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1234 Main St.
DuBois, PA 15801
05/22/2019 9:00AM

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Thank you for choosing Millstone Home Inspections, to perform your home inspection. An earnest effort was made on your behalf to discover visible defects and maintenance deficiencies of this property during the reasonably limited inspection time frame. The photos included in this report represent only a small portion of the total picture taken during the inspection. This inspection report is an opinion report based on the observations made on the date of the inspection and not a prediction of future conditions. Latent hidden defects cannot be included. This Report is not intended to reflect the value of the property such as an appraisal report would. The inspector performs inspections in accordance with the current Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors® (InterNACHI) which can be viewed at http://www.nachi.org/sop.htm. If you have any question about this report now or in the future please call me anytime.

LEGAL NOTICE TO ANY THIRD PARTIES VIEWING THIS REPORT: This report and any attached reports are the exclusive property of Millstone Home Inspections and the Client whose name appears herewith. The unauthorized use of all or any part of this report for transactions involving this property and anyone other then the client listed above is strictly prohibited and will result in legal action.

1 - Inspection Details

General: In Attendance
Client, Home Owner
General: Occupancy
Furnished
General: Type of Building
Single Family
General: Construction Type
Modular
General: Ground Conditions
Wet
General: Weather Conditions
Light Snow
General: Wood Distroying Pest Inspection
Performed
General: Radon Testing
Not Requested

2 - Exterior

Siding, Flashing & Trim: Siding Material
Wood
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Driveway Material
Gravel
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Sidewalk Material
Stone
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Attached structures
Deck, Enclosed Porch
Exterior Receptacles and Lighting: Protected Receptacles
GFCI Protected
Service Grounding Electrode: Service Grounding Electrode:
Grounding Rod (buried)
Electric Meter: Service Lateral - Disclaimer

Due to the conduit, only the limited visible portions of the service lateral conductor were inspected in the service panel.

Service Grounding Electrode: Ground Conductor - Buried
The service panel and meter grounding electrode conductor (GEC) appeared to be properly buried in the ground, which is typically then clamped to a driven rod. Due to the visual only nature of a general home inspection, the inspector was unable to evaluate the concealed components of the grounding system.
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2.4.1 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Deck Guardrail - Missing

Areas of the deck guardrail were missing. Recommend correction.

House front 1 Deck Contractor
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2.4.2 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Ledger Flashing - Missing

 No flashing was installed above the ledger. Flashing is designed to protect the wall assembly from moisture intrusion where the attachment of the deck interrupts the home exterior wall covering material. The Inspector recommends correction by a qualified contractor to help prevent damage from moisture intrusion of the exterior wall structure with the potential for damage to the structure, home materials and the development of microbial growth such as mold.


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2.13.1 - Chimney Structure/Exterior

Stone Veneer - Cracks

Several significant cracks were observed in the chimney stone veneer. These type of cracks are typically caused by moisture intrusion and the freeze/thaw cycles.

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2.13.2 - Chimney Structure/Exterior

Chimney Sheathing- Decay

The inspector observed what appeared to be decay to the materials installed behind the stone veneer. This was visible under the deck structure just below the chimney. Recommend further evaluation by a qualified contractor.

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3 - Roof

Roof Drainage System: Drainage system description:
Gutters and downspouts installed
Chimney at Roof: Chimney flue material:
Metal
General Roof Photos

General photos showing the roof of the home at the time of this inspection.

Chimney at Roof: General Chimney Photos
Roof Structure Exterior: Sheathing condition disclaimer

There was no access from which to view the underside of the roof sheathing and sheathing was covered with the roof-covering material on its upper surface. The inspector was able to view the sheathing edges and a few inches of its surface only at representative areas around the roof perimeter. The vast majority of the roof sheathing was not inspected and the Inspector disclaims responsibility for identifying roof sheathing deficiencies.

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3.4.1 - Ridge, Plumbing and Combustion Vents

Attic Fan - Flashing Corrosion

Some minor corrosion was observed on the flashing around the installed attic fan.

