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Closer Look Property Inspections Inc

Website: http://www.closerlookpi.com
Email: middleton520@verizon.net
Phone: (516) 455-6742
520 Linwood Street  
Uniondale New York , 11553
Inspector: Eric Middleton

 

Property Inspection Report
Client(s): Manisha
Property address: 81-33 249 Street
Bellerose, NY
Inspection date: Friday, November 20, 2009
This report published on 11/20/2009 9:59:28 PM 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 
MonitorRecommend monitoring in the future 
CommentFor your information 

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Table of Contents
General Information
Grounds
Exterior / Foundation
Roof / Attic
Electric
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
Water Heater
Heating
Fireplaces / Stoves / Chimneys
Kitchen
Bathrooms / Laundry / Sinks
Interior Rooms / Areas
 
General Information Return to table of contents
Time started: 9:am
Time finished: 1:pm
Inspector: Eric Middleton
Present during inspection: Client
Client present for discussion at end of inspection: Yes
Weather conditions: Clear
Temperature: Cool
Ground condition: Wet
Payment method: Cash
Type of building: Single family
Buildings inspected: Whole House
Occupied: No
 
Grounds Return to table of contents
Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, water features and related equipment; playground, recreation or leisure equipment; landscape lighting; areas below exterior structures with less than three feet of vertical clearance; irrigation systems; invisible fencing; sea walls, docks and boathouses. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not test or determine the adequacy of drainage systems for grounds, walkways, below-grade stairs and roof downspouts. The inspector does not provide an evaluation of geological conditions and/or site stability, compliance of pool or spa fencing with municipal requirements, or determination that deck, balcony and/or stair membranes are watertight.
Site profile: Moderate slope
Condition of driveway: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Driveway material: Asphalt
Condition of sidewalks and/or patios: Appeared serviceable
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Condition of exterior stairs: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below) Steps on the side of the house
Condition of handrails: Appeared serviceable
Exterior stair material: Masonry
1) The asphalt in the driveway slopes toward the house. As a result rain water has pooled around this area. The rain water was also found to have seeped through the foundation walls and has pooled in the basement. Recommend a qualified contractor repair the driveway so that it slopes down and away from the house.

Photo 4  
Pooling water in Drive way

Photo 5  
Pooling water in Drive way

Photo 6  
Cracking Tar on Foundation Wall

Photo 9  
Uneven drive way

2) The steps on the side of the house is in need of repair. There was found loose and missing mortar. When ascending and descending the steps, they are loose and movement was noticed. Recommend a qualified mason repair as needed since this is a trip hazard.

The side of the steps has a long crack that extends from the back to the side of the steps, I recommend further evaluation from a qualified mason and repair as needed.

Photo 10  
Repaired Crack on side Steps

Photo 23  
Side steps need repair (loose)
 
Exterior / Foundation Return to table of contents
Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: below-grade foundation walls and footings, or those obscured by vegetation or building components; exterior building surfaces or components obscured by vegetation, stored items or debris. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Some amount of cracking is normal in concrete slabs and foundation walls due to shrinkage and drying. Note that the inspector does not determination the adequacy of sump pumps, seismic reinforcement, nor determine if support posts, columns, beams, joists, studs, trusses, etc. are of adequate size, spanning or spacing.
Condition of wall covering: Appeared serviceable
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Brick veneer
Condition of foundation and footings: Appeared serviceable
Foundation type: Unfinished basement
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
Footing material: Not determined
Condition of floor substructure: Appeared serviceable
Pier or support post material: Steel
Beam material: Steel
Floor structure: Solid wood joists
Condition of the basement: Appeared serviceable
3) The front steps has an uneven raiser. Uneven raisers are a trip hazard. A qualified mason should repair the raisers so that they are of equal height.

Photo 13  
Uneven raiser
 

4) Minor cracks or deterioration were found in some sections of the brick veneer in the rear. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary, such as re-pointing mortar to prevent water intrusion and further deterioration in the future.

Photo 14  
Crack on exterior wall needs caulking

Photo 15  
Crack on exterior wall needs caulking

Photo 20  
Re-pointing needed on brick veneer

Photo 21  
Re-pointing needed on brick veneer

5) Standing water was found in one section 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 basements 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

    Photo 31  
    Pooling water in basement from outside
     

    6) All the basement windows are in need of replacement due to cracks, and broken glass, and missing windows.
    7) Caulk was missing in many areas. For example, around windows. A qualified person should repair or replace as necessary. For more information, visit:
    http://www.reporthost.com/_docs/FPL_Caulking_Ins_Outs.pdf

    Photo 2  
    Windows Need Caulking

    Photo 3  
    Windows Need Caulking

    8) Some minor cracks (1/8 inch or less) were found in the foundation walls in the rear and sides. These don't appear to be a structural concern, but recommend sealing them to prevent water infiltration and monitoring them in the future. Numerous products exist to seal such cracks including hydraulic cement, resilient caulks and epoxy sealants.
    9) Many areas of the basement walls are spalling, meaning they are crumbing in some areas. This condition is usually due to moisture from condensation or a wet foundation wall. I recommend a qualified contractor repair the spalling walls such as resurfacing the walls, and re-grading the perimeter outside so that rain water drains away from the house.

