Closer Look Property Inspections Inc


Email: middleton520@verizon.net
Inspector's email: middleton520@verizon.net
Inspector's phone: (516) 455-6742
520 Linwood Street  
Uniondale New York , 11553
Inspector: Eric Middleton
New York State License #16000004785

Property Inspection Report
Client(s):  Ms. Home Buyer
Property address:  1Some Pl
NY
Inspection date:  Wednesday, October 09, 2013

This report published on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 5:46:14 PM EDT

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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 

Wood Destroying Organism Concerns
Concerns relating to wood destroying organisms are shown as follows:
InfestationEvidence of infestation of wood destroying insects or organisms (Live or dead insect bodies, fungal growth, etc.) 
DamageDamage caused by wood destroying insects or organisms (Rot, carpenter ant galleries, etc.) 
Conducive conditionsConditions conducive for wood destroying insects or organisms (Wood-soil contact, shrubs in contact with siding, roof or plumbing leaks, etc.) 

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Table of Contents
General Information
Grounds
Exterior / Foundation
Roof / Attic
Garage / Carport
Electric
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
Water Heater
Heating
Fireplaces / Stoves / Chimneys
Kitchen
Bathrooms / Laundry / Sinks
Interior Rooms / Areas
Structural Pest Findings


 
General Information Return to table of contents
Time started: 4:30
Time finished: 8:00
Present during inspection: Client
Client present for discussion at end of inspection: Yes
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
Temperature: Cool
Ground condition: Damp
Inspection fee: $300
Type of building: Single family, Detached garage
Occupied: No
1) Client Kevonne Pellicier hired Closer Look Property Inspections to perform a visual inspection of the above listed property . The inspection is a visual only inspection of all the readily accessible systems and components of the exterior and interior of the property. No dismantling of any kind was done nor the moving of furniture or stored items as per the state of New York and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors standard of practice.

The following report is the condition of the systems and components found at the time of the inspection.
 
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: Level
Condition of driveway: Appeared serviceable
Driveway material: Asphalt
Condition of sidewalks and/or patios: Appeared serviceable
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Condition of decks, porches and/or balconies: Appeared serviceable
Deck, porch and/or balcony material: Wood
Condition of exterior stairs: Appeared serviceable
Condition of handrails: Appeared serviceable
Exterior stair material: Masonry
2) The handrails for the deck should be graspable for ascending and descending. Recommend installing proper industry strandard handrails for safety.

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Steps Uneven

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Steps Uneven

3) The steps leading to the deck is uneven in height. This can be a fall hazard especially for the elderly and children. Recommend that evenly built steps and handrails that are easily graspable be installed by a qualified contractor.

SEE PHOTOS ABOVE

4) Vegetation such as, shrubs was in contact with the building 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 building exterior.

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Vegetation in contact with structure

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Vegetation in contact with structure

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Vegetation in contact with structure

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Vegetation in contact with structure

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Vegetation in contact with structure

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Vegetation in contact with structure

5) To protect the wood from the weather and termites on the rear deck it is recommended that the loose paint be removed and repainted.

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Repaint deck

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Repaint deck

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Repaint deck
 

6) Recommend resealing asphalt driveway to protect the surface from weather damage.

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In time reseal asphalt
 

7) There were no trip hazards on the grounds noted at the time of the inspection.

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No Trip hazards

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No Trip hazards
 
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: Stucco
Condition of foundation and footings: Appeared serviceable
Foundation type: Finished basement
Foundation material: Concrete block
Footing material: Not determined
Pier or support post material: Steel
Floor structure: Solid wood joists
Condition of the basement: Appeared serviceable
8) The basement floor has 9x9 tile installed. These type of tiles has asbestos fibers and some tiles are broken. Recommend that these tiles are removed by a qualified asbestos contractor.

