Asking for comments on first draft of new SOP for Waterfront Protective Structures and Docking Facilities

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Please comment below.

Overall, looks really good and well thought out. I might swap the exclusions with what is included. People often seem to think we inspectors talk a lot (bordering on too much) about what we don’t do so starting with that may be a turnoff to the consumer.

I was a little confused by the title at first - wasn’t really sure what “Waterfront Protective Structures” meant. I was wondering if this meant houseboats too but it seems not.

Not sure if this helps at all but I worked at a floating restaurant for years and remember the logs and branches washed down the river after big storms would rip big chunks of foam off the underside of the building. I don’t even know enough to know if docks and floating homes always have exposed foam for flotation.

IV (a) 4 - I wouldn’t want to operate a boat lift with a boat on it. Address this in the limitations?

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Maybe you already thought about this and I might be mistaken but doesn’t the Corp of Engineers regulate docks and structures on the water (lakes, rivers etc.)? If so they may have certain regulations regarding inspections of water structures. Just a thought and like I said I may be mistaken.

Exclusions are standard. What is included can vary according to what the client wants.

Good point. Operating them should only be done with the current owner’s permission and with the lift instructions.

I have in my agreement; This inspection does not cover any permits or water rights, the condition of the dock or the soil behind the seawall, footings, underground drainage systems, filter/cloth, tiebacks are not within the scope of the inspection.

Well done.
I assume a class and certification will follow?
The wooden bulkheads age different at different water depths. Lots to learn but I am sure the class will be thoughtful and thorough.

Mr. Gromicko Sir,

I looked at your SOP for Waterfront protective SOP and in my opinion it is very well written, comprehensive, and concise. I am not yet doing these inspections but this is written ideally well for the consumer to understand, great job!!

    new member, Joseph Chavarria

Thanks. Multiple lakes in my service area.

Richard, underground components are covered by II.e., . I did add:
The inspector is not required to:
a. Determine property boundary lines or encroachments;

…and not just different water depths. Zones include (roughly) Undisturbed soil, disturbed soil, submerged, low water, tidal, splash, and atmospheric. Each zone will have some level of effect on the different component materials.