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Phone: (734) 578-0780
Inspector: Donald Mead

 

Your Inspection Report
Client(s): xxxxx and xxxxx
Property address: xxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxx
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Inspection date: Sunday 02-25-07
This report published on 9/14/2009 5:56:50 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 

Structural Pest Inspection Concerns
Items of concern relating to the structural pest inspection are shown as follows:
WDO/WDI InfestationEvidence of infestation of wood destroying insects or organisms (Live or dead insect bodies, fungal growth, etc.) 
WDO/WDI DamageDamage caused by wood destroying insects or organisms (Rot, carpenter ant galleries, etc.) 
WDO/WDI Conducive
conditions
Conditions 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
Electric Services/AC/Garage
Roof
Interior-Kitchen
Interior-Bathrooms
Interior-Other Rooms
Frieplaces and solid fuel burning app.
Attic
Basement
Plumbing/Water Heater and laundry room
Electrical
Heating System

 
General information Return to table of contents
Structures inspected: 2000 Colonial
Report number: LJ308
Time started: 3:15pm
Time finished: 6:35pm
Inspection Fee: xxx.xx
Present during inspection: Buyer
Occupied: No
Age of building: 6 years
Type of building: Single family
Weather conditions: Cloudy, Rain, Snow
Temperature: Cold
Ground condition: Wet, Damp, Frozen, Snow Covered
Main entrance faces: North
Foundation type: Unfinished basement
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Private sewage disposal system, Security system, Irrigation system, Swimming pool, Hot tub, Private well, Shed, Playground equipment, Sauna, Low voltage outdoor lighting, Central vacuum system, Water filtration system, Water softener system, Built-in sound system, Intercom system, Generator system, Sport court
1)   The water service wasn't turned on during the inspection. As a result, plumbing supply, drain and waste lines, fixtures, and some appliances such as water heaters weren't fully evaluated.
 
Exterior Return to table of contents
Footing material: Not visible
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Brick veneer, Vinyl
Driveway material: Poured in place concretePartially Snow covered
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concretePartially Snow covered
Exterior door material: Solid core steel
Window Frames: Vinyl
Strom & Screen: Clad Comb.
1-Trim, 2 Soffit, 3 Fascia: WOOD, Vinyl
Negative grade at:: West
2)   Upstairs window frame on northeast corner has some deterioration and what appears to be fungus growing.

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3)   The perimeter grading slopes towards the structure in one or more areas. 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. Wet soil may also cause the foundation to settle and possibly fail over time. Recommend grading soil so it slopes down and away from the structure with a slope of at least 5% (10% or better is optimal) for at least 6 feet.
4)   One or more downspouts have no extensions, or have extensions that are ineffective. 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. Recommend making repairs as necessary such as repairing or installing splash blocks or tie-ins to underground drain lines so rain water is carried at least several feet away from the structure to soil that slopes down and away from the structure.
5)   Siding on the southside of the property is detached.
6)   Top of chimmey trim appears to be coming loose.

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7)   Moderate cracks (1/8" to 3/4") were found in the foundation. These may be a structural concern and the client may wish to hire a qualified geotechnical engineer to evaluate possible soil movement and/or a qualified structural engineer to evaluate the integrity of the structure. At a minimum, recommend sealing cracks to prevent water infiltration. 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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    8)   Caulk is missing or deteriorated in some areas. Recommend caulking where necessary.
     
    Electric Services/AC/Garage Return to table of contents
    Primary service type: Underground
    Service amperage (amps): 200
    Service voltage (volts): 120-240
    Service conductor material: Aluminum
    Air Conditioning and Heat Pump:
    Manufacturer: Amana
    Model: RCE48a2d
    A/C energy source: Electric
    Air conditioning type: Split system
    Garage Type: Attached
    Footing material: Not visible
    Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
    Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
    Wall covering: Brick veneer
    Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground with binoculars
    Roof type: Cross gable
    Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
    Estimated age of roof: 6 years
    Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
    Roof ventilation: Adequate
    Electronic Sensor: Operates
    9)   The garage vehicle door "auto-reverses", but requires too much force. The door should reverse relatively easily when closing and when it strikes something. This is a safety hazard, especially for small children. Recommend having a qualified garage door contractor evaluate and repair or replace opener as necessary.
    10)   One or more downspouts have no extensions, or have extensions that are ineffective. 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. Recommend making repairs as necessary such as repairing or installing splash blocks or tie-ins to underground drain lines so rain water is carried at least several feet away from the structure to soil that slopes down and away from the structure.
    11)   Undetermined stains were found on garage ceiling. It could be mold. Should be evaluated.