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Broken asbestos floor tile

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Broken asbestos floor tile

9) Evidence of prior water intrusion was found in some sections of the basement. For example, water stains, efflorescence, and peeling on the foundation walls. Accumulated water is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects and organisms and should not be present in the basement. The client should review any disclosure statements available and ask the property owner 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 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

    Ideally, water should not enter basements, but if water must be controlled after it enters the basement, then typical repairs include installing a sump pump.

    Photo 51  
    Water stains

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    Water stains

    10) Moderate cracks (1/8 inch to 3/4 inch) were found in the foundation. This may be a structural concern, or an indication that settlement is ongoing. The client 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, resilient caulks and epoxy sealants.
    11) Recommend sealing around the perimeter of the house where the ground and exterior walls intersect. Also seal around all exterior wall penetrations Sealing these areas will help keep out water, moisture, and wood destroying insects.

    Photo 22  
    Seal crack in driveway
     

    12) Some areas of the basement had stored items and paneled wall covering and could not be fully evaluated.

    Photo 55  
    Paneled wall cover

    Photo 59  
    Stored items

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    Stored items
     

    13)   Recommend doing a final walk through before closing to fully evaluate areas that had stored items.
     
    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.
    Roof type: Gable
    Roof inspection method: Viewed from eaves on ladder
    Apparent number of layers of roof surface material: One
    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: Not determined
    14) Extensions such as splash blocks or drain pipes for some downspouts were missing. Water may accumulate around the building foundation as a result. A qualified person should evaluate and repair, replace or install as necessary

    With out the use of extensions or splash blocks water could enter the basement.

    Photo 6  
    Downspout extension needed
     

    15) No insulation was installed at the attic access hatche. Recommend installing insulation at hatches where missing for better energy efficiency. For more information, visit:
    http://www.reporthost.com/_docs/atticaccess.pdf

    16) No weatherstrip was installed around the attic access hatches. Weatherstrip should be installed around hatches where missing to prevent heated interior air from entering attic. For more information, visit:
    http://www.reporthost.com/_docs/atticaccess.pdf

    17) Industry standards has metal flashing installed where the roof and exterior wall meet. Metal flashing will effectively keep rain water from entering the interior. Currently tar cement is used, although tar cement is not a defect, it is not intended for use as flashing. Monitor these areas and install metal flashing if these areas begins to leak.

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    Metal flashing recommended

    Photo 18  
    Metal flashing recommended

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    Metal flashing recommended

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    Metal flashing recommended

    18) Because of the roof configuration, the inspector was unable to traverse the roof and wasn't able to fully evaluate the entire roof.

    Recommend hiring a roof contractor to fully evaluate the upper roof section and any installed flashing for defects.

    19) The lower roof shingles were found to be in good condition at the time of the inspection.

    Photo 20  
    Shingles in good condition
     

    20) The attic space was in good condition. The rafters and ceiling joist were in good condition.

    Photo 27  
    Attic interior

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    Attic interior

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    Attic interior

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    Attic interior
     
    Garage / Carport Return to table of contents
    Limitations: The inspector does not determine the adequacy of firewall ratings. Requirements for ventilation in garages varies between municipalities.
    Type: Detached
    Condition of detached garage or carport structure: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of garage vehicle door(s): Appeared serviceable
    Garage vehicle door type: Roll
    Number of vehicle doors: 1
    Condition of automatic opener(s): Appeared serviceable
    Garage ventilation: ExistsWindows
    21) The sill plate in the rear has water damage and needs to be replaced.

    Photo 23  
    Damaged sill plate

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    Damaged sill plate

    22) Minor cracks, and heaving were found in many sections of the slab floor. If desired you can consult with a qualified contractor for repairs or replacement.

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    Minor cracks

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    Minor cracks

    23) Recommend installing drywall inside the garage for the walls and ceiling to help preserve the studs and other wood members.
     
