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Client(s):  Vikram Tirukovalluru
Property address:  3332 Hollis Circle, Naperville
Inspection date:  Friday, May 31, 2013

This report published on Friday, May 31, 2013 8:34:32 PM CDT

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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
Exterior
Roof
Garage
Attic
Electric service
Water heater
Heating and cooling
Plumbing and laundry
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys
Basement
Kitchen
Bathrooms
Interior rooms
 
 
General information Return to table of contents
Present during inspection: Client(s), Realtor(s)
Occupied: Yes
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
Temperature: Warm
Foundation type: Unfinished basement, Finished basement
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Security system, Irrigation system
1) This property has one or more fuel burning appliances, and no carbon monoxide alarms are visible. This is a safety hazard. Recommend installing one or more carbon monoxide alarms as necessary and as per the manufacturer's instructions. For more information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml05/05017.html
2) Some wall, floor and/or ceiling surfaces were obscured by furniture and/or stored items. Some areas couldn't be evaluated.

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Exterior Return to table of contents
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Brick veneer, Metal
Driveway material: Asphalt
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Exterior door material: Solid core steel, Glass panel
3) One or more wall-mounted exterior light fixtures have wiring that's subject to water intrusion due to caulk not being installed around the light fixture's back plate. Caulk should be applied around the perimeter of back plates where missing. A gap should be left at the bottom for condensation to drain out.

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4) One or more hornet, bee and/or wasp nests were found. These can pose a safety hazard. Nest(s) should be removed as necessary.

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wasp nest
 

5) Sidewalks and/or patios have significant cracks and/or deterioration in one or more areas. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace sidewalk and/or patio sections as necessary.

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backfill side walk below

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pavers on patio are settling in many places. re set, in sceeting stone and sand

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unsecure pavers glued to cement stoop below. Water is getting trapped behind pavers and rotting wood trim below door
 

6) Siding is damaged and/or deteriorated in one or more areas. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs and/or replace siding as necessary to prevent water and vermin intrusion.

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dented siding

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dented siding

7) Minor cracks were found in one or more sections of brick veneer. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary,

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window sill mortar joints in some areas should be sealed with polyurethane caulk
 

8) Rot was found in one or more areas on trim boards. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary, replacing all rotten wood.

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flashing above garage door is bent, caused wood trim to rot

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rotten wood trim around garage door

9) One or more downspout extensions are missing. This can result in water accumulating around the structure's foundation, or in basements and crawl spaces if they exist. Accumulated water is a conducive condition to wood destroying insects and organisms, and may also cause the foundation to settle and possibly fail over time. Repairs should be made as necessary so downspouts are securely anchored and functional

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no extentions

10) Gaps exist at one or more openings around the exterior, such as those where outside faucets, refrigerant lines, and/or gas supply pipes penetrate the exterior. Gaps should be sealed as necessary to prevent moisture intrusion and entry by vermin.

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cable wire loose to antenna in attic. 4 other holes in siding, for??
 

11) Minor cracks and/or deterioration were found in one or more retaining walls. Recommend repairing cracks with mortar, elastomeric sealant, or other suitable material to prevent water intrusion and further deterioration. The client(s) should monitor such walls in the future for continued deterioration (cracking, leaning, bowing, etc.). Repairs and/or replacement by a qualified contractor may be necessary in the future.

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12) 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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13) One or more exhaust duct end caps Have no screening. Their purpose is to prevent and keep out birds, rodents and insects. Blocked ducts can cause fan motors and/or clothes dryers to overheat and may pose a fire hazard. Vent screening should be installed where necessary.

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no screen

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exhaust for basement kitchen. no screen

14) Caulk is missing or deteriorated in some areas and should be replaced and/or applied where necessary. For more information on caulking, visit The Ins and Outs of Caulking.

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ants are entering below sill / trim
 

15) The exterior finish in some areas is failing.

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back door window frame is cracked
 

16) sump pump discharge is clogged

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sump pump pipe is clogged and/or overflowing

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sump pump pipe is clogged and/or overflowing
 
 
Roof Return to table of contents
Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground with binoculars
Roof type: Hipped
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
Roof ventilation: Adequate
 
 
Garage Return to table of contents

17) The garage vehicle door is damaged or deteriorated. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace the door as necessary.

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garge vehicle door is pushed out,/dented and rubs on frame when closing.
 
 
 
Attic Return to table of contents
Inspection method: Viewed from hatch
Roof structure type: Rafters
Ceiling structure: Ceiling beams
Insulation material: Fiberglass roll or batt, Cellulose loose fill
Insulation depth: 18
18) Good

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nice r- factor of 38

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R 38
 
 
Electric service Return to table of contents
Primary service type: Underground
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service amperage (amps): 200
Service voltage (volts): 120/240
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
System ground: Ground rod(s) in soil
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
Branch circuit wiring type: Copper
Smoke detectors present: Yes
19) The main service panel cover couldn't be removed due to drywall This panel wasn't fully evaluated. Repairs should be made so the cover can come off easily.

