A.T.Martin Home Inspections

Website: http://www.reporthost.com/atmartin
Email: amartinspect@gmail.com
Phone: (770) 906-7294
341 Jesse Martin Trail 
Canton GA 30115-5951


Property Inspection Report.
Keeping your DREAM home from becoming your worst NIGHTMARE!
Client(s): Mr and Mrs Happy Client
Property address: 123 Your Street Anywhere Ga 00000
Inspection date: 10/10/2010
This report published on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 10:37:56 AM EST

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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 
CommentFor your information 

Wood Destroying Organism Concerns
Concerns relating to wood destroying organisms are shown as follows:
DamageDamage caused by wood destroying insects or organisms (Rot, carpenter ant galleries, etc.) 

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Table of Contents
General information
Water heater
Electric service
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys
Interior rooms
Plumbing and laundry
Heating and cooling

General information Return to table of contents
Report number: 6340Lachenberg
Inspector's name: Anthony Martin
Structures inspected: Residential
Age of building: 1995
Aprox. Sq. Ft.: 4222
Time started: 8:30
Time finished: 1:30
Inspection Fee: 250.00
Payment method: Cash
Present during inspection: Client(s)
Occupied: No
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
Temperature: Cold
Front of structure faces: East
Number of Bedrooms: 5
Number of Bathrooms: 4 1/2
Main Gas Shutoff Valve: At meter
Water Meter Location: Front yard
Main Water Shutoff Valve: Basement
Exterior Return to table of contents
Footing material: Not visible
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Expanded insulation foam system (EIFS)
Driveway material: Poured in place concrete
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
1) Waterproof cover(s) over one or more electric receptacles are damaged or broken. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock and fire. Damaged covers should be replaced where necessary.

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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:

3) 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.
4) Window trim, door trim and corner boards are damaged and/or deteriorated in one or more areas. A licensed contractor should evaluate and make repairs and/or replace trim and boards as necessary.

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5) Moderate cracks and/or deterioration found in one or more sections of brick veneer. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary, such as repointing mortar, replacing bricks and/or sections of veneer.Front steps
6) Cracks, deterioration and/or damage were found in one or more areas of the expanded foam insulation system (EIFS) siding. A qualified contractor who specializes in this material should evaluate and make repairs and/or replace siding as necessary.

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Above garage door

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Windows at garage area

7) Soffit boards are damaged or deteriorated in one or more areas. A licensed contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary. Front porch area

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8) Fascia boards are damaged or deteriorated in one or more areas. A licensed contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.

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9) Sidewalk(s) and/or front steps are undermined in one or more areas, where soil has eroded out from beneath. Repairs should be made to prevent further erosion and undermining.

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10) One or more downspouts have no extensions, or have extensions that are ineffective. 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, such as installing or repositioning splash blocks, or installing and/or repairing tie-ins to underground drain lines, so rain water is carried at least several feet away from the structure to soil that slopes down and away from the structure.
11) 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.
12) The finish on the deck(s) and railing(s) is worn and/or deteriorated. Recommend cleaning and refinishing as necessary.
13) 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 Return to table of contents
Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground with binoculars
Roof type: Hipped
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Number of Chimneys: 1
14) One or more composition shingles are damaged, deteriorated and/or missing, and should be replaced. Leaks may occur as a result. A qualified roofing contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.
Water heater Return to table of contents
Estimated age: 2006
Type: Tank
Energy source: Natural gas
Manufacturer: A.O. Smith
Model: ANS1 Z21.10.1B-CSA 4.1B-2006
15) The temperature-pressure relief valve drain line is routed upwards. This drain line should be routed either down or horizontally. This is a safety hazard as water may not be able to flow through the drain line adequately when the valve releases due to accumulated water. Also, accumulated water may corrode the valve and prevent it from working. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair so the drain line is routed down or horizontally, but not up. For more information, visit:
Water Heater Rescue - Down and Out

Electric service Return to table of contents
Primary service type: Underground
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service amperage (amps): Two 150 AMP services and two panels
Service voltage (volts): 120/240
Location of main service switch: Panels beside meter
Service entrance conductor material: Aluminum
System ground: Cold water supply pipes
Main disconnect rating (amps): Two disconnects 150 each
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
Basement Return to table of contents

16) Basement exterior entrance doors is damaged and/or deteriorated and should be repaired or replaced by a qualified contractor.

