ABR Home Inspections
Home Inspection Report
||Friday, May 19, 2017
This report published on Friday, May 19, 2017 9:52:58 PM EDT
ABR Inspection Service
133 Como St
Struthers, Ohio 44471
Report number: 05-19-17-(2)
Time started: 4PM
Time finished: 5:30PM
Inspection Fee: 300
Payment method: Check
Present during inspection: Client(s)
Weather conditions: Clear
Front of structure faces: North
Foundation type: Unfinished basement
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Security system
This property has one or more fuel burning appliances, and no carbon monoxide alarms are visible. This is a safety hazard. Recommend installing one or more carbon monoxide alarms as necessary and as per the manufacturer's instructions. For more information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml05/05017.html
Footing material: Poured in place concrete
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Wood clapboard
Driveway material: Poured in place concrete
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Exterior door material: Solid core wood
One or more outside faucets are missing backflow prevention devices
. These devices reduce the likelihood of polluted or contaminated water entering the potable water supply. This condition can occur when an outside faucet is left in the "on" position with a hose connected and the sprayer head turned off. When pressure in the system fluctuates, water can be drawn back into the water supply pipes from the house. If a chemical sprayer is being used with the hose, those chemicals can enter the water supply pipes.
Recommend installing backflow prevention devices on all exterior hose bibs where missing. They are available at most home improvement stores and are easily installed. For more information, visit: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/BODY_AE079
not secure and should have vacuum and freeze proof.
The perimeter grading slopes towards the structure in one or more areas. This can result in water accumulating around the structure's foundation, or in basements and crawl spaces if they exist. Accumulated water is a conducive condition to wood destroying insects and organisms. Wet soil may also cause the foundation to settle and possibly fail over time. Recommend grading soil so it slopes down and away from the structure with a slope of at least 5% (10% or better is optimal) for at least 6 feet.
One or more gutters were leaking during the inspection. This can result in water accumulating around the structure's foundation, or in basements and crawl spaces if they exist. Accumulated water is a conducive condition to wood destroying insects and organisms, and may also cause the foundation to settle and possibly fail over time. A qualified contractor should replace or repair gutters where necessary.
The gutter guard is contributing to excessive water seepage into the foundation and thus may be causing mold around perimeter of basement or lower room walls. the water has been noticed upon rains to go over the gutter rather than travel to the downspout. Damage to grade and window components are evident. as a result it is recommended to remove the water fall guard and install a screen type guard.
One or more moderate cracks (1/8 inch to 3/4 inch) were found in the foundation. These may be a structural concern, or an indication that settlement is ongoing. The client(s) should consider hiring qualified contractors and/or engineers as necessary for further evaluation. Such contractors may include:
- Foundation repair contractors who may prescribe repairs, and will give cost estimates for prescribed repairs
- Masonry contractors who repair and/or replace brick veneer
- Geotechnical engineers who attempt to determine if settlement is ongoing, and what the cause of the settlement is
- Structural engineers who determine if repairs are necessary, and prescribe those repairs
At a minimum, recommend sealing cracks to prevent water infiltration. Numerous products exist to seal such cracks including:
- Hydraulic cement. Requires chiseling a channel in the crack to apply. See http://www.quickrete.com/catalog/HydraulicWater-StopCement.html for an example.
- Resilient caulks (easy to apply). See http://www.quickrete.com/catalog/GrayConcreteRepair.html for an example.
- Epoxy sealants (both a waterproof and structural repair). See http://www.mountaingrout.com/ for examples of these products.
The exterior finish in some areas is failing. A qualified contractor should prep (pressure wash, scrape, sand, prime caulk, etc.) and repaint or restain areas as needed and as per standard building practices.
paint peeling on siding.
Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground with binoculars
Roof type: Gable
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Estimated age of roof: 5
Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
Roof ventilation: Adequate
Trees are overhanging roof and are within 10 feet of roof vertically. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects and organisms since organic debris such as leaves or needles are more likely to accumulate on the roof surface. Accumulated debris may cause water to enter gaps in the roof surface and leak into attic and/or interior spaces. Trees should be pruned so they are at least 10 feet above roof, or don't overhang the roof.
The garage-house door poses a fire risk because it's not fire-rated (metal or solid-core construction). A qualified contractor should replace this door with a fire-rated door.
house to garage door not fire rated.
One or more exterior entrance doors are damaged and/or deteriorated and should be repaired or replaced by a qualified contractor.
large gap at rear garage door.
Inspection method: Viewed from hatch
Roof structure type: Rafters
Ceiling structure: Ceiling beams
Insulation material: Fiberglass roll or batt
Insulation depth: 3
Insulation estimated R value: R11
Ceiling insulation is missing in some areas. Recommend installing insulation where missing for better energy efficiency.
Primary service type: Overhead
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service amperage (amps): 100
Service voltage (volts): 120/240
Location of main service switch: top of panel
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Service entrance conductor material: Aluminum
System ground: Cold water supply pipes
Main disconnect rating (amps): 100
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: Can't verify
Smoke detectors present: No
service panel satisfactory been upgraded.
