your construction defect investigation from beginning to end.

architects
When designing a new home or business project, the architect is in charge of creating a draft of the actual design of the home, addition, remodeling, or building project.

Also known as: architect jobs, architect, shop architects, interior architects...

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Below are key construction defect investigation contractor terms and descriptions that will help you navigate your way through your construction defect investigation from beginning to end.

architects
When designing a new home or business project, the architect is in charge of creating a draft of the actual design of the home, addition, remodeling, or building project.

Also known as: architect jobs, architect, shop architects, interior architects

building decay investigation & repairs
This is a reference to a construction defect investigator investigating a building for signs of and reasons for decay and then repairing the root of the problem in order to re-establish the building's foundation and strength.

civil construction
This is anything to do with earth, water or transport infrastructure.

commercial apartment buildings
These are residential units in a building that is comprised of five or more residential apartments. The building itself is a commercial apartment building designed for several families.

Also known as: apartment buildings for sale, apartment building financing, apartment building listings, buying apartment buildings, apartments for sale, financing for apartment buildings, commercial apartment loans

commercial building contractor
This is a reference to contractors who provide service for commercial construction projects such as high-rise buildings, recreational, government, and institutional facilities, public works projects, etc.

Also known as: commercial general contractors, commercial construction contractors, commercial building contractors

commercial concrete services
This is service provided by a commercial company that includes sitework, flatwork, curb & gutter, paving, foundation, and all phases of structural and architectural concrete.

Also known as: cement contractors, foundation contractors, foundation contractor, cement flooring residential, decorative cement, decorative cement floors

commercial construction services
This is a reference to contractors who provide service for commercial construction projects such as high-rise buildings, recreational, government, and institutional facilities, public works projects, etc.

Also known as: commercial construction companies, commercial construction cost, commercial construction contractors, commercial construction job, commercial construction costs

commercial flooring installation
This is a reference to installing flooring in a commercial building.

Also known as: hardwood floor installation, laminate floor installation, commercial flooring contractors, hardwood floor installation video, laminate flooring installation, wood floor installation, commercial flooring, commercial flooring companies, commercial flooring installers, tile flooring installation, commercial flooring tile, carpet installation prices, linoleum flooring

construction defects
A construction defect can result from several different factors that include workmanship or inferior materials. Water leakage from windows or a faulty exterior envelope system is common examples of construction defects. A construction defect is a condition that reduces the life expectancy of one or many different building components in a commercial building or a residential home. Though some defects are obvious such as water intrusion, many are less obvious until years after the home or building was built. Any building imperfection or design fault that reduces the value of the building is a construction defect.

Also known as: construction defect insurance, construction defect attorney, construction defect lawyer

construction defect attorney
This is an attorney who specializes in construction defects in residential or commercial structures.

Also known as: construction defect lawyers, construction defect, construction defect litigation, construction defect claims

construction defect investigations
This is a reference to investigating a building in order to find probable defects in its construction.

Also known as: construction expert, litigation construction, forensic construction, defects in buildings, building test

construction defect repairs
This is a reference to repairing, or fixing, defects in a building's construction in order to re-establish the building's foundation and strength.

construction expert witnesses
This is a reference to people who are used in a lawsuit in a construction defect case. A construction expert witness is someone who has knowledge not normally possessed by the average person concerning the structure and structural defects of a building or home.

Also known as: expert witness, construction expert, expert witness construction, expert witnesses, construction defect expert witness, expert witness directory, expert witness testimony

engineering reports
These are reports that are created by engineers that provide status on different topics such as investigation, issues being tested, issues being developed, etc.

framing contractor
This is a person who specializes in building new houses.

Also known as: framing construction, general contractor, construction companies, drywall contractors, home improvement contractors, remodeling contractors, house framing contractors, contractor reviews

general contractor
General contractors manage all aspects of a project. This includes hiring and supervising subcontractors, obtaining materials and building permits, and scheduling inspections.

Also known as: general building contractor, general contractor reviews, general contractor license

green commercial building construction
This is a reference to constructing a commercial building using a process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the life cycle of the building. The construction and life of the building is designed in a way that reduces the overall impact on human health and the natural environment by efficiently using resources such as energy and water and reducing waste and pollution.

insurance investigations
These are investigations by insurance investigators. The insurance investigator has a private detective role and assists insurance claims adjusters and examiners in cases where criminality or fraud is suspected.

Also known as: insurance investigator, insurance investigator jobs, insurance fraud investigation, insurance investigation, insurance fraud investigators, insurance claims investigators, private investigator insurance

legal expert witness services
This is a reference to a service provided by certain companies for situations such as court cases or other settings that require an expert witness. An expert witness is believed to have expertise and specialized knowledge in legal issues.

