Kent Commercial Building Inspections
commercial property in Kent, it’s paramount to learn about the
condition of the building, including its roof, siding,
copings, penetrations, and overall structure before engaging
in any commercial transaction.
commercial buildings, for instance, have flat roofs, often
with HVAC systems mounted on them. These types of roofs have
a shorter life cycle than sloped roofs and are prone to roof
infrared technology, Pacific Northwest Building Inspections recently
discovered close to 30 leaks in a 28,000 sq ft building
where the roof looked completely intact based on an
exterior examination. The repair for these discovered
leaks would have exceeded $300,000, or 30% of the
proposed selling price.
Pacific Northwest Building Inspections also recommends that a mechanical, electrical, and
plumbing contractor inspect HVAC systems, electrical
systems, and sewer systems respectfully.
Typically, HVAC systems are roof mounted, leading to
frequent leaks at their attachment points.
• A video
analysis of a sewer system can detect damaged pipes and
save thousands of dollars (even up to $100,000) in the
repairs of a commercial drain line caused by
unsuspecting but very corrosive drain cleaners.
Electrical systems typically are added to over time,
sometimes by qualified electrical contractors, but other
times, by part-time plant maintenance people. Not only
could these repairs be costly, but also the system may
not be up to code and there may be serious fire hazards.
power and the proper knowledge of the Kent area building you are
purchasing could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars
Comprehensive Kent Commercial Inspection
Pacific Northwest Building Inspections will
examine every aspect of your commercial property, including:
• Retaining walls
• Parking areas
• Driveways and walkways
• Basement and crawl spaces
• Roof and gutters
• Siding and trim
• Chimney and fireplace
• Major appliances
• Electrical systems
• Water heater
• Plumbing systems
• Heating systems
• Air conditioning
• Porches and decks
• Spas or hot tubs
* Included only with a Kent Infrared Inspection
Interesting History of Kent
The Kent area
was first permanently settled by westerners in the early
1860s, and originally called Titusville (There is still a
'Titusville Station' sign on Gowe St).
1880s the town discovered hops production as the major
source of income. Due to an aphid invasion which affected
hops crops in Europe, hops from the Puget Sound area were
commanding high prices. Hops were shipped from Titusville
either by the river or via rail. Eventually the town was
even re-named for Kent County in England. Hops production in
the valley would come to an end due to an invasion of
officially incorporated on May 28, 1890 with a population of
793, the second city incorporated in King County after
After the turn
of the 20th century the area turned to dairy farming, and
was home to a Carnation Condensed Milk plant. Flooding
from both the Green and the White Rivers was a constant
problem. In 1906, flooding changed the course of the White
River, which reduced the flood hazard by half. The Green
River continued to present problems until the creation of
the Howard A. Hanson Dam at Eagle Gorge in 1962.
after the Great Depression, Kent was known as the "Lettuce
Capital of the World." After WWII, Kent began to grow more
rapidly. From 1953 to 1960 the city's size grew twelve-fold.
In 1965 Boeing began building in Kent, followed a few years
later by other aerospace and high-tech companies.
In 2009, Kent
got its first professional sports team, with the WHL's
Seattle Thunderbirds moving into city-owned ShoWare Center.