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1234 Main St.
Murfreesboro TN 37218
10/14/2018 9:00AM

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Smith & Smith Home Inspections strives to perform all inspections in substantial compliance with the Standards of Practice as set forth by InterNACHI (InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors). As such, we inspect the readily accessible, visually observable, installed systems and components of the home. This inspection is not technically exhaustive.  See Standards of Practice.

DIRECTION ORIENTATION: For the sake of this inspection the front of the home is regarded as the exterior wall that faces the road that corresponds with the home address. References to the "left" or "right" of the home are determined by facing the front of the home.

MINOR CONCERN

  • Maintenance items, DIY items, or recommended upgrades will fall into this category. These concerns will ultimately lead to Moderate Concerns and Significant Concerns if left neglected for extended periods of time. These concerns are usually straightforward to remedy.

MODERATE CONCERN

  • Most items will fall into this category. Concerns that inevitably lead to, or directly cause (if not addressed in a timely manner) adverse impact on the value of the home, or unreasonable risk (Unsafe) to people or property. These concerns may require further evaluation or may be more complicated to remedy.

SIGNIFICANT CONCERN

  • A specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people or property. These concerns may be imminent, difficult or expensive to remedy.

1 - Inspection and Site Information

Type of Building
Single Family
Utilities
All basic utilities were on.
Occupancy
Furnished
In Attendance
Client's Agent
Weather Conditions
Cloudy
Approximate Outside Temperature
86-90
Inspection Start Time
9:00 AM
Inspection End Time
12:00 PM

2 - Exterior, Driveway and Yard

Exterior Assessories
Front Porch, Sidewalk, Rear Porch
Exterior Inspection Method
From the ground
General Lot Sloping
Toward the Building, Flat
Driveway Material
Concrete
Walkway Material
Concrete
Deck Material
Not Applicable
Eave/Soffit Materials
Vinyl
Siding Material
Brick Veneer, Stone Veneer
Siding Style
None
Exterior Entry Door
Metal
Fencing Type
None

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim; B. all exterior doors; C. adjacent walkways and driveways; D. stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps; E. porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports; F. railings, guards and handrails; G. the eaves, soffits and fascia; H. a representative number of windows; and I. vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the type of exterior wall-covering materials. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. inspect or operate screens, storm windows, shutters, awnings, fences, outbuildings, or exterior accent lighting. B. inspect items that are not visible or readily accessible from the ground, including window and door flashing. C. inspect or identify geological, geotechnical, hydrological or soil conditions. D. inspect recreational facilities or playground equipment. E. inspect seawalls, breakwalls or docks. F. inspect erosion-control or earth-stabilization measures. G. inspect for safety-type glass. H. inspect underground utilities. I. inspect underground items. J. inspect wells or springs. K. inspect solar, wind or geothermal systems. L. inspect swimming pools or spas. M. inspect wastewater treatment systems, septic systems or cesspools. N. inspect irrigation or sprinkler systems. O. inspect drainfields or dry wells. P. determine the integrity of multiple-pane window glazing or thermal window seals.

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2.3.1 - Masonry Walls

Hairline Crack in Brickwork

There was a minor crack in the brickwork. All cracks should be sealed to keep water out, water intrusion will create further deterioration. Recommend monitoring for movement and making repairs as necessary. 

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2.3.2 - Masonry Walls

Loose/Missing Stone Veneer

Stone(s) have come loose and/or have fallen off veneer siding. Recommend repair/replace to prevent further damage.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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2.4.1 - Exterior Walls, Wood, Vinyl and Trim

Seal Vertical Gaps Where Two Different Materials Meet

Gaps where two different building materials meet should be sealed to prevent moisture intrusion. It's important to keep gaps caulked so water doesn't get behind and soak sheathing or framing, recommend sealing.

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2.4.2 - Exterior Walls, Wood, Vinyl and Trim

Sealant is Deteriorated around Exterior Fixtures

Sealant is deteriorated around exterior fixtures were they exit the wall (I.e. Hose faucets, conduit, lights, wires). These areas should be properly sealed to help prevent moisture intrusion.

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2.6.1 - Doors

Door Rot Damage

The door jams and/or casing has rot damage. Recommend replacing the damaged areas to help protect the sub-floor, structure and interior from moisture damage. 

Door Door Repair and Installation Contractor
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2.7.1 - Windows

Window Screen(s) Missing
Every Window

The window(s) is missing a screen. Recommend replacement.

