Unable to inspect all foundation walls due to clutter and insulation. Thermal imaging camera shows no indication of water intrusion.
|2.1||Foundation, Basement & Crawlspaces||X|
|2.5||Roof Structure & Attic||X|
|2.6||Radon equipment present||X||X|
Unable to inspect all foundation walls due to clutter and insulation. Thermal imaging camera shows no indication of water intrusion.
3. STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS 3.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect structural components including the foundation and framing. B. describe: 1. the methods used to inspect under floor crawlspaces and attics. 2. the foundation. 3. the floor structure. 4. the wall structure. 5. the ceiling structure. 6. the roof structure. 3.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. provide engineering or architectural services or analysis. B. offer an opinion about the adequacy of structural systems and components. C. enter under floor crawlspace areas that have less than 24 inches of vertical clearance between components and the ground or that have an access opening smaller than 16 inches by 24 inches. D. traverse attic load-bearing components that are concealed by insulation or by other materials.
Untreated wood directly on cement will rot. Concrete holds moisture naturally. Recommend removing and correcting.
One of the biggest problems in the radon industry is follow-up testing. Unfortunately, many people assume they are safe because they have a radon mitigation system but have never performed a radon test to make sure it's actually working. Please make sure to do a radon test after a mitigation system is installed and also at least every two years after that.
A good maintenance plan is a good idea to keep the radon mitigation systems working well. Some companies will provide these services and some homeowners will do it themselves. Maintenance items can include: cleaning out the vent stack, re-sealing the cracks or sump pump, re-painting system parts, vacuum diagnostics and most importantly the re-test as explained earlier.
Every window well should have a drain to allow water to exit the window well and not build to a level that creates a basement seepage problem. Drains can be connected to interior or exterior drain tile or can be run to daylight where a proper slope exists. With a well-constructed and properly maintained drain, a window well should never fill with water.
The most important function of a window well cover is not keeping out water but keeping out the kind of debris leaves, grass clippings, trash that will clog the drain. Many homeowners make the understandable mistake of installing flimsy plastic bubble covers from the hardware store thinking that they will keep out water. While still intact these covers create a surprisingly efficient greenhouse for weeds but are easily cracked and broken, rendering them useless.
|3.1||Exterior, Flashing & Trim||X|
|3.3||Eaves, Soffits & Fascia||X|
|3.4||Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls||X|
|3.5||Walkways, Patios & Driveways||X|
4.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. wall coverings, flashing, and trim. 2. exterior doors. 3. attached and adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings. 4. eaves, soffits, and fascias where accessible from the ground level. 5. vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls that are likely to adversely affect the building. 6. adjacent and entryway walkways, patios, and driveways. B. describe wall coverings. 4.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: A. screening, shutters, awnings, and similar seasonal accessories. B. fences, boundary walls, and similar structures. C. geological and soil conditions. D. recreational facilities. E. outbuildings other than garages and carports. F. seawalls, break-walls, and docks. G. erosion control and earth stabilization measures.
Inspector recommends avoid planting shrubs, trees and plants 12 inches or closer to foundation to prevent possible damage to foundation.
|4.2||Roof Drainage Systems||X||X|
5.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. roofing materials. 2. roof drainage systems. 3. flashing. 4. skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations. B. describe: 1. roofing materials. 2. methods used to inspect the roofing. 5.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: A. antennas. B. interiors of vent systems, uses, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. C. other installed accessories.
The asphalt shingle roof shows signs of delamination. Delamination is separation of the surface layer of asphalt. Recommend a qualified roofing contractor evaluate and repair to prevent further deterioration that results in leaking and moisture intrusion.
Observed areas that appeared to be missing sufficient coverings. Recommend qualified roofing contractor evaluate & repair.
Woven roof valleys is a method where the valley is completed by overlapping and weavingthe shingle courses rather than cutting the shingles back to form a trough lined with a sheet metal flashing (see Figure WV-1). Woven valleys still require membrane flashing or multiple layers of roofing paper to line thevalley under the shingles
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 contractor adjust downspout extensions to drain at least 6 feet from the foundation.
Here is a helpful DIY link and video on draining water flow away from your house.
|5.1||Fixtures / Faucets||X||X|
|5.2||Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems||X||X|
|5.4||Vents, Flues, & Chimneys||X|
|5.5||Sump Pumps / Sewage Ejectors||X|
|5.6||Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems||X|
6.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. interior water supply and distribution systems including fixtures and faucets. 2. interior drain, waste, and vent systems including fixtures. 3. water heating equipment and hot water supply systems. 4. vent systems, flues, and chimneys. 5. fuel storage and fuel distribution systems. 6. sewage ejectors, sump pumps, and related piping. B. describe: 1. interior water supply, drain, waste, and vent piping materials. 2. water heating equipment including energy source(s). 3. location of main water and fuel shut-off valves. 6.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. clothes washing machine connections. 2. interiors of vent systems, flues, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. 3. wells, well pumps, and water storage related equipment. 4. water conditioning systems. 5. solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy water heating systems. 6. manual and automatic re-extinguishing and sprinkler systems and landscape irrigation systems. 7. septic and other sewage disposal systems. B. determine: 1. whether water supply and sewage disposal are public or private. 2. water quality. 3. the adequacy of combustion air components. C. measure water supply low and pressure, and well water quantity. D. fill shower pans and fixtures to test for leaks.
Loose fixture and slow drain present in powder room Should be corrected or replaced before more damage of fixtures or leaks occur.
Water heaters should be flushed annually to prevent sediment buildup and maintain efficiency. Recommend a qualified plumber service and flush.