    Photo 34  
    Basement wall spalling and rock pockets shows signs of moisture

    Photo 35  
    Basement wall spalling and rock pockets shows signs of moisture
     
    Roof / Attic Return to table of contents
    Limitations: The following items or areas are not included in this inspection: areas that could not be traversed or viewed clearly due to lack of access; areas and components obscured by insulation; solar roofing components; any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determination if rafters, trusses, joists, beams, etc. are of adequate size, spanning or spacing. The inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining roof surface life, does not determine that the roof has absolutely no leaks at the time of the inspection, and does not determine that the roof won't leak in the future. Only active leaks and evidence of past leaks observed during the inspection are reported on as part of this inspection. To absolutely determine than no leaks exist, complete access to all roof structure areas must be available during a wide variety of weather conditions, including prolonged heavy rain, high wind from varying directions, heavy accumulations of snow and/or ice, and melting snow and ice.
    Condition of roof structure: Appeared serviceable
    Roof type: Gable
    Roof inspection method: Viewed from eaves on ladder
    Condition of shingle and/or shake roof surface materials: Appeared serviceable
    Roof surface material: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
    Apparent number of layers of roof surface material: Three
    Condition of exposed flashing: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
    Condition of gutters, downspouts and extensions: Appeared serviceable
    Gutter and downspout material: Metal
    Gutter and downspout installation: Full
    Condition of attic: Appeared serviceable
    Attic inspection method: Traversed
    Roof structure type: Rafters
    Ceiling structure: Ceiling beams
    Ceiling insulation material: Mineral wool loose fill
    Vapor retarder: None visible
    Roof ventilation: Appears serviceable
    10) All of the downspouts are clogged with debris. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects since gutters may overflow and cause water to come in contact with the building exterior or make water accumulate around the foundation. Downspouts should be cleared now and as necessary in the future.

    Downspout extensions are needed on the downspouts to drain rain water away from the foundation walls and prevent water seepage into the basement.

    Regrading the dirt and grass is needed so that it slopes away from the house which will help prevent rain water from entering the interior.

    Photo 12  
    Extension needed on downspout

    Photo 7  
    Clogged Downspout

    Photo 8  
    Level Grade
     

    11) The chimney in some areas has missing mortar and is in need of re-pointing to prevent interior damage to the chimney flue. A qualified contractor should re-point areas as needed.

    Photo 19  
    Re-pointing needed on chimney
     

    12) Kick-out flashing is needed in the front of the house where the exterior wall extends past the lower roof overhang. Recommend a roofer install the kick-out flashing as needed.

    Photo 11  
    Kick-out Flashing Needed
     

    13) Stains were visible on the roof structure in some areas. These areas were dry at the time of the inspection. The stains may be caused by a past leak. Recommend asking the property owner about past leaks. The client should monitor these areas in the future, especially after heavy rains, to determine if active leaks exist. If leaks are found, a qualified contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary.

    Photo 28  
    Wet stains in attic area found

    Photo 29  
    Wet stains in attic area found

    14) Because of the roof configuration, the inspector was unable to traverse the roof and wasn't able to fully evaluate the entire roof. The slop of the roof to great to walk. Viewed from a latter.
    15) At the base of the chimney, counter flashing, and step flashing should be installed. This is so that rain water will not enter around the base of the chimney and cause interior damage. I could not determine if these flashings are installed due to a heavy amount of tar in these areas. Tar is not a replacement for flashings. I recommend a qualified roofer install these flashings if none are present. A roofer should evaluate the tar for cracks that could lead to future leaks.j

    Boot flashing should also be installed on all vent pipes coming through the roof. Boot flashing is the proper flashing for vent pipes. Heavy amount of tar was found in these areas. Again tar is not a replacement for the proper flashing.

