What Does A Balcony Inspection Consist of?

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Before January 1, 2025, property owners must finish their initial SB-721 and SB-326 inspections. Building owners are required to participate in follow-up inspections under SB-721 every six years after the original inspection. When

SKS Construction does an SB-326 or SB-721 inspection, we follow a step-by-step procedure to provide a thorough, trustworthy examination.

Balconies, support rails, porches, stairs, walkways, entry structures, and any other structure that extends beyond the building's outside walls and has a walking surface that is elevated more than 6' above the ground are all subject to the inspection requirements of SB-721.

The main reason balconies must be inspected is for dry rot. Dry rot causes structures to fail and the wood to decay. But, the phrase "dry rot" is inaccurate. When wood is dry, it does not rot. Moisture is necessary for fungus to feed on wood

and cause deterioration. Wood's strength comes from its cellulose content. The cellulose that the fungi eat causes the wood to deteriorate. If not repaired correctly, these balconies can fracture and collapse, leading to serious injury of citizens.

SB-326 includes any waterproofing components, such as flashings, membranes, sealants, and similar systems, that are connected to balconies, decks, patios, elevated walkways, and other structures that are elevated at least 6' above the ground.

Balcony Inspection Steps

The first step for a balcony inspection is a free, no-obligation consultation as well as route of the property. In order to assist you budget and plan for your inspection, we will assess your needs throughout this route and offer an estimate.

Our group of qualified engineers and contractors will be on location to do the inspection after the estimate. We utilize the non-explosive exploratory borescope. Our report will also include a breakdown of the necessary non-emergency repairs as well as the estimated service life and performance of your EEEs. The least invasive method for opening the wood to look for dry rot is the borescope. The use of a borescope has the advantage of drilling only small, easily patchable holes into the stucco.

SKS Construction offers a wide variety of services to help with the restoration of the damaged elevated exterior parts. SKS Construction will be able to examine the majority of the structural integrity of the current building utilizing non-destructive inspection methods.

Some sections that will need to be exposed for additional inspection will, as needed, be covered and accessible for subsequent inspections. SKS Construction can provide an amount of repair if preliminary examinations discover problems that endanger the building's structural stability.

Your SB-326 or SB-721 inspection will be finished with an in-depth report explaining our findings. If repairs are required,

proposals will be created and construction will begin.

SKS Construction offers a wide variety of services to help with the restoration of the damaged elevated exterior parts. SKS Construction will be able to examine the majority of the structural integrity of the current building utilizing non-destructive inspection methods. Some sections that will need to be exposed for additional inspection will, as needed, be covered and accessible for subsequent inspections. SKS

Construction can provide an amount of repair if preliminary examinations discover problems that endanger the building's structural stability.

Make Sure Your Building is SB721 and SB326 Compliant

A full-service design/build, engineering, and construction firm, SKS Construction was established in Los Angeles, California, in 1987. SKS Construction is recognized as a leader in engineering and construction of New Construction, Seismic Retrofitting and Balcony Repairs. The SKS team is composed of in-house designers, licensed contractors, and experienced engineers around the clock to attend to your every engineering and construction needs.

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