ABR INSPECTION SERVICE
Home Inspection Report
||3718 Hightree Ave SE
||Thursday, October 13, 2016
This report published on Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:46:49 PM EDT
ABR Inspection Service
133 Como St
Struthers, Ohio 44471
Report number: 101316-2
Structures inspected: house garage
Property owner's name: unknown
Time started: 5:30
Time finished: 7:00pm
Inspection Fee: 250.00
Payment method: Cash
Present during inspection: Realtor(s)
Weather conditions: Cloudy
Front of structure faces: East
Main entrance faces: East
Foundation type: Finished 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: Vinyl
Driveway material: Poured in place concrete
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Exterior door material: Solid core steel
One or more sets of stairs are wobbly. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary, such as installing additional supports and/or diagonal bracing.
level sections as needed
steps uneven in areas , repairs are needed - level brick replace rotted timber and its advised to install a guardrail on the left side.
rose bush overgrown prune back
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
frost free faucet needed
freeze proof faucet needed
Fences and/or gates are damaged and/or deteriorated in some areas. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs or replace sections as necessary.
replace rotted top board of fence front yard.
One or more landscaping timbers are rotten or damaged by wood destroying insects. Landscaping timbers should be replaced as necessary.
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.
low grade tar line exposed.
Gaps exist at one or more openings around the exterior, such as those where outside faucets, refrigerant lines, and/or gas supply pipes penetrate the exterior. Gaps should be sealed as necessary to prevent moisture intrusion and entry by vermin.
seal holes in foundation
Vegetation such as trees, shrubs and/or vines are in contact with or less than one foot from the structure's exterior. Vegetation can serve as a conduit for wood destroying insects and may retain moisture against the exterior after it rains. Vegetation should be pruned and/or removed as necessary to maintain a one foot clearance between it and the structure's exterior.
keep vegetation pruned back at least 1' from structure.
Minor cracks were found in the driveway. However they don't appear to be a structural concern and no trip hazards were found. No immediate action is recommended, but the client(s) may wish to have repairs made or have cracked sections replaced for aesthetic reasons.
Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground with binoculars
Roof type: Gable
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Estimated age of roof: 10+
Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
Roof ventilation: Adequate
roof view ok
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.
Primary service type: Overhead
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service amperage (amps): 100
Location of main service switch: garage
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
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
Energy source: Natural gas
Capacity (in gallons): 40
Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 100
heating unit should be replaced beyond life expectancy. severe rust inside.
top of hot water tank
Heating and cooling
Estimated age: 30+
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: nat gas 80%
Filter location: In return air duct below furnace
Last service date: unknown
The estimated useful life for forced air furnaces is 15 to 20 years. This furnace appears to be at this age or older and may need replacing at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future.
The estimated useful life for air conditioning compressors is 8 to 15 years. This unit appears to be approaching this age and may need replacing at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future.
ac line missing inslation - install new.
The filter(s) for the heating/cooling system should be checked monthly and replaced or washed as necessary.
The outdoor air temperature was below 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the inspection. Because of this, the inspector was unable to operate and fully evaluate the cooling system.
furnace mfg info
inside furnace shows excessive rust on heat exchanger
base of trim in basement dry no moisture detected at time of inspection
both hwt and furnace duct needs to be sloped -safety
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
Water service: Public
Service pipe material: Copper
Supply pipe material: Copper
Vent pipe material: Cast iron
Drain pipe material: Cast iron
Waste pipe material: Cast iron
The clothes dryer is equipped with a vinyl or foil, accordion-type, flexible exhaust duct. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission considers these types of ducts to be unsafe, and a fire hazard. These types of ducts can trap lint and are susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the air flow. This duct should be replaced with a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct, and by a qualified contractor if necessary. Most clothes dryer manufacturers specify the use of a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct. For more information on dryer safety issues, see http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5022.html
foil dryer duct hazard.
Insulation material underneath floor above: None visible
Pier or support post material: Steel
Beam material: Steel
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.
One or more bathtub drains are clogged or drain slowly. Drain(s) should be cleared as necessary, and by a qualified plumber if necessary.
slow bath drain
Water stains and/or minor water damage was found in the shelving or cabinet components below the sink. The client(s) should evaluate and consider having repairs made.
vanity leaking from drain pipe , supply line needs replaced rusted.
shower head not working
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
One or more electric baseboard heaters are damaged or deteriorated. For example, missing, bent or loose metal panels. A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair or replace heaters as necessary.
not working at time of inspection however it would be more efficient to put furnace supply runs in drop ceiling as needed
none of the base heating units were working
base heating unit
water meter ok
wiring not suppoorted loose
foundation dry at time of inspection
exhaust fan needs cleaned.
gfi needed in basement laundry areas.
keep trees trimmed back from roof
wood walkway rotted should be removed .
not properly sloped for updraft - safety
gfi needed bath
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