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1234 Main St.
Colonia, New Jersey 07067
04/08/2020 9:00AM

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Agency Name
3
Maintenance item
8
Recommendation
4
Safety hazard

1 - Inspection Details

In Attendance
Client
Occupancy
Furnished, Occupied
Style
Colonial
Temperature (approximate)
55 Fahrenheit (F)
Type of Building
Attached
Weather Conditions
Clear

2 - Roof

IN NI NP D
2.1 Coverings X X
2.2 Roof Drainage Systems X X
2.3 Flashings X X
2.4 Skylights, Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations X
Inspection Method
Binoculars
Roof Type/Style
Gable
Coverings: Material
Asphalt
Roof Drainage Systems: Gutter Material
Aluminum
Flashings: Material
Aluminum
Roof Limitations

The foregoing is an opinion of the general quality and condition of the roofing material.  The inspector cannot and does not offer an opinion or warranty as to whether the roof leaks or may be subject to future leakage.  This report is issued in consideration of the foregoing disclaimer. 

 The only way to determine whether a roof is absolutely water tight is to observe it during a prolonged rainfall.  Many times, this situation is not present during the day and time of the inspection.

At this time we were limited to viewing only a percentage of the roof surface due to the design of the structure. 

I. The inspector shall inspect from ground level or the eaves: A. the roof-covering materials; B. the gutters; C. the downspouts; D. the vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations; and E. the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the type of roof-covering materials. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. observed indications of active roof leaks. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. walk on any roof surface. B. predict the service life expectancy. C. inspect underground downspout diverter drainage pipes. D. remove snow, ice, debris or other conditions that prohibit the observation of the roof surfaces. E. move insulation. F. inspect antennae, satellite dishes, lightning arresters, de-icing equipment, or similar attachments. G. walk on any roof areas that appear, in the inspectors opinion, to be unsafe. H. walk on any roof areas if doing so might, in the inspector's opinion, cause damage. I. perform a water test. J. warrant or certify the roof. K. confirm proper fastening or installation of any roof-covering material.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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Comment
2.1.1 - Coverings

Roof Condition

The average life of an asphalt shingle roof is 15 to 20 years. The conditions observed during our inspection suggest the roof covering is between 10-15 years old.

Not unexpected for a roof of this age, the roof covering is curling--cracking--blistering--losing its granular material throughout. However, the conditions observed suggest NO LESS THAN continuous observation and maintenance of the roof surface to maintain watertight conditions and to maximize useful life.


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Comment
2.2.1 - Roof Drainage Systems

Debris

Debris has accumulated in the gutters. Recommend cleaning to facilitate water flow.

We recommend having them professionally cleaned 

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Comment
2.3.1 - Flashings

Uplifting Flashing

Uplifting flashing was observed around the skylight at this time.

Although no evidence of leaking was observed inside the home around this area. We recommend having a qualified contractor evaluate and repair or replace to prevent water penetration.

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3 - Exterior

IN NI NP D
3.1 Siding, Flashing & Trim X X
3.2 Eaves, Soffits & Fascia X
3.3 Exterior Doors X
3.4 Walkways, Patios & Driveways X X
3.5 Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps X
3.6 Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls X
3.7 Oil Tank X
Inspection Method
Visual
Siding, Flashing & Trim: Siding Material
Wood
Siding, Flashing & Trim: Siding Style
Clapboard
Exterior Doors: Exterior Entry Door
Fiberglass
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Driveway Material
Asphalt
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Appurtenance
Deck
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Material
Wood
Oil Tank :
Oil tank

Please do NO LESS THAN ask your attorney and the current owner if there has ever been a oil tank at this location that was abandoned or removed.

Exterior limations
Exterior

Areas hidden from view by finished walls, trees, shrubs, ivy, and stored items can not be judged and are not part of this inspection.  This inspection is not intended to address or include any geological conditions or site stability information.  For information concerning these conditions, a geologist or soils engineer should be consulted.  Any reference to grade is limited to only areas around the exterior of the exposed areas of foundation or exterior walls.  We recommend that inquiry be made with the seller about knowledge of any prior foundation or structural repairs.Exterior siding covered or painted may be ACM (asbestos containing material), this cannot be determined until tested by a qualified lab.
We were unable to inspect the left side of the home due to the fencing of the neighboring home. This is for you information.

