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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): Smith
Property address: 1234 Walnut Rd. Lancaster, CA.
Inspection date: Friday, August 27, 2004
This report published on Monday, April 12, 2010 4:03:27 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 
Minor DefectCorrection likely involves only a minor expense 
MaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance 
EvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist 
MonitorRecommend monitoring in the future 
ServiceableItem or component is in serviceable condition 
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.) 

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Table of Contents
PLEASE NOTE:
SCOPE OF WORK
General information
Exterior
Roof
Electric service
Water Heater Information:
Water heater
Heating and cooling
Plumbing and laundry
Garage
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys
Interior rooms
Kitchen
Bathrooms
Attic
 
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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.
 
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: 5074
Structures inspected: Main dwelling
Type of building: Single family
Age of building: Approx 18 yrs.
Time started: 9:00 am
Time finished: 11:30 am
Inspection Fee: $425.00
Payment method: Invoiced
Present during inspection: Realtor(s)
Occupied: No, but furnishings and stored items are present
Weather conditions: Clear
Temperature: Warm
Ground condition: Dry
Front of structure faces: East
Main entrance faces: East
Foundation type: Slab on grade
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Irrigation system, Low voltage outdoor lighting, Water softener system
 
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, Stucco
Driveway material: Poured in place concrete
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Exterior door material: Solid core wood
3) One or more light fixtures located in "wet" or "damp" locations have no covers. A qualified electrician should evaluate and replace lamp covers as necessary and as per standard building practices.(REAR GARAGE DOOR)
4) Waterproof cover(s) over one or more electric receptacles are damaged or broken. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock and fire. Damaged covers should be replaced where necessary.
5) 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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6) One or more outside faucets leak. For example, from the valve stem when turned on or from the spigot when turned off. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair as necessary.

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POOL FILL-UP VALVE
 

7) Polaris VAC Sweep unit did not function at time of inspection. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and make necessary repairs.
8) Self closing device at one pool access gate was not functioning at time of inspection. A qualified contractor should evaluate and replace or make repairs as necessary.

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9) 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:
  • Hydraulic cement. Requires chiseling a channel in the crack to apply. See http://www.quickrete.com/catalog/HydraulicWater-StopCement.html for an example.
  • Resilient caulks (easy to apply). See http://www.quickrete.com/catalog/GrayConcreteRepair.html for an example.
  • Epoxy sealants (both a waterproof and structural repair). See http://www.mountaingrout.com/ for examples of these products.

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    10) The exterior finish in some areas is failing. A qualified contractor should prep (pressure wash, scrape, sand, prime caulk, etc.) and repaint or restain areas as needed and as per standard building practices.(BOTTOM OF WOOD CLAPBOARD)
    11) The pool/spa filtration system worked at the time of the inspection, However due to the age of the system, clients should budget for a replacement in the near future.(Approx. 2 yrs.)

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    POOL/SPA FILTRATION SYSTEM
     

    12) Heating unit for pool/spa was in good working condition at time of inspection.

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    POOL/SPA HEATER
     

    13) One or more sections of foundation and/or exterior walls are excluded from this inspection due to lack of access from vegetation, debris and/or stored items.
    14) Minor cracks were found in one or more sidewalk or patio sections. However they don't appear to be a structural concern and no trip hazards were found. No immediate action is recommended, but the client(s) may wish to have repairs made or have cracked sections replaced for aesthetic reasons.
     
    Roof Return to table of contents
    Roof inspection method: Viewed from eaves on ladder
    Roof type: Hipped
    Roof covering: Concrete tile
    Estimated age of roof: Approx. 1 yr.
    Gutter & downspout material: None
    Roof ventilation: Adequate
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    Electric service Return to table of contents
    Primary service type: Underground
    Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
    Service amperage (amps): 100
    Service voltage (volts): 120/240
    Location of main service switch: North ext. wall
    Location of main disconnect: Middle
    Service entrance conductor material: Copper
    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: Yes
    Smoke detectors present:
    16) This home has solid-strand branch circuit aluminum wiring. This type of aluminum wiring is a potential fire hazard. Problems due to expansion and contraction can cause overheating at connections between the wire and devices such as switches and receptacles, or at splices. The Consumer Products Safety Commission recommends either discontinuing use of circuits with aluminum wiring, or pigtailing copper wiring onto the ends of the aluminum wire. A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair or replace this wiring. For more information, visit: http://www.inspect-ny.com/aluminum.htm

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    ELECTRIC PANEL
     
     
    Water Heater Information: Return to table of contents

    18) There are a wide variety of residential water heaters that range in capacity fromfifteen 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.

