Underground or French style drains were present. These types of drains are not inspected. This goes beyond the scope of this inspection and is recommended you have a qualified professional evaluate if there are any concerns.
|2.2||Gutters & Downspouts||X||X|
Underground or French style drains were present. These types of drains are not inspected. This goes beyond the scope of this inspection and is recommended you have a qualified professional evaluate if there are any concerns.
The Inspector observed no deficiencies in the condition of the roof at the time of the inspection.
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 inspector’s 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.
Observed one or more under-driven nails/fasteners (nail pops). Recommend a qualified roofing contractor evaluate and repair.
One or more exposed nails/fasteners were observed. This condition increases the chances of leaks and damage to underlayment in this area. Recommend sealing nails to prevent moisture intrusion.
Roof coverings showed moderate damage. Recommend a qualified roofing professional evaluate and repair. Contacting your insurance company to verify insurability is always recommended as well.
Inspector observed the underlayment has been improperly installed. At the eaves the underlayment should go over the drip edge flashing. Recommend correction by a qualified professional.
There are not gutters present all the way around the home. Gutters are recommended because they collect rain water from the roof and direct it away form the building.
Debris has accumulated in the gutters. Recommend cleaning to facilitate water flow.
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The gutter(s) is loose and needs to be re-fastened. Recommend correction by qualified professional.
One or more downspouts drain too close to the home's foundation. This can result in excessive moisture in the soil at the foundation, which can lead to foundation/structural movement. Recommend a qualified professional adjust or add downspout extensions to drain at least 6 feet from the foundation.
Gutters were damaged. This can result in excessive moisture in the soil at the foundation, which can lead to foundation/structural movement. Recommend a qualified contractor evaluate and repair.
Flashings observed to be loose or separated, which can lead to water intrusion and/or mold. Recommend a qualified roofing contractor repair.
One or more exposed nails at the boots. This condition increases the chances of moisture intrusion. Recommend correction by a qualified professional.
|3.3||Doors & Windows||X||X|
|3.4||Walkways, Patios & Driveways||X||X|
|3.5||Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps||X|
See comments in Foundation section regarding structural cracks.
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.
Exterior wall penetrations or pipes had gaps that should to be sealed with an appropriate sealant to prevent moisture and insect entry. All work should be performed by a qualified contractor.
Peeling paint and some moisture damage has been observed in one or more locations of wood trim. Recommend correction by a qualified professional.
One or more sections of the trim are damaged. Recommend correction by a qualified professional.
Exposed hole in the trim. Inspector recommends to seal hole to prevent moisture and pest intrusion. All work should be performed by a qualified professional.
Gaps were observed at one or more locations of trim junctions. Recommend correction by a qualified professional to prevent moisture or insect intrusion.
One or more gaps were observed at the window trim. Recommend to seal gaps with an approved sealant to prevent not only moisture and pest intrusion but energy loss.
Tree debris observed on roof. This can cause improper drainage to gutters and downspouts. Recommend clearing debris.
Large trees near the house have limbs that overhang the home. Falling limbs due to conditions such as wood decay, high winds or heavy snow loads may cause injury, death or damage. Consider having these trees evaluated by a qualified professional. Evaluating trees lies beyond the scope of the general Home Inspection.
Roots from trees growing between the home and the street may pose a threat to underground piping. Tree roots can damage or invade and form blockages in sewer pipes. Consider having the main sewer line inspected by video camera to discover any damage that may have occurred in time to negotiate with the seller for the cost of correction.
Roots from a tree located near the foundation may cause foundation damage as the tree grows and the root system expands. Monitor this area of the foundation during the growing season (usually May through September) for signs of damage. If signs of damage appear (such as cracks) the tree may need to be removed. The potential for damage from tree roots varies with tree species. Consider evaluation by a qualified arborist.
Vines growing on the exterior walls may introduce insects, pests and/or accelerate deterioration of the exterior wall covering by retaining moisture. Over time, vine tendrils may damage wall covering materials.
Watering this vegetation will introduce moisture to the soil which may eventually reach the foundation. Moisture in soil supporting the foundation can affect the ability of the foundation to support the weight of the structure above and can cause damage from soil heaving or settling, depending on soil composition and other conditions. The Inspector recommends removal of the vegetation from exterior walls.
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.
Evidence of structural damage was found in the wall structure. Recommend a structural engineer evaluate and advise on how to repair.
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.
The Inspector observed areas of the attic that were missing insulation. Recommend have a qualified professional add insulation to cover appropriately.
Thermal images confirm there was no insulation over the bathroom next to the garage.
Secondary thermal images indicate some areas of insulation are lacking.
Bathroom fan vents into the attic, which can cause moisture and mold. Recommend a qualified attic contractor property install exhaust fan to terminate to the exterior.
Condensate line noted.