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3.8.1 - Metal Roof

Low-slope

The metal roof was installed on a slope that appear to be less than 3/12. Water was slightly pooled on the roof in this area. Many metal roof manufacturers specify that their product be installed on roofs with minimum slopes of 3/12, although a few specify 2/12 as the minimum roof pitch. Determining adequate roof pitch for this particular metal roof would require research that exceeds the scope of the General Home Inspection and the Inspector disclaims responsibility for confirming proper installation. You may wish to have proper installation confirmed by a qualified roofing contractor.

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4 - Interior

Windows: Type
Vinyl
Pests: Signs of Rodents
Not Visible
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4.1.1 - Exterior Doors

Door - Missing Deck/Stairs

This sliding glass door on the second floor was missing deck and or staircase. This is a potential fall hazard and should be corrected.

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4.2.1 - Interior Doors

Interior Door Jamb / Trim Damaged / Loose / Missing

Trim around one or more interior doors was missing. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install as necessary.

Door Door Repair and Installation Contractor
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4.5.1 - Ceiling

Water Stains (Dry)

A small painted ceiling stain was visible in the basement bathroom. No elevated levels of moisture were found. The stain may be due to past plumbing leaks. Consult with the property owner and monitor the stained area. If elevated moisture is found in the future, then recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary. The inspector is limited to only being able to evaluate conditions at time of inspection and in a non-invasive manner.

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5 - Kitchen

Dishwasher: Brand
Whirlpool
Dishwasher: Operational
Yes
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Cooking Applinace - Energy Source
Electric Cooktop, Electric Wall Oven
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Operational
Yes
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven Brand
Amana, Frigidaire
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Exhaust Hood Type
None
Refrigerator: Operational
Yes
Electrical Components: GFCI Protected Receptacles
Present

For added safety, Ground-fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection should be installed for outlets within 6 feet all water sources. If missing, this is typically an inexpensive upgrade to the homes electrical system.

6 - Bathrooms

Ventilation: Exhaust Fans
Fan with light
Heat: Heating Source
Forced Air Ducts
Tub/Shower: Bathub / Shower:
Bathtub with shower, Walk-in Shower
Electrical Receptacles, Switches and Lighting: GFCI Protected Receptacles
Present - Working

For added safety, Ground-fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection should be installed for outlets within 6 feet all water sources. If missing, this is typically an inexpensive upgrade to the homes electrical system.

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6.1.1 - Electrical Receptacles, Switches and Lighting

Loose- single

This electrical receptacle in the basement bathroom was 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 contractor.

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6.3.1 - Heat

No heat source

The basement bathroom did not have a source of heat.

7 - Attic, Insulation & Ventilation

Access Location(s)
Master Bedroom Closet
Attic Space Inspected from
Viewed From Hatches
Structure & Sheathing: Types
Trusses, Oriented Strand Board (OSB) Sheathing
Attic Insulation: Insulation Type
Fiberglass Roll
Attic Insulation: Insulation Depth
8 to 11"
Roof Ventilation: Ventilation Type
Combination Ridge/Soffit Vents, Thermostat Controlled Fan
General Attic Pictures

Below are a few general photos of the attic space.

Limited Access

Due to the lack of visible footing and deep insulation the attic space was not traversed. It was viewed from a ladder at the access hatch. Because of this, not all areas of the attic space may have been fully visible. If you have additional concerns on the attic space, we recommend further evaluation when better access can be obtained.

8 - Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure

Foundation Type
Finished Basement
Foundation: Material
Superior Pre-Cast
Foundation: Basement/Crawlspace Floor
Concrete
Foundation: Basement Egress
Basement Door
Floor Structure: Material
Engineered Floor Trusses
Floor Structure: Sub-floor
Oriented strand board (OSB)
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8.3.1 - Stairway

No Handrail

Staircase had no handrails. This is a safety hazard. Recommend a qualified handyman install a handrail. 

Wrenches Handyman

9 - Electrical

Service Panel Interior/Exterior: Panel Manufacturer
Cutler Hammer
Service Panel Interior/Exterior: Panel Capacity
200 AMP
Service Panel Interior/Exterior: Main Panel Location
Basement
Service Panel Interior/Exterior: Main disconnect rating
200 AMP
Sub Panel: Sub Panel Location
Garage
Sub Panel: Panel Manufacturer
Square D
Sub Panel: Panel Capacity
100 AMP
Sub Panel: Disconnect rating
100 Amp
Visible Branch Wiring: Wiring Type
Non Metallic Sheathed
Sub Panel: Sub Panel Equipment Photographs

General photos of the sub panel exterior and interior.