Estimated age: newer
Energy source: Natural gas
Capacity (in gallons): 40
Model: 80 %
Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 100
HWT Rheem satisfactory
Heating and cooling
Estimated age: 15+
Primary heating system energy source: Natural gas
Primary heat system type: Forced air
Primary A/C energy source: Electric
Primary Air conditioning type: Split system
Distribution system: Sheet metal ducts
Model: 90 %
Filter location: In return air duct below furnace
Significant amounts of debris, dirt and/or dust are visible in one or more sections of supply and/or return air ducts. This can be a health hazard, especially for those with allergies or respiratory problems. The Environmental Protection Association (EPA) recommends considering having ducts professionally cleaned when "ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers". At a minimum, the visible debris should be thoroughly cleaned. Recommend having a qualified contractor clean the ducts. For more information on duct cleaning in relation to indoor air quality, visit: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html
The last service date of this system appears to be more than two years 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 two years ago, a qualified heating and cooling contractor should inspect, clean, and service this system, and make repairs if necessary. This servicing should be performed every few years in the future, or as per the contractor's recommendations.
The air handler's filter(s) are damaged and/or deteriorated and should be replaced.
filter clogged and dirty
HWT flue pipe needs more elevation for proper draft.
seal around chimney
Plumbing and laundry
Water pressure (psi): 80
Location of main water shut-off valve: basement
Location of main water meter: basement
Location of main fuel shut-off: basement
Visible fuel storage systems: none
Water service: Public
Service pipe material: Copper
Supply pipe material: Copper
Vent pipe material: Plastic
Drain pipe material: Plastic
Waste pipe material: Plastic
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys
Fireplace type: Masonry
Chimney type: Masonry
A significant amount of creosote (1/8 inch or more) is visible in the fireplace flue. A qualified chimney service contractor should inspect, clean, and repair if necessary now and annually in the future.
inside lower fireplace very dirty and creosote , needs professionally cleaned both upper and lower.
inside first floor fireplace very dirty- creosote
firebrick has gaps- safety
One or more chimney flues do not have a screened cover installed. Screened covers prevent the following:
- Fire hazard from wood fire sparks and embers exiting flues
- Wildlife (birds, rodents, raccoons, etc.) entering flues
- Rainwater entering flues and mixing with combustion deposits, creating caustic chemicals which can corrode flues
- Rainwater entering flues and causing damage to terracotta flue tiles from freeze-thaw cycles
A qualified chimney service contractor should install screened cover(s) where missing. Screens should have holes 1/4 inch or larger.
All solid fuel burning appliances (woodstoves and fireplaces, etc.) should be inspected annually by a qualified chimney service contractor, cleaned and repaired as necessary.
chimney should have caps
Insulation material underneath floor above: None visible
Pier or support post material: Steel
Beam material: Steel
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
One or more flights of stairs with more than two risers have no handrail installed. This is a safety hazard. A qualified contractor should install graspable handrails that your hand can completely encircle at stairs where missing, and as per standard building practices.
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.
open cover and non grounded plug.
Evidence of prior water intrusion was found in one or more sections of the basement. For example, water stains and/or efflorescence on the foundation or floor, water stains at bases of support posts, etc. Accumulated water is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects and organisms and should not be present in the basement. The client(s) should review any disclosure statements available and ask the property owner(s) about past accumulation of water in the basement. The basement should be monitored in the future for accumulated water, especially after heavy and/or prolonged periods of rain. If water is found to accumulate, a qualified contractor who specializes in drainage issues should evaluate and repair as necessary. Typical repairs for preventing water from accumulating in the basement include:
- Repairing, installing or improving rain run-off systems (gutters, downspouts and extensions or drain lines)
- Improving perimeter grading
- Repairing, installing or improving underground footing and/or curtain drains
Ideally, water should not enter the basement, but if water must be controlled after it enters the basement, then typical repairs include installing sump pump(s) or interior perimeter drains.
GFI needed in basement , non- grounded plug
open joint fill with concrete.
Recommend having the well water tested for coliform bacteria, nitrates, and anything else of local concern, by a qualified lab. For more information, visit http://www.wellowner.org
Rust, corrosion and leaks were found in pipes and/or fittings. A qualified well or plumbing contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary.
corrosion on well pump
Leaking at time of inspection , pump is very corroded replacement may be needed.
One or more bathrooms with a shower do not have an exhaust fan installed. Moisture accumulation will occur and may damage the structure. Even if the bathroom has a window that opens, it likely does not provide adequate ventilation, especially during cold weather when the window is closed. A qualified contractor should install exhaust fans as per standard building practices where missing in bathrooms with showers.
no exhaust fan installed both bathrooms.
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
Screen(s) in one or more windows are missing. The client(s) should ask the property owner(s) about this. Screens are often removed for window cleaning and they may be stored somewhere. If not, then recommend installing screens where missing.
One or more deadbolt mechanisms are inoperable or difficult to operate. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary.
One or more sliding glass doors are difficult to open or close. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace door(s) as necessary.
One or more windows that were built to open, will not open, or open only minimally due to their being painted shut, damaged and/or deteriorated in some way. Repairs should be made as necessary, and by a qualified contractor if necessary so windows open fully, and open and close easily.
Minor cracks were found in ceilings in one or more areas. They do not appear to be a structural concern, but the client(s) may wish to repair these for aesthetic reasons.
Minor cracks were found in walls in one or more areas. They do not appear to be a structural concern, but the client(s) may wish to repair these for aesthetic reasons.
below window stress crack- monitor.
mold in small bath in shower area. cause may be no exhaust fan.
vent should be exhaust fan
Junction box corroded.
insulation needed perimeter of basement
paint peeling most windows.
replace door with more secure and efficient door.
non grounded plug
damage in closet drywall
stored wood - infestation possible.
keep trees pruned back from house
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