Decks, deck aprons, patio's, and porches are often built close to the ground where no viewing or access is possible.  These areas are not addressed in the report

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim; B. all exterior doors; C. adjacent walkways and driveways; D. stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps; E. porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports; F. railings, guards and handrails; G. the eaves, soffits and fascia; H. a representative number of windows; and I. vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the type of exterior wall-covering materials. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. inspect or operate screens, storm windows, shutters, awnings, fences, outbuildings, or exterior accent lighting. B. inspect items that are not visible or readily accessible from the ground, including window and door flashing. C. inspect or identify geological, geotechnical, hydrological or soil conditions. D. inspect recreational facilities or playground equipment. E. inspect seawalls, breakwalls or docks. F. inspect erosion-control or earth-stabilization measures. G. inspect for safety-type glass. H. inspect underground utilities. I. inspect underground items. J. inspect wells or springs. K. inspect solar, wind or geothermal systems. L. inspect swimming pools or spas. M. inspect wastewater treatment systems, septic systems or cesspools. N. inspect irrigation or sprinkler systems. O. inspect drainfields or dry wells. P. determine the integrity of multiple-pane window glazing or thermal window seals.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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Comment
3.1.1 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Water Damaged Trim

Water damaged / loose trim was noted around NO LESS THAN one column on the front porch.

Have a qualified contractor evaluate and repair or replace as needed. 

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3.4.1 - Walkways, Patios & Driveways

Seal Driveway

We recommend sealing the surface of the driveway will help extend its useful life.

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4 - Attic, Insulation & Ventilation

IN NI NP D
4.1 Attic Insulation X
4.2 Vapor Retarders (Crawlspace or Basement) X
4.3 Ventilation X
4.4 Exhaust Systems X
4.5 Sheathing X X
Flooring Insulation
Batt
Attic Insulation: Insulation Type
Batt
Ventilation: Ventilation Type
Gable Vents, Passive, Thermostatically Controlled Fan
Exhaust Systems: Exhaust Fans
Fan Only
Limitations

The design of the attic, insulation, stored items, and/or access may limit the inspectors view of all the structural and mechanical components.

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; B. ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; and C. mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the type of insulation observed; and B. the approximate average depth of insulation observed at the unfinished attic floor area or roof structure. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. the general absence of insulation or ventilation in unfinished spaces. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. enter the attic or any unfinished spaces that are not readily accessible, or where entry could cause damage or, in the inspector's opinion, pose a safety hazard. B. move, touch or disturb insulation. C. move, touch or disturb vapor retarders. D. break or otherwise damage the surface finish or weather seal on or around access panels or covers. E. identify the composition or R-value of insulation material. F. activate thermostatically operated fans. G. determine the types of materials used in insulation or wrapping of pipes, ducts, jackets, boilers or wiring. H. determine the adequacy of ventilation.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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Comment
4.5.1 - Sheathing

Possible Bio-Growth

We observed what appears to be bio growth on the sheathing and framing of the attic. We recommend NO LESS THAN further evaluation by a qualified contractor and having them clean this area as needed.

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5 - Doors, Windows & Interior

IN NI NP D
5.1 Doors X
5.2 Windows X
5.3 Floors X
5.4 Walls X
5.5 Ceilings X
5.6 Steps, Stairways & Railings X X
5.7 Countertops & Cabinets X
Windows: Window Manufacturer
Unknown
Windows: Window Type
Double-hung
Floors: Floor Coverings
Hardwood
Walls: Wall Material
Drywall
Ceilings: Ceiling Material
Sheetrock
Countertops & Cabinets: Cabinetry
Wood
Countertops & Cabinets: Countertop Material
Granite

