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Dixon Inspections

Website: http://www.reporthost.com/dixon
Email: DixonInspections@aol.com
Phone: (909) 915-9151
FAX: (909) 348-8158
Inspector: Travis Dixon

 

HOME INSPECTION
Client(s): Behrendt
Property address: 30972 Nob Hill Cir.
Inspection date: 4/28/2010
This report published on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 6:32:40 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:
SafetyPoses a risk of injury or death 
Repair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing 
Repair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance 
MaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance 
EvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist 
MonitorRecommend monitoring in the future 
CommentFor your information 

Structural Pest Inspection Concerns
Concerns relating to the structural pest inspection 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.) 

Click here for a glossary of building construction terms.  Contact your inspector if there are terms that you do not understand, or visit the glossary of construction terms at http://www.reporthost.com/glossary.asp

Table of Contents
PLEASE NOTE:
SCOPE OF WORK
General information
Exterior
Roof
Electric service
Crawl space/Build-up
Water Heater Information:
Water heater
Heating and cooling
Plumbing and laundry
Garage
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys
Interior rooms
Bathrooms
 
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1)   The observations and opinions expressed within this report are those of DIXON INSPECTIONS and supercede any alleged verbal comments. We inspect all of the systems , components, and conditions described in accordance with the standards of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, and those that we do not inspect are clearly disclaimed in the contract and/or in the aforementioned standards. However components that are inspected and found to be functional may not necessarily appear in the report, for the simple reason we do not wish to waste our client's time by having them read an unnecessarily lengthy report about components that do not need to be serviced. Inspection of property are in no way intended to be a garuntee or warranty, express or implied, regarding the future use, operability, habitability or suitability of the home/building or its components. By accepting this report client will not hold inspector liable for any unforseen problems arising after taking ownership of aforementioned home.
 
SCOPE OF WORK Return to table of contents

2) You have contracted with DIXON INSPECTIONS to perform a general inspection in accordance with the standards of practice established by NACHI, a copy of which is available upon request. General inspections are essentials visual, and distinct from those of specialists. The purpose of a general inspection is to identify obvious defects or conditions that warrant a specialist evaluation.

Most homes built after 1978, are generally assumed to be free of asbestos and other common environmental contaminants. We will attempt to alert you to any suspicious substances that would warrant evaluation by a specialist. You can learn more about contaminants from a booklet published by The environmental Protection Agency, which you can read online @ www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/insidest.htm.

Mold is one such contaminant. It is a microorganism that has tiny seeds, or spores, that are spread on the air, land, and feed or organic matter. It has been in existence
throughout human history, an actually contributes to the life process. It takes many different forms, many of them benign, like mildew. Some characterized as allergens are relatively benign but can provoke allergic reactions among sensitive people, and others characterized as pathogens can have adverse health effects on large segments of the population, such as the very young, the elderly, and people with suppressed immune systems. However, there are less common molds that are called toxigens that represent a serious health threat. All molds flourish in the presence of moisture, and we make a concerted effort to look for any evidence of it wherever there could be a water source, including that from condensation. Interestingly, the molds that commonly appear on ceramic tiles in bathrooms do not usually constitute a health threat, but they should be removed. However, some visibly similar molds that form on cellulose materials, such as on drywall, plaster, and wood, are potentially toxigenic. If mold is to be found anywhere within a home, it will likely be plaster, and wood, are potentially toxigenic. If mold is to be found anywhere within a home, it will likely be in the are of tubs, showers, toilets, sinks, water heaters. evaporator coils, inside attics with invented bathroom exhaust fans, and return-air compartments that draw outside air, all of which are areas that we inspect very conscientiously. Nevertheless, mold can appear as though spontaneously at any time, so you should be prepared top monitor your home, and particularly those areas that we identified. Naturally, it is equally important to maintain clean air-supplyducts and to change filters as soon as they become soiled, because contaminated ducts are a common breeding ground for dust mites, rust, and other contaminants. Regardless, although some mold-like substances may be visually identified, the specific identification of molds can only be determined by a laboratory analysis, and is absolutely beyond the scope of our general inspection. Nonetheless, as a prudent investment in environmental hygiene, we categorically recommend that you have DIXON INSPECTIONS test for the presence of any such contaminants, and particularly if you or any member of your family suffers form allergies or asthma. Also, you can learn more about mold from an Environmental Protection Agency document entitled "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home", by visiting their web site at: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/molds/moldguide.html/, from which it can be downloaded.

