Gas may be shut off to fireplace.
Gas may be shut off to fireplace.
Operation of any shut-off valves is outside of the scope of the inspection.
Evaluating the performance of a foundation is a complex task that would typically be performed by a licensed professional engineer using specialized equipment over a period of time. An evaluation of this nature is outside the scope of this inspection.
To inspect the foundation the following visual and performance criteria were used:
This evaluation provides a snapshot of the foundation on the particular day it was inspected. It does not predict future performance. Stresses placed on the foundation can vary significantly by season. Varying stresses could result in a door that closes in the summer, but may bind after a significant amount of rain. Varying foundation stresses can be minimized by proper maintenance of the foundation. It is strongly recommended that homeowners research the maintenance that is required for their type of foundation and address the comments listed in the Grading and Drainage Section of this report. No foundation warranty is implied by this inspection.
LIMITATIONS: Areas of the foundation that were not visible due to adjacent flatwork, floor coverings, soil, furniture, patios, decks and vegetation were not inspected.
Based on conditions observed today, the foundation is performing as intended. Addressing comments in the Grading and Drainage section of this report may help minimize future foundation movement.
Subsurface drains were not inspected internally and may require periodic cleaning.
It is recommended that your insurer confirms that the roof meets underwriting requirements prior to closing.
Only the readily accessible parts of the chimney were inspected. A remote camera was not used to inspect the internal surfaces and joints of the chimney. The National Fire Protection Association recommends annual chimney inspections. Chimneys that are frequently used may need annual cleanings.
Cut back all trees and plants that are touching the house. Plant material adjacent to wall, foundation and roof promote high moisture and insect intrusion.
Standing water was observed in the drain system. The slope on the south side of the house is insufficient to drain water away from the house. The drain system is needed to prevent ponding water and soil saturation. Saturated soil can cause foundation movement.
Lifted shingles were observed in multiple locations. This may be caused by nail heads sticking up. This will make the roof more prone to wind damage.
Per building code, the garage is designed to contain fires and slow their spreading to the house. All penetrations of the garage walls and ceilings must be designed to slow the spread of fire. The attic access hatch is not fire rated and does not meet building code requirements.
Mold like substance was observed in multiple locations on roof sheathing. Inspector did not test and can not determine if this is actually mold. Sheathing was probed with a moisture meter and was dry. This substance was covering much of the sheathing in the attic. Professional evaluation is recommended.
Strut has cracked along its length in attic. There is a defect in the lumber where the crack occurred. Inspector can not determine if this will affect the performance of the roof structure.
Rusting observed on lintel. It should be cleaned and painted to prevent further deterioration. Lintels support brick above wall openings. Lintels that rust can expand and cause brick cracking. Rusting lintels will eventually loose strength and can cause damage to the wall.
Brick cracking observed above garage door. This is a high stress area that is prone to cracking. Recommend monitoring cracking and if it worsens, consider professional evaluation.
Weep holes help reduce moisture inside the walls and are needed to allow walls to breathe.
No other indicators of foundation movement were observed. Recommend monitoring and if it worsens consider professional evaluation.
It must be lifted to engage locks.
Front door, switch on far right
Pictured switches by back door
Pictured switches in master bedroom
Column by kitchen, switch on right
The bulb may be burned out or there may be an issue with the circuit.
Additionally, the trim ring for this light fell out when the garage door was opened. The trim ring is now broken.
Ideally all ducts should have a minimum of 15F between supply and return registers. Based on the performance of the air conditioner, it is recommended that it be professionally serviced and evaluated prior to expiration of the option period.
Water was leaking out of the evaporator housing. Evaporator condensate drains may be plugged or there could be in problem with the drain system inside the evaporator. Professional evaluation is recommended.
A vent is needed to prevent water from siphoning out of the trap.
Typical manufacturer's installation instructions require objects that could impede airflow to be a minimum of 12" from the condenser.
Inspector did not inspect the sewer lines with a camera and can not determine their condition. This requires special equipment and is beyond the scope of this inspection. Sewer lines can be clogged with tree roots, collapse or rust out (cast iron). Inspector operated both bath tubs for an extended period.
Half of the backflow preventer has been removed. A hose can not be fitted to the backflow preventer body threads. A backflow preventer is needed to prevent hose water from entering the water distribution system.
Staining observed on ceiling and was damp when probed with a moisture meter.
Sewer cleanout needs to be covered to prevent debris from entering the sewer line.