THE SCOPE OF THE INSPECTION
All components designated for inspection in the International Association of Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) Standards of Practice are inspected, except as may be noted in the “Limitations of Inspection” sections within this report. It is the goal of the inspection to put a home buyer in a better position to make a buying decision. Not all improvements will be identified during this inspection. Unexpected repairs should still be anticipated. The inspection should not be considered a guarantee or warranty of any kind.
This inspection is visual only. A representative sample of building components are viewed in areas that are accessible at the time of the inspection. No destructive testing or dismantling of building components is performed. Please refer to the pre-inspection contract for a full explanation of the scope of the inspection.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania mandated language: A home inspection is intended to assist in evaluation of the
overall condition of the dwelling. The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the structure and its components on the date of the inspection. The results of this home inspection are not intended to make any representation regarding the presence or absence of latent or concealed defects that are not reasonably ascertainable in a competently performed home inspection. No warranty or guaranty is expressed or implied. If the person conducting your home inspection is not a licensed structural engineer or other professional whose license authorizes the rendering of any opinion as to the structural integrity of a building or its component parts, you may be advised to seek a professional opinion as to any defects or concerns mentioned in the report. This home inspection report is not to be construed as an appraisal and may not be used as such for any purpose.
Secure loose siding.
Resecure channel at corner of front porch
There is a gap between the siding and chimney over the flat roof - see additional comments for repair in Roof section.
@ of the smaller windows in the rear Mud room of Unit A were fogging - seals have been broken. Recommend replacement of window sash if possible to find replacement.
Note: There was minimal attic space, viewed from closet scuttle opening in the bedroom closet.
Water intrusion at connection of main roof to Chimney - Step flashing should be installed where roof meets chimney. Also, a counter flashing shall be installed over the step flashing and secured to chimney. Additional comments on Siding section.
One or more areas were patched or sealed where the flat roof meets the Chimney. These areas may have been leaking previously - signs of moisture were detected in the closet below this connection. Recommend consulting with seller or property disclosures. These areas should be repaired. If leaks are observed, a licensed roofing contractor may need to evaluate and repair.
No structural issues were visible at the time of the inspection.
Unit B had limited ability to access crawl space.
Cabinets had Moderate use and where showing signs of aging. Slight adjustments to hardware may need to occur to enhance operation.
2 Windows in Unit A rear mud room had seals broken and the window was fogging.
Observed signs of mold in one or more areas in the wall structure. Recommend identifying source or moisture intrusion and sending samples to a lab for testing. Expected caused is the connection of the Chimney at the flat roof. Siding does not go behind the chimney allowing water intrusion at base of chimney.
Siding should have a backer rod and Joint sealer installed between the Chimney and siding. Closet drywall should be replaced and tested while open by a Mold inspector.
There was evidence of possible microbial growth on the wall(s). Recommend sample collection and further testing by a qualified lab. Wall covering should be removed in order to determine any possible mold growth inside the wall cavity. Clearance from a Certified Mold inspector should be given before closing any work.
Floors had moderate surface wear along major paths of travel.
Observed condensation between the window panes, which indicates a failed seal. Recommend qualified window contractor evaluate and repair or replace.
Unit A - East elevation - casement window to Crawl space was not secure. Window pulled away from frame when attempting to open window.
Unit in attic of Unit A could not be operated because the Gas service was not on in Unit. Installation of flexible insulated duct-work made access to the unit difficult. Also note location of Emergency shut off of unit is located on rafters for future use.
Unit B had baseboard electric heat as heat source. Unit were tested by turning on Thermostat (wall mounted at each location) and activated. Living room had couch pushed up against the baseboard heat which should be relocated away from Heat source.
No gas service. Unit could not be operated. With the installation of the flexible insulated duct work no information could be obtained from the unit. Once gas service is installed recommend a licensed contractor inspect this unit.
Heating/Cooling systems could not be evaluated. Unit B has electric heat which was tested and operational. Unit B had only window units for cooling. Majority of units were dated and will need to be replaced in soon. Unit A does not have any cooling source. Unit A heat was not able to be tested becasue there was no gas service.
Recommendation is to have gas service operational and have a licensed HVAC technician test Unit A heating systems.
Filters for well water (if present) should be replaced monthly for minimal drag and optimal pump performance. Note: we do not inspect filtration systems.
Enter crawl space from Driveway - open lattice cover and window and turn to your right. Install balance of Insulation over piping to entry point on floor before winter.
The clothes washing machine was full of clothing at time of inspection and was not operated. Unit was a newer GE Unit.
HWH in Unit B was located in the attic with very limited access. Unit appeared to be a newer electric unit. Owner states unit was installed with renovation performed 5 years ago. Future replacement of this unit will be difficult.
HWH could not be operated due to no gas service. Service should be turned on and Unit reinspected. Due to the age of the HWH recommendation is for replacement.
Both the tub/shower and Kitchen sinks drained slowly. The drains should be cleared and retested prior to closing.
Unit A had side by side GE Washer & Dryers - Gas was not on so hot water could not be tested. After gas service is restored test dryer for proper operation.
Dryer was a relatively new GE unit.
The gas water heater was not elevated a minimum of 18 inches off of the ground which aids in combustion. Recommend a qualified plumber evaluate and repair when Unit is replaced. Since the HWH is being recommended for replacement this correction can be made during the new installation.
One or more faucets were loose and/or damaged. Recommend repair or replacement.
Shower faucet required a heavy push in order to stop the water from dripping.
Meter location for Units A & B. Service cable is run from the meter location to each panel location inside of the Unit. The service cable for Unit B is too low and needs to have a Professional Electrician determine the best repair to safely have the cable relocated.
The electric service cable for Unit B was installed across the pathway to the back unit and does not meet the minimal height clearance requirements. This could be a serious safety concern if sheathing becomes deteriorated and exposes electrical conductors. Recommend an evaluation from a certified electrician for proper fix of this issue.
Bulbs in one or more light fixtures were missing or not functioning. These light fixtures couldn't be fully evaluated. If replacement bulbs are inoperable, then recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair or replace light fixtures as necessary.
Unit A attic - Unit B entry
Smoke detector failed to respond when tested. Recommend battery be replaced or units to be relaced. Since this was installed prior to current codes smoke detectors were not interconnected or hard wired. Only battery operated units were installed.
Gas range could not be operated in Unit A - appliance appeared to be relatively new and in good condition.