Smoke Detectors / CO Alarms / Door Bell: Smoke Detector Installed / Location(s)
Yes

Note: Smoke detectors are tested only for audibility and not tested using actual smoke.

Smoke Detectors / CO Alarms / Door Bell: Battery Smoke Detectors - Discliamer

The inspector would recommend replacing battery operated smoke and CO detectors when moving into the property. Due to the time frame involved between this inspection and the closing date, the detector batteries may not be in the same working condition when you move into the property.

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9.2.1 - Service Panel Interior/Exterior

AFCI Issues

One or more arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) circuit breakers were malfunctioning (would not trip/reset) when tested. AFCI breakers reduce the chance of shock when using equipment in wet areas. This is a potential shock hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair as necessary.

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9.2.2 - Service Panel Interior/Exterior

Double Tap Breaker

One or more circuit breakers were "double tapped," where two or more wires were installed in the breaker's lug. Most breakers are designed for only one wire to be connected. This is a safety hazard since the lug bolt can tighten securely against one wire but leave other(s) loose. Arcing, sparks and fires can result. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair as necessary.

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9.3.1 - Sub Panel

Gaps in cover

This sub-panel dead front cover had one or more gaps where circuit breakers were missing. This condition may allow a person to come into contact with energized electrical components. These gaps should be filled with twist-out blanks designed for this purpose.  This potential shock/electrocution hazard should be corrected by a qualified electrical contractor.
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9.4.1 - Visible Branch Wiring

Missing j-box cover- QC

Several junction boxes installed in the home were missing covers. This left energized electrical components exposed to touch and lack the fire protection the covers would provide. This condition is an electrical shock/electrocution hazard. The inspector recommends that a proper cover be installed.

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9.5.1 - Switches / Receptacles

Cover Plate Loose / Missing / Damaged

Multiple cover plates for switches, receptacles (outlets) were missing and/or damaged. These plates are intended to contain fire and prevent electric shock from occurring due to exposed wires. Recommend that a qualified person install cover plates where necessary.

Tools Handyman/DIY
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9.6.1 - Lighting & Fans

Fan - Unbalanced

These fans appeared to be unbalanced and were hitting on the motor house when in operation.

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10 - Plumbing

Water Service Type
Natural Spring
Water Meter/Shut-of Location
Basement
Pressure Regulator Present
No
Supply Lines: Materials
Copper
Water Heater: Estimated Mfg. Year
2014
Water Heater: Energy Source / Type
Tankless, Propane
Water Heater: Fixture Temprature
100
Water Heater: Location
Basement
Water Heater: Type of Equipment
On-demanded
Laundry: Information
240 Volt Electric, Washer Water Supply Hook-ups
Sewer Type
Private septic

Verifying the underground termination of public and or private septic systems is outside the scope of a general home inspection. The inspector recommends viewing the seller disclosure forms.

Drains, Sewage Sytem, Plumbing: Disclaimer
The inspection of private septic systems during a general home inspection is limited to functional flow and readily visible plumbing inside the home. The inspector does not inspect the integrity of buried septic components outside the home.

Because a septic system can be one of the most expensive systems in the home to repair or replace, the inspector would recommend if you have additional concerns that you have all tanks pumped and Inspected by a certified specialist.
Laundry: Laundry Appliances Excluded

Note: Laundry appliances are not tested or inspected as part of a standard home inspection.

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10.4.1 - Laundry

GFCI - Not Present

The inspector recommends installing a GFCI receptacle in the laundry room within six feet of any water source as per current standards.. 