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. a representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them; B. floors, walls and ceilings; C. stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps; D. railings, guards and handrails; and E. garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage vehicle door openers, using normal operating controls. II. The inspector shall describe: A. a garage vehicle door as manually-operated or installed with a garage door opener. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails for steps, stairways, guards and railings; B. photo-electric safety sensors that did not operate properly; and C. any window that was obviously fogged or displayed other evidence of broken seals. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. inspect paint, wallpaper, window treatments or finish treatments. B. inspect floor coverings or carpeting. C. inspect central vacuum systems. D. inspect for safety glazing. E. inspect security systems or components. F. evaluate the fastening of islands, countertops, cabinets, sink tops or fixtures. G. move furniture, stored items, or any coverings, such as carpets or rugs, in order to inspect the concealed floor structure. H. move suspended-ceiling tiles. I. inspect or move any household appliances. J. inspect or operate equipment housed in the garage, except as otherwise noted. K. verify or certify the proper operation of any pressure-activated auto-reverse or related safety feature of a garage door. L. operate or evaluate any security bar release and opening mechanisms, whether interior or exterior, including their compliance with local, state or federal standards. M. operate any system, appliance or component that requires the use of special keys, codes, combinations or devices. N. operate or evaluate self-cleaning oven cycles, tilt guards/latches, or signal lights. O. inspect microwave ovens or test leakage from microwave ovens. P. operate or examine any sauna, steamgenerating equipment, kiln, toaster, ice maker, coffee maker, can opener, bread warmer, blender, instant hot-water dispenser, or other small, ancillary appliances or devices. Q. inspect elevators. R. inspect remote controls. S. inspect appliances. T. inspect items not permanently installed. U. discover firewall compromises. V. inspect pools, spas or fountains. W. determine the adequacy of whirlpool or spa jets, water force, or bubble effects. X. determine the structural integrity or leakage of pools or spas.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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Comment
5.6.1 - Steps, Stairways & Railings

Loose Handrailings

Hand railings to the basement and to second level are loose and should be repaired for personal safety. Have a qualified contractor repair or replace as needed.

6 - Plumbing

IN NI NP D
6.1 Main Water Shut-off Device X
6.2 Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems X
6.3 Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures X
6.4 Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents X X
6.5 Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems X
6.6 Sump Pump X
6.7 Sewer Line X X
Water Source
Public
Main Water Shut-off Device: Location
Basement
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Material
ABS
Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures: Distribution Material
Copper
Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures: Water Supply Material
Copper
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Capacity
75 gallons
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Location
Basement
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Power Source/Type
Gas
Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems: Main Gas Shut-off Location
Gas Meter
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Manufacturer
Rheem

I recommend flushing & servicing your water heater tank annually for optimal performance. Water temperature should be set to at least 120 degrees F to kill microbes and no higher than 130 degrees F to prevent scalding. 

Here is a nice maintenance guide from Lowe's to help. 

Limitations

This inspection does not certify or guarantee the plumbing system. This is a visual inspection and any future failures of the plumbing system is not the responsibility of All County Inspections LLC.

Sump Pump not present.

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the main water supply shut-off valve; B. the main fuel supply shut-off valve; C. the water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and seismic bracing; D. interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water; E. all toilets for proper operation by flushing; F. all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage; G. the drain, waste and vent system; and H. drainage sump pumps with accessible floats. II. The inspector shall describe: A. whether the water supply is public or private based upon observed evidence; B. the location of the main water supply shut-off valve; C. the location of the main fuel supply shut-off valve; D. the location of any observed fuel-storage system; and E. the capacity of the water heating equipment, if labeled. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously; B. deficiencies in the installation of hot and cold water faucets; C. mechanical drain stops that were missing or did not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs; and D. toilets that were damaged, had loose connections to the floor, were leaking, or had tank components that did not operate. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. light or ignite pilot flames. B. measure the capacity, temperature, age, life expectancy or adequacy of the water heater. C. inspect the interior of flues or chimneys, combustion air systems, water softener or filtering systems, well pumps or tanks, safety or shut-off valves, floor drains, lawn sprinkler systems, or fire sprinkler systems. D. determine the exact flow rate, volume, pressure, temperature or adequacy of the water supply. E. determine the water quality, potability or reliability of the water supply or source. F. open sealed plumbing access panels. G. inspect clothes washing machines or their connections. H. operate any valve. I. test shower pans, tub and shower surrounds or enclosures for leakage or functional overflow protection. J. evaluate the compliance with conservation, energy or building standards, or the proper design or sizing of any water, waste or venting components, fixtures or piping. K. determine the effectiveness of anti-siphon, backflow prevention or drain-stop devices. L. determine whether there are sufficient cleanouts for effective cleaning of drains. M. evaluate fuel storage tanks or supply systems. N. inspect wastewater treatment systems. O. inspect water treatment systems or water filters. P. inspect water storage tanks, pressure pumps, or bladder tanks. Q. evaluate wait time to obtain hot water at fixtures, or perform testing of any kind to water heater elements. R. evaluate or determine the adequacy of combustion air. S. test, operate, open or close: safety controls, manual stop valves, temperature/pressure-relief valves, control valves, or check valves. T. examine ancillary or auxiliary systems or components, such as, but not limited to, those related to solar water heating and hot water circulation. U. determine the existence or condition of polybutylene plumbing. V. inspect or test for gas or fuel leaks, or indications thereof.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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6.4.1 - Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents

Age- Missing Jumper Wire

The water heater is approximately 8 years old, the average life expectancy of a water heater is 8-12 years. 