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17)   White dusty mold/fungus like substance was found in unheated space in back room on floor joist, I recommend further evaluation by a mold specialist or consultant.

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Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys Return to table of contents
Fireplace type: Metal prefabricated
Chimney type: Metal
Interior rooms Return to table of contents

18) One door bind in the jamb and cannot be closed and latched, or are difficult to open and close, also one hinge missing at top . A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary. For example, adjusting jambs or trimming doors. Door to workout room in basement.
19) 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.
20) One light fixture appear to be inoperable. Recommend further evaluation by replacing bulb(s) and/or consulting with the property owner(s). Repairs or replacement of the light fixture(s) by a qualified electrician may be necessary. Bedroom at top of stairs to left
Bathrooms Return to table of contents

21) One ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) electric receptacle did not trip when tested. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock. A licensed electrician should evaluate and repair as necessary. 1/2 bath main floor
22) One exhaust fan is inoperable or provides inadequate air flow. Moisture may accumulate as a result. A qualified contractor should evaluate and replace the fan or make repairs as necessary. In toilet room off master bathroom.
23) One exhaust fan is noisy or vibrate excessively. A qualified contractor should evaluate and replace the fan(s) or make repairs as necessary. Bathroom in bedroom at top of stairs to the left.
24) Caulk is missing or deteriorated along the base of one or more showers, where flooring meets the shower. It should be replaced where deteriorated and/or applied where missing to prevent water intrusion and damage to the floor structure.
Plumbing and laundry Return to table of contents
Water pressure (psi): 120
Location of main water shut-off valve: basement
Location of main water meter: Front yard
Location of main fuel shut-off: At meter
Water service: Public
Supply pipe material: Copper
Vent pipe material: Plastic
Drain pipe material: Plastic
25) The water supply pressure is greater than 80 psi. Pressures above 80 psi may void warranties for some appliances such as water heaters or washing machines. Flexible supply lines to washing machines are more likely to burst with higher pressures. Typically the pressure cannot be regulated at the water meter. Recommend having a licensed plumber evaluate and make modifications to reduce the pressure below 80 psi. Installing a pressure reducing valve on the main service pipe is a common solution to this problem. If one exists, then it should be adjusted for lower pressures.

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Heating and cooling Return to table of contents
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: Flexible ducts
Manufacturer: Trane
26) The safety shut off switch on furnace has been taped in the on position and does not allow the switch to operate an designed, a qualified heating and air contractor should evaluate and repair or replace as needed.

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27) 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. For safety reasons, and because this system is fueled by gas or oil, this servicing should be performed annually in the future. For more information visit:

28) Air handler filter(s) are not installed and should be replaced now. They should be checked monthly in the future and replaced as necessary.
29) 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.
Attic Return to table of contents
Inspection method: Traversed
Roof structure type: Rafters
Ceiling structure: Ceiling beams
Insulation material: Fiberglass loose fill
30) Extension cords are being used as permanent wiring in one or more areas. They should only be used for portable equipment on a temporary basis. Using extension cords as permanent wiring poses a fire and shock hazard, and is an indication that wiring is inadequate and should be updated. Extension cords may be undersized. Connections may not be secure, resulting in power fluctuations, damage to equipment, and sparks that could start a fire. Extension cords should be removed as necessary, or a qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary. For example, install additional circuits and/or electric receptacles. A house fan is strapped to the gable vent and the extension cord is it's power supply.

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31) Pull-down stairs are installed for the attic access. No insulation is installed above the stairs and no weatherstripping is installed around the hatch perimeter. To reduce air leakage, recommend installing weatherstripping and an insulated hatch cover. An example of one can be seen at http://www.batticdoor.com/

Interior air leaking into the attic results in heating and cooling losses, increased energy costs, and a possible increase in moisture levels in the attic due condensation forming on the underside of the roof sheathing during cold weather.

32)   Holes in roof decking, a qualified contractor should repair or replace as needed.

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In storage room to the left off the master bathroom closet area.

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Water meter

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Sprinkler system junction box need a cover.

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Main gas shut off

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Main service disconnect

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Beam needs seal, stained or painted back porch area

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