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1234 Main St.
Clayton, NC 27527
11/21/2019 9:00AM

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1 - General Data

In Attendance
Client, Client's Agent
Occupancy
Furnished
Stories
1
Temperature (approximate)
40 Fahrenheit (F)
Type of Building
Single Family
Weather Conditions
Clear
Age Of Building (Approximate)
24
Ground / Soil Condition
Saturated
Freshly Painted

This home has been freshly painted in some areas. Please note this can hide old leaks, cracks, mold growth, and countless other conditions that may not be detected during a typical home inspection.

2 - Roof

Inspection Method
Walked on Roof
Coverings: Material
Asphalt
Roof Structure: Material
Wood Framed, Plywood Sheathing
Roof Drainage Systems: Gutter Material
Aluminum
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2.2.1 - Roof Structure

Evidence of Water Intrusion

Roof structure showed signs of water intrusion, which could lead to more serious structural damage. Recommend a qualified contractor identify source or moisture and remedy.

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2.2.2 - Roof Structure

Further Explanation of Chimney are Moisture Intrusion

The area near the chimney in the attic has been exposed to excessive amounts of moisture for a period of time that is undeterminable.  Prolonged exposure to moisture in any wood member accelerates deterioration and can compromise the integrity of the affected area.  The area around the chimney is deteriorated from the moisture exposure, and some of the members are brittle as a result.  While this may aesthetically be sufficient at the moment, left in this condition would only promote further deterioration.  These members should be replaced after repairs to the chimney area have been made to ensure the moisture intrusion issue has been mitigated.   

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2.4.1 - Skylights, Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations

Daylight

From inside attic, daylight was noticed near chimney cap.  This could contribute to moisture intrusion.  Recommend licensed roofing contractor evaluate and repair as needed.

3 - Exterior

Siding, Flashing & Trim: Siding Material
Brick
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Driveway Material
Concrete
Overhead Doors: Safety Features
Safety Reverse Operational, Photo Lenses Operational
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Freshly Painted Deck

The deck was freshly painted.  This can hide deterioration and countless other flaws.  Recommend the deck is further investigated by a qualified decking contractor.

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3.1.1 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Possible Water Intrusion Concern

An area of wall cladding could pose a water intrusion concern due to finish, installation, or other default / obstruction.  This can allow moisture to enter the cladding and damage surrounding components.  Recommend a qualified contractor evaluate and repair / replace as needed.

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3.2.1 - Walkways, Patios & Driveways

Driveway / Cracks Typical

There were typical cracks noted in the driveway or concrete area outside of the home or in the garage floor.  These cracks are common and normally only are an aesthetic concern.  It is important to prevent water from entering the crevices and contributing to expansion.  We recommend monitoring these areas for further movement, and consulting a structural engineer for a second opinion if so desired. 

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3.3.1 - Overhead Doors

Not Sealed Properly

There was a gap in the weather stripping on the door.  This can allow wildlife or moisture intrusion.  Recommend qualified overhead door contractor evaluate and repair / replace as needed

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3.4.1 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Brick Mortar Missing / Deteriorated

Some mortar was missing or deteriorated.  This can cause stones to loosen, pose a safety concern, or allow moisture intrusion.  Recommend a licensed contractor repair or replace as needed.

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3.4.2 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Improper Flashing

The deck appeared to not be flashed properly.  Flashing prevents water intrusion to major deck components that accelerates deterioration and could cause structural failure of deck support.  We recommend a qualified deck contractor evaluate and repair if needed. 

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3.4.3 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Improper Attachment

There were one or more deck attachments that were not installed properly.  This can lead to pre-mature failure of the deck itself or failure of individual components.  Recommend a qualified deck contractor evaluate and make repairs as needed.

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3.4.4 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Stair Height

The entry step up into the home appeared to be higher than the suggested 7 and 1/4 inches on a riser.  This could pose a trip hazard.  Recommend a qualified contractor repair / replace as needed.

4 - HVAC

Air Handler / Furnace: Brand
Trane
Air Handler / Furnace: Energy Source
Gas
Air Handler / Furnace: Heat Type
Forced Air
Air Handler / Furnace: Age
11 years
Cooling: Brand
Trane
Cooling: Energy Source
Electric
Cooling: Age
13 or more years (budget for replacement)
Distribution Systems: Ductwork
Insulated
Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems: Main Gas Shut-off Location
Gas Meter
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4.1.1 - Air Handler / Furnace

Primary Condensate Line Blocked

The primary condensate line appeared to be blocked during the time of inspection.  This can indicate improper drainage or pitch of the line and hinder proper operation.  We recommend a licensed HVAC technician evaluate and repair / replace as needed.

5 - Plumbing

Water Source
Public, Well
Main Shut Off
Crawlspace
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Age
3 years
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Capacity
50 gallons
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Location
Crawlspace
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Power Source
Electric
Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures: Distribution Material
Pex, Polybutelene
Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures: Water Supply Material
Pex
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Material
PVC
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Manufacturer
Rheem

I 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. 

Here is a nice maintenance guide from Lowe's to help. 

