Eagle Eye Home Inspectors Inc.

Website: http://www.reporthost.com/eagleeyeins
Email: eagle-eye@qwest.net
Phone: (208) 939-4283
3210 E. Chinden Blvd. Suite#115 
Eagle, ID. 83616


Client(s): RICK WATSON
Property address: 8840 SPRINGHURST DR.
Inspection date: MONDAY, April 23, 2007
This report published on 4/24/2007 10:56:24 AM MDT

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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 
CommentFor your information 

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Table of Contents
General information
Attached garage
Electric service
Water heater
Heating and air conditioning
Plumbing and laundry
Fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances
Crawl space
Interior rooms

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Overview: This 37 year old home appears to have been well built and maintained. There are some items noted that need attention on this certified home inspection.
Structures inspected: All areas of the dwelling were inspected.
Report number: 42307springhurst
Time started: 10:00 a.m.
Time finished: 12:00 p.m.
Inspection Fee: $245.00 paid
Present during inspection: Buyer
Occupied: Yes
Age of building: 37 Years
Type of building: Single family
Weather conditions: Clear
Temperature: Cool
Ground condition: Damp
Main entrance faces: South
Foundation type: Crawlspace
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Playground equipment
1) Numerous wall, floor and/or ceiling surfaces were obscured by large amounts of furniture and/or stored items, preventing a full evaluation of some areas.
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Footing material: Poured in place concrete
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete, Post and pier
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Composition wood panels, Brick veneer
Driveway material: Poured in place concrete
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Exterior door material: Solid core wood
Water pressure (psi): 82 psi.
2) Soffit wood above rear door slider has water damage, and should be replaced.
3) Gate latch is missing on "West " side of fence line.
4) One or more gutters 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. Recommend having a qualified contractor install gutters and downspouts where missing. Also recommend installing extensions such as splashblocks or tie-ins to underground drain lines where necessary to carry rain water away from the house.

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5) The finish on the deck is worn and/or deteriorated. Recommend cleaning and repainting deck.
6) Fascia board in front of dwelling has failed and needs to be replaced.

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7) All exterior outlets and lights are functional and working properly.
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Roof inspection method: Traversed
Roof type: Gable
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Estimated age of roof: 10 -15 years
Gutter & downspout material: None
Roof ventilation: Adequate
8) The masonry chimney crown is deteriorated (cracked or broken) and needs repairs or replacement. The crown is meant to keep water off of the chimney structure. The chimney can be damaged by wet masonry going through freeze-thaw cycles. A properly constructed chimney crown should:

  • Be constructed using either pre-cast concrete slabs, cast-in-place steel reinforced concrete, solid stone, or metal
  • Be sloped down from the flue a minimum of 3 inches of fall per foot of run
  • Extend a minimum of 2 and 1/2 inches beyond the face of the chimney on all sides
  • Not directly contact the flue liner (if installed), and this gap should be filled with flexible caulk
  • Have flashing installed between the bottom of the crown and the top of the brick chimney

    Recommend having crown evaluated by a qualified chimney service contractor or mason and repaired or replaced as necessary.

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    9) Missing roof shingles due to weather. This should be replaced, to prevent water from entering attic space.

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    10)   Roof contractor should inspect 2 types of roof applications.

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    11) The garage vehicle door doesn't appear to "auto-reverse". The door should reverse when closing and when it either strikes something or when something passes through a photo sensor at the base of the door. This is a safety hazard, especially for small children. Recommend having a qualified garage door contractor evaluate and repair or replace opener as necessary.
    12) The garage-house door poses a fire risk because it's not fire-rated (metal or solid-core construction). Recommend having a qualified contractor replace this door with a fire-rated door.
    13) Cover plate(s) are missing from one or more electric outlet boxes. They are intended to contain fire and prevent electric shock from exposed wires. This is a safety hazard and poses a risk of both fire and shock. Recommend installing cover plates over outlet boxes where missing.

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    14) Cover plate(s) are missing from one or more electric junction boxes. They are intended to contain fire and prevent electric shock from exposed wires. This is a safety hazard and poses a risk of both fire and shock. Recommend installing cover plates over junction boxes where missing.

