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(CSI) California Structure Inspectors

Website: http://www.csinspectors.com
Email: hlopez@csinspectors.com
Inspector's email: hlopez@csinspectors.com
Phone: (562) 569-0674
15420 Surrey Ln 
La Mirada CA 90638-1642
Inspector: Hugo Lopez
NACHI Certified #10051003

  

Property Inspection Report

Client(s):  Xiaozhi Liu
Property address:  127 Canyon Crk
Irvine CA 92603-0427
Inspection date:  Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This report published on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:57:39 PM PDT

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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:
Concern typeSafetyPoses a risk of injury, illness 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 DefectCorrection likely involves only a minor expense
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.)

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Table of Contents
General information
Exterior
Roof
Garage
Attic
Electric service
Water heater
Heating and cooling
Plumbing and laundry
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys
Kitchen
Bathrooms
Interior rooms
Swimming Pool


General information
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Inspector's name: Lopez
Type of building: Single family
Age of building: 2009
Time started: 1:30 pm
Inspection Fee: 949.00
Payment method: Credit Card on File
Present during inspection: Realtor(s), Maid
Occupied: Yes
Weather conditions: Clear
Temperature: Warm
Ground condition: Dry
Front of structure faces: South
Main entrance faces: South
Foundation type: Finished basement
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Security system, Irrigation system
Exterior
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Footing material: Poured in place concrete
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Stucco
Driveway material: Poured in place concrete
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Exterior door material: Iron and Glass panel
1) 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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2) Conducive conditions One or more minor cracks (1/8 inch or less) were found in the foundation. 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:
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Roof
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Roof inspection method: Aerial Drone
Roof type: Cross-hipped
Roof covering: Clay tile
Estimated age of roof: 2009
Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
Roof ventilation: Adequate
3) Conducive conditions A few roofing tiles are chipped and/or cracked. It is not recommended that they be replaced at this time since no water penetration was visible from the attic space and the process of replacement may damage additional tiles. A qualified roofing contractor should evaluate and replace tiles as necessary.

