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1234 Main St.
Upper Darby PA 19082
12/14/2018 9:00AM

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Agency Name
70
Items Inspected
3
Maintenance item
32
Recommendation
2
Safety hazard

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.

1 - General Info

General: Type of Building
Multi-family
General: Age of Home
50+ Year
General: Client Is Present
No
General: Weather Conditions
Cloudy
General: Temperature
Over 65

85


General: Rain in Last 3 Days
Yes

Rain last night

2 - Exterior

Base Information: Dwelling Construction
Wood Frame
Base Information: Siding Style
Lap
Base Information: Siding Material
Plastic
Base Information: Wall Covering
Vinyl Siding
Base Information: Walkway Material
Concrete
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2.1.1 - Base Information

Loose siding
West elevation - Unit A

Secure loose siding.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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2.1.2 - Base Information

Loose Latice support
Unit A - under porch

Resecure channel at corner of front porch

Contractor Qualified Professional
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2.2.1 - Wall Covering, Flashing & Trim

Kickout Flashing
Unit B - rear valley

Kickout flashing was missing at one or more locations. Kickout flashing directs water away from the dwelling as it exits the roof to prevent moisture intrusion inside. Recommend roofer install kickout flashing. Please note any areas concealed behind walls are not able to be evaluated for damage inside.
Siding Siding Contractor
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2.2.2 - Wall Covering, Flashing & Trim

Siding at Chimney - Unit A
Unit A

There is a gap between the siding and chimney over the flat roof - see additional comments for repair in Roof section.

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2.5.1 - Windows - Exterior

Unit A window seals broken

@ 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.

Window Window Repair and Installation Contractor

3 - Roof

Base Information: Roof Material
Asphalt Shingles, Modified Bitumen
Base Information: Roof Type/Style
Gable, Flat
Base Information: Roof Inspection Method
Traversed
Base Information: Number of Sky Lights
None
Base Information: Attic Info
Pull Down Stairs, Hatch
Base Information: Attic Inspection Method
Walked
Coverings: Photos
Shingles: Layers Visible
One Layer
Shingles: Representative Shingle Condition
Good Condition
Coverings: Roof Permit Dates Found
Roof was installed approx. 5 years ago - Expected life of an Architectural roof is 20-25 years.
Roofing permit(s) were found online for the listed noted dates. We recommend following up with the appropriate city/county building department to ensure this is the actual main roof age and any other information you, the client, deem necessary. If no permit date was found, recommend any sellers disclosures/documentation regarding the roof be obtained. Please note the inspector does not take responsibility for determining the roof's exact age, we do not issue a 'pass or fail' grade on a roof, nor do we determine if a roofing contractor determines its necessity or replacement. We report only its visible physical condition at the time of inspection to you, the client. Any concerns over the age of the roof and its longevity should be directed to a state licensed roofing contractor.
Structure & Attic: Minimal Attic Space
Unit B

Note: There was minimal attic space, viewed from closet scuttle opening in the bedroom closet.

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3.1.1 - Base Information

Install step Flashing
Unit A roof at chimney

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.

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3.4.1 - Flat Roof

Patched/Sealed
Unit A - Lower flat roof - Chimney

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.

Roof Roofing Professional
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3.5.1 - Gutters

Clogged Gutters
Multiple

Debris has accumulated in one or more gutters or downspouts. Gutters can overflow and cause water to come in contact with the building exterior or back up into the attic, roof sheathing, or soffit and fascia board. Recommend cleaning gutters and downspouts now and as necessary in the future.
Wrench DIY

4 - Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure

Base Information: Foundation Type
Crawlspace
Base Information: Foundation Material
Concrete Block
Base Information: Floor Material
Wood Beams
Base Information: Wall Structure
Masonry
Foundation: Pier/Support Material
Masonry
Foundation: Beam & Joist Material
Wood Floor Joist
Crawlspace: Crawlspace Inspection Method
Crawled, Partially Traversed, Viewed From Hatches
Floor Structure: Photos
Unit A

No structural issues were visible at the time of the inspection.

Base Information: Unit B limitation
Crawl space

Unit B had limited ability to access crawl space.  

Crawlspace: Partial Access
Unit B
The attic was only able to be partially traversed due to height, framing configuration, insulation levels, ductwork, or a combination of any of these. The inspector makes every attempt to traverse the entire attic, except in instances where the inspector feels personal harm or and damage to HVAC components/ceiling surfaces may occur.
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4.2.1 - Foundation

Foundation Cracks - Minor
Unit A

Minor cracking was noted at the foundation. This is common as concrete ages and shrinkage surface cracks are normal. Recommend monitoring for more serious shifting/displacement.
Tools Handyman/DIY

5 - Interior

Base Information: Ceiling Material
Drywall
Base Information: Wall Material
Drywall
Base Information: Floor Coverings
Wood
Base Information: Cabinetry
Wood
Base Information: Countertop
Laminate
Base Information: Window Type
Double-hung, Double Pane
Base Information: Window Manufacturer
Unknown
Countertops & Cabinets: Unit A Cabinets

Cabinets had Moderate use and where showing signs of aging.  Slight adjustments to hardware may need to occur to enhance operation.