Asbestos is a notorius contaminant that could be present in any home built before 1978. It is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that was first used by the Greek and Romans in the first century, and it has been widely used throughout the modern world in a variety of thermal insulators, including those in the form of paper wraps, bats, blocks, and blankets. However, it can also be found in a wide variety of other products too numerous to mention, including duct insulation and acoustical materials, plasters, siding, floor tiles, heat vents, and roofing products. Significantly, asbestos fibers are only dangerous when they are released into the air and inhaled, and for this reason authorities such as the Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) distinguish between asbestos that is in good condition, or non-friable, and that which is in poor condition, or friable, which means that its fibers could easily be crumbled and become airborne. Regardless of the condition of any suspected asbestos containing material, we would not endorse it and recommend having it evaluated.

Radon is a natural gas that results from the natural decay of radioactive materials within the soil. The gas is able to enter homes through the voids and floorboards of poorly ventilated crawlspaces. Radon cannot be detected by the senses, and can only be determined by sophisticated instruments and laboratory analysis.

Lead also poses a serious health threat. Although rarely found in use, lead could be present in any home built as recently as the nineteen forties. Lead was an active ingredient in many household paints, which could be released by sanding, thereby being ingested by small children coming in contact with painted surfaces. Fortunatley the lead in paint can be detected by laboratory analysis. DIXON INSPECTIONS disclaim any responsibility for testing or establishing the presence of any enviromental contaminant.
 
General information Return to table of contents
Report number: 911
Structures inspected: Main dwelling
Type of building: Single family
Age of building: Approx 14 yrs.
Time started: 9:15 am
Time finished: 12:15 pm
Inspection Fee: $350.00
Payment method: Check
Present during inspection: Client(s), Realtor(s)
Occupied: Yes
Weather conditions: Cloudy
Temperature: Cool
Ground condition: Wet, Damp
Front of structure faces: North
Main entrance faces: North
Foundation type: Build-up
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Roof life
3) Some wall, floor and/or ceiling surfaces were obscured by furniture and/or stored items. Some areas couldn't be evaluated.
 
Exterior Return to table of contents
Footing material: Poured in place concrete
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Wood clapboard, Wood panels
Driveway material: Wood parking deck w/ asphalt curb
Exterior door material: Solid core wood
4) Gaps larger than four inches were found in one or more guardrails. This is a safety hazard, especially for small children. A qualified contractor should make modifications as necessary so gaps in guardrails do not exceed four inches. For example, installing additional balusters or railing components.
5) Rot was found in one or more areas. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary, replacing all rotten wood.

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

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7) The driveway curb has significant cracks and/or deterioration in one or more areas. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace driveway sections as necessary.

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8) One or more deck structure braces or "kickers" are installed in such a way that seperation was noted @ junctions. These braces do have "Simpson" straps to tie junctions together but only on one side. A qualified contractor make repairs such as installing lag bolts to draw wooden members together or add shim block, then re-fastening hardware.
Cost estimate: $ 250.00

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9) One or more downspouts are loose or detached. 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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10) Hanger that supports deck beam is fastened through siding into a 2"x12" block. Recommend a qualified contractor replace 2"x12" with solid 6"x10" backing to ensure proper load bearing.

And for more information on building safe decks in general, visit: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/knowhow/exteriors/article/0,16417,212625,00.html
Cost estimate: $ 350.00

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DECK BEAM HANGER BACKING (AS SEEN FROM BUILD-UP)
 

11) Some fasteners have come loose at tread/stair bracket connection. Recommend re-fastening with wood scews to ensure a proper connection.

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12) One or more light fixtures appear to be inoperable. Recommend further evaluation by replacing bulb(s) and/or consulting with the property owner(s). Repairs or replacement of the light fixture(s) by a qualified electrician may be necessary.

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Roof Return to table of contents
Roof inspection method: Traversed
Roof type: Gable
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Estimated age of roof: Approx. 14 yrs.
Gutter & downspout material: Plastic
Roof ventilation: None visible
13) One or more composition shingles are damaged, deteriorated and/or missing, and should be replaced. Leaks may occur as a result. A qualified roofing contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.

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14) Debris has accumulated in one or more gutters. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects since gutters may overflow and cause water to come in contact with the structure's exterior or make water accumulate around the foundation. Gutters should be cleaned now and as necessary in the future.
15) Debris such as leaves, needles, seeds, etc. have accumulated on the roof. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects and organisms since water may not flow easily off the roof, and may enter gaps in the roof surface. Leaks may occur as a result. Debris should be cleaned from the roof now and as necessary in the future.
 
