Please Read Carefully
1)This Inspection was completed using the Standards of Practice of ASHI as a Guideline. The inspection contracts and the limitations and standards specified therein are an integral part of this report.
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2) This inspection will not result in the information of presence of any environmental hazard that may be present, although if noticed in the course of my inspection I may report it as a possible concern. Environmental issues are out of the scope of today's inspection and should be addressed separately by a qualified environmental control contractor. There might be environmental issues that might have been present, but were not seen by myself today, as environmental issues are not in the Standards of Practice to inspect.
3) Due to waters destructive power, there should be control on the outside of the home to reduce problems that may go undetected. Water drainage near the base of the home could cause material defects in the foundation slap as well as deterioration to the soil the slab/house lays upon, to name a few. Drainage patterns should be monitored and improved as needed to carry water away from foundation. A very cost effective way to do this is extending gutter spouts to discharge at least 6' away from the house. This reduces moisture penetration and possible foundation damage.
Not a Code Inspection
The General Home Inspection is not a building code-compliance inspection, but a visual inspection for safety and system defects. Your Inspection Report may comment on and even identify as problems with systems, components and/or conditions which may violate building codes, but, although safety defects and building code violations may coincide at the time of the inspection, confirmation of compliance with any building code or identification of any building code violation is not the goal of this report, and lies beyond the scope of the Standards of Practice. If you wish to determine how the home complies with any applicable building codes, you should schedule a building code-compliance inspection.
In the case there are defects/concerns with the home, it is advised that the client seeks at least two professional opinions and acquire estimates of repairs as to any defects, comments, mentions, and recommendations in report. I recommend professionals making any repairs, inspect the property further in order to discover and repair related problems that could not be identified in the report. I also recommend that all repair concerns and cost estimates be completed and documented prior to closing or purchasing the property.
In accordance with the Standards of Practice, I identify foundation types and look for any evidence of structural deficiencies. However, cracks or deteriorated surfaces in foundations are quite common. In fact, it would be rare to find a raised foundation wall that was not cracked or deteriorated in some way, or a slab foundation that did not include some cracks concealed beneath the carpeting and padding. Fortunately, most of these cracks are related to the curing process or to common settling, including some wide ones called cold-joint separations that typically contour the footings, but others can be more structurally significant and reveal the presence of expansive soils that can predicate more or less repeated movement. I will certainly alert you to any suspicious cracks if they are clearly visible. However, I am not a foundation specialist, and in the absence of any major defects, I may not recommend that you consult with a foundation contractor, a structural engineer, or a geologist, but this should not deter you from seeking the opinion of any such expert.
Pictures are a great way to inform everyone involved about what was inspected, and defects/areas of concern that I have observed during my inspection. These are intended to show an example or illustration of an area of concern but may not show every occurrence and may not accurately depict its severity. I usually provide two pictures for the same defect/area of concern, one being the area picture to establish location, and the second being the close up of the defect/area to provide detail. Also, note that not all areas of concern will be photographed. Do not rely on pictures alone. Please read the complete inspection report.