    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: Overhead
    Number of service conductors: 3
    Service voltage (volts): 120
    Service amperage (amps): 100
    Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
    Service entrance conductor material: Copper
    Main disconnect rating (amps): Not determined
    System ground: Cold water supply pipes
    Condition of main service panel: Appeared serviceable
    Location of main service panel #A: Basement
    Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
    Branch circuit wiring type: (BX) Armor clad flexible
    Condition of branch circuit wiring: Serviceable
    Condition of smoke detectors: Not determined
    Smoke detectors present: Yes
    Carbon monoxide detectors present: No
    Smoke detector power source: Not determined
    24) This property had one or more Federal Pacific Electric brand main service or sub-panels that use "Stab-Lok" circuit breakers (panel #B). Both double and single pole versions of these circuit breakers are known to fail by not tripping when they are supposed to. This is a potential but serious fire hazard. Recommend having a qualified electrician replace any and all Federal Pacific panels. For more information, visit:
    http://www.inspect-ny.com/fpe/fpepanel.htm

    If the Federal Pacific panel(s) are not replaced, then a qualified electrician should thoroughly evaluate the panel(s) and make repairs as necessary. Recommend installing smoke detectors above Federal Pacific panels.

    25) More than one wire (in addition to the service conductor wires) were tapped into the service conductor lugs in the main distribution panel. This "tapping before the main" is a safety hazard because no over-current protection exists for these circuit(s). A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair as necessary.

    Photo 50  
    More than one wire in breaker
     

    26) The over current protection device (circuit breakers or fuses) in the main distribution panel were "double tapped", where 2 or more wires were clamped in a terminal designed for only one wire. This is a safety hazard since the bolt or screw may tighten securely against one wire, but leave others loose. Arcing, sparks and fires may result. A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair as necessary.

    Photo 46  
    Two wires installed in breaker
     

    27) The cover to the distribution panel was installed so it was not flush with the surface of the panel box and disconnect devices. Gaps existed, resulting in exposed wiring. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock. A qualified person should evaluate and repair as necessary
    28) One or more clamps that secure the electric service's grounding electrode conductor(s) to a water pipe were substandard. Grounding may be substandard as a result and may be a safety hazard for shock. A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair as necessary.

    A jumper wire should be installed over the water meter.

    Photo 44  
    Jumper wire needed
     

    29) Two-pronged electric receptacles rather than three-pronged, grounded receptacles were installed in some 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.
    30) Some electric receptacles were incorrectly wired, with an open neutral. This was found at the kitchen counter top and basement. The kitchen counter receptacles should be of the G.F.C.I type. A qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.

    Photo 37  
    Open neutral
     

    31) One or more electric receptacles at the exterior had no visible 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, repair as necessary. For more information, visit:
    http://www.mikeholt.com/documents/nec/pdf/GFCI_requirement_page2.pdf

    Photo 5  
    G.F.C.I receptacles recommended
     

    32) One or more bushings were missing from where wires enter holes in the distribution panel. This is a safety hazard since the wiring insulation can be cut or abraded on the metal edge of the hole(s). A qualified electrician should install bushings where missing.
    33) 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:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=old+smoke+alarms

    Photo 34  
    Smoke alarms may be old
     

    34) Smoke detectors were missing from bedrooms. Additional smoke detectors should be installed as necessary so a functioning one exists in each hallway leading to bedrooms, in each bedroom, and one each level of the building. For more information, visit:
    http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5077.html

    35) This property has a fuel burning appliances and no carbon monoxide detectors were visible. This is a safety hazard. Recommend installing one or more carbon monoxide detectors as necessary and as per the manufacturer's instructions. For more information, visit:
    http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml05/05017.html

    36) The electrical panel appears to be over crowded with wire conductors, a bigger panel may be needed in order for the cover to be installed properly and to remove the double taps in the breakers. Recommend that a qualified electrical contractor evaluate and repair as necessary, and if needed install a bigger destribution panel.

    Photo 48  
    Crowded panel

    Photo 49  
    Over crowded panel

    37) The inspector could not determine if the panel was bonded because of the over crowding of wire conductors. Bonding is a safety feature required for all distribution panels. An electrical contractor is recommend to determine if the panel is bonded and if not bond the panel as needed.