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4) Because of the roof covering type and/or the configuration of the roof, the inspector was unable to traverse the roof and wasn't able to fully evaluate the entire roof.
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Garage
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5) The auto-reverse mechanism on the vehicle door opener is inoperable or requires too much force to activate. This is a safety hazard, especially for small children. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary. For more information on garage door safety issues, visit:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/523.html
http://www.ohdstl.com/safety.html
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Attic
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6) No weatherstrip is installed around the attic access hatch. Weatherstrip should be installed around the hatch to prevent heated interior air from entering attic.
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Electric service
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Primary service type: Underground
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service amperage (amps): 400
Service voltage (volts): 120/240
Location of main service switch: Exterior electrical cabinet near garage
Location of sub panels: Garage and within the home.
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Service entrance conductor material: Copper
System ground: Ground rod(s) in soil
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: No
Smoke detectors present: Yes
7) One or more circuit breakers or components in the main service panel are loose. A qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.
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8) One or more knockouts have been removed inside the main service panel where no wires and bushings are installed, and no cover(s) have been installed to seal the hole(s). This is a safety hazard due to the risk of fire. A qualified electrician should install knockout covers where missing.
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9) One or more screws are missing from the main service panel cover and should be replaced. Because energized wiring may exist behind the holes with the missing screws, recommend that a qualified, licensed electrician replace these screws, or that care be taken to ensure that the new screws do not come in contact with wiring inside the panel when they are installed. Stock screws from the panel manufacturer should be used, or their equivalent.
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Water heater
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Estimated age: 2009
Type: Tank
Energy source: Natural gas
Capacity (in gallons): 100
Manufacturer: Bradford White
Model: D100L199E3N
Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 129ยบ
11) The hot water temperature is greater than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of scalding. The thermostat should be adjusted so the water temperature doesn't exceed 120 degrees. For more information on scalding dangers, visit:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5098.html
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12) No drip leg is installed on the water heater gas supply line. Drip legs are intended to trap oil, scale, water condensation and/or debris from the gas supply lines before they reach and damage the water heater components. A qualified contractor should install a drip leg as per standard building practices.
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Heating and cooling
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Estimated age: 2009
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: York
Model: LY8S115C20UH11C
Filter location: In return air duct below furnace
Last service date: Unknown
13) No drip leg is installed on the furnace or boiler gas supply line. Drip legs are intended to trap oil, scale, water condensation and/or debris from the gas supply lines before they reach and damage the furnace or boiler components. A qualified contractor should install a drip leg as per standard building practices.
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Plumbing and laundry
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Water pressure (psi): 54
Location of main water shut-off valve: Front of proeperty at curbside
Location of main water meter: Curbside
Location of main fuel shut-off: Near right side walkway at east wing
Seismic Gas Shut Off Valve: No
Water service: Public
Service pipe material: Copper
Supply pipe material: Copper
Vent pipe material: Plastic
Drain pipe material: Plastic
15) 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, visit:
http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5022.html
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16) Conducive conditions The results of a "functional flow test" performed during the inspection found that one or more faucets had low flow. During a functional flow test, multiple fixtures are run simultaneously to determine if the flow is adequate. For example, if the shower flow decreases substantially when the toilet is flushed. Internal corrosion and sediments can reduce the inside diameter of these pipes over time, resulting in reduced flow and leaks. A qualified plumber should evaluate and replace supply pipes and fittings as necessary.
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17) Recommend installing a smoke alarm in the laundry room in case of fire for early warning.
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Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys
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Fireplace type: Metal prefabricated
Chimney type: Metal
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Kitchen
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19) One or more stove top burners are inoperable after three burners are ignited. This unit is connected to the GFCI shown here and trips when a fourth burner is asked to ignite. A qualified appliance technician should evaluate and repair as necessary.
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Bathrooms
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20) Conducive conditions Caulk is missing or deteriorated around one or more shower surrounds. It should be replaced where deteriorated and/or applied where missing to prevent water intrusion and damage to the wall structure.
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Conditions were found that are conducive to increased moisture levels: No
22) One or more guardrails are constructed in such a way that children could climb them like a ladder. This is a potential safety hazard. Modifications should be made as necessary by a qualified contractor so guardrails cannot be climbed by children.
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23) One or more electric receptacles appear to have no power. Recommend asking the property owner(s) about this. Switches may need to be operated to make some receptacles energized. If necessary, a qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.
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24) Wood or laminate flooring in one or more areas is worn, damaged and/or cupping. Recommend having a qualified contractor evaluate and refinish or replace wood flooring as necessary.
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25) 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.
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26) Stains were found in one or more ceiling areas. However, no elevated levels of moisture were found. The stain(s) may be due to past roof and/or plumbing leaks. Recommend asking the property owner(s) about this, and monitoring the stained area(s) in the future, especially after heavy or prolonged rain. If elevated moisture is found in the future, a qualified contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary.
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Swimming Pool
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: swimming pool bodies; equipment on timers, remote controls or sensors; underground or concealed piping; motorized covers; waterfalls and related equipment; Ozone generators; ultraviolate light systems; filter backflushing mechanisms. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not disassemble filters, remove pool covers, nor determine if swimming pool bodies, filters or skimmers leak, nor determine if swimming pool bodies are level.
Water level: Full
Condition of fences and gates: Appeared serviceable
Fence and gate material: Wrought iron
Condition of body: Appeared serviceable
Body type: Below ground ~
Body material: Plaster-Gunite ~
Condition of deck: Appeared serviceable
Deck material: Stone
Condition of coping: Appeared serviceable
Coping material: Concrete
Condition of pumps, lines and valves: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Water is refilled through: Valve
Types of pumps installed: Circulation
Line material: PVC
Condition of heater and related equipment: Appeared serviceable
Heater energy source: Natural gas
Condition of filter and related equipment: Appeared serviceable
Filter type: Cartridge, Diatomaceous earth
Filter air relief valve installed: Yes
Filter pressure gauge installed: Yes
Filter pressure at time of inspection (psi): 30, 24
Condition of skimmers: Appeared serviceable
Condition of electrical equipment: Appeared serviceable
Location of electrical disconnect: In main service panel
Type of wiring: Rigid conduit
27) No removable cover was installed for the pool, spa. Recommend that one be installed to maintain water quality and for safety purposes.
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28) One or more sections of water return or supply lines were leaking. A qualified person should evaluate and repair as necessary.
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29) The reading at the Diatomaceous earth filter's pressure gauge was relatively high. Diatomaceous earth filters should be backwashed and have the medium replaced when the pressure gauge reads 7-10 lbs above the clean, starting pressure (after backwashing and replacing medium). If backwashing is ineffective then the septa may need replacing, or other repairs may be needed. A qualified person should evaluate and maintain or repair as necessary.
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30) The reading at the cartridge filter's pressure gauge was relatively high. Cartridge filters should be cleaned when the pressure gauge reads 8 lbs or more above the clean, starting pressure (after cleaning or replacing cartridge). A qualified person should clean or replace cartridge(s) as necessary, and make repairs if necessary.
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