    Photo 16  
    Flashing needed on chimney

    Photo 17  
    Boot flashing needed on plumbing vent

    Photo 18  
    Proper flashing needed for wood stove
     
     
    Electric Return to table of contents
    Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: generator systems, surge suppressors, inaccessible or concealed wiring; underground utilities and systems; low voltage lighting or lighting on timers or sensors. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of grounding or bonding, does not determine if this system has an adequate capacity for the client's specific needs, nor determine if this system has any reserve capacity for additions or expansion. The inspector does not operate circuit breakers as part of the inspection, install or change light bulbs, nor determine the operability of every wall switch.
    Electric service condition: Appeared serviceable
    Primary service type: Underground
    Number of service conductors: 3
    Service voltage (volts): 120
    Service amperage (amps): Not determined
    Primary service overload protection type: Fuses
    Service entrance conductor material: Not determined
    Main disconnect rating (amps): Not determined
    System ground: Cold water supply pipes
    Branch circuit wiring type: (BX) Armor clad flexible
    Condition of branch circuit wiring: Serviceable
    Smoke detectors present: No
    Carbon monoxide detectors present: No
    16) Panel #A used older style, screw-in fuses. This type of fuse allows anyone to install incorrectly rated fuses, possibly resulting in damage to wiring. Based on the age and/or appearance of the panel(s) using fuses, and/or deterioration of the panels or components inside, recommend having a qualified electrician replace this panel with a modern panel and circuit breakers. If the panel isn't replaced, then a qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.

    The ground clamp for the electrical ground is rusted and should be replaced by a qualified electrician.

    Photo 33  
    Electrical Upgrade Recommended

    Photo 32  
    Ground Clamp rusted needs replacement

    17) Two-pronged electric receptacles rather than three-pronged, grounded receptacles were installed in areas. They are considered to be unsafe by today's standards and limit the ability to use appliances that require a ground in these rooms. Examples of appliances that require grounded receptacles include:

  • Computer hardware
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Air conditioners
  • Clothes washers
  • Clothes dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Kitchen food waste disposers
  • Information technology equipment
  • Sump pumps
  • Electrical aquarium equipment
  • Hand-held motor-operated tools
  • Stationary and fixed motor-operated tools
  • Light industrial motor-operated tools
  • Hedge clippers
  • Lawn mowers

    This list is not exhaustive. A qualified electrician should evaluate and install grounded receptacles as per the client's needs and standard building practices.

    Photo 24  
    Receptacles need upgrade to 3 prong ground
     

    18) No smoke alarms were 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
    19) GFCI receptacles should be installed in the outside rear. GFCI receptacles are required as a safety device in the event water or moisture enters the receptacle it will shut down preventing an electric shock.

    Photo 22  
    GFCI needed for exterior receptacles
     

    20) The electric service to this property appeared to be rated at substantially less than 200 amps, and may be inadequate for your needs. Recommend consulting with a qualified electrician about upgrading to a 200 amp service.
     
    Plumbing / Fuel Systems Return to table of contents
    Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: private wells and sewage disposal systems; main, side and lateral sewer lines; gray water systems; pressure boosting systems; incinerating or composting toilets; fire suppression sprinkler systems; water softeners, conditioners or filtering systems; plumbing components concealed within the foundation or building structure, or in inaccessible areas such as below tubs; underground utilities and systems; overflow drains for tubs and sinks; backflow prevention devices. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not operate water supply or shut-off valves due to the possibility of valves leaking or breaking when operated. The inspector does not test for lead in the water supply, the water pipes or solder, does not determine if plumbing and fuel lines are adequately sized, and does not determining the existence or condition of underground or above-ground fuel tanks.
    Condition of service and main line: Appeared serviceable
    Location of main water meter: Basement
    Location of main water shut: Basement under water meter
    Water service: Public
    Water pressure (psi): 60 psi
    Service pipe material: Galvanized steel
    Condition of supply lines: Appeared serviceable
    Supply pipe material: Copper
    Condition of waste lines: Appeared serviceable
    Waste pipe material: Cast iron
    Condition of fuel system: Appeared serviceable
    Location of main fuel shut: Basement
    Visible fuel storage systems: Basement Oil Tank
    21) All the visible pipes were found to be in good condition at the time of the inspection. There were no leaks or any serious concerns observed.
     
    Water Heater Return to table of contents
    Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: solar water heating systems; circulation systems. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on water heaters, does not determine if water heaters are appropriately sized, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit.
    Condition of water heater: Appeared serviceable
    Type: Tank
    Energy source: Electricity
    Capacity (in gallons): 32
    Manufacturer: John Wood
    Location of water heater: Basement
    Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 170
    Condition of burners: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of venting system: Appeared serviceable
    22) Based on the capacity of the water heater, the number of bedrooms in this structure and the number of occupants expected to live in this structure, this water heater may be undersized. I recommend consulting with a qualified plumbing contractor or water heater distributor for more information, and may wish to upgrade the size of the water heater.
     
    Heating Return to table of contents
    Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters; solar, coal or wood fired heat systems; thermostat or temperature control accuracy and timed functions; heating components concealed within the building structure or in inaccessible areas; underground utilities and systems; safety devices and controls (due to automatic operation). Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on heating system components, does not determine if heating systems are appropriately sized, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to determine if furnace heat exchangers are intact and free of leaks.
    Condition of heating system: Appeared serviceable
    Location of heating system: Basement
    Heating type: Hot water
    Fuel type: Oil
    Manufacturer: Amana Peerless
    Last service date: 09-09
    Source for last service date: Label on heater
    Condition of burners: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of venting system: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of combustion air supply: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of distribution system: Appeared serviceable
    Distribution system: Pipes and radiators
    Condition of controls: Appeared serviceable
    23) Recommend servicing the boilers heat exchanger in the future for proper functioning, and dangerous fume back-draft.
     
    Fireplaces / Stoves / Chimneys Return to table of contents
    Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: coal stoves, gas logs, chimney flues (except where visible). Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of drafting or sizing in fireplace and stove flues, nor determine if prefabricated or zero clearance fireplaces are installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. The inspector does not perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit.
    Stove type: Freestanding
    Fuel type: Wood
    Condition of chimneys: Appeared serviceable
    Chimney type: Masonry
    24) Recommend that the wood stove in the living room not be used because the stand is not wide enough and could cause a fire if sparks should ignite the carpet.
    25) Recommend that the interior of the chimney flue be inspected for by a qualified chimney company.
     
    Kitchen Return to table of contents
    Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: free-standing or portable appliances such as dishwashers, trash compactors, refrigerators, freezers, ice makers; specialty appliances such as hot water dispensers, water filters and trash compactors; appliance timers, clocks, cook functions, self and/or continuous cleaning operations, thermostat or temperature control accuracy, and lights. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of the remaining life of appliances, and does not determine the adequacy of operation of appliances such as dishwashers, garbage disposals, trash compactors, ovens, broilers, etc.
    Condition of counters: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of cabinets: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of sinks and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of range, cook-top: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of refrigerator: Appeared serviceable
    26) The sink is damaged on the side, you may wish to replace the sink for a better look.

    Photo 27  
    Kitchen sink needs replacement
     
     
    Bathrooms / Laundry / Sinks Return to table of contents
    Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: overflow drains for tubs and sinks; bidets, heated towel racks, saunas, steam generators, clothes washers, clothes dryers. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of washing machine drain lines, washing machine catch pan drain lines, or clothes dryer exhaust ducts. The inspector does not operate water supply or shut-off valves for sinks, toilets, bidets, clothes washers, etc. due to the possibility of valves leaking or breaking when operated. The inspector does not determine if shower pans or tub and shower enclosures are water tight, or determine the completeness or operability of any gas piping to laundry appliances.
    Location #A: Main Floor
    Condition of counters: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of cabinets: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of sinks and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of toilets: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of bathtubs and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of shower(s) and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of laundry facilities: Appeared serviceable
    Gas supply for laundry equipment present: No
    27) The bathtub at location #A drained slowly. A qualified person should evaluate and repair as necessary.
    28) The sink drain stopper mechanism at location #A was missing. A qualified person should repair or replace as necessary.
    29) The bathroom with a shower at location #A didn't 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.
     
    Interior Rooms / Areas Return to table of contents
    Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: security, intercom and sound systems; communications wiring; central vacuum systems; elevators and stair lifts; sources of obnoxious odors; cosmetic deficiencies due to normal wear and tear in wall, floor and ceiling surfaces and coverings, or in equipment; deficiencies relating to interior decorating; low voltage and gas lighting systems. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not evaluate any areas or items which require moving stored items, furnishings, debris, equipment, floor coverings, insulation or similar materials. The inspector does not test for asbestos, lead, radon, mold, hazardous waste, urea formaldehyde urethane, or any other toxic substance. Some items such as window operability are tested on a sampled basis. The client should be aware that paint may obscure wall and ceiling defects, floor coverings may obscure floor defects, and furnishings may obscure wall, floor and floor covering defects. If furnishings were present during the inspection, recommend a full evaluation of walls, floors and ceilings that were previously obscured when possible. Determining the cause of odors is not within the scope of this inspection.
    Exterior door material: Wood
    Condition of exterior entry doors: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of interior doors: Appeared serviceable
    Type of windows: Vinyl
    Wall type or covering: Drywall
    Ceiling type or covering: Drywall
    Flooring type or covering: Carpet
    30) Minor cracks were found in some areas of the ceilings. They do not appear to be a structural concern, but you may wish to repair these for aesthetic reasons.

    An emergency switch for the boiler should be installed near the basement stairs for shutting down the boiler in case of an emergency. Recommend installing a red emergency switch by an electrician.

    31) Minor cracks were found in walls in some areas. They do not appear to be a structural concern, but you may wish to repair these for aesthetic reasons.

    Photo 25  
    Small crack in drywall

    Photo 26  
    Small crack in drywall

    Photo 30  
    Crack in drywall
     

    32) Carpeting in some areas was stained or soiled. Recommend having carpeting professionally cleaned as necessary.
     
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