    Photo 45  
    Over crowded conductors

    Photo 47  
    Over crowded conductors

    38) All smoke detectors were not tested due to the following conditions: may be integrated with a security system.
     
    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: Baements
    Location of main water shut: Basement
    Water service: Public
    Water pressure (psi): 60psi
    Service pipe material: Galvanized steel
    Condition of supply lines: Appeared serviceable
    Supply pipe material: Copper
    Condition of drain pipes: Appeared serviceable
    Drain pipe material: Galvanized
    Condition of waste lines: Appeared serviceable
    Waste pipe material: Cast iron
    39) The outside faucets were 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 building. 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.
    40) Possible asbestos insulation exist on the pipes in the basement. Due to the age of the house recommend testing the pipe insulation to determine if asbestos insulation exist. If asbestos is present a qualified asbestoes contractor should remove it.

    Photo 40  
    Possible asbestos

    Photo 42  
    Possible asbestos

    41) Traps at all locations in drain lines were S - traps instead of P - traps . Sewer gases may vent into the structure as a result. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair as necessary.

    The drains are all s-type traps which can siphon and allow sewer gases to enter the living space. You may wish to have a plumbing contractor determine if this system is ok or if a change to p-traps which is used in residential is needed.

    Photo 33  
    S-traps
     

    42) The outside faucets were not the "frost-free" design, and are more likely to freeze during cold weather. Recommend having a qualified plumber upgrade these with frost-free faucets to prevent freezing and pipes bursting.
    43) After a number of water plumbing test no leaks were found at the time of the inspection.
     
    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: Natural gas
    Capacity (in gallons): 47
    Manufacturer: A.O. Smith
    Location of water heater: Basement
    Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 120
    Condition of burners: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of venting system: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of combustion air supply: Appeared serviceable
    44) The water heater was in good condition and working as intended.

    Photo 57  
    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: Steam
    Fuel type: Natural gas
    Manufacturer: Burnham
    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
    Condition of air filters: Appeared serviceable
    Location of air filters: At base of air handler
    45) What appeared to be asbestos was visible on pipes. It was significantly deteriorated in many areas, and if it was asbestos, it may pose a health hazard and require abatement. Recommend having this material tested at a qualified lab. If the material is found to contain asbestos, recommend consulting with a qualified asbestos abatement contractor or industrial hygienist. For information on asbestos hazards in the home, visit:
    http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/453.html

    Photo 39  
    Possible asbestos
     

    46) The last service date of this system appeared to be more than one year ago, or the inspector was unable to determine the last service date. The client should ask the property owner 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 contractor should service this system and make repairs if necessary. This servicing should be performed annually in the future.
    47) The gas furnace was in good condition and working as intended.

    Photo 56  
    Burners

    Photo 58  
    Exterior furnace
     
    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.
    Condition of fireplaces, stoves: Appeared serviceable
    Fireplace type: Masonry
    Fuel type: Natural gas
    Condition of chimneys: Not determined
    Chimney type: Masonry
    48) The interior flue should be inspected by a qualified chimney contractor to determine if any blockage exist before use.
    49) No controls were found to operate the gas fireplace at location # living room. For example, a thermostat or on-off switch. These appliance were not fully evaluated. Recommend consulting with the property owner as to how they operate, and/or having a qualified contractor evaluate and repair if necessary.

    Photo 35  
    Fire Place
     

    50) All solid fuel burning appliances (woodstoves and fireplaces, etc.) should be inspected annually by a qualified chimney service contractor, cleaned and repaired as necessary.
     
    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
    Range, cooktop type: Electric
    51) Minor damage to the kitchen wall was found. It appears that an object of some kind hit and damaged a small section. A qualified person should repair as needed.

    Photo 38  
    Break in plaster wall
     

    52) The plumbing under the kitchen sink was found to be in good condition. The water was allowed to run for about 10 minutes. The sink was filled with water and released several times to allow large volumes of water to flow through the system. No leaks were found.
    53) The kitchen does not have a heat source such as a radiator. It cannot be determlned how the lack of a heat source will affect the kitchen during the winter months.
     