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    12)   The outdoor air temperature was below 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the inspection. Because of this, the inspector was unable to operate and fully evaluate the cooling system.
    13)   The roof was partially obscured by snow and couldn't be fully evaluated.
     
    Roof Return to table of contents
    Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground with binoculars
    Roof type: Cross gable
    Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
    Estimated age of roof: 6 years
    Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
    Roof ventilation: Adequate
    14)   The roof was partially obscured by snow and couldn't be fully evaluated.
     
    Interior-Kitchen Return to table of contents

    15)   The water supply to the dishwasher was shut-of.
    16)   No appliances, other than dishwasher.
     
    Interior-Bathrooms Return to table of contents
    Bathrooms: 1 2 3 4
    17)   No water.
     
    Interior-Other Rooms Return to table of contents

    18)   Some walls show drywall tape around family room staircase.
     
    Frieplaces and solid fuel burning app. Return to table of contents
    Fireplace type: Metal prefabricated
    Chimney type: Metal
     
    Attic Return to table of contents
    Inspection method: Partially traversed
    Roof structure type: Trusses
    Ceiling structure: Ceiling beams
    Insulation material: Fiberglass loose fill
    Insulation depth: 12"
    19)   Recessed "can" lights are installed in the ceiling below the attic. The inspector was unable to find a label or markings that indicated if these lights are designed to be in contact with insulation, and one or more lights are in contact with insulation. This is a possible fire hazard. Further evaluation should be performed, by a qualified contractor if necessary, to determine if these lights are rated for contact with insulation. If they aren't, or if their rating can't be determined, insulation should be moved, and wells or barriers should be installed or repaired as necessary to keep the insulation away from these lights.
    20)   One down truss is cracked, just east of hatch. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair.

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    21)   Undetermine stains on some of the trusses.
     
    Basement Return to table of contents
    Insulation material underneath floor above: None visible
    Pier or support post material: Steel
    Beam material: Steel
    Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
    22)   One or more holes are bored less than two inches from the edge of joist(s). This is substandard construction and has damaged the joist(s). A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary.

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    23)   Major cracks were found on basement walls.These may be a structural concern and the client may wish to hire a qualified geotechnical engineer to evaluate possible soil movement and/or a qualified structural engineer to evaluate the integrity of the structure. At a minimum, recommend sealing cracks to prevent water infiltration. 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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    Plumbing/Water Heater and laundry room Return to table of contents
    Location of main water shut-off valve: northwest corner
    Water service: Public
    Service pipe material: Copper
    Supply pipe material: Copper
    Vent pipe material: Plastic
    Drain pipe material: Plastic
    Waste pipe material: Plastic
    Estimated age: 1995
    Type: Tank
    Energy source: Natural gas
    Capacity (in gallons): 50
    Brand & model: Bradford White MI5036en10
    24)   Main water shut-off leaks. A qualified plumber should evaluate and replace supply pipes and fittings as necessary.
    25)   Neither the clothes washer nor dryer were operated or evaluated. They are excluded from this inspection.
    26)   The water heater was turned off at the time of the inspection. For example, circuit breaker turned off, gas supply turned off or pilot light turned off. The inspector was unable to fully evaluate the water heater.
     
    Electrical Return to table of contents
    Location of main service panel: East corner of basement
    Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
    Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
    Service conductor material: Aluminum
    Main disconnect rating (amps): 150
    Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
    Smoke detectors present: Yes
     
    Heating System Return to table of contents
    Heating system energy source: Natural gas
    Heat system type: Forced air
    Distribution system: Sheet metal ducts
    Brand & model: Lenox Elite g26q3/4-100-5
    Filter location: Behind return air grill
    27)   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.
     
    If you have any question or concerns about this report, feel free to call me @ 734-578-0780 or email me dmead@djhomeinspect.com