Serial # 1211A90212
The differences in air temperature measured at supply and return registers fell within the acceptable range of between 14 and 22 degrees F.
At the time of the inspection, the Inspector observed no deficiencies in the condition of the fireplace. It was not operated.
Full inspection of fireplaces lies beyond the scope of the General Home Inspection. For a full inspection to more accurately determine the condition of the fireplace and to ensure that safe conditions exist, the Inspector recommends that you have the fireplace inspected by an inspector certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).
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The furnace filter was missing. Recommend replacement.
The hole in the exterior wall-covering cut to allow penetration of air-conditioning lines should be sealed with an appropriate sealant to prevent moisture and insect entry.
Insulation on the air-conditioning suction (large, insulated) line was damaged or missing at areas and should be replaced by a qualified HVAC professional.
The Inspector observed an air leak at the plenum and ductwork connection in the attic. Recommend correction by a qualified professional.
Air supply duct was leaking air. Recommend correction by a qualified HVAC professional.
One or more minor cracks were observed in the fire brick mortar. Recommend monitor over time and repair as necessary.
|7.3||Drain, Waste & Vents||X||X|
|7.4||Faucets & Fixtures||X||X|
|7.5||Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems||X|
Serial # HH15358667
We 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. For the elderly, young, or those more sensitive consider lowering at your discretion.
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.
The exhaust flue for the water heater(s) had inadequate clearance from combustibles. This type of exhaust flue requires 1-inch clearance from combustible materials. This condition is a potential fire hazard and should be corrected by a qualified professional.
B vent for combustion air was not properly connected or disconnected completely. Recommend correction to ensure the vents are providing the proper combustion air to the water heater. All work should be performed by a qualified professional.
The TPR valve did not discharge within sight. Recommend correction by a qualified professional for safety.
TPR discharges behind the washing machine. It also has a small drip cap on the end of the pipe. This also is not recommended.
The tub(s) had poor drainage at the time of the inspection. The Inspector recommends that an evaluation and any necessary work be performed by a qualified plumbing professional.
The inspector observed a leaking sill cock (hose bib) that was leaking at the handle. Recommend correction by a qualified professional.
|8.1||Service Entrance & Meter||X||X|
|8.2||Main Service Panel||X|
|8.3||Branch Circuit Wiring||X|
|8.4||Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles||X||X|
The Service panel was not accessible at the time of the inspection. It should be made accessible and evaluated by a qualified electrical professional before the expiration of your Inspection Objection Deadline.
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 service entrance conductor's 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 time-controlled 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.
Extension cord used as permanent wiring was visible and noted in its location. This condition is a potential fire hazard. The Inspector recommends that any such wiring be removed and replaced with properly-installed, approved wiring by a qualified professional.
One or more electrical receptacles were improperly secured and moved when a plug was inserted. Receptacles should be securely installed to prevent fire, shock and/or electrocution hazard. The Inspector recommends correction by a qualified electrical professional.
|9.6||Steps, Stairways & Railings||X|
|9.7||Countertops & Cabinets||X|
|9.9||Carbon Monoxide Detectors||X||X|
At the time of the inspection, the occupant's stored belongings/furniture significantly limited the Inspector's view of some or all rooms of the home. Not all aspects of the garage were observed and or inspected, unless otherwise noted in this report.
The home had smoke detectors that were interconnected through the home branch wiring. This means that when one detector is activated, all will be activated, and none will ever need batteries. Each detector should be checked occasionally to make sure it has power. If a detector has power, the indicator light will be illuminated.
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.
One or more windows were observed to be broken or cracked. Recommend correction by a qualified professional.
Cracking visible at the corners of doors and windows. Indicate soil movement, which is a structural concern and should be evaluated by a structural engineer.
Sub-standard drywall patching observed at time of inspection. Recommend re-patching.
Carbon monoxide detector failed to respond when tested. Recommend battery be replaced.
Range/Oven/Cooktop not inspected.
Washer and dryer were presently installed at the time of the inspection. The Inspector disclaims liability to the areas surrounding the appliances that hinder the view and ability to be properly inspected.
10.1 The inspector shall inspect: F. installed ovens, ranges, surface cooking appliances, microwave ovens, dishwashing machines, and food waste grinders by using normal operating controls to activate the primary function.
10.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: G. installed and free-standing kitchen and laundry appliances not listed in Section 10.1.F. H. appliance thermostats including their calibration, adequacy of heating elements, self cleaning oven cycles, indicator lights, door seals, timers, clocks, timed features, and other specialized features of the appliance. I. operate, or confirm the operation of every control and feature of an inspected appliance.
Dishwasher door slightly rubs cabinet when it's being closed. Inspector recommends door or unit to be adjusted to ensure no damage is done to cabinetry. All work should be done by qualified professional.
|11.2||Garage Door & Opener||X|
Minor cosmetic damage noted.