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11 - Heating

Equipment: Primary Heat Type
Forced Air
Equipment: Brand
York
Equipment: Energy Source
Propane
Equipment: Estimated Mfg. Year
2003
Equipment: Secondary Heat Type
Coal Stove
Thermostat Controls: Location of thermostats
Kitchen
Distribution Systems: Ductwork or Pipes
Insulated
Gas Meters, Fuel Tanks and Supply Lines: Heating Fuel Source
Propane Tank
Gas Meters, Fuel Tanks and Supply Lines: Fuel Supply Line Material
Black Pipe, CSST
Solid Fuel Heating Device (Fireplace, Stove): Type
Coal
Gas/LP Firelogs & Fireplaces: Gas Fireplace
Operational
Equipment: Air Filter Size
14x20

It is recommended that disposable air filters be replaced monthly during normal operation.

Equipment: Interior Temprature
71 Degrees

Thermostats are typically operated to a comfortable temperature during the time of the home inspection to test the heating/cooling system operation.

Gas Meters, Fuel Tanks and Supply Lines: Propane Tank - Disclaimer

Evaluation propane tanks lie beyond the scope of the general Home Inspection. The propane tanks can be evaluated by the contractor supplying the home with propane.

Solid Fuel Heating Device (Fireplace, Stove): Coal Stove - Disclaimer

A full inspection of coal burning appliances and their flues are beyond the scope of the General Home Inspection. For a full inspection to more accurately determine the condition of the stove and to ensure that safe conditions exist, the Inspector recommends inspection by a CSIA certified inspector before use. Find a CSIA-certified inspector near you at http://www.csia.org/search

Gas/LP Firelogs & Fireplaces: Gas Fireplace - Limited Inspection

At the time of the inspection, the Inspector observed no deficiencies in the general operating condition of the gas-fueled fireplace in the living room. Full inspection of gas-burning fireplaces and flues lie 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). Find a CSIA-certified inspector near you at http://www.csia.org/search

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11.1.1 - Equipment

Corrosion Inside Furnace

The inspector observed corrosion and moisture inside the furnace cabinet below the draft inducer house. This is typically caused by a leak in the inducer fan housing or condensate line. The inspector would recommend further evaluation by a qualified HVAC contractor.

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11.4.1 - Gas Meters, Fuel Tanks and Supply Lines

CSST Gas Line - Not Bonded

The gas piping system of this home includes corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) and no grounding was observed. CSST gas lines have specific electrical bonding requirements that should be installed during installation. These are designed to reduce the potential for lightning-related electrical arcing that can perforate the tubing and result in gas leaks or fires.

While bringing an older home up to current standards is not required, the inspector recommends for added safety that you consider contacting a qualified contractor to add a bonding path to the installed CSST tubing.

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12 - Cooling

Cooling System Manufacturer:
York
Age of Cooling System
2004
Number of cooling systems (excluding window AC)
One
Cooling System Type:
Split System (indoor and outdoor components
Temperature differential:
N/A Low Temps.
AC System Photos

General photos showing the cooling system components at the time of this inspection.

Central Air Conditioner: Low Temp Disclaim

Due to low outdoor ambient temperatures below 60 degrees, the AC unit was not tested as per typical manufacture recommendations. Operating cooling system equipment which has been "shut down" without proper preparation risks costly damage to the compressor or other components. The cooling system inspection was therefore limited to visual observations only.

13 - Garage, Carport or Shed

Structure Type
Attached Garage
Vehicle Door: Vehicle Door Type
Automatic
Automatic Opener: Automatic Opener Safety Devices
Electronic eye
Floor, Walls, Ceiling: Floor Type
Concrete Slab
Floor, Walls, Ceiling: Wall Type
Open framing
Floor, Walls, Ceiling: Ceiling Type
Open framing
Visible Branch Wiring: Wiring Type
Non Metallic Sheathed
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13.8.1 - Switches / Receptacles

Cover Plate Loose / Missing / Damaged

Multiple cover plates for switches, receptacles (outlets) were missing in the garage. These plates are intended to contain fire and prevent electric shock from occurring due to exposed wires. Recommend that a qualified person install cover plates where necessary.

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13.10.1 - Fire Separation

Non-compliant firewall

The ceiling and walls separating the garage space from the living space did not meet current firewall requirements. Although firewalls may not have been required at the time the home was originally constructed, as general knowledge of safe building practices has improved with the passage of time, building standards have changed to reflect current understanding. While not required, the inspector would recommend upgrading the garage to meet current firewall standards.

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