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2.10.1 - Vegetation, Drainage & Retaining Walls

Neutral/Negative Grading

Grading is sloping towards the home. 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. 

Yard scissors Landscaping Contractor

3 - Roof, Flashing and Drain System

Roof Covering Material
Composition Shingles
Inspection Method
Ground, Ladder
Gutter Material
Seamless Aluminum
Chimney Chase
Brick

I. The inspector shall inspect from ground level or the eaves: A. the roof-covering materials; B. the gutters; C. the downspouts; D. the vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations; and E. the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the type of roof-covering materials. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. observed indications of active roof leaks. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. walk on any roof surface. B. predict the service life expectancy. C. inspect underground downspout diverter drainage pipes. D. remove snow, ice, debris or other conditions that prohibit the observation of the roof surfaces. E. move insulation. F. inspect antennae, satellite dishes, lightning arresters, de-icing equipment, or similar attachments. G. walk on any roof areas that appear, in the inspectors opinion, to be unsafe. H. walk on any roof areas if doing so might, in the inspector's opinion, cause damage. I. perform a water test. J. warrant or certify the roof. K. confirm proper fastening or installation of any roof-covering material.

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3.1.1 - Roof Coverings

Shingles Missing, Loose or Torn

The shingles are missing, loose or torn. Recommend repair to help prevent (further) leaks and water damage. 

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3.1.2 - Roof Coverings

Unnecessar Roof Penetrations

 There are unused/unnecessary penetrations into the roof shingles. Recommend removing/replacing and repairing to help prevent leaks and moisture damage.

Roof Roofing Professional
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3.2.1 - Pipe/Stack Flashings

Exposed Fasteners

The fasteners for the roof flashing were exposed and unsealed.  Recommend sealing to help prevent (further) leaks and water damage. 

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3.3.1 - Side Wall/Chimney Flashings

Loose/Separated

The flashing was loose and vulnerable to leaks. Recommend repair to help prevent moisture entry and damage in the attic and interior. 

Roof Roofing Professional
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3.4.1 - Gutter, Downspouts, Extensions

Downspouts Drain Near Foundation

The downspout drains 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 repair or improvement to the downspout extensions so that they drain at least 6 feet from the foundation. 

Here is a helpful DIY link and video on draining water flow away from your house. 

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3.4.2 - Gutter, Downspouts, Extensions

Downspout(s) Drain Near/On Step/Walkway/Driveway

One or more downspouts drain to nearby steps walkway and/or driveway. This will lead to accelerated deterioration, and may cause a fall hazard when water freezes/thaws. Recommend adjusting or relocating downspout extensions.

Tools Handyman/DIY

4 - Interior, Doors, and Windows

Ceiling Material
Drywall, Wood
Major Floor Finishes
Carpet, Hardwood, Tile
Major Wall Finishes
Drywall
Window Type
Double Pane, Double-hung
Exterior Door Type
Metal, Hinged
Garage Vehicle Doors
Metal, Motorized

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. a representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them; B. floors, walls and ceilings; C. stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps; D. railings, guards and handrails; and E. garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage vehicle door openers, using normal operating controls. II. The inspector shall describe: A. a garage vehicle door as manually-operated or installed with a garage door opener. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails for steps, stairways, guards and railings; B. photo-electric safety sensors that did not operate properly; and C. any window that was obviously fogged or displayed other evidence of broken seals. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. inspect paint, wallpaper, window treatments or finish treatments. B. inspect floor coverings or carpeting. C. inspect central vacuum systems. D. inspect for safety glazing. E. inspect security systems or components. F. evaluate the fastening of islands, countertops, cabinets, sink tops or fixtures. G. move furniture, stored items, or any coverings, such as carpets or rugs, in order to inspect the concealed floor structure. H. move suspended-ceiling tiles. I. inspect or move any household appliances. J. inspect or operate equipment housed in the garage, except as otherwise noted. K. verify or certify the proper operation of any pressure-activated auto-reverse or related safety feature of a garage door. L. operate or evaluate any security bar release and opening mechanisms, whether interior or exterior, including their compliance with local, state or federal standards. M. operate any system, appliance or component that requires the use of special keys, codes, combinations or devices. N. operate or evaluate self-cleaning oven cycles, tilt guards/latches, or signal lights. O. inspect microwave ovens or test leakage from microwave ovens. P. operate or examine any sauna, steamgenerating equipment, kiln, toaster, ice maker, coffee maker, can opener, bread warmer, blender, instant hot-water dispenser, or other small, ancillary appliances or devices. Q. inspect elevators. R. inspect remote controls. S. inspect appliances. T. inspect items not permanently installed. U. discover firewall compromises. V. inspect pools, spas or fountains. W. determine the adequacy of whirlpool or spa jets, water force, or bubble effects. X. determine the structural integrity or leakage of pools or spas.

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4.5.1 - Walls

Small Crack(s)

There were typical small cracks in the wall finish.  Recommend repair to the damaged surface and monitoring for further movement. 

Putty knife Drywall Contractor
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4.6.1 - Floors

Tiles Cracked

The tiles are cracked. Recommend replacing/repairing. 

Contractor Qualified Professional
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4.7.1 - Countertops & Cabinets

Poor/Missing Caulk

Bathroom countertop was missing sufficient caulk/sealant at the wall. This can lead to water damage. Recommend adding sealant at sides and corners where counters touch walls.

Here is a helpful DIY video on caulking gaps. 

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4.8.1 - Garage Doors

Up/Down Force Adjustment Needed

The garage door opener needs adjustment in the up or down force for proper operation. Garage doors should reverse upon contact with about 15 pounds of pressure/resistance. Recommend adjust for safety and proper operation (setting controls should be on side of opener). 

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4.8.2 - Garage Doors

Not Self-Closing

Door from garage to home should have self-closing hinges to help prevent spread of a fire to living space. Recommend installing self-closing hinge. DIY Video Link.

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4.8.3 - Garage Doors

Rusted Lintel

Lintel above the garage door was visibly rusted at the time of the inspection. Unpainted, the steel rusts, causing it to expand and crack the adjacent brickwork, create sagging and/or pull away from the header, and will eventually structurally weaken the lintel. Recommend evaluation and repair/replace by a qualified professional.

Contractor Qualified Professional

5 - Kitchen and Laundry Appliances

General Information : Laundry Facilities
Dryer Vented to Exterior
General Information : Installed Kitchen Appliances
Waste Disposal, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Range, Oven, Range Hood, Microwave

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.

6 - Cooling

Cooling Equipment: Manufacture Date
5/2007, 4/2008
Cooling Equipment: Cooling Capacity
2 ton, 2.5 ton
Cooling Equipment: Energy Source/Type
Heat Pump
Cooling Equipment: Coolant Type
R-22
Cooling Equipment: Distribution Configuration
Split
Cooling Equipment: Location
Left Side Exterior, Right Side Exterior
Cooling Equipment: Brand
American Standard

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the cooling system, using normal operating controls. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the location of the thermostat for the cooling system; and B. the cooling method. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. any cooling system that did not operate; and B. if the cooling system was deemed inaccessible. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. determine the uniformity, temperature, flow, balance, distribution, size, capacity, BTU, or supply adequacy of the cooling system. B. inspect portable window units, through-wall units, or electronic air filters. C. operate equipment or systems if the exterior temperature is below 65 Fahrenheit, or when other circumstances are not conducive to safe operation or may damage the equipment. D. inspect or determine thermostat calibration, cooling anticipation, or automatic setbacks or clocks. E. examine electrical current, coolant fluids or gases, or coolant leakage.

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6.1.1 - Cooling Equipment

Insulation Missing or Damaged

The insulation on refrigerant line is damaged, gapped or missing. Recommend repair for improved cooling efficiently.

Fire HVAC Professional

7 - Electrical and Fire Safety

Electrical Service Conductors
Below Ground
Main Panel Type
Circuit Breaker
Panel Manufacturer
Siemens
Panel Capacity
200 AMP
Branch Wire Type
Copper
Wiring Method
Conduit, Romex
Locations of Smoke Alarms/ CO Detectors
First Floor, Second Floor, Bedrooms, Hallway
Main Panel Location
Left, Exterior Wall
Sub Panel Location
Garage
Outlet Types
3 Prong Grounded, GFCI Kitchen, GFCI Bathrooms, GFCI Garage, GFCI Exterior
Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors are not Tested

Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors were not tested due to unknown if connected to Central Fire Station, only presence or absence is noted.

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the service drop; B. the overhead service conductors and attachment point; C. the service head, gooseneck and drip loops; D. the service mast, service conduit and raceway; E. the electric meter and base; F. service-entrance conductors; G. the main service disconnect; H. panelboards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses); I. service grounding and bonding; J. a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible; K. all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible; and L. smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the main service disconnect's amperage rating, if labeled; and B. the type of wiring observed. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. deficiencies in the integrity of the serviceentrance conductors insulation, drip loop, and vertical clearances from grade and roofs; B. any unused circuit-breaker panel opening that was not filled; C. the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch-circuit wiring, if readily visible; D. any tested receptacle in which power was not present, polarity was incorrect, the cover was not in place, the GFCI devices were not properly installed or did not operate properly, evidence of arcing or excessive heat, and where the receptacle was not grounded or was not secured to the wall; and E. the absence of smoke detectors. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. insert any tool, probe or device into the main panelboard, sub-panels, distribution panelboards, or electrical fixtures. B. operate electrical systems that are shut down. C. remove panelboard cabinet covers or dead fronts. D. operate or re-set over-current protection devices or overload devices. E. operate or test smoke or carbon-monoxide detectors or alarms F. inspect, operate or test any security, fire or alarms systems or components, or other warning or signaling systems. G. measure or determine the amperage or voltage of the main service equipment, if not visibly labeled. H. inspect ancillary wiring or remote-control devices. I. activate any electrical systems or branch circuits that are not energized. J. inspect low-voltage systems, electrical de-icing tapes, swimming pool wiring, or any timecontrolled devices. K. verify the service ground. L. inspect private or emergency electrical supply sources, including, but not limited to: generators, windmills, photovoltaic solar collectors, or battery or electrical storage facility. M. inspect spark or lightning arrestors. N. inspect or test de-icing equipment. O. conduct voltage-drop calculations. P. determine the accuracy of labeling. Q. inspect exterior lighting.

8 - Heating

Equipment: Brand
American Standard
Equipment: Heat Type
Forced Air, Heat Pump
Equipment: Energy Source
Electric
Equipment: Ductwork
Insulated
Equipment: Solid Fuel Furnace/Stove
None
Equipment: Thermostat Location
Downstairs Living Room, Upstairs Hallway
Equipment: Warmer Weather Prevented Testing Heating Effectiveness

Warmer Weather Prevented Testing Heating Effectiveness

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the heating system, using normal operating controls. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the location of the thermostat for the heating system; B. the energy source; and C. the heating method. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. any heating system that did not operate; and B. if the heating system was deemed inaccessible. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. inspect or evaluate the interior of flues or chimneys, fire chambers, heat exchangers, combustion air systems, fresh-air intakes, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters, geothermal systems, or solar heating systems. B. inspect fuel tanks or underground or concealed fuel supply systems. C. determine the uniformity, temperature, flow, balance, distribution, size, capacity, BTU, or supply adequacy of the heating system. D. light or ignite pilot flames. E. activate heating, heat pump systems, or other heating systems when ambient temperatures or other circumstances are not conducive to safe operation or may damage the equipment. F. override electronic thermostats. G. evaluate fuel quality. H. verify thermostat calibration, heat anticipation, or automatic setbacks, timers, programs or clocks.

9 - Plumbing

Water Heater Description
Electric
Water Heater Location
Garage
Water Heater Capacity
50 gallon
Approximate Age
10 Years
Water Filters
None
Water Source
Public
Main Water Service Material
PVC
Drain/Vent Pipe Material
PVC
Main Gas Shut-off Location
Not Applicable
Pump Types
None
Water Heater Manufacturer
Whirlpool

We recommend flushing and servicing the 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. 

Main Shut-off Valve Location
Garage
Water Supply Material
Pex

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the main water supply shut-off valve; B. the main fuel supply shut-off valve; C. the water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and seismic bracing; D. interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water; E. all toilets for proper operation by flushing; F. all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage; G. the drain, waste and vent system; and H. drainage sump pumps with accessible floats. II. The inspector shall describe: A. whether the water supply is public or private based upon observed evidence; B. the location of the main water supply shut-off valve; C. the location of the main fuel supply shut-off valve; D. the location of any observed fuel-storage system; and E. the capacity of the water heating equipment, if labeled. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously; B. deficiencies in the installation of hot and cold water faucets; C. mechanical drain stops that were missing or did not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs; and D. toilets that were damaged, had loose connections to the floor, were leaking, or had tank components that did not operate. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. light or ignite pilot flames. B. measure the capacity, temperature, age, life expectancy or adequacy of the water heater. C. inspect the interior of flues or chimneys, combustion air systems, water softener or filtering systems, well pumps or tanks, safety or shut-off valves, floor drains, lawn sprinkler systems, or fire sprinkler systems. D. determine the exact flow rate, volume, pressure, temperature or adequacy of the water supply. E. determine the water quality, potability or reliability of the water supply or source. F. open sealed plumbing access panels. G. inspect clothes washing machines or their connections. H. operate any valve. I. test shower pans, tub and shower surrounds or enclosures for leakage or functional overflow protection. J. evaluate the compliance with conservation, energy or building standards, or the proper design or sizing of any water, waste or venting components, fixtures or piping. K. determine the effectiveness of anti-siphon, backflow prevention or drain-stop devices. L. determine whether there are sufficient cleanouts for effective cleaning of drains. M. evaluate fuel storage tanks or supply systems. N. inspect wastewater treatment systems. O. inspect water treatment systems or water filters. P. inspect water storage tanks, pressure pumps, or bladder tanks. Q. evaluate wait time to obtain hot water at fixtures, or perform testing of any kind to water heater elements. R. evaluate or determine the adequacy of combustion air. S. test, operate, open or close: safety controls, manual stop valves, temperature/pressure-relief valves, control valves, or check valves. T. examine ancillary or auxiliary systems or components, such as, but not limited to, those related to solar water heating and hot water circulation. U. determine the existence or condition of polybutylene plumbing. V. inspect or test for gas or fuel leaks, or indications thereof.

10 - Insulation and Ventilation

Attic Inspection Method
Entered/Limited Access
Exhaust Fans
Bathrooms, Kitchen
Dryer Vent
Metal (Flex)
Foundation Insulation
Not Visible
Crawlspace Ventilation Type
Crawlspace Sidewall Venting
Crawlspace Vapor Barrier
Partial Coverage with Plastic
Attic Insulation Type
Loose-fill
Approximate Attic Insulation Depth
11-15"
Attic Ventilation Type
Gable Vents, Soffit Vents
Flooring Insulation
Batt

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; B. ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; and C. mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the type of insulation observed; and B. the approximate average depth of insulation observed at the unfinished attic floor area or roof structure. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. the general absence of insulation or ventilation in unfinished spaces. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. enter the attic or any unfinished spaces that are not readily accessible, or where entry could cause damage or, in the inspector's opinion, pose a safety hazard. B. move, touch or disturb insulation. C. move, touch or disturb vapor retarders. D. break or otherwise damage the surface finish or weather seal on or around access panels or covers. E. identify the composition or R-value of insulation material. F. activate thermostatically operated fans. G. determine the types of materials used in insulation or wrapping of pipes, ducts, jackets, boilers or wiring. H. determine the adequacy of ventilation.

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10.1.1 - Insulation

Attic Access Door Not Insulated

 The access door for the attic is not insulated. Recommend correcting for improved heating and cooling efficiency. 

House construction Insulation Contractor
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10.2.1 - Vapor Barrier

Vapor Barrier Gaps or Displaced

The vapor barrier has gaps or is displaced. Recommend correcting for improved moisture protection in the area. 

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11 - Structure and Foundation

Roof Structure
OSB
Floor Structure Material
Wood I-Joists
Foundation Material
Concrete, Masonry Block
Basement/Crawlspace Floor
With Vapor Barrier, Dirt Crawlspace Floor
Crawlspace Access Location
Exterior Wall, Left
Crawlspace Inspection Method
Entered/Good Access

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the foundation; B. the basement; C. the crawlspace; and D. structural components. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the type of foundation; and B. the location of the access to the under-floor space. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. observed indications of wood in contact with or near soil; B. observed indications of active water penetration; C. observed indications of possible foundation movement, such as sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out-of-square door frames, and unlevel floors; and D. any observed cutting, notching and boring of framing members that may, in the inspector's opinion, present a structural or safety concern. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. enter any crawlspace that is not readily accessible, or where entry could cause damage or pose a hazard to him/herself. B. move stored items or debris. C. operate sump pumps with inaccessible floats. D. identify the size, spacing, span or location or determine the adequacy of foundation bolting, bracing, joists, joist spans or support systems. E. provide any engineering or architectural service. F. report on the adequacy of any structural system or component.

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11.4.1 - Crawlspace/Basement

Efflorescence

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

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11.4.2 - Crawlspace/Basement

Possible Microbial Growth

Observed signs of microbial growth in one or more areas in the crawlspace. It is unknown if this is a safety hazard. Recommend to surface clean/disinfect with cleaner, and remedy source of moisture intrusion. If growth persists and appears again, consult with qualified professional.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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11.4.3 - Crawlspace/Basement

Standing Water

Observed standing water on crawlspace floor. This can compromise the soil's ability to support the home structure and/or lead to mold growth. Recommend a qualified contractor identify source or moisture and correct. 

Contractor Qualified Professional