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Why Do I Need to Hire a Deputy Inspector for Foundation Repair?

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Not sure what a deputy inspector is or why you may need to hire one to perform a special inspection for your foundation repair? Confused about the special inspection process? If you want to learn about how deputy inspectors play a role in foundation repair and why they perform special inspections, this article is for you.

Dalinghaus Construction Inc. has been in the foundation repair game since 2015 and has serviced hundreds of foundations in Southern California and Arizona. We have over 100 years of collective foundation repair experience. We understand special inspections by deputy inspectors can cause some apprehension and we’re here to put your mind at ease.  

This article covers what a deputy inspector is and why they can prove imperative to the foundation repair process.  

What is a Deputy Inspector?

Deputy inspectors (otherwise known as special inspectors) monitor the structural integrity of new construction or construction repairs to guarantee the work is completed to the engineer’s specifications and is in alignment with municipal building codes. Deputy inspectors are hired independently of foundation repair companies to ensure no collusion and an unbiased third-party opinion.

Deputy inspectors are highly qualified (many with a background in construction) and undergo rigorous training and certification. Special Inspectors are mandated by the International Building Code (IBC) and the city/county’s building department to their own jurisdiction.

All cities and counties are different and have different code requirements. Deputy Inspectors/Special Instructors work within specific jurisdiction areas, specializing in these locations.  

It is imperative to hire a deputy inspector who works specifically in your city and or county and has the correct certification – or your project specs may not be approved by the building and safety department.

Special inspections typically run $250-$500 for normal periodic inspections. Continuous inspections tend to run a bit higher, from $500 to $1,000 a day.  

Why Do You Need a Deputy Inspector for Foundation Repair?

Deputy inspectors act as your own personal advocate, representation between the city and foundation repair company. Deputy inspectors ensure foundation repair plans developed by the engineers and foundation repair construction companies are up to code with city/county ordinances.

Deputy inspectors also help ensure that you’re only paying for repairs that you need – that you’re not taken advantage of in terms of scope or even type of repair.

Are You Ready for the Engineering and Permitting Process?

In this article, you learned that deputy inspectors (otherwise known as special inspectors) are third-party inspectors that ensure all foundation repairs are up to code. They also help determine the types of permits and engineering blueprints required for your specific repair plan.

Dalinghaus Construction Inc. has helped hundreds of homeowners navigate foundation repair and reclaim their homes. There is no need to feel apprehensive about the special inspection process, if anything, it ensures the correct repair is performed in direct accordance with the city/county building safety specs.

Read more: How do I compare foundation repair bids for my home?

Special inspections typically take place during the pile installation phase of an underpinning project. This follows the permitting and engineering stage of the foundation repair project. 

Are you prepared to jump through the engineering and permitting hoops? Read our article What to Expect During the Engineering & Permitting Process? (Timeframe, Cost, & Special Instructions) to ensure you’re prepped for the waiting game.

 If you live in Southern California or Arizona and would like to book a free foundation inspection, click the link below.


Brian Dalinghaus

Brian is one of the Co-Founders of Dalinghaus Construction. He has been in the foundation repair industry since 2005. During his career, he has been associated with helping over 4,000 homes and structures throughout California and Arizona.

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