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    WATER HEATER
     
     
    Water heater Return to table of contents
    Estimated age: Approx. 1-3 yrs.
    Type: Tank
    Energy source: Natural gas
    Capacity (in gallons): 50
    Manufacturer: General Electric
    Model: #SG50T12AVH00
    Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 109 deg.
    19) No drain line is installed for the temperature-pressure relief valve. This is a potential safety hazard due to the risk of scalding if someone is standing next to the water heater when the valve opens. A qualified plumber should install a drain line as per standard building practices. For example, extending to 6 inches from the floor, or routed so as to drain outside. For more information, visit http://www.wattsreg.com/default.htm?/t&p/installation.htm
    20) Vent for water heater is not attached properly. Recommend re-fastening vent to keep combustible gasses from accumulating in garage area.

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    Heating and cooling Return to table of contents
    Estimated age: 1-4 yrs.
    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: ArcoAire
    Model: #H8MPL125J20A1
    Filter location: In return air duct below furnace
    Filter size:: Approx. 18x25
    21) No filter is visible for the heating/cooling system. As a result, unfiltered air will flow through the system, and the heating/cooling equipment life and the indoor air quality may be reduced. Correctly sized filter(s) should be installed. If necessary, guides or retaining devices should be installed or repaired so filter(s) are securely anchored and gaps around edges are minimized.
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    GAS FURNACE

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    A/C CONDENSING UNIT
     
    Plumbing and laundry Return to table of contents
    Water pressure (psi): 71 psi
    Location of main water shut-off valve: Front exterior
    Location of main water meter: Street
    Location of main fuel shut-off: South exterior wall
    Water service: Public
    Service pipe material: Galvanized steel
    Supply pipe material: Copper
    Vent pipe material: Not visible
    Drain pipe material: Plastic
    Waste pipe material: Not visible
    23) Water supply pipe at front of house should be supported, so as to prevent pipe from damage.

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    24)

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    LAUNDRY AREA

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    POOL FILL-UP VALVE

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    GAS METER

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    MAIN WATER SHUT-OFF VALVE & PRESSURE REGULATOR
     
    Garage Return to table of contents

    25) Cover plate(s) are missing from one or more electric boxes, such as for receptacles, switches and/or junction boxes. They are intended to contain fire and prevent electric shock from exposed wires. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of fire and shock. Cover plates should be installed where missing.

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    26) Much of the garage, include areas around the interior perimeter and in the center are excluded from this inspection due to lack of access from stored items.
     
    Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys Return to table of contents
    Fireplace type: Masonry with metal liner
    Chimney type: Masonry, Metal
    27) 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

    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) Cover plate(s) are missing from one or more electric boxes, such as for receptacles, switches and/or junction boxes. They are intended to contain fire and prevent electric shock from exposed wires. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of fire and shock. Cover plates should be installed where missing.
    30) Screen(s) in one or more windows are missing. The client(s) should ask the property owner(s) about this. Screens are often removed for window cleaning and they may be stored somewhere. If not, then recommend installing screens where missing.
    31) Fixtures such as door stops, towel bars and/or toilet paper holders are missing in one or more areas. Recommend having a qualified contractor install fixtures where missing.
    32) Mantle is seperated from wall. This is only a cosmetic concern. Recommend re attaching mantle or using caulk to fill void.

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    33) 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.
     
    Kitchen Return to table of contents

    34) 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. 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.
    35) 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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    36) Minor damage and/or deterioration was found at countertops or cabinets in one or more areas. The client(s) should evaluate and consider having repairs made, and/or countertops replaced where necessary.

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    Bathrooms Return to table of contents

    37) One or more faucet handles are loose or missing and should be repaired or replaced as necessary.

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    38) One or more sink stopper mechanisms are missing, or need adjustment or repair. Stopper mechanisms should be installed where missing and/or repairs should be made so sink stoppers open and close easily.
    39) 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.
    40) GFCI @ master bath resets in guest bath.
     
    Attic Return to table of contents
    Inspection method: Traversed
    Roof structure type: Rafters
    Ceiling structure: Ceiling beams
    Insulation material: Fiberglass loose fill
    Insulation depth: 10"
    Insulation estimated R value: R-19
     
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