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Home Inspection Report

Client(s):  Anthony Day
Property address:  864 Fredrick
Niles, Ohio
Inspection date:  Sunday, April 30, 2017

This report published on Monday, May 01, 2017 8:16:34 AM EDT

ABR Inspection Service
133 Como St
Struthers, Ohio 44471
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:
Concern typeSafetyPoses a risk of injury or death
Concern typeMajor DefectCorrection likely involves a significant expense
Concern typeRepair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing
Concern typeRepair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance
Concern typeMinor Defect
Concern typeMaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance
Concern typeEvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist
Concern typeMonitorRecommend monitoring in the future
Concern typeCommentFor your information
Concern typeConducive conditionsConditions conducive for wood destroying insects or organisms (Wood-soil contact, shrubs in contact with siding, roof or plumbing leaks, etc.)

Click here for a glossary of building construction terms.Contact your inspector If there are terms that you do not understand, or visit the glossary of construction terms at http://www.reporthost.com/glossary.asp

Table of Contents
General information
Exterior
Roof
Garage
Electric service
Water heater
Heating and cooling
Plumbing and laundry
Basement
Kitchen
Bathrooms
Interior rooms

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General information
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Report number: 043017-2
Report number: 043017-2
Structures inspected: house, garage
Structures inspected: house, garage
Time started: 5:30
Time started: 5:30
Time finished: 6:45
Time finished: 6:45
Inspection Fee: 275.00
Inspection Fee: 275.00
Payment method: Cash
Payment method: Cash
Present during inspection: Client(s), Realtor(s)
Present during inspection: Client(s), Realtor(s)
Occupied: No, but furnishings and stored items are present
Occupied: No, but furnishings and stored items are present
Weather conditions: Clear
Weather conditions: Clear
Temperature: Cool
Temperature: Cool
Ground condition: Wet
Ground condition: Wet
Front of structure faces: South
Front of structure faces: South
Main entrance faces: South
Main entrance faces: South
Foundation type: Unfinished basement
Foundation type: Unfinished basement

1) 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

Exterior
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Footing material: Poured in place concrete
Footing material: Poured in place concrete
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
Wall covering: Vinyl
Wall covering: Vinyl
Driveway material: Poured in place concrete
Driveway material: Poured in place concrete
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Exterior door material: Solid core wood
Exterior door material: Solid core wood

2) 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
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freeze proof faucet needed
 

3) Conducive conditions The exterior finish over the entire structure is failing. A qualified painting contractor should prep (pressure wash, scrape, sand, prime caulk, etc.) and repaint or restain the entire structure as per standard building practices.


GARAGE
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4) Conducive conditions One or more downspouts are loose or detached. 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. Repairs should be made as necessary so downspouts are securely anchored and functional.
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loose detached downspout needs repaired.
 

5) Conducive conditions 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.

6) 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.
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seal
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seal at opening

7) Conducive conditions 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.
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shrubs too close to house
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Roof
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Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground with binoculars
Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground with binoculars
Roof type: Gable
Roof type: Gable
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Estimated age of roof: <5
Estimated age of roof: <5
Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
Roof ventilation: Adequate
Roof ventilation: Adequate

8) Conducive conditions Debris has accumulated in one or more gutters. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects since gutters may overflow and cause water to come in contact with the structure's exterior or make water accumulate around the foundation. Gutters should be cleaned now and as necessary in the future.

9) Conducive conditions 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.

Garage
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10)   garage shows leaning to right side . Bracing may be needed to shore up and to bring it up to level.
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leaning to right
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Electric service
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Primary service type: Overhead
Primary service type: Overhead
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service amperage (amps): 100
Service amperage (amps): 100
Service voltage (volts): 120
Service voltage (volts): 120
Location of main service switch: top of panel
Location of main service switch: top of panel
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Service entrance conductor material: Aluminum
Service entrance conductor material: Aluminum
System ground: Cold water supply pipes
System ground: Cold water supply pipes
Main disconnect rating (amps): 100
Main disconnect rating (amps): 100
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: Can't verify
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: Can't verify
Smoke detectors present: Yes, too few
Smoke detectors present: Yes, too few

