A-Z Home Inspections

Website: http://www.albanygeorgiahomeinspections.com
Email: a.z.inspector@gmail.com
Phone: (229) 395-1970
Inspector's phone: (229) 395-1970
163 Stapleton Dr 
Leesburg GA 31763-4773
Inspector: Don Mazza
Condition Air II License - CN007596
Certified ASHI Inspector

 

Property Inspection Report
Client(s):  Cindy Martin
Property address:  St.Clair
Leesburg, Ga
Inspection date:  Wednesday, June 12, 2013

This report published on Friday, June 14, 2013 6:03:26 PM EDT

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How to Read this Report
This report is organized by the property's functional areas.  Within each functional area, descriptive information is listed first and is shown in bold type.  Items of concern follow descriptive information.
Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
SafetyPoses a risk of injury or death 
Major DefectCorrection likely involves a significant expense 
Repair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing 
Repair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance 
Minor DefectCorrection likely involves only a minor expense 
MaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance 
EvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist 
ServiceableItem or component is in serviceable condition 
CommentFor your information 

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Table of Contents
General information
Exterior
Roof
Attic
Electric service
Water heater
Heating and cooling
Plumbing and laundry
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys
Kitchen
Bathrooms
Interior rooms
 
General information Return to table of contents
Report number: 20130608
Inspector's name: DM
Type of building: Single family
Age of building: 2005
Time started: 1000
Time finished: 1230
Inspection Fee: 125.00
Occupied: No
Weather conditions: Clear
Temperature: Hot
Ground condition: Damp
Foundation type: Slab on grade
 
Exterior Return to table of contents
Footing material: Poured in place concrete
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Brick veneer
Driveway material: Poured in place concrete
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Exterior door material: Solid core steel
1) Repair/Maintain - Window glazing putty at one or more windows is missing and/or deteriorated. Putty should be replaced and/or installed where necessary. For more information, visit:
http://www.google.com/search?q=replacing+glazing+putty

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2) Maintain - Recommend cleaning deck(s) and railing(s) and treating with a preservative claiming to waterproof, block ultraviolet light, and stop mildew. Consumer Reports recommends these products:
  • Cabot Decking Stain and PTW Stain
  • Olympic Water Repellent Deck Stain
  • Thompson's House and Deck Stain
  • Wolman PTW Deck Stain
  • Akzo Sikkens Cetol DEK
  • Benjamin Moore Moorwood Clear Wood Finish
  • DAP Woodlife Premium
  • Olympic Natural Look Protector Plus

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    3) Comment - Debris left under deck, some brick and mortar, also left around outside of home. Needs to be removed.

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    Roof Return to table of contents
    Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground with binoculars
    Roof type: Cross-hipped
    Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
    Estimated age of roof: 8
    4) Comment - Because of the roof covering type and/or the configuration of the roof, the inspector was unable to traverse the roof .
     
    Attic Return to table of contents
    Inspection method: Traversed
    Roof structure type: Trusses
    Ceiling structure: Trusses
    Insulation material: Fiberglass loose fill
     
    Electric service Return to table of contents
    Primary service type: Underground
    Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
    Service amperage (amps): 200
    Service voltage (volts): 120/240
    Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
    Service entrance conductor material: Aluminum
    System ground: Ground rod(s) in soil
    Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
    Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
    Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: No
    Smoke detectors present: No
    5) Safety, Serviceable, Comment - One or more screws are missing from the main service panel cover and should be replaced. Because energized wiring may exist behind the holes with the missing screws, recommend that a qualified, licensed electrician replace these screws, or that care be taken to ensure that the new screws do not come in contact with wiring inside the panel when they are installed. Stock screws from the panel manufacturer should be used, or their equivalent.
     
    Water heater Return to table of contents
    Estimated age: 8
    Capacity (in gallons): 50
    Manufacturer: Richmond
    Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): ADQ
    6) Major Defect, Comment - The estimated useful life for most water heaters is 8 to 12 years. This water heater appears to be approaching this age and may need replacing at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future.

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    Heating and cooling Return to table of contents
    Estimated age: 8
    Primary heating system energy source: Electric
    Primary heat system type: Heat pump
    Primary Air conditioning type: Split system, Heat pump
    Distribution system: Flexible ducts, Metal pipe
    Manufacturer: Ruud
    Filter location: Behind return air grill
    Last service date: UNK
    7) Repair/Replace - Insulation for the outside condensing unit's refrigerant lines is damaged, deteriorated and/or missing in one or more areas. This may result in reduced efficiency and increased energy costs. A qualified heating and cooling contractor should replace insulation as necessary.

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    8) Repair/Maintain, Evaluate - The last service date of this system appears to be more than one year ago, or the inspector was unable to determine the last service date. The client(s) should ask the property owner(s) when it was last serviced. If unable to determine the last service date, or if this system was serviced more than one year ago, a qualified heating and cooling contractor should inspect, clean, and service this system, and make repairs if necessary. This servicing should be performed annually in the future.