    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: Upstairs
    Location #B: 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 ventilation systems: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of laundry facilities: Appeared serviceable
    Gas supply for laundry equipment present: Not determined
    54) The sink drain trap at location #A, B was substandard S-trap type. Traps hold water in the drain pipe to prevent sewer gases from venting into the structure, and prevent objects that have fallen into the drain from being lost. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair as per standard building practices.
    55) Leaks were found at the toilet tank at the main floor bathroom. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair as necessary.

    The connector needs to be tighten.

    Photo 36  
    Leak behind toilet seat
     

    56) After inspecting the bathroom by flushing the toilet, running the water in the bathtub, and sink as well as allowing large volumes of water flow through the system by filling the bathtub and sink with water and releasing it, the plumbing was found to be in good condition. No leaks were found at the time of the inspection.
    57) The walls, floor, and ceiling were inspected for cracks, wet or moist areas and other defects. The walls, floor, and ceiling were scanned with an infrared camera and moisture meter which can detect plumbing leaks. The walls, floor and ceiling was in good condition.
     
    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, Metal
    Condition of exterior entry doors: Appeared serviceable
    Condition of interior doors: Appeared serviceable
    Type of windows: Vinyl, Multi, Double hung
    Condition of windows: Appeared serviceable
    Wall type or covering: Plaster
    Condition of walls: Appeared serviceable
    Ceiling type or covering: Tiles
    Condition of ceilings: Appeared serviceable
    Flooring type or covering: Carpet, Linoleum, Wood
    Condition of flooring: Appeared serviceable
    58) Moderate cracks were found in walls in some areas. The may be a structural concern. Recommend further evaluation from an engineer or contractor to determine if repairs are needed.

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    Crack in basement wall front

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    Crack in rear basement wall

    59) Some interior door hardware, including Door knobs were loose. A qualified person should repair or replace as necessary.
    60) Glass in some windows was cracked. A qualified contractor should replace glass where necessary.
    61) All ceiling areas were scanned with an infrared camera to determine if plumbing leaks exist from the units above. Undetected plumbing leaks can create a mold condition which can adversely affect your health. No plumbing leaks were found at the time of the inspection.
    62) The exposed painted walls in every room was scanned with an infrared camera and moisture meter. When raining outside leaks can occur in and around windows. Air leaks are also common around doors and windows. At the time of the inspection all window areas and painted walls were dry and in good condition.
    63) The wood floors were in good condition. They were level, even and sturdy.
     
    Structural Pest Findings Return to table of contents
    Limitations: This report only includes findings from accessible and visible areas on the day of the inspection. In addition to the inaccessible areas documented in this report, examples of other inaccessible areas include: sub areas less than 18 inches in height; attic areas less than five feet in height, areas blocked by ducts, pipes or insulation; areas where locks or permanently attached covers prevent access; areas where insulation would be damaged if traversed; areas obscured by vegetation. All inaccessible areas are subject to infestation or damage from wood destroying organisms. The inspector does not move furnishings, stored items, debris, floor or wall coverings, insulation, or other materials as part of the inspection, nor perform destructive testing. Wood destroying organisms may infest, reinfest or become active at anytime. No warranty is provided as part of this inspection.
    Visible evidence of active wood destroying insects: No
    Visible evidence of active wood decay fungi: No
    Visible evidence of past wood destroying insects: No
    Visible evidence of past wood decay fungi: No
    Visible evidence of damage by wood destroying insects: No
    Visible evidence of damage by wood decay fungi: No
    Visible evidence of conditions conducive to wood destroying organisms: Yes
    Location #A: downspout on the rear
    64) The interior and exterior walls were inspected for termite infestation and other wood destroying insects. No shelter tubes, dead termites, shed wings, or damaged wood building material were found at the time of the inspection.
     

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    Attic interior

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    Attic interior

     
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