Also known as: expert witnesses, legal expert witness, legal expert witnesses, expert witness services, medical expert witness

licensed architects
Architects who have met the standards for licensing by the California Architects Board are licensed. This includes completion of the two state-run intern development programs known as CIDP and IDP; completion of the Architect Registration Examination; and completion of the oral examination known as the CSE.

licensed building contractors
This is a person who is licensed to construct a building or other improvement for the owner or developer.

Also known as: licensed roofing contractors, general building contractor license, licensed general contractor, licensed electrical contractor, building contractors, commercial building contractors, building contractors association

non-destructive defect sampling
This is a reference to a wide group of analysis techniques used in the construction defect investigation business that is used to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system without causing damage. This process does not permanently alter or damage the material being inspected. It is a highly valuable technique that saves time and money in the evaluation, troubleshooting and research process of investigating defects in a construction.

residential building contractor
This is a person who contracts to construct a residential home or other improvement for the owner or developer.

Also known as: residential building contractors, general building contractor, commercial building contractors, residential building contractor, residential contractor, residential general contractor

site inspections
This is a reference to inspecting a building site for particular issues such as the life expectancy of a construction, pipeline integrity assessment, component inspection, flood damage inspection, structural integrity, paint inspection, etc.

Also known as: site safety inspection form, field inspection companies, inspection software, site inspection report template

subcontractor
Any constructor who contracts to perform parts of the work of a project that the original contractor contacted to do.

Also known as: subcontractor agreement template, subcontractor agreement, subcontractor agreement form, sample subcontractor agreement, subcontractor agreement, subcontractor agreement construction, subcontractors insurance, insurance for subcontractors

structural analysis investigations
This is a reference to investigations that search for the effects of loads on physical structures and their components. The investigations compute a structure's internal forces, stresses, deformations, support reactions, stability, and accelerations. The results of this analysis are then used to verify a structure's fitness for use.

water intrusion detection & repairs
This is the process of looking for the sources of water intrusion on a property. The sources can include rain, driven rain, waste drain lines, water supply lines, appliance supply lines, windows and doors, tubs and showers, roofs, siding, etc. Because water intrusion can cause structural problems, construction defect investigators are able to find the source of the water intrusion and then repair the root of the problem in order to maintain the stability and fitness of a structure.

Also known as: water detectors, detector water, water detection, water detector, water detection alarm, water leak detector, ground water detection, water leak repair, pool leak detector, underground water leak repair, underground water leak

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for San Francisco Construction Defect Investigators

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a construction defect investigation contractor with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country's most in-depth rating process. Only construction defect investigation contractors rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can't pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you'll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor.

Q: What is a construction defect?

A: A construction defect can result from several different factors that include workmanship or inferior materials. Water leakage from windows or a faulty exterior envelope system is common examples of construction defects. A construction defect is a condition that reduces the life expectancy of one or many different building components in a commercial building or a residential home. Though some defects are obvious such as water intrusion, many are less obvious until years after the home or building was built. Any building imperfection or design fault that reduces the value of the building is a construction defect.

Q: What are some of the causes of construction defects?
A: A combination of factors can cause construction defects. These include window leaks, negligent construction, inferior materials, window product defects, defective building materials, and inferior materials.

Q: What are some of the most frequent types of construction defects?
A: There are many different types of construction defects. Some of the most common are mold, dry rot, leaks from windows, balconies, walls, and roofs, framing issues, water intrusion, foundation cracks that cause finish floor cracks, waterproofing below and above grade, and structural failure that causes stucco or drywall cracks.

Q: Who is responsible for construction defects?
A: Generally the responsibility will lay with the general contractors, developers, and the subcontractors of the residential or commercial buildings; however, there may be several responsible parties. If defective materials are used, typically the subcontractor is at fault. Manufacturers of the building components as well as the architects, designers, and other involved parties can also be held responsible for construction defects.

Q: What does the builder's warranty really cover?
A: Every warranty is different regarding what is covered and what is not, how long the warranty lasts, and what the builder will do to fix construction problems, so be sure to read the warranty. Most warranties, however, will not address ninety percent of common construction defects.

Q: How do I prove that defect exists?
A: You will need to hire an expert-someone who has the necessary training, education and experience to give testimony as to the cause of a defect. A construction defect investigation contractor can give testimony in court as to the cause of a defect.

Q: Will the homeowners or homeowner association's insurance company cover damages caused by construction defects?
A: Usually the answer to this question is no. The language in most owner and home owner association insurance policies excludes coverage for faulty workmanship, design, or materials.

