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Phone: (315) 380-3294
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3462 Collins Rd 
syracuse, ny, 13215
Inspector: Jay Rotella
NYS 1600000676


Property Inspection Report
Client(s): Ann Informed Buyer
Property address: 123 your st.
Inspection date: 3/31/2010
This report published on Monday, May 28, 2012 10:27:01 AM EDT

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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 
Repair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing 
Repair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance 
Minor DefectCorrection likely involves only a minor expense 
EvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist 
ServiceableItem or component is in servicable condition 
CommentFor your information 

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Table of Contents
General information
Electric service
Water heater
Heating and cooling
Plumbing and laundry
Interior rooms
General information Return to table of contents
Report number: 03312010
Structures inspected: house
Type of building: Single family
Age of building: 6
Time started: 2:59pm
Time finished: 4:26 pm
Inspection Fee: 249
Payment method: Check
Present during inspection: Client(s), Realtor(s)
Occupied: Yes
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
Temperature: Cool
Ground condition: Wet
Front of structure faces: North
Main entrance faces: North
Foundation type: Unfinished basement
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Security system, Playground equipment, Built-in sound 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
2) 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: Not visible
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Vinyl
Driveway material: Asphalt
Sidewalk material: Paving stones
Exterior door material: Solid core steel
3) 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. Repairs should be made as necessary, such as installing or repositioning splash blocks, or installing and/or repairing 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.

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4) 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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5) 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 for an example.
  • Resilient caulks (easy to apply). See for an example.
  • Epoxy sealants (both a waterproof and structural repair). See for examples of these products.
    6) Minor cracks were found in the driveway. 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.

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    Roof Return to table of contents
    Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground with binoculars
    Roof type: Gable
    Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
    Estimated age of roof: 6 yrs per disclosure
    Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
    Roof ventilation: Adequate
    7) Because of the roof covering type and/or the configuration of the roof, the inspector was unable to traverse the roof and wasn't able to fully evaluate the entire roof.
    Garage Return to table of contents

    8) 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: or
    Attic Return to table of contents
    Inspection method: Not inspected
    9) The attic access hatch was inaccessible due to stored items, debris, or the hatch being permanently closed. The inspector was unable to evaluate the attic, and it's excluded from this inspection. Recommend moving items or modifying hatch(es) as necessary to allow periodic evaluation of attic spaces.
    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 service switch: BASEMENT
    Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
    Service entrance conductor material: Aluminum
    System ground: Cold water supply pipes
    Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
    Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
    Smoke detectors present: Yes
    Water heater Return to table of contents
    Estimated age: 6 yrs
    Type: Tank
    Energy source: Natural gas
    Capacity (in gallons): 40
    Manufacturer: Rheem
    Heating and cooling Return to table of contents
    Estimated age: 6 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: Sheet metal ducts
    Manufacturer: Rheem
    Filter location: At the base of the furnace
    10) The air handler's filter(s) are damaged and/or deteriorated and should be replaced.

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    11) 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.
    Plumbing and laundry Return to table of contents
    Location of main fuel shut-off: outside
    Water service: Public
    Service pipe material: Copper
    Supply pipe material: Polybutylene
    Vent pipe material: Plastic
    Drain pipe material: Plastic
    Waste pipe material: Plastic
    12) A sump pump is installed on the premises. This may indicate that water accumulates inside or below the structure. Recommend asking the property owners how often the sump pump operates and for how long at different times of the year. Also, the clients should be aware that the service life of most sump pumps is between five and seven years, and that the pump may need replacing soon depending on its age and how much it operates.
    13) The inspector was unable to test the sump pump for one or more reasons (no source of water, appeared unsafe, no power, etc.). The sump pump was not fully evaluated. THE SUMP PUMP WAS NOT READILY ACCESSIBLE

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    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
    Kitchen Return to table of contents

    14) Substandard wiring was found for the under-sink food disposal. Unprotected solid-strand, non-metallic sheathed (Romex) wiring is used. The insulation can be damaged by objects coming in contact with it and/or it being repeatedly moved. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock and fire. Armored (BX) cable, or a flexible appliance cord with a plug end and electric outlet should be used. A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair as necessary.

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    15) The dishwasher drain line is not configured with a "high loop" or "air gap". A high loop is created by routing the drain line up to the bottom surface of the counter top above, and securely fