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1234 Main St.
South Portland, ME 04106
11/21/2019 9:00AM

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1 - Inspection Details

In Attendance
No one present
Occupancy
Temporary Residence
Temperature (approximate)
65 Fahrenheit (F)
Type of Building
Single Family
Weather Conditions
Cloudy
Style
Bungalow

2 - Roof

IN NI NP D
2.1 Coverings X
2.2 Roof Drainage Systems X X
2.3 Flashings X X
2.4 Skylights, Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations X X
Inspection Method
Roof
Roof Type/Style
Gable
Roof Drainage Systems: Gutter Material
Aluminum
Flashings: Material
Aluminum
Coverings: Material
Metal

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.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency
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2.2.1 - Roof Drainage Systems

Debris

Debris has accumulated in the gutters. Recommend cleaning to facilitate water flow.

Here is a DIY resource for cleaning your gutters. 

Wrench DIY
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2.2.2 - Roof Drainage Systems

Downspouts Drain Near House

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. 

Tools Handyman/DIY
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2.3.1 - Flashings

Corroded - Minor

Roof flashing showed signs of corrosion, but are still in working condition. Flashing should be monitored to prevent severe corrosion leading to moisture intrusion. 

Roof Roofing Professional
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2.3.2 - Flashings

Loose/Separated

Flashings observed to be loose or separated, which can lead to water intrusion and/or mold. Recommend reapplication of appropriate sealant by a qualified roofing contractor.

Roof Roofing Professional
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2.4.1 - Skylights, Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations

Chimney Cap Missing

No chimney cap was observed. This is important to protect from moisture intrusion and protect the chimney. Recommend a qualified roofer or chimney expert install.

Roof Roofing Professional
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2.4.2 - Skylights, Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations

Sealant

Sealant on the roof penetrating components were in need of maintenance at the time of the inspection.  Proper sealant can prevent moisture intrusion.

Contractor Qualified Professional

3 - Exterior

IN NI NP D
3.1 Foundation X X
3.2 Siding, Flashing & Trim X X
3.3 Exterior Doors X
3.4 Walkways, Patios & Driveways X
3.5 Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps X X
3.6 Eaves, Soffits & Fascia X
3.7 Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls X X
Exterior Doors: Exterior Entry Door
Fiberglass
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Driveway Material
Dirt, Gravel
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Material
Wood
Cover Photo
Exterior
05/05/2019
Foundation: Material
Wood posts on cement pads
Siding, Flashing & Trim: Siding Material
Vinyl
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Style
Deck, Retaining Wall, Deck with Steps

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.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency
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3.1.1 - Foundation

Structural Support Movement

 Wood main support beams do not appear to be sufficiently fastened to the floor structure of the building. Soil settling has caused these vertical beams to be out of level. Additionally, these wooden support posts are resting on top of concrete pads and may shift as settling continues. Recommend continued observation of the structural support to mitigate any future structural failure. Consult with a qualified professional to discuss options to re-support or strengthen the current method.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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3.2.1 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Damaged Siding

Exterior walls exhibited areas of damaged or missing siding that should be repaired or replaced to help prevent damage from moisture intrusion.  Moisture intrusion could possibly allow the development of microbial growth or deterioration of structural materials.  Recommend repair or replacement by a qualified professional. 

Siding Siding Contractor
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3.2.2 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Ground Clearance

Inadequate clearance between siding and ground.   Recommend a minimum ground clearance between bottom of siding and ground of 4". Siding in contact with the ground or soil is a serious concern because that condition can provide direct access for wood destroying insects.

Siding Siding Contractor
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3.2.3 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Wall Penetrations

Exterior wall penetrations had gaps that relied on sealant to prevent moisture intrusion and/or insect entry.  Regular maintenance should be conducted to ensure proper sealant is present.  

Wrench DIY
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3.3.1 - Exterior Doors

Door Sill/Trim

Door sill and/or trim exhibits signs of peeling paint.  The surface should be refinished to prevent moisture intrusion and deterioration.  

Door Door Repair and Installation Contractor
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3.3.2 - Exterior Doors

Weatherstripping Not Present

Door has damaged standard weatherstripping. This can result in significant energy loss and moisture intrusion. Recommend installation of standard weatherstripping.

Here is a DIY guide on weatherstripping

Door Door Repair and Installation Contractor
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3.5.1 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Deck - Unstable Support

One or more areas of the deck support appears unstable. This could cause a safety hazard and further deterioration of the deck. Recommend qualified deck contractor evaluate and repair.

Roof Roofing Professional
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3.5.2 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Deck - Water Sealant Required

Deck is showing signs of weathering and/or minor water damage. Recommend water sealant/weatherproofing be applied.

Here is a helpful article on staining & sealing your deck. 

Wrench DIY
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3.5.3 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Improper Deck Construction Practices

Deck was observed to have generally poor construction techniques. Recommend qualified deck contractor evaluate to ensure safety.  

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

Deteriorating Finish

The surface finish of the deck components was deteriorating at the time of inspection. Recommend refinishing the surfaces to prolong the life of the wood components and prevent moisture intrusion. 

Contractor Qualified Professional
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3.5.5 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Railing Unsafe - Broken

At the time of inspection, pieces of the handrail components were broken. This can be a safety hazard and could lead to injury. Recommend repair or replacement by a qualified professional.   Additionally, wooden components were in direct contact with soil allowing for moisture intrusion and deterioration of the wood. Recommend continued monitoring of these components to prevent further deterioration and damage. 

Contractor Qualified Professional
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3.6.1 - Eaves, Soffits & Fascia

Gap

There is an opening, gap, or hole in the fascia / soffit which should be repaired. This can allow water intrusion and rodent infestation as well as deterioration of the surrounding material.  At the time of inspection, birds were present in the eaves and exited through this gap while the inspector was present.  

Contractor Qualified Professional
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3.7.1 - Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls

Tree Debris on Roof

Tree debris was observed on the roof. This can cause improper drainage to gutters and downspouts. Recommend clearing debris and future monitoring to ensure this doesn't generate problems.

Wrenches Handyman
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3.7.2 - Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls

Tree Overhang

Trees were observed overhanging the roof. This can cause damage to the roof and prevent proper drainage. Recommend a qualified tree service provider trim to allow for proper drainage and prevent potential damage from wind. 

Yard scissors Tree Service

4 - Bedroom 1

IN NI NP D
4.1 General X
4.2 Doors X
4.3 Windows X
4.4 Floors X
4.5 Walls X
4.6 Ceilings X
4.7 Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles X
4.8 Smoke Detectors X
4.9 Carbon Monoxide Detectors X
Windows: Window Type
Sliders, Double Pane
Floors: Floor Coverings
Vinyl
Walls: Wall Material
Wood
Ceilings: Ceiling Material
Wood
General: Cover Photo
05/05/2019

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 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, steam-generating 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.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

5 - Kitchen

IN NI NP D
5.1 Ceilings, Walls, Floors X
5.2 Sink X X
5.3 Receptacles X
5.4 Dishwasher X
5.5 Range/Oven/Cooktop X
5.6 Refrigerator X
5.7 Garbage Disposal X
Dishwasher: Brand
Not Present
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven Energy Source
Electric
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Exhaust Hood Type
None
Refrigerator: Brand
GE
Cover Photo
05/05/2019
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven Brand
GE

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.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency
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5.2.1 - Sink

Faucet - Handle Malfunctioning

At the time of inspection, during operation of the kitchen sink faucet, it was noted that the handle did not operate correctly.  When the ‘cold’ handle was turned to the off position, it would turn slightly past ‘off’ and the water would start coming out of the faucet again. Recommend installation of new seals/rings or possibly a new faucet by a qualified professional.   

Contractor Qualified Professional

6 - Bathroom 1

IN NI NP D
6.1 General X
6.2 Floors, Walls, Ceilings X X
6.3 Toilet X
6.4 Shower / Bathtub X
6.5 Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles X X
6.6 GFCI & AFCI X X
6.7 Sink X X
General: Exhaust Fans
None
Floors, Walls, Ceilings: Flooring Type
Vinyl, Tile
General: Cover Photo
05/05/2019
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency
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6.2.1 - Floors, Walls, Ceilings

Flooring Damage

Flooring gaps were visible at the time of the inspection and should be repaired or replaced to prevent further damage or moisture intrusion.  Recommend discussing options with a qualified professional.  

Contractor Qualified Professional
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6.5.1 - Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles

Cover Plates Missing

One or more receptacles are missing a cover plate. This causes short and shock risk. Recommend installation of plates.
Tools Handyman/DIY
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6.5.2 - Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles

No Ventilation

At the time of Inspection, no means of ventilation was present in the bathroom. This is especially important in bathrooms that include showers. A lack of proper ventilation can lead to a build up of humidity which could eventually cause moisture damage. Recommend installation of an appropriate ventilation device by a qualified professional.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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6.6.1 - GFCI & AFCI

No GFCI Protection Installed

No GFCI protection present in all locations. 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. 

Electric Electrical Contractor
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6.7.1 - Sink

Loose Sink in Cabinet

The sink in the bathroom was loose at the time of inspection.  Recommend properly reattaching or repairing by a qualified professional.  

Contractor Qualified Professional

7 - Living Room

IN NI NP D
7.1 Doors X
7.2 Windows X
7.3 Floors X
7.4 Walls X
7.5 Ceilings X
7.6 Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles X
7.7 GFCI & AFCI X
Windows: Window Type
Double-hung, Sliders, Double-Pane
Floors: Floor Coverings
Vinyl
Walls: Wall Material
Wood
Ceilings: Ceiling Material
Wood
Cover Photo
05/05/2019
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

8 - Water & Sewer

IN NI NP D
8.1 Main Water Shut-off Device X
8.2 Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems X
8.3 Exhaust Systems X
8.4 Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents X
8.5 Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems X
Filters
None
Flooring Insulation
Foam board
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Drain Size
Unknown
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Material
PVC
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Power Source/Type
Electric
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Capacity
40 gallons
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Location
Main Floor, Utility Room
Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems: Main Gas Shut-off Location
None Present
Water Source
Well

Recommend installation of a well sanitary cap.  

Main Water Shut-off Device: Location
Main Floor
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Manufacturer
GE

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. 

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency
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8.4.1 - Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents

No Drip Pan

No drip pan was present. Recommend installation by a qualified plumber.
Pipes Plumbing Contractor
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8.4.2 - Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents

TPR Valve

The TPR valve was routed to an unknown location through the flooring.  

9 - Basement & Heating

IN NI NP D
9.1 Heating Equipment X
9.2 Basements & Crawlspaces X
9.3 Vapor Retarders (Crawlspace or Basement) X
9.4 Floor Structure X
9.5 Wall Structure X
9.6 Ceiling Structure X
9.7 Sump Pump X
Inspection Method
Crawlspace Access
Heating Equipment: Brand
Rinnai
Heating Equipment: Energy Source
Electric, Wood
Heating Equipment: Heat Type
Electric Wall Heater, Wood Stove
Floor Structure: Material
Wood Beams
Floor Structure: Sub-floor
Inaccessible
Floor Structure: Basement/Crawlspace Floor
Dirt
Sump Pump: Location
Not Present

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.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

10 - Utility Room

IN NI NP D
Dryer Power Source
220 Electric
Dryer Vent
Metal (Flex)
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

11 - Electrical

IN NI NP D
11.1 Service Entrance Conductors X X
11.2 Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device X
11.3 Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses X
Service Entrance Conductors: Electrical Service Conductors
Overhead
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Capacity
100 AMP
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Type
Circuit Breaker
Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses: Branch Wire 15 and 20 AMP
Copper
Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses: Wiring Method
Romex
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Main Panel Location
Front, Right
Cover Photo
05/05/2019

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.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency
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11.1.1 - Service Entrance Conductors

Clearance From Trees

Tree branches were in close proximity to the main service line.  If wind blows the branches too hard they could come into contact with the service line and interfere with electrical service.  Recommend a qualified professional trim back or remove tree branches within 5-6 feet of the main service lines.   

Contractor Qualified Professional
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11.2.1 - Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device

Presence of Rodents

The interior of the panel showed evidence of rodents at the time of inspection.  Debris and waste were noted on the bottom of the panel interior.  Rodents inside the panel  can lead to damaged wiring or breakers within the panel.  Recommend taking steps to prevent future rodent access.  

Contractor Qualified Professional
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11.2.2 - Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device

Cloth-Covered Wiring Present

At the time of inspection it was noted that cloth-covered wiring was present and currently being used in the main panel.  This is not necessarily a deficiency but is noted for future reference and maintenance purposes.  

12 - Misc. Interior

IN NI NP D
12.1 Vents, Flues & Chimneys X
12.2 Smoke Detectors X
12.3 Steps, Stairways & Railings X X

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.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency
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12.3.1 - Steps, Stairways & Railings

Baluster Spaces Too Wide

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. 

Wrenches Handyman