Although the water heater appears to be operating as expected, the age of the unit suggests that it is at or near term replacement.

No wire jumper was noted between the cold and hot water piping. Have a qualified contractor install. 

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6.7.1 - Sewer Line

PVC

Type of Pipe: PVC 

    The inspection of the main sewer line starts at the clean out located in the front of the home; near the foundation wall and extends approximately 200ft until reaching the city sewer. 

During the inspection, the water was running and moving through the sewer line as it should. We recommend having your sewer line inspected annually to ensure proper operation 

We observed 2 access points in the front yard that were missing caps. We recommend having a qualified contractor install caps on these clean outs to prevent debris from falling into the sewer line and personal safety.

This inspection does not certify or guarantee the plumbing system. This is a visual inspection and any future failures of the plumbing system is not the responsibility of All County Inspections LLC.


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7 - Electrical

IN NI NP D
7.1 Service Entrance Conductors X
7.2 Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device X
7.3 Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses X
7.4 Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles X
7.5 GFCI & AFCI X X
7.6 Smoke Detectors X
Service Entrance Conductors: Electrical Service Conductors
Below Ground
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Main Panel Location
Basement
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Capacity
200 AMP
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Manufacturer
Siemens
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Type
Circuit Breaker
Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses: Branch Wire 15 and 20 AMP
Copper
Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses: Wiring Method
Romex
GFCI & AFCI: GFCI

We suggest installing GFCI outlets near ALL water supplies. Exterior, garage, bathrooms, kitchen, and basements or crawlspaces where not installed and working properly currently. This is for your personal safety. Have a qualified contractor repair/replace where needed. 

As a reminder, we recommend testing monthly to insure proper operation. 

Smoke Detectors: Beyond The Scope

Testing of smoke detectors is beyond the scope of this inspection.  Smoke detectors are recommended to be located in each bedroom and one per floor level.  Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and replaced per manufactures guidelines or every ten years.  Please remember that battery operated smoke detectors should have the batteries checked periodically and replaced as needed to insure continued good operation.

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the service drop; B. the overhead service conductors and attachment point; C. the service head, gooseneck and drip loops; D. the service mast, service conduit and raceway; E. the electric meter and base; F. service-entrance conductors; G. the main service disconnect; H. panelboards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses); I. service grounding and bonding; J. a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible; K. all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible; and L. smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the main service disconnect's amperage rating, if labeled; and B. the type of wiring observed. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. deficiencies in the integrity of the serviceentrance conductors insulation, drip loop, and vertical clearances from grade and roofs; B. any unused circuit-breaker panel opening that was not filled; C. the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch-circuit wiring, if readily visible; D. any tested receptacle in which power was not present, polarity was incorrect, the cover was not in place, the GFCI devices were not properly installed or did not operate properly, evidence of arcing or excessive heat, and where the receptacle was not grounded or was not secured to the wall; and E. the absence of smoke detectors. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. insert any tool, probe or device into the main panelboard, sub-panels, distribution panelboards, or electrical fixtures. B. operate electrical systems that are shut down. C. remove panelboard cabinet covers or dead fronts. D. operate or re-set over-current protection devices or overload devices. E. operate or test smoke or carbon-monoxide detectors or alarms F. inspect, operate or test any security, fire or alarms systems or components, or other warning or signaling systems. G. measure or determine the amperage or voltage of the main service equipment, if not visibly labeled. H. inspect ancillary wiring or remote-control devices. I. activate any electrical systems or branch circuits that are not energized. J. inspect low-voltage systems, electrical de-icing tapes, swimming pool wiring, or any timecontrolled devices. K. verify the service ground. L. inspect private or emergency electrical supply sources, including, but not limited to: generators, windmills, photovoltaic solar collectors, or battery or electrical storage facility. M. inspect spark or lightning arrestors. N. inspect or test de-icing equipment. O. conduct voltage-drop calculations. P. determine the accuracy of labeling. Q. inspect exterior lighting.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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7.5.1 - GFCI & AFCI

GFCI did not trip when tested

As we observed, the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) located to the right of the kitchen sink did not trip when tested with a plug-in testing device or by manual testing. REPAIR RECOMMENDED for personal safety.