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5.2.1 - Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures

Polybutelene Piping Present

This home has a plumbing supply system that uses polybutylene plastic distribution lines and compression band fittings. Even though this plumbing system was installed in many homes from 1978 until mid-1990s, it is no longer an approved plumbing system due to a history of material failures. The failures were related to improper installation, improper handling, improper storage, and plastic deterioration due to chemical reactions with the water supply.  Due to the nature of this latent defect, it was not possible to adequately assess the condition of the plumbing system during the home inspection.  A licensed plumbing contractor should be consulted for a complete evaluation of the plumbing system to determine the significance of this concern.

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5.2.2 - Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures

Caulk At Fixture / Tile Transition

There was cracking or missing grout or caulk at one or more fixture locations.  This can allow water intrusion and cause damage to surrounding components.  We recommend a qualified plumber evaluate and repair / replace as needed.

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5.2.3 - Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures

Tank To Bowl Connection

The tank to bowl connection is loose at one or more locations.  This could lead to leaks and damage to surrounding components.  We recommend repair / replacement  by a qualified plumber.

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5.2.4 - Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures

Well Not Powered

There was no power to the well pump during the time of inspection.  This does not allow for proper operation of fixtures attached to this device.  Recommend licensed plumber or electrician evaluate and repair / replace as needed.

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5.3.1 - Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems

Leaking Pipe

A drain, waste and/or vent pipe showed signs of a leak.  This can cause damage to surrounding components.  Recommend a qualified plumber evaluate and repair.

6 - Electrical

Service Entrance Conductors: Electrical Service Conductors
Below Ground, Aluminum
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Main Panel Location
Exteiror Right
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Capacity
200 AMP
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Type
Circuit Breaker
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Sub Panel Locations
Garage, Back Exterior, Right Exterior, Crawlspace
Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses: Branch Wire Material
Copper
Smoke / Carbon Detectors: Present and Tested?
Yes
Locked

The main electrical panel was locked during the time of inspection.  This does not allow for a full inspection of the electrical system.  Recommend a licensed electrician gain access to panel to ensure proper operation.

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6.4.1 - GFCI & AFCI

No GFCI Protection

No GFCI protection present in one or more locations. This can contribute to electrical shock.  Recommend licensed electrician upgrade by installing or repairing existing ground fault receptacles in all required locations.


7 - Interior

Walls: Wall Material
Drywall
Ceilings: Material
Drywall
Fireplace: Energy Source
Gas
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7.1.1 - Doors

Door Doesn't Latch

Door doesn't latch properly. Recommend handyman repair latch and/or strike plate.
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7.1.2 - Doors

Difficult Operation

The door was difficult to operate in general.  This can worsen over time if not corrected.  Recommend qualified contractor repair / replace.

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7.3.1 - Ceilings

Moisture Stain

There was a moisture stain during the time of inspection.  This could indicate current or past moisture intrusion within the structure.  We recommend a roofing contractor further evaluate and make appropriate repairs as needed.

8 - Crawlspace, Foundation, & Basement

Inspection Method
Entered Crawlspace Access, Entered Attic Access
Foundation: Material
Brick, Masonry Block
Wall Structure: Structure
Wood Framed
Floor Structure: Material
Wood Beams
Floor Structure: Sub-floor
Plywood
Ceiling Structure: Material
Wood Framed, Plywood Sheathing
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8.3.1 - Floor Structure

Organic Growth

Observed signs of organic growth in one or more areas of the flooring structure. Recommend identifying source or moisture intrusion or consulting with a mold contractor for further investigation. 

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8.4.1 - Crawlspace / Basement

Efflorescence

Efflorescence was in the crawlspace. This a white, powdery deposit that is consistent with moisture intrusion. This can compromise the soil's ability to support the home structure and/or lead to mold growth. Recommend a qualified contractor identify source of moisture and correct. 

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8.4.2 - Crawlspace / Basement

Crawl Vents Blocked

One or more crawlspace vents were fully or partially blocked.  This could lead to high moisture levels and poor ventilation of the area.  We recommend all vents are cleared to allow proper air flow of the crawlspace.  

9 - Insulation & Ventilation

Dryer Power Source
220 Electric
Dryer Vent
Metal
Flooring Insulation
Batt
Insulation: Attic Insulation Type
Loose-fill
Ventilation: Ventilation Type
Ridge Vents, Soffit Vents
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9.2.1 - Ventilation

Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning

The dryer vent appeared to have excess lint built up.  This can pose a fire hazard.  Recommend a qualified professional clean dryer vent.  Also, the dryer vent was not attached properly on either side of the home, the entry or exit.  This needs to be attached properly to ensure proper ventilation of hot humid air.

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9.3.1 - Exhaust Systems

Bathroom Vents Into Attic

Bathroom fan vents into the attic, which can cause moisture build up and lead to other issues. Recommend a qualified contractor property install exhaust fan to terminate to the exterior.

10 - Appliances

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10.1.1 - Garbage Disposal

Inoperable

Garbage disposal was inoperable at the time of inspection. Recommend licensed plumber repair / replace.