Electric service Return to table of contents
Primary service type: Overhead
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service amperage (amps): 100
Service voltage (volts): 120/240
Location of main service switch: Front exterior
Location of main disconnect: 3rd from top
Service entrance conductor material: Aluminum
System ground: Cold water supply pipes
Main disconnect rating (amps): 100
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: none visible
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MAIN ELECTRICAL PANEL
 
 
Crawl space/Build-up Return to table of contents
Inspection method: Traversed
Insulation material underneath floor above: Fiberglass roll or batt
Pier or support post material: Wood, Concrete
Beam material: Solid wood
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
Vapor barrier present: No
17) Post that supports gas furnace is installed using sub-standard building practices. Recommend a qualified contractor install 4"x4" post w/ prefabricated pier.

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18) There are a wide variety of residential water heaters that range in capacity from fifteen to one hundred gallons. They can be expected to last at least as long as their warranty, or from five to eight years, but they will generally last longer. It is prudent to flush them annually to remove minerals that include the calcium chloride bi-product of many water softening systems. The water temperature should be at least 100degrees and a maximum of 130 degrees.
 
Water heater Return to table of contents
Estimated age: Approx. 4 yrs.
Type: Tank
Energy source: Natural gas
Capacity (in gallons): 50
Manufacturer: Rheem
Model: Fury #42VR50 - 40 F
Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 108 DEG.
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WATER HEATER
 
 
Heating and cooling Return to table of contents
Estimated age: Approx. 14 yrs.
Primary heating system energy source: Natural gas
Primary heat system type: Forced air
Primary A/C energy source: N/A
Primary Air conditioning type: N/A
Distribution system: Flexible ducts
Manufacturer: DAY & NIGHT
Model: # 395CAV048090AAJA
Filter location: Behind return air grill
Last service date: Can't verify
Filter size:: 24"x16"
20) The last service date of this system appears to be more than two years 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 two years ago, a qualified heating and cooling contractor should inspect, clean, and service this system, and make repairs if necessary. This servicing should be performed every few years in the future, or as per the contractor's recommendations.

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GAS FORCED AIR UNIT
 

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

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RETURN AIR & FILTER LOCATION
 
 
Plumbing and laundry Return to table of contents
Water pressure (psi): 69 psi
Location of main water shut-off valve: Build-up area
Location of main water meter: Street
Location of main fuel shut-off: Under front deck
Water service: Public
Service pipe material: Copper
Supply pipe material: Copper
Vent pipe material: Plastic
Drain pipe material: Plastic, Galvanized steel
Waste pipe material: Plastic
22) One or more active leaks were found in drain and/or waste pipes or fittings. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair as necessary.

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LAUNDRY AREA

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GAS METER & SHUT-OFF

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MAIN WATER SHUT-OFF VALVE

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WATER METER
 
Garage Return to table of contents

24) 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 or http://www.ohdstl.com/safety.html
 
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys Return to table of contents
Fireplace type: Metal prefabricated
Chimney type: Metal
25) The gas/electric supply for one or more gas fireplaces and/or stoves was turned off. As per the Standards of Practice for both the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) the inspector does not operate gas shut off valves or light pilot lights during inspections. These appliances were not fully evaluated.

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MASTER SUITE ELECTRIC START GAS FIREPLACE(NON-OPERABLE)
 

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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Interior rooms Return to table of contents

27) One or more electric receptacles that serve countertop surfaces within six feet of a sink appear to have no ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection(BAR SINK). 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, repairs should be made so that all receptacles that serve countertop surfaces within six feet of sinks have GFCI protection. For example, install GFCI receptacles or circuit breaker(s) as needed.
28) An insufficient number of smoke alarms are installed. Additional smoke alarms should be installed as necessary so a functioning one exists in each hallway leading to bedrooms, and in each bedroom. For more information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5077.html
29) Stains and/or water damage were found at one or more sliding door entry areas. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair areas as necessary.

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30) Water stains and/or damage were found in one or more ceiling/wall areas above sliding glass doors. The stains and/or damage may be due to water penetrating from exterior area. Recommend asking the property owner(s) about this, and monitoring the stained/damaged area(s) in the future, especially after heavy or prolonged rain. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary.
31) Glass in one or more windows is broken and/or cracked. A qualified contractor should replace glass where necessary.
 
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32) One or more electric receptacles that serve countertop surfaces within six feet of a sink appear to have no ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection(LOWER GUEST BATH). 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, repairs should be made so that all receptacles that serve countertop surfaces within six feet of sinks have GFCI protection. For example, install GFCI receptacles or circuit breaker(s) as needed.
 
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