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8 - Fireplace

IN NI NP D
8.1 Vents, Flues & Chimneys X
8.2 Lintels X
8.3 Damper Doors X
8.4 Cleanout Doors & Frames X X
Type
Wood
Limitations

Fireplaces are not checked for actual function in burning gas or solid fuels.  Gas shutoff valves for gas fireplaces are not tested.  Inspection of the fireplace is limited to visible and accessible sections only.  The inner reaches of the flue or chimney throat are relatively inaccessible, so the view from the fireplace or chimney is not adequate to discover possible deficiencies or damage, even with a strong light.  Inspectors do not remove rain caps and spark arrestors on the chimney top to look inside the chimney flue. Fireplaces and chimneys should be inspected on a annual basis and more often depending on usage.  Inspection does not cover any damage concealed by rugs, carpeting, wood floors, laminate, tile, wall paneling, drywall, plaster, paint, furniture or fixtures.  Typical wall and ceiling cracks/touch ups are considered normal and may not be listed in this report. 

Recommend a level II inspection http://www.csia.org/homeowners/inspections-three-levels.htm and repairs as needed on all chimneys prior to starting any fires in the fireplace.

I. The inspector shall inspect:

readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys;

lintels above the fireplace openings;

damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable; and

cleanout doors and frames.

II. The inspector shall describe:

the type of fireplace.

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

evidence of joint separation, damage or deterioration of the hearth, hearth extension or chambers;

manually operated dampers that did not open and close;

the lack of a smoke detector in the same room as the fireplace;

the lack of a carbon-monoxide detector in the same room as the fireplace; and

cleanouts not made of metal, pre-cast cement, or other non-combustible material.

IV. The inspector is not required to:

inspect the flue or vent system.

inspect the interior of chimneys or flues, fire doors or screens, seals or gaskets, or mantels.

determine the need for a chimney sweep.

operate gas fireplace inserts.

light pilot flames.

determine the appropriateness of any installation.

inspect automatic fuel-fed devices.

inspect combustion and/or make-up air devices.

inspect heat-distribution assists, whether gravity-controlled or fan-assisted.

ignite or extinguish fires.

determine the adequacy of drafts or draft characteristics.

move fireplace inserts, stoves or firebox contents.

perform a smoke test.

dismantle or remove any component.

perform a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)-style inspection.

perform a Phase I fireplace and chimney inspection.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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8.4.1 - Cleanout Doors & Frames

Ash build up

At the time of this inspection, the firebox is filled with ash build-up which prevents us from visually inspecting all areas of the firebox. As a result, we SUGGEST that the fireplace and firebox be thoroughly inspected once the entire firebox and fireplace is made accessible. In addition, a professional cleaning prior to closing or use will help insure continued good operating conditions. 

Recommend a level II inspection http://www.csia.org/homeowners/inspections-three-levels.htm and repairs as needed on all chimneys prior to starting any fires in the fireplace. 

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9 - Heating

IN NI NP D
9.1 Equipment X X
9.2 Normal Operating Controls X
9.3 Distribution Systems X
9.4 Presence of Installed Heat Source in Each Room X
Equipment: Brand
York
Equipment: Energy Source
Gas
Equipment: Heat Type
Forced Air
Distribution Systems: Ductwork
Normal

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the heating system, using normal operating controls. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the location of the thermostat for the heating system; B. the energy source; and C. the heating method. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. any heating system that did not operate; and B. if the heating system was deemed inaccessible. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. inspect or evaluate the interior of flues or chimneys, fire chambers, heat exchangers, combustion air systems, fresh-air intakes, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters, geothermal systems, or solar heating systems. B. inspect fuel tanks or underground or concealed fuel supply systems. C. determine the uniformity, temperature, flow, balance, distribution, size, capacity, BTU, or supply adequacy of the heating system. D. light or ignite pilot flames. E. activate heating, heat pump systems, or other heating systems when ambient temperatures or other circumstances are not conducive to safe operation or may damage the equipment. F. override electronic thermostats. G. evaluate fuel quality. H. verify thermostat calibration, heat anticipation, or automatic setbacks, timers, programs or clocks.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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Comment
9.1.1 - Equipment

Age

At this time both heating units were 31 years old and operating

Since the average life span of many gas-fired furnaces is between 20 and 25 years, the age of this furnace suggests that it is passed term replacement. As a result, we STRONGLY SUGGEST NO LESS THAN annual maintenance to help maximize life expectancy and to maintain good heating operation. 

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Comment
9.1.2 - Equipment

Flame Roll out

Evidence of flame roll out was observed in side of both heating units.