Hot water temperature target is 120 degrees to prevent bacteria growth and scalding. A simple adjustment at the hot water tank thermostat.
All plumbing penetrations should be sealed periodically, as routine maintenance, to prevent water intrusion and mold growth should a leak occur.
Corrugated plumbing is incorrect plumbing material. It's unsanitary as it hold bacteria and causes leaks. Recommend contacting a licensed plumber to further evaluate and correct.
|6.1||Service Entrance Conductors||X|
|6.2||Service and Grounding Equipment, Main Overcurrent Device, Main and Distribution Panels||X|
|6.3||Branch Circuit Conductors, Overcurrent Devices and Compatibility of Their Amperage & Voltage||X|
|6.4||Connected Devices and Fixtures||X||X|
|6.5||Polarity and Grounding of Receptacles||X|
|6.6||GFCI & AFCI||X||X|
|6.8||Carbon Monoxide Detectors||X||X|
Take care of your smoke alarms according to the manufacturer's instructions. Replace the batteries at least once every year. Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.
7.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. service drop. 2. service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways. 3. service equipment and main disconnects. 4. service grounding. 5. interior components of service panels and subpanels. 6. conductors. 7. overcurrent protection devices. 8. a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles. 9. ground fault circuit interrupters and arc fault circuit interrupters. B. describe: 1. amperage rating of the service. 2. location of main disconnect(s) and subpanels. 3. presence or absence of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. 4. the predominant branch circuit wiring method. 7.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. remote control devices. 2. or test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, security systems, and other signaling and warning devices. 3. low voltage wiring systems and components. 4. ancillary wiring systems and components not a part of the primary electrical power distribution system. 5. solar, geothermal, wind, and other renewable energy systems. B. measure amperage, voltage, and impedance. C. determine the age and type of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
One of the most common electrical hazards that we find while inspecting older homes is exposed incandescent light bulbs. Its not only a fire hazard but also a shatter safety hazard. One can accidentally shatter a bulb and get glass in their eyes.
We recommend replacing existing bare bulb lights with lights that have globes enclosing the bulb. Replacing a light has always required special training and electrical knowledge, but theres a new product available that installs with as much effort as replacing a light bulb, called an Easy Light.
Exposed bulbs are a fire and shatter hazard. Recommend adding cover.
No GFCI protection present in all locations where plumbing fixtures are near. Recommend licensed electrician upgrade by installing ground fault receptacles in all locations.
Here is a link to read about how GFCI receptacles keep you safe.
One or more outlets won't "trip" when tested. Recommend a qualified electrician evaluate and repair.
Five feet from the ground. Carbon monoxide detectors can get the best reading of your home's air when they are placed five feet from the ground. Near every sleeping area. If your CO levels get too high during the nighttime, it's important that detectors can be heard by everyone sleeping in your home.
The constant movement of loose electrical outlets can loosen the wires connected to the outlet and create dangerous arcing. Recommend repair as soon as possible.
|7.3||Vents, Flues & Chimneys||X|
8.1 The inspector shall: A. open readily openable access panels. B. inspect: 1. installed heating equipment. 2. vent systems, uses, and chimneys. 3. distribution systems. C. describe: 1. energy source(s). 2. heating systems. 8.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. interiors of vent systems, uses, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. 2. heat exchangers. 3. humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 4. electric air cleaning and sanitizing devices. 5. heating systems using ground-source, water-source, solar, and renewable energy technologies. 6. heat-recovery and similar whole-house mechanical ventilation systems. B. determine: 1. heat supply adequacy and distribution balance. 2. the adequacy of combustion air components.
Furnace should be cleaned and serviced annually. Recommend a qualified HVAC contractor clean, service and certify furnace.
Here is a resource on the importance of furnace maintenance.
Hvac duct damaged due to corrosion. Recommend a qualified HVAC contractor repair.
9.1 The inspector shall: A. open readily openable access panels. B. inspect: 1. central and permanently installed cooling equipment. 2. distribution systems. C. describe: 1. energy source(s). 2. cooling systems. 9.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect electric air cleaning and sanitizing devices. B. determine cooling supply adequacy and distribution balance. C. inspect cooling units that are not permanently installed or that are installed in windows. D. inspect cooling systems using ground source, water source, solar, and renewable energy technologies.
|9.4||Steps, Stairways & Railings||X|
|9.5||Countertops & Cabinets||X|
10.1 The inspector shall inspect: A. walls, ceilings, and floors. B. steps, stairways, and railings. C. countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets. D. a representative number of doors and windows. E. garage vehicle doors and garage vehicle door operators. 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: A. paint, wallpaper, and other finish treatments. B. floor coverings. C. window treatments. D. coatings on and the hermetic seals between panes of window glass. E. central vacuum systems. F. recreational facilities. 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.
Torn window screen present in basement. Recommend replacement to prevent vermin intrusion.
Weather stripping needs to fully seal garage from exterior to prevent vermin and water intrusion.
Incorrect sealant. Incorrect material.
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 con rm the operation of every control and feature of an inspected appliance.
Garbage Disposal is malfunctioning, loud rattling sound when tested. Contact qualified person to further evaluate and repair.
Unable to access attic in garage due to vehicle parked under access panel.
11.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces. 2. ventilation of attics and foundation areas. 3. kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and similar exhaust systems. 4. clothes dryer exhaust systems. B. describe: 1. insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces. 2. absence of insulation in unfinished spaces at conditioned surfaces. 11.2 The inspector is NOT required to disturb insulation.