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Water heater Return to table of contents
Estimated age: 9
Type: Tank
Energy source: Natural gas
Capacity (in gallons): 50
20) The estimated useful life for most water heaters is 8 to 12 years. This water heater appears to be approaching this age and may need replacing at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future.
 
 
Heating and cooling Return to table of contents
Estimated age: 9
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: Sheet metal ducts, Flexible ducts
21) 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: http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml05/05017.html

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condensation on furnace exhaust has caused corrosion

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burners did not light 1st time, furnace blew itself out

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it recyled and lit on 2nd attempt.
Get serviced
 

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

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keep filter clean
 
 
 
Plumbing and laundry Return to table of contents
Water service: Public
Service pipe material: Copper
Supply pipe material: Copper
Vent pipe material: Plastic
Drain pipe material: Plastic
Waste pipe material: Plastic
23) The clothes dryer exhaust duct appears to need cleaning. Significant amounts of lint build up was found. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of fire from decreased air flow. This duct should be cleaned now and annually, or more often if necessary in the future. Some chimney sweeps or heating/cooling duct cleaners perform this service. For more information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5022.html or http://chimneykeepers.com/dryerclean.html
24) Neither the clothes washer nor dryer were operated or evaluated. They are excluded from this inspection.
 
 
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys Return to table of contents
Fireplace type: Metal prefabricated
Chimney type: Metal
25) One or more refractory panels (the 1 inch thick fireproof panels lining the fireplace walls) are significantly cracked. A qualified fireplace or chimney service contractor should evaluate and repair or replace panels as necessary. Repairs typically involve patching cracks with a high temperature resistant refractory mortar or sealant. If panel(s) are not replaced, then recommend monitoring them in the future for further deterioration. Refractory panels should be replaced if cracks exceed 1/4 inch in width, if surface pitting becomes extensive and deeper than 3/16 inch, or if any piece of the refractory larger than 2 inches in radius and 3/16 inch deep becomes dislodged.

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26) All solid fuel burning appliances (woodstoves and fireplaces, etc.) should be inspected annually by a qualified chimney service contractor, cleaned and repaired as necessary.

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Basement Return to table of contents
Pier or support post material: Steel
Beam material: Steel
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
27) sump pump check valve may be leaking

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sump pump check valve may be leaking, water present.
 

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Kitchen Return to table of contents

29) One or more sink drains have an active leak. For example, at pipe fittings and/or junctions between pipe and sink. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair as necessary.

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30) One or more cabinets and/or drawers are damaged and/or deteriorated. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace cabinets and/or components as necessary.

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31) Water stains and/or minor water damage was found in the shelving or cabinet components below the sink. The client(s) should evaluate and consider having repairs made.
 
 
Bathrooms Return to table of contents

32) One or more sink drains have an active leak. For example, at pipe fittings and/or junctions between pipe and sink. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair as necessary.

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water damage from sink leak?

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sink leaking next to toliet

33) Tile and/or grout in one or more showers is damaged and/or deteriorated. For example, deteriorated or missing grout, cracked, missing or loose tiles, etc. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair tile and/or grout as necessary.

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clean and re seal grout,

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re caulk and clean

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re seal grout
 

34) One or more TUB/sink stopper mechanisms are missing, or need adjustment or repair. Stopper mechanisms should be installed where missing and/or repairs should be made so tub/sink stoppers open and close easily.

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35) Caulk is missing or deteriorated along the base of one or more bathtubs, where flooring meets the tub. It should be replaced where deteriorated and/or applied where missing to prevent water intrusion and damage to the floor structure.

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re caulk and clean
 

36) Caulk is missing or deteriorated around the base of one or more bathtub spouts. It should be replaced where deteriorated and/or applied where missing to prevent water intrusion and damage to wall structures.

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re caulk
 

37) Recommend cleaning and sealing grout in tile or stone flooring now and in the future as necessary to prevent staining and to improve waterproofing.
 
 
Interior rooms Return to table of contents

38) Lamp holders or light fixtures with fully or partially exposed bulbs are installed in one or more closets. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of fire. Flammable stored items may come into contact with hot bulbs, and hot fragments from broken bulbs may fall on combustible materials. Standard building practices require closet lighting to use fluorescent light fixtures, or to use fully enclosed incandescent fixtures. Installing a compact fluorescent lamp in a lamp holder is not an acceptable practice. A qualified electrician should replace closet lights as necessary and as per standard building practices.

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no cover
 

39) Batteries in all the smoke alarms should be replaced after taking occupancy, and annually in the future. "Chirping" noises emitted from smoke alarms typically indicate that batteries need replacing. For more information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5077.html
40) One or more screen doors are difficult to open or close. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace door(s) as necessary.

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both front door and back storm doors do not function properly.

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front door and back storm doors do not function properly.

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storm door won't latch
 

41) Screen(s) in one or more windows are torn or have holes in them. Screens should be replaced where necessary.

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holes/tears in window screeen

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screws have penetrated window sill, repair with silicone caulk

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bulb burned out??

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screws have penetrated window sill, repair with silicone caulk

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