11) The service entrance wire insulation is frayed and/or deteriorated in one or more areas. A qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs or replace wires as necessary.
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frayed
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frayed - replace

12) The service entrance wires have one or more loose points of attachment. For example, brackets and/or fasteners are loose. This is a potential safety hazard. A qualified contractor or electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.
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loose
 

Water heater
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Estimated age: 2002
Estimated age: 2002
Energy source: Natural gas
Energy source: Natural gas
Capacity (in gallons): 40
Capacity (in gallons): 40
Manufacturer: American Standard
Manufacturer: American Standard

13) No drain line is installed for the temperature-pressure relief valve. This is a potential safety hazard due to the risk of scalding if someone is standing next to the water heater when the valve opens. A qualified plumber should install a drain line as per standard building practices. For example, extending to 6 inches from the floor, or routed so as to drain outside. For more information, visit http://www.wattsreg.com/default.htm?/t&p/installation.htm
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missing drain line
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brand
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Heating and cooling
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Estimated age: 15 +
Estimated age: 15 +
Primary heating system energy source: Natural gas
Primary heating system energy source: Natural gas
Primary heat system type: Forced air
Primary heat system type: Forced air
Primary A/C energy source: Electric
Primary A/C energy source: Electric
Primary Air conditioning type: Split system
Primary Air conditioning type: Split system
Distribution system: Sheet metal ducts
Distribution system: Sheet metal ducts
Manufacturer: Luxaire
Manufacturer: Luxaire
Model: 80%
Model: 80%
Filter location: In return air duct below furnace
Filter location: In return air duct below furnace
Last service date: unknown
Last service date: unknown

14) Because of the age and/or condition of this furnace, recommend that a qualified heating and cooling technician inspect the heat exchanger and perform a Carbon Monoxide test when it's serviced.

15) 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

16) What appears to be asbestos is visible on some ductwork. However, it appears to be intact and not significantly deteriorated. The client may wish to have this material tested at a qualified lab. For information on asbestos hazards in the home, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/453.html
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asbestos tape
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asbestos heat wrap tape - see precautions.
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asbestos heat wrap tape.

17) The estimated useful life for forced air furnaces is 15 to 20 years. This furnace appears to be approaching this age and may need replacing at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future.

18) 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.

19) The filter(s) for the heating/cooling system should be checked monthly and replaced or washed as necessary.

20)   water in furnace , unknown cause . several factors include A Coil drain clogged . This unit will need serviced to determine cause. severe rust on components. It may be necessary to replace the unit. A professional heating contractor will need to service and evalulate.
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inside furnace full of water - needs professional service asap.
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water
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inside furnace water and severe rust - safety .

Plumbing and laundry
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Water pressure (psi): 80
Water pressure (psi): 80
Location of main water shut-off valve: basement
Location of main water shut-off valve: basement
Location of main water meter: basement
Location of main water meter: basement
Location of main fuel shut-off: basement
Location of main fuel shut-off: basement
Visible fuel storage systems: none
Visible fuel storage systems: none
Water service: Public
Water service: Public
Service pipe material: Copper
Service pipe material: Copper
Supply pipe material: Copper
Supply pipe material: Copper
Vent pipe material: Galvanized steel
Vent pipe material: Galvanized steel
Drain pipe material: Galvanized steel
Drain pipe material: Galvanized steel
Waste pipe material: Galvanized steel
Waste pipe material: Galvanized steel

21) 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
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foil dryer. safety
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22) Conducive conditions Pin holes and/or corrosion were visible on one or more areas of copper water supply pipes. This most often occurs with acid water with a pH of less than 6.5. Leaks may result because of this. A qualified plumber should evaluate and replace water supply components as necessary. The client(s) should consult with a qualified plumber regarding the possibility of acidic water, and what solutions may be available to neutralize the pH.
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corrosion
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corrosion
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corrosion
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corrosion

Basement
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Insulation material underneath floor above: None visible
Insulation material underneath floor above: None visible
Pier or support post material: Steel
Pier or support post material: Steel
Beam material: Steel
Beam material: Steel
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists

23) Guardrails are missing from one or more sections of decks or elevated surfaces with high drop-offs. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of falling. Standard building practices require guardrails to be installed at drop-offs higher than 30 inches, but in some cases it is advised to install them at shorter drop-offs. A qualified contractor should evaluate and install guardrails as necessary and as per standard building practices.