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    15) The interior perimeter of the garage is excluded from this inspection due to lack of access from stored items.
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    Primary service type: Underground
    Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
    Service amperage (amps): 200
    Service voltage (volts): 120-240
    Location of main service panel: Garage
    Location of main disconnect: No single main disconnect, use all breakers in main panel
    Service conductor material: Copper
    Main disconnect rating (amps): Not applicable, no single main disconnect
    Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
    Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: No
    Smoke detectors present: Yes All Working
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    Estimated age: 2-3 YEARS
    Type: Tank
    Energy source: Electricity
    Capacity (in gallons): 50
    Brand & model: Bradford & White
    Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 120f
    16) This unit is functional and working properly.
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    Heating system energy source: Natural gas
    Heat system type: Forced air, Down draft, Medium efficiency
    A/C energy source: Electric
    Air conditioning type: Split system
    Distribution system: Sheet metal ducts
    Brand & model: Carrier
    Location of filter(s): On Furnace Duct
    17) Last service date of this system is more than one year ago or is unable to be determined. Recommend asking seller when it was last serviced. If unable to determine or if more than one year ago, recommend that this system be inspected, cleaned, serviced and repaired if necessary by a qualified heating and cooling technician. Recommend that this servicing be made annually in the future.
    18) Outdoor air temperature below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, unable to operate and/or fully evaluate cooling system.
    19)   This unit is functional and working properly.
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    Inspection method: Viewed from hatch
    Roof structure type: Trusses
    Ceiling structure: Trusses
    Insulation material: Rockwool loose fill
    Insulation depth: 15 inches
    Insulation estimated R value: R-38
    20) No issues in attic space.
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    Water service: Public
    Service pipe material: Copper
    Supply pipe material: Copper
    Vent pipe material: Plastic
    Drain pipe material: Plastic
    Waste pipe material: Plastic
    21) No leaks present at time of inspection.
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    Fireplace type: Masonry, Metal prefabricated
    Chimney type: Masonry, Metal
    22) Slate is loose near fireplace at entry. Recommend securing slate.
    23) All solid fuel burning appliances (woodstoves and fireplaces) should be inspected annually by a qualified chimney service contractor, cleaned and repaired as necessary.
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    Inspection method: Traversed
    Insulation material underneath floor above: None visible
    Pier or support post material: Wood
    Beam material: Solid wood
    Floor structure above: 2x6 tongue and groove
    Vapor barrier present: Yes
    24) The heating and/or cooling ducts in the crawl space are uninsulated. Recommend installing R19 insulation or better on ducts for better energy efficiency.
    25) Clean and dry in crawlspace area. No leaks present at time of inspection.
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    26) One or more bathrooms with a shower don't have an exhaust fan installed. Even if a window that opens exists, it may not provide adequate ventilation, especially during cold weather when the window is less likely to be opened. Recommend having a qualified contractor install an exhaust fan, duct and vent cap as per standard building practices in bathrooms with showers where missing.
    27) Soft drywall near corner at guest shower. This will be common with a shower curtain. Shower doors are recommended.
    28) One or more sink stopper mechanisms are missing, inoperable or in disrepair. Recommend installing or repairing sink stopper mechanisms as necessary. "Guest bathroom"
    29) Broken part at dishwasher. Seller has stated that the part has been ordered.
    30) All interior lights, switches, and outlets are functional and working properly.
    31) Minor cracks found in ceiling. These are only a cosmetic concern. No action is recommended. "Near entrance to hallway"
    Certain areas are recognized by the industry as inaccessible and/or for other reasons not inspected. These include but not limited to: Inaccessible and/or insulated attics or portions thereof, attics with less than 18" clear crawl space, the interior of hollow walls; spaces between floor or porch deck and the ceiling below;areas where there is no access without defacing or tearing out lumber, masonry or finished work; areas behind stoves, refrigerators or beneath floor coverings, furnishings; areas where encumbrances and storage, conditions or locks make inspection impractical; and areas or timbers around eaves that would require use of an extension ladder.1.1. A Home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of a residential dwelling, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of said dwelling. Components may include any combination of mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, or other essential systems or portions of the home, as identified and agreed to by the Client and Inspector, prior to the inspection process.

    I. A home inspection is intended to assist in evaluation of the overall condition of the dwelling. The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the structure and its components on the date of the inspection and not the prediction of future conditions.

    II. A home inspection will not reveal every concern that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the day of the inspection.

    1.2. A Material defect is a condition with a residential real property or any portion of it that would have a significant adverse impact on the value of the real property or that involves an unreasonable risk to people on the property. The fact that a structural element, system or subsystem is near, at or beyond the end of the normal useful life of such a structural element, system or subsystem is not by itself a material defect.

    1.3. An Inspection report shall describe and identify in written format the inspected systems, structures, and components of the dwelling and shall identify material defects observed. Inspection reports may contain recommendations regarding conditions reported or recommendations for correction, monitoring or further evaluation by professionals, but this is not required.