Orange flames were noted. This suggests that the systems may have cracked heat exchangers and are not operating safely and properly.

Due to the age of the units and conditions observed during our inspections, we recommend further evaluation by a qualified contractor and repair or replacement as needed. 

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10 - Cooling

IN NI NP D
10.1 Cooling Equipment X X
10.2 Normal Operating Controls X
10.3 Distribution System X
10.4 Presence of Installed Cooling Source in Each Room X
Cooling Equipment:
Rheem, York
Cooling Equipment: Energy Source/Type
Electric
Cooling Equipment: Location
Exterior North
Distribution System: Configuration
Central
Too Cold to Test A/C

As we discussed, due to the colder weather conditions (under 65 degrees) and the projected extended cold weather, we are unable to test the air conditioning compressor's and components operation.

It is STRONGLY SUGGESTED that maintenance plan be obtained from your local utility company. 

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the cooling system, using normal operating controls. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the location of the thermostat for the cooling system; and B. the cooling method. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. any cooling system that did not operate; and B. if the cooling system was deemed inaccessible. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. determine the uniformity, temperature, flow, balance, distribution, size, capacity, BTU, or supply adequacy of the cooling system. B. inspect portable window units, through-wall units, or electronic air filters. C. operate equipment or systems if the exterior temperature is below 65 Fahrenheit, or when other circumstances are not conducive to safe operation or may damage the equipment. D. inspect or determine thermostat calibration, cooling anticipation, or automatic setbacks or clocks. E. examine electrical current, coolant fluids or gases, or coolant leakage.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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Comment
10.1.1 - Cooling Equipment

Age-Average Life Expectancy

One of the a/c units appears to be 31 years old.

One of the a/c units appears to be 4 years old 

The average life expectancy for air conditioning units is 10-15. As such, please be sure to keep in mind that repairs or replacement may be necessary in the future. 

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11 - Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure

IN NI NP D
11.1 Foundation X X
11.2 Basements & Crawlspaces X
11.3 Floor Structure X
11.4 Wall Structure X
11.5 Ceiling Structure X
Inspection Method
Visual
Foundation: Material
Masonry Block
Floor Structure: Basement/Crawlspace Floor
Concrete
Floor Structure: Material
Wood Beams
Floor Structure: Sub-floor
Plywood
Hidden Areas

Areas hidden from view by finished walls or stored items can not be judged and are not a part of this inspection.  Minor cracks are typical in many foundations and most do not represent a structural problem.  If major cracks are present along with bowing, we routinely recommend further evaluation be made by a qualified structural engineer.  All exterior grades should allow for surface and roof water to flow away from the foundation.  All concrete floor slabs experience some degree of cracking due to shrinkage in the drying process. In most instances floor coverings prevent recognition of cracks or settlement.  Where carpeting an other floor coverings are installed, the materials and conditions of the flooring underneath can not be determined. 

A large majority of the basement has finished construction on the walls, floors, ceilings, band boards, and sill plates which prevents a full, visual observation of all structural and mechanical components located above and behind the finished materials.

Stored personal items prevented a full, visual examination of all wall cladding and flooring materials, some of the electrical outlets, window operations, and/or heating ductwork located behind or under the stored items. Be sure to re-check any concealed areas during your final walk-through.

At this time we were restricted to inspecting the entire crawlspace area due to low head room, debris, piping, duct work,wiring, excessive storage and un-safe conditions.

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the foundation; B. the basement; C. the crawlspace; and D. structural components. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the type of foundation; and B. the location of the access to the under-floor space. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. observed indications of wood in contact with or near soil; B. observed indications of active water penetration; C. observed indications of possible foundation movement, such as sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out-of-square door frames, and unlevel floors; and D. any observed cutting, notching and boring of framing members that may, in the inspector's opinion, present a structural or safety concern. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. enter any crawlspace that is not readily accessible, or where entry could cause damage or pose a hazard to him/herself. B. move stored items or debris. C. operate sump pumps with inaccessible floats. D. identify the size, spacing, span or location or determine the adequacy of foundation bolting, bracing, joists, joist spans or support systems. E. provide any engineering or architectural service. F. report on the adequacy of any structural system or component.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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11.1.1 - Foundation

Foundation Cracks - Minor
Crawlspace

Minor cracking was noted at the foundation. This is common as concrete ages and shrinkage surface cracks are normal. Recommend monitoring for more serious shifting/displacement. 

Here is an informational article on foundation cracks.