Basement steps handrails only no guardrails.

24) 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.
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open box - safety
 

25) Conducive conditions 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.
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standing water foundation.
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26) Conducive conditions Standing water and/or wet areas were found in one or more sections of the basement. Accumulated water is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects and organisms and should not be present in the basement. 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.
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chalking and loose paint on foundation walls.
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floor cracking moisture coming through.
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mold basement walls.
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water staining on basement floor.
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floor water staining.
 

Kitchen
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27) One or more electric receptacles that serve countertop surfaces within six feet of a sink appear to have no ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock. A qualified electrician should evaluate to determine if GFCI protection exists, and if not, repairs should be made so that all receptacles that serve countertop surfaces within six feet of sinks have GFCI protection. For example, install GFCI receptacles or circuit breaker(s) as needed.
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GFCIs needed
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28) One or more electric receptacles that serve countertop surfaces within six feet of a sink appear to have no ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock. A qualified electrician should evaluate to determine if GFCI protection exists, and if not, repairs should be made so that all receptacles that serve countertop surfaces within six feet of sinks have GFCI protection. For example, install GFCI receptacles or circuit breaker(s) as needed.

Bathrooms
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29) Conducive conditions Tile and/or grout around one or more bathtubs is damaged or deteriorated. For example, deteriorated or missing grout, cracked, missing or loose tiles, etc. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair tile and/or grout as necessary.
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grout discolored.
 

30) One or more sinks are clogged or drain slowly. Drain(s) should be cleared as necessary, and by a qualified plumber if necessary.
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slow drain bath sink
 

Interior rooms
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31) Guardrails are loose and/or wobbly in one or more areas. This is a safety hazard. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary, such as installing new fasteners or hardware, installing additional fasteners and/or installing additional railing components as necessary so they are securely attached.
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improper guardrail and very wobbly . exterior grade used and not properly secured.
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32) Based on the age of this structure and the appearance of existing smoke alarms, the alarms may be older than 10 years old. According to National Fire Protection Association, aging smoke alarms don't operate as efficiently and often are the source for nuisance alarms. Older smoke alarms are estimated to have a 30% probability of failure within the first 10 years. Newer smoke alarms do better, but should be replaced after 10 years. Unless you know that the smoke alarms are new, replacing them when moving into a new residence is also recommended by NFPA. For more information, visit this article: NFPA urges replacing home smoke alarms after 10 years.
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does not work and too old.
 

33) 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

34) Glass in one or more windows is broken. A qualified contractor should replace glass where necessary.
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craked window
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damaged window attic second floor.
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damage on window.
 


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flashing below dormer window in poor condition should be replaced
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old service meter - monitor
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ac unit working
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ac line missing insulation - repair
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seal
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seal edge against house.
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gutter spikes are pulling away from fascia- needs repaired.
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garage peeling paint.
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peeling paint garage.
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gutter spikes are pulling away from fascia- needs repaired.
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inside garage decay on siding noticed.
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limit use of extension cords in garage.
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window decay garage - needs replaced.
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inside garage severe cracks and are trip hazard- repairs needed.
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trip hazard.
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driveway cracks - clean and repair.
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loose service wire.
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air vent in poor condition replace or refinish to prevent further damage.
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water meter
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service panel.
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toilet in basement should have either exhaust fan or window vent nearby.
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HWT 2002 mfg date
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safety extension cords being used and too mant plugs into one outlet.
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corrosion on pipe
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old drain line in ceiling remove or cap off.
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gas meter
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insulation needed on perimeter band board.
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limit use of extension cords.
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inside freezer shelving is rusted should be replaced.
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front door threshold is damaged .- repair or replace.
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insulation in attic walls good.
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main vent in attic .
 

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