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    9) Repair/Maintain - The cooling fins on the air handler's evaporator coils are dirty. This may result in reduced efficiency and higher energy costs. Some sources claim that energy efficiency is degraded by about five percent each year as the coils get dirtier due to accumulated dust and grime. A qualified heating and cooling contractor should clean the evaporator coils as necessary.

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    10) Repair/Maintain - The cooling fins on the outdoor condensing unit's evaporator coils are dirty. This may result in reduced efficiency and higher energy costs. A qualified heating and cooling contractor should clean the evaporator coils as necessary.

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    11) Maintain - Air handler filter(s) are dirty and should be replaced now. They should be checked monthly in the future and replaced as necessary.

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    12) Maintain - Air handler filter(s) should be checked monthly in the future and replaced or washed as necessary.

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    Plumbing and laundry Return to table of contents
    Water pressure (psi): ADQ
    Water service: Public
    Service pipe material: Not visible
    Supply pipe material: Not visible
    Vent pipe material: Plastic
    Drain pipe material: Plastic
    Waste pipe material: Plastic
    13) Safety, Maintain - The clothes dryer exhaust duct appears to need cleaning. Significant amounts of lint build up was found. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of fire from decreased air flow. This duct should be cleaned now and annually, or more often if necessary in the future. Some chimney sweeps or heating/cooling duct cleaners perform this service. For more information, visit:
    http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5022.html
    http://chimneykeepers.com/dryerclean.html

    14) Comment - Outside vent to low to ground..

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    Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys Return to table of contents
    Fireplace type: Metal prefabricated
    Woodstove type: Ceramic
    Chimney type: Metal
    15) Comment - All solid fuel burning appliances (woodstoves and fireplaces, etc.) should be inspected annually by a qualified chimney service contractor, cleaned and repaired as necessary.

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    Kitchen Return to table of contents

    16) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - Wood flooring in one or more areas is worn, damaged and/or cupping. Recommend having a qualified contractor evaluate and refinish wood flooring as necessary.

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    Bathrooms Return to table of contents

    17) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - The shower diverter valve for one or more bathtub faucets is defective. A significant amount of water comes out of the bathtub spout when the shower is turned on. Water will be wasted as a result. A qualified plumber should evaluate and replace components or make repairs as necessary.

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    Interior rooms Return to table of contents

    18) Safety, Repair/Replace, Evaluate - Evidence of "light to moderate" rodent infestation was found in one or more areas. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines this as less than 20 feces per square foot. Rodent infestation may be a safety hazard due to the risk of contracting Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). HPS is a rare (only 20-50 cases per year in the United states) but deadly (40% mortality rate) disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings, or saliva. Humans can contract the disease when they breathe in aerosolized virus. For example, from sweeping up rodent droppings.

    Recommend following guidelines in the CDC's Clean Up, Trap Up, Seal Up article for eradicating rodents, cleaning up their waste and nesting materials, and preventing future infestations. While Hantavirus is believed to survive less than one week in droppings and urine, specific precautions should be taken during clean up. The client(s) may wish to consult with a qualified, licensed pest control operator for eliminating the infestation. A qualified licensed abatement contractor or industrial hygienist could be contacted for clean up. If the infestation was minimal, clean up of rodent waste and nesting materials in non-living spaces (crawl spaces and attics) may not be necessary, or may be performed for aesthetic reasons only (odor and appearance).

    19) Safety, Repair/Replace - No smoke alarms are visible. This is a safety hazard. A qualified electrician should install smoke alarms as per standard building practices (functioning one exists in hallways leading to bedrooms, and in each bedroom, etc.). For more information, visit:
    http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5077.html

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    20) Safety, Repair/Replace - An insufficient number of smoke alarms are installed. Additional smoke alarms should be installed as necessary so a functioning one exists in each hallway leading to bedrooms, and in each bedroom. For more information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5077.html
    21) Safety, Minor Defect - Cover plate(s) are missing from one or more electric boxes, such as for receptacles, switches and/or junction boxes. They are intended to contain fire and prevent electric shock from exposed wires. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of fire and shock. Cover plates should be installed where missing.
    22) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - One or more ceiling fans wobbles excessively during operation. This is a potential safety hazard and may be caused by one or more of the following:
  • Loose screws
  • Loose blade(s)
  • A loose connection between the rod and the fan body
  • A loose connection between the fan body and the electric box above
  • Misaligned blades
  • Bent or warped blades
  • Unbalanced blades

    Recommend having a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary. For more information, visit:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=unbalanced+ceiling+fans

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    23) Repair/Replace - Carpeting in one or more rooms is damaged and/or significantly deteriorated. Recommend replacing carpeting where necessary.

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    24) Maintain - Carpeting in one or more rooms is soiled and/or stained. Recommend having carpeting professionally cleaned as necessary.

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    i think the pump is still there, it may not be working.

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    Done By Don Mazza / A-Z Home Inspections