As a leading construction and design firm in Los Angeles County with over 20 years of experience, Balcony1 has completed hundreds of projects for multi-family properties. Our expertise in elevated exterior element inspections has helped countless clients ensure the safety and longevity of their structures. In this success story, we share how we assisted a multi-family property in Studio City, CA, with achieving SB326 compliance through our comprehensive elevated exterior element inspection services.
The Importance of SB326 Compliance
In California, Senate Bill 326 (SB326) was enacted to address the growing concern surrounding the structural integrity of balconies, decks, walkways and other elevated exterior elements in multi-family properties. This legislation requires these structures to undergo regular inspections by licensed professionals to ensure they are safe and well-maintained. By complying with SB326 requirements, property owners can prevent accidents caused by structural failure and protect their investment.
Client Profile: A Multi-Family Property in Studio City
The client's property is located in Studio City – a bustling neighborhood in Los Angeles County. This multi-family complex required an immediate elevated exterior element inspection to comply with SB326 regulations. The Inspector had noticed signs of deterioration on the waterproofing systems and cracks on various surfaces, raising concerns about the safety and integrity of one of the balcony and one walkway.
Our Approach to Elevated Exterior Element Inspection
At Balcony1, our team of skilled professionals conducted a thorough inspection of the property's elevated exterior elements on the same day as requested. Our approach included:
- Visual inspections of all balconies, decks, walkways, and landings
- Use of advanced technology such as borescopes, infrared thermal imagers, moisture meters, and industrial endoscope cameras to detect hidden defects
- Evaluating the current condition of waterproofing and load-bearing systems
- Identifying areas of immediate concern that require urgent attention
Uncovering Defects and Ensuring SB326 Compliance
We found defects in couple areas, most notably on one balcony and one walkway. These findings confirmed that the issues observed by the client were indeed serious concerns requiring immediate action. To ensure compliance with SB326 requirements, we recommended obtaining an engineering plan and proper permits to address the necessary repairs. By doing so, the client could rectify the identified defects, guaranteeing the safety of residents and visitors while maintaining structural integrity.
Expert Recommendations for Long-Term Solutions
As part of our commitment to providing comprehensive solutions for our clients, we also offered additional recommendations to prevent future issues from arising. These included:
- Regularly scheduled inspections to monitor the condition of Elevated Exterior Elements (EEE)
- Preventative maintenance measures to extend the life of waterproofing systems and minimize wear-and-tear on surfaces
- Continued compliance with SB326 regulations to ensure public safety and protect the property owner's investment
A Successful Outcome for Our Studio City Client
By partnering with Balcony1, the multi-family property owner in Studio City was able to achieve full SB326 compliance and address the defects found in their elevated exterior elements. Our thorough inspection and expert recommendations enabled them to take immediate action, ensuring the safety and well-being of residents and visitors while safeguarding their valuable investment. At Balcony1, we take pride in helping our clients navigate complex regulations like SB326 & SB721 and providing them with the necessary expertise to keep their properties safe, functional, and up-to-code. With over two decades of experience in construction and design, our team is committed to delivering exceptional results that exceed expectations. For more information about our Elevated Exterior Element (EEE) inspection services or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at +1 323-225-2669.
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