Q: What effect does land have on a structure?
A: When a structure goes up, part of the planning must be regarding the foundation the structure will sit on. For example, if the type of soil is not considered, construction defects are bound to develop. Expansive soil needs preventative elements in order to build a stable house or the end result will be severe cracks in sidewalks, the driveway, dry walls, etc. Another effect could be that a door that originally slammed shut will no longer close all the way.

Q: What should I do if I discover a problem with the construction of my home or building?
A: The first thing that you should do is contact a construction defect investigation contractor to take a look at the problem. If it is determined that substantial repairs are necessary in order to fix the problem, you need to contact an attorney immediately before you agree to these repairs.

Q: What if my builder denies the fact that a construction defect is present?
A: First of all, do not attempt to work directly with the builder. Most companies employ defense attorney. Their job is to limit the exposure to liability on the part of their clients. For this reason you should first contact a construction defect attorney for a free case evaluation.

Q: What if a construction defect in my home creates a dangerous situation?
A: Do not place yourself or your loved ones in any harm. Take the proper steps needed to ensure the safety of anyone who could possibly be harmed by this defect. Secondly, immediately contact an attorney.

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FAQ for Local Construction Defect Investigators

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor? ...

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a construction defect investigation contractor with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country's most in-depth rating process. Only construction defect investigation contractors rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can't pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you'll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified construction defect investigation contractor.

Q: What is a construction defect?
A: A construction defect can result from several different factors that include workmanship or inferior materials. Water leakage from windows or a faulty exterior envelope system is common examples of construction defects. A construction defect is a condition that reduces the life expectancy of one or many different building components in a commercial building or a residential home. Though some defects are obvious such as water intrusion, many are less obvious until years after the home or building was built. Any building imperfection or design fault that reduces the value of the building is a construction defect.

Q: What are some common causes of construction defects?
A: A combination of factors can cause construction defects. These include window leaks, negligent construction, inferior materials, window product defects, defective building materials, and inferior materials.

Q: What are some of the most frequent types of construction defects?
A: There are many different types of construction defects. Some of the most common are mold, dry rot, leaks from windows, balconies, walls, and roofs, framing issues, water intrusion, foundation cracks that cause finish floor cracks, waterproofing below and above grade, and structural failure that causes stucco or drywall cracks.

Q: Who is responsible for construction defects?
A: Generally the responsibility will lay with the general contractors, developers, and the subcontractors of the residential or commercial buildings; however, there may be several responsible parties. If defective materials are used, typically the subcontractor is at fault. Manufacturers of the building components as well as the architects, designers, and other involved parties can also be held responsible for construction defects.

Q: What does the builder's warranty really cover?
A: Every warranty is different regarding what is covered and what is not, how long the warranty lasts, and what the builder will do to fix construction problems, so be sure to read the warranty. Most warranties, however, will not address ninety percent of common construction defects.

Q: How do I prove that defect exists?
A: You will need to hire an expert-someone who has the necessary training, education and experience to give testimony as to the cause of a defect. A construction defect investigation contractor can give testimony in court as to the cause of a defect.

Q: Will the homeowners or homeowner association's insurance company cover damages caused by construction defects?
A: Usually the answer to this question is no. The language in most owner and home owner association insurance policies excludes coverage for faulty workmanship, design, or materials.

Q: What effect does land have on a structure?
A: When a structure goes up, part of the planning must be regarding the foundation the structure will sit on. For example, if the type of soil is not considered, construction defects are bound to develop. Expansive soil needs preventative elements in order to build a stable house or the end result will be severe cracks in sidewalks, the driveway, dry walls, etc. Another effect could be that a door that originally slammed shut will no longer close all the way.

Q: What should I do if I discover a problem with the construction of my home or building?
A: The first thing that you should do is contact a construction defect investigation contractor to take a look at the problem. If it is determined that substantial repairs are necessary in order to fix the problem, you need to contact an attorney immediately before you agree to these repairs.

Q: What if my builder denies the fact that a construction defect is present?
A: First of all, do not attempt to work directly with the builder. Most companies employ defense attorney. Their job is to limit the exposure to liability on the part of their clients. For this reason you should first contact a construction defect attorney for a free case evaluation.

Q: What if a construction defect in my home creates a dangerous situation?
A: Do not place yourself or your loved ones in any harm. Take the proper steps needed to ensure the safety of anyone who could possibly be harmed by this defect. Secondly, immediately contact an attorney.

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San Francisco Construction Defect Investigation Contractor Information
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Excelsior
Financial District
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Fort Mason
Glen Park
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the Haight
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Inner Richmond
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Potrero Flats
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Presidio
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San Francisco
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South of Market Street (SOMA)
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