Due waterproofing material covering walls.
|2.1||Foundation, Basement & Crawlspaces||X||X|
|2.2||Roof Structure & Attic||X|
Due waterproofing material covering walls.
Thermal imaging camera shows indication of no water intrusion.
No access to one out 3 roofs due to shelving.
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.
Severe cracking noted at the foundation. This is typically consistent with soil movement and could lead to serious damage to structural components, foundation and/or slabs. A thermal imaging camera was utilized on the other side of this crack where the basement is finished, no indication of water intrusion at time of inspection. Recommend a structural engineer evaluate and provide a report on course of action and remedy.
Here is an informational article on foundation cracks.
|3.1||Exterior, Flashing & Trim||X|
|3.2||Eaves, Soffits & Fascia||X|
|3.3||Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls||X||X|
|3.4||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.
Grading is sloping towards the home in some areas. This could lead to water intrusion and foundation issues. Recommend qualified landscaper or foundation contractor regrade so water flows away from home.
Here is a helpful article discussing negative grading.
Inspector recommends avoid planting shrubs, trees and plants 12 inches or closer to foundation to prevent possible damage to foundation.
Uneven patios creates trip hazard if not corrected.
Walkway wood trim is a trip hazard if not removed.
|4.2||Roof Drainage Systems||X||X|
|4.4||Skylights, Chimneys & Roof Penetrations||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.
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.
Roof flashing showed signs of corrosion, but are still in working condition. Flashing should be monitored to prevent severe corrosion leading to moisture intrusion.
A chimney cricket would prevent an ice dam from occurring because it willdirect water around the chimney and keep it from pooling around the chimney's base.
|5.1||Fixtures / Faucets||X||X|
|5.2||Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems||X|
|5.4||Vents, Flues, & Chimneys||X|
|5.5||Sump Pumps / Sewage Ejectors||X||X|
|5.6||Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems||X||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.
Leaking spigot present. Non anti-siphon spigots present. Could not locate interior shut off valve for each spigot.
Water heaters should be flushed annually to prevent sediment buildup and maintain efficiency.
Hot water temperature target is 120 degrees to prevent bacteria growth and scalding. A simple adjustment at the hot water tank thermostat.
Sump pump outlet should not be shared with any other electrical fixtures to ensure outlet won’t trip and sump pump remains working properly.
Gas pipes were not bonded to the home electrical system. Recommend a qualified plumber evaluate and correct.
All plumbing penetrations should be sealed to prevent water intrusion and mold growth should a leak occur.
Corrugated plumbing is incorrect plumbing material. It's unsanitary as it collects bacteria and it causes leaks.
|6.1||Service Entrance Conductors||X||X|
|6.2||Service and Grounding Equipment, Main Overcurrent Device, Main and Distribution Panels||X||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||GFCI & AFCI||X||X|
|6.7||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.
Due to heavy furniture, unable to test all outlets.
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.
Service drop overhead wires are too low, not giving enough clearance above roof. Recommend contacting your local electric utility company or qualified electrician to see if they can correct.
Proper ground could not be found at the time of inspection. The ground may not be present or could be hidden from view or buried. This is a safety hazard and it is recommended that a licensed electrician verify or install proper ground.
Exposed bulbs are a fire and shatter hazard.
No GFCI protection present in all laundry, exterior and garage. 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.
As a general rule, consumers should install one in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home (including the basement).
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.
|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.
Air supply duct was leaking air. Recommend a qualified HVAC technician or vents & ducts contractor repair.
Modern standards call for at least 13 SEER rating for new install.
Read more on energy efficient air conditioning at Energy.gov.
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.
Missing or damaged insulation on refrigerant line can cause energy loss and condensation.
Condensing unit can be damaged when operated immediately after power is restored. Recommend power be restored for at least 4 hours and unit evaluated by licensed HVAC contractor.
Minor deterioration ducts were observed. Recommend licensed HVAC contractor repair or replace.
Ducts are improperly sealed, resulting in energy loss. Recommend licensed HVAC contractor to further evaluate and correct.
|9.4||Steps, Stairways & Railings||X||X|
|9.5||Countertops & Cabinets||X||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.
Carpet had areas of staining or discoloration. Recommend a thorough steam clean by a qualified carpet cleaning company
Door needs to be trimmed to properly fit and not rub on carpet. If not corrected, carpet may eventually lift and become trip hazard.
Loose and lifted carpet present. This could cause for damage to carpet or trip hazard in not corrected.
The baluster space is not up to modern safety standards. The space between balusters should not allow passage of a 4 3/8-inch sphere for child safety. Recommend a qualified handyman or original installer repair and bring up to code.
Handrail balusters were loose. This could pose a safety hazard. Recommend a qualified handyman evaluate and fasten.
One or more cabinet hinges were loose or too tight. Recommend a qualified handyman or cabinet contractor repair.
Dead bolt locks are a safety hazard. Recommending changing them.
Window missing screen. Recommend replacement.
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.
Safety anti tip bracket not installed to prevent child safety hazard. Contact a professional carpenter to further evaluate and correct.
Attic access panels serve as an important safety and convenience feature in the home. These openings not only allow mechanical and electrical contractors to access equipment and wiring, but they also provide for easy storage access for the homeowner
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.
At the time of inspection, temperature in attic over the recommended 10 degrees hotter than exterior. More ventilation is recommended. Keeping the attic cool will help extend the life of the roof.
|12.1||Fireplaces, Stoves & Inserts||X||X|
|12.3||Chimney & Vent Systems||X|
12.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. fuel-burning replaces, stoves, and replace inserts. 2. fuel-burning accessories installed in fireplaces. 3. chimneys and vent systems. B. describe systems and components listed in 12.1.A.1 and .2. 12.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. interiors of vent systems, uses, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. 2. fire screens and doors. 3. seals and gaskets. 4. automatic fuel feed devices. 5. mantles and replace surrounds. 6. combustion air components and to determine their adequacy. 7. heat distribution assists (gravity fed and fan assisted). 8. fuel-burning replaces and appliances located outside the inspected structures. B. determine draft characteristics. C. move fireplace inserts and stoves or firebox contents.
Damper was inoperable, which could allow toxic fumes into the home. Recommend a qualified fireplace contractor evaluate and repair.
The brick lining of the fireplace was cracked in one or more places, which could lead to chimney damage or toxic fumes entering the home. Recommend a qualified fireplace contractor evaluate and repair.
Chimney liner had layer of creosote dust, so underlying structure couldn't be inspected for cracks. Recommend qualified chimney sweep company inspect and/or clean.