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Residential and Commercial Inspection Services

Structural or Foundation Inspections

Examination by a licensed engineer to address concerns or appraisal and under-writing 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 SALES PEOPLE 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:Foundation Inspection

  • Site Surveys
  • Soil Compression Capability
  • Footings
  • Rebar Placement
  • Foundation
  • Framing
  • Siding
  • Roofing
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • 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
¹Structural Evaluation identifies any concerns regarding the foundation and structural part of the home.  The highest risk in purchasing a home is the condition of the foundation because a typical foundation repair can cost $10,000 to $40,000.

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

Leak Investigations

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.

Radon Testing

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

Radon Deaths per Year

¹From “Home Buyers and Sellers Guide to Radon” -epa.gov

 

Photo Courtesy of the epa.gov

 

Air & Mold Quality

Visual examination, physical sampling of air or surfaces and an independent laboratory identifies type of contamination.

Phase I and Pre Phase I ESA

Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) for existing commercial properties.  Phase I and Pre Phase I ESA’s can be performed with a quicker turn around time because we are a small engineering firm.

 

Property Condition Assessments

3rd Party assessment of property conditions for foreclosures, repossessions, or property damage. Property Condition Assessment Services can include repair estimates or cost to cure.

City Code Inspections

PST engineers and project managers are on Kansas City list of approved 3rd party Inspectors for City Code requirements.

HUD & FHA Inspections

All types of property inspections including U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Permanent Foundation Guidelines for Manufactured Homes (PFGMH) – The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) defined approval to identify whether a manufactured home is attached properly to the foundation.

Expections or Evaluations Not Listed

Because we are a small engineering firm, we are flexible and have the ability to perform inspections or evaluations too numerous to list.

Please call the office at 816-468-1200 to discuss your needs.

Property Owners, Buyers and Sellers

The purchase of a home can be a complicated and emotional process, especially for the new home owner.  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.

Civil Engineering

Engineering services for Agricultural Ponds, Dams, Sea Walls, Recreational Ponds and Civil Engineering projects.

  • Consulting and site visits regarding agriculture pond construction and recreational pond construction.
  • Evaluations on current civil projects.  
  • Designs for the creation of agriculture ponds or recreational ponds.

What is Structural Engineering?

Structural engineering is a field of engineering dealing with the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads. Structural engineering is usually considered a specialty within civil engineering.*

A structural assessment or inspection informs a property owner or property manager of all aspects of the physical structure’s integrity.  We will inspect the slab or pier and beam foundation, inspect the interior walls, exterior veneer, and roof system.

*Wikipedia

PST Engineering specializes in Structural Engineering.

PST offers services for most all property inspection needs.  If we know a better expert for a specific service or if a service is mandated  or regulated by law – We Will Tell You! Our primary goal is to earn your trust and make sure your needs are taken care of.