Parking Garage Inspection
Parking garages are an extremely common sight in any city, but they are easily overlooked because of the buildings that surround them. But if you’re responsible for one or more of these common structures, you should make sure that one thing you never overlook is regular inspections and maintenance that will make sure your parking garage is safe. Neglect in these areas can all too easily compound over time and escalate a minor problem into a possible catastrophic event.
And you don’t want to have to explain to a vehicle owner that their vehicle sustained damage that was caused by a preventable problem like falling concrete or dripping limestone deposits.
Top Reasons to Get a Parking Garage Inspection
Do you know why a parking garage inspection is considered a necessity by many parking facility owners and managers? It’s because the very nature of these buildings means that they are exposed to a wide range of environmental factors that can deteriorate the structure’s integrity, leaving the building unsafe to use.
For starters, the open design used in most of these facilities leaves the entire structure vulnerable to erosive weather conditions like high winds, rain, snow, sleet, and extreme temperature changes. On top of that, you also have to contend with the near constant presence of abrasive substances like deicing salts and road grime in colder months.
Of course, every facility owner or manager has their own reasons for having a parking garage inspection completed, but we’ve found that three of the top reasons are:
- User Safety
- Code Compliance
Let’s take a closer look at each of these reasons.
As we mentioned above, nobody wants to explain to a customer why the parking facility they are using became a dangerous environment due to neglect. If the facility has become unsafe, it can all too easily result in damage to the facility, damage to property, or injury to people using the facility. A regular parking garage inspection can make sure that your facility remains safe for everyone and can actually end up saving you money in the long run. After all, it’s a simple truth that fixing a small problem early is always cheaper than waiting until the problem has escalated into something worse.
Just like any other building, your parking facility must meet certain standards set forth in the building codes of the city, county, and state it is located in. Of course, those codes often vary by location and can also be different depending on when your facility was built. Typically, it’s up to you to make sure that your parking garage meets any and all of the codes that apply in your area. An in-depth inspection like those offered by our team can help you make sure that your parking facility is meeting all applicable codes and standards put in place by your local and state government.
While aesthetics may seem relatively unimportant compared to user safety and code compliance, it is very important when you’re trying to attract patrons. In most areas, people have a range of parking options to choose from and you’re competing for their patronage. When this is the case, looks really can be a huge determining factor. After all, people don’t generally feel comfortable leaving their vehicle in a parking area that looks dangerous or like it isn’t well taken care of. Because of this unease, they may choose to pass up your facility and look for an alternative that “feels” safer to them.
In our experience, an inspection of your parking garage is the only way to fully understand what problems — or potential problems — exist in your structure. Then, once you know what your actual situation is, you can make informed decisions that will keep your patrons safe, make sure your facility meets all applicable coding standards, and looks like a place people can safely leave their vehicle.
We’ve also found that regularly scheduled inspections can ensure that any new problems are found before they can escalate into something expensive and possibly dangerous.
MBN Waterproofing Offers Inspections for Parking Garages
Here at MBN Waterproofing, we offer high-quality parking deck inspection services that can help you avoid costly repairs. With over 20 years of experience, we know what to look for so that we can inform you of any potential problems in your parking facility. Our inspection of your facility will include:
- A Complete Visual Inspection
- Photo Documentation of the Inspection
- A Full Written Report that includes a description of the site, definition and location of all defects, suggested resolutions for any defects, and a budget for needed repairs.
Inspections of your parking facility should typically be scheduled on an annual or biannual schedule so that you can always know exactly what is going on in your building. After all, those erosive conditions aren’t going to stop, so you need to make sure you’re aware of what’s going on in your facility on a regular basis. If you hire our team of experts, we’ll provide you with a hassle-free inspection and the peace of mind that comes with knowing your facility is safe for you and your customers.
Let of our team members can help you decide if our services are right for you so that you can check one more item off of your To Do list. Contact us now to schedule a hassle-free inspection!