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5.1.1 - Base Information

Window seal broken
Unit A - rear Mud room

2 Windows in Unit A rear mud room had seals broken and the window was fogging.

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5.1.2 - Base Information

Water intrusion issue
Unit A - bedroom closet

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.

Hardhat Mold Inspector
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5.3.1 - Walls

Possible Microbial Growth
Unit A Rear bedroom Closet

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.

Hardhat Mold Inspector
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5.4.1 - Floors

Moderate Wear
Throughout

Floors had moderate surface wear along major paths of travel. 


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5.7.1 - Windows

Failed Seal
Unit A - rear mudroom

Observed condensation between the window panes, which indicates a failed seal. Recommend qualified window contractor evaluate and repair or replace.

Window Window Repair and Installation Contractor
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5.7.2 - Windows

Loose window frame

Unit A - East elevation - casement window to Crawl space was not secure.  Window pulled away from frame when attempting to open window.

Contractor Qualified Professional

6 - Heating

Base Information: Heater Brand
Not Visible
Base Information: Energy Source/Type
Electric, Gas
Base Information: Number of Systems
2
Base Information: Ductwork
Insulated
Base Information: Filter Type
Disposable
Heating Equipment: Forced Air
Unit A only
Heating is furnace and forced air.
Base Information: No gas service
Unit A

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.

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6.1.1 - Base Information

Unit B - baseboard heat
Throughout

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.

7 - Cooling

Base Information: Energy Source/Type
Electric, Window AC
Base Information: Unit B - window Units
Unit A & B

Unit B had several window units for cooling.  Unit A did not have any central cooling or window units installed.

8 - HVAC

Equipment: Condenser BTU
Unknown
Equipment: Air Handler BTU
Unknown
Equipment: Air Handler Location
Attic
Equipment: Unit A limitation
Unit A

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.

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8.2.1 - Ducts and Registers

Unit A no heat

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.

Contractor Qualified Professional

9 - Plumbing

Base Information: Water Source
Public
Base Information: Supply Line Material
Copper
Base Information: Waste Line Material
Copper
Base Information: Vent Line Material
PVC
Service: Location
Crawlspace
Laundry: Laundry Information
240 Volt Electric, Gas Supply
Hot Water Heater: Estimated Water Heater Age
10-15 years - Unit A
Hot Water Heater: Water Heater Manufacturer
State
Hot Water Heater: Power Source/Type
Electric, Gas
Hot Water Heater: Capacity
30 Gallon, 40 Gallon
Hot Water Heater: Location
Laundry room, Attic
Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems: Main Gas Shut-off Location
Gas Meter
Base Information: Filters
None

Filters for well water (if present) should be replaced monthly for minimal drag and optimal pump performance. Note: we do not inspect filtration systems.

Service: Photos
Crawl Space

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.  

Hot Water Heater: Older Water Heater
Unit A - laundry room
The water heater was 8+ years old. The average estimated life expectancy of a water heater is 8 to 12 years. Due to the age of the water heater, it could be more prone to breakdown and should be budgeted for replacement in the future. At the time of the inspection the water heater was performing satisfactorily.
Laundry: Washer Full
Unit B

The clothes washing machine was full of clothing at time of inspection and was not operated.  Unit was a newer GE Unit.

Hot Water Heater: Thermal Blanket
Unit B - attic
Thermal Blanket installed on water heater prevented inspection.
Hot Water Heater: Unit B access
Unit B attic

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.

Hot Water Heater: No Gas service
Unit A

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.

Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems: Gas Shut Off
Exterior driveway
Gas was off at the main. Recommend local utility company turn on and check all gas appliances prior to deadlines.
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9.3.1 - Bathtub & Shower

Drained Slowly Shower
Unit B

The bathtub or shower drained slowly. Recommend clearing drain and/or that a qualified plumber repair if necessary.
Pipes Plumbing Contractor
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9.5.1 - Drain, Waste and Vent

Unit B slow drains

Both the tub/shower and Kitchen sinks drained slowly.  The drains should be cleared and retested prior to closing.

Pipes Plumbing Contractor
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9.6.1 - Laundry

Unit A

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.

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9.7.1 - Hot Water Heater

Combustion 18 inches (Non FVIR)
Unit A

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.

Pipes Plumbing Contractor
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9.8.1 - Water Supply Fixtures

Sink Drained Slowly
Unit B - kitchen Sink

One or more sinks drained slowly. Recommend clearing drain and/or having a qualified plumber repair if necessary.
Pipes Plumbing Contractor
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9.8.2 - Water Supply Fixtures

Faucet Damaged
Unit B - Kitchen & Bathroom vanity sink faucet

One or more faucets were loose and/or damaged. Recommend repair or replacement.

Pipes Plumbing Contractor
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9.8.3 - Water Supply Fixtures

Faucet Dripping
Unit B - shower

Shower faucet required a heavy push in order to stop the water from dripping.

Pipes Plumbing Contractor

10 - Electrical

Base Information: Service Entry
Overhead
Base Information: Main Panel Location
Bedroom, Dining Room
Base Information: Panel Type
Circuit Breaker
Base Information: Panel Capacity
100 Amp
Base Information: Wiring Method
Copper
Base Information: Service Information
Driveway
120-240 Volt

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.

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10.1.1 - Base Information

ESC height - safety issue
Path to Unit B

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.

Electric Electrical Contractor
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10.2.1 - Service Entrance Conductors, Service Drop

Old Panel Warning
Both Units

This electric panel appears older. Aside from any visual deficiencies noted elsewhere in this report, it may be prudent to consider updating this panel to a more modern panel that allows room for expansion and modern breaker (GFCI/AFCI) protection. Client should consult with a qualified electrician regarding cost.
Electric Electrical Contractor
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10.3.1 - Main and Distribution Panels, Grounding

Panel/Cover Damaged
Both Units

Panel Cover missing or damaged at one or more locations. Recommend repair
Electric Electrical Contractor
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10.3.2 - Main and Distribution Panels, Grounding

Legend Substandard
Both Units

Panel legend(s) was/were missing, incomplete, illegible or confusing. This is a hazard in the event of an emergency when power needs to be turned off. Recommend correcting the legend so it's accurate, complete and legible. Evaluation by a qualified electrician may be necessary.
Electric Electrical Contractor
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10.4.1 - Circuit Breakers and Fuses

GFCI Issues
Unit A kitchen

One or more ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) circuit breakers were malfunctioning (would not trip/reset) when tested. GFCI breakers reduce the chance of shock when using equipment in wet areas. This is a potential shock hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair as necessary.
Electric Electrical Contractor
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10.5.1 - Wiring

Crawlspace Not Secured
Unit A Crawl space

Crawlspace wiring was not secured to joists and was laying on the ground. This is a safety hazard. Recommend a qualified electrician properly secure all loose wiring to floor joists per standard building practices.
Electric Electrical Contractor
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10.6.1 - Receptacles

Cover Plate
Unit A - front bedroom

One or more cover plates for switches, receptacles (outlets) or junction boxes were missing or broken. These plates are intended to contain fire and prevent electric shock from occurring due to exposed wires. Recommend that a qualified person install cover plates where necessary.
Wrench DIY
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10.6.2 - Receptacles

GFCI Issues
Unit A - kitchen

One or more ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) receptacles (outlets) were not functioning properly (would not trip/would not reset). Recommend replacing with new gfci outlet.
Electric Electrical Contractor
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10.6.3 - Receptacles

Loose Wall Boxes
Unit A - kitchen

One or more electric receptacles wall boxes in which they were installed were loose and/or not securely anchored. Recommend that an electrician secure properly.
Electric Electrical Contractor
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10.7.1 - Lighting and Fans

Bulbs Missing/Broken
Several

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.

Noted locations

Unit A attic - Unit B entry

Electric Electrical Contractor
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10.7.2 - Lighting and Fans

Lamps Inoperable
Multiple locations

One or more light fixtures were inoperable (didn't turn on when nearby switches were operated). Recommend further evaluation by replacing bulbs and/or consulting with the property owner (perhaps on a switch that was not identified). If replacing bulbs doesn't work and/or no other switch(es) can be found, then recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair or replace light fixtures as necessary.
Electric Electrical Contractor
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10.8.1 - Doorbell and Smoke Detectors

Low Battery
Several

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.  

Wrench DIY

11 - Insulation & Ventilation

Base Information: Insulation Type
Batt, Blown, Cellulose
Base Information: Ventilation Type
Gable Vents
Base Information: Exhaust Fans
None
Insulation Under Floor System: Flooring Insulation
None
Crawlspace: Ventilation Type
Unconditioned, Vented
Crawlspace: Unit A Crawl space
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11.5.1 - Crawlspace

Insulation None
Both locations

No insulation was installed under the floor above the crawl space. Recommend that a qualified person install insulation for better energy efficiency and per standard building practices. Typically this is R-19 rated fiberglass batt with the attached facing installed against the warm (floor) side.
House construction Insulation Contractor

12 - Appliances

Base Information: Dishwasher Brand
None
Base Information: Garbage Disposal Brand
None
Base Information: Refrigerator Brand
Kenmore
Base Information: Range/Oven/Cooktop Brand
Frigidaire
Base Information: Microwave Brand
Kenmore
Base Information: Dryer Brand
GE
Base Information: Washing Machine Brand
GE
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven/Cooktop Energy Source
Electric, Gas
Dryer: Dryer Power Source
110 volt, 220 electric
Dryer: Dryer Vent
Metal
Base Information: No gas service - Unit A

Gas range could not be operated in Unit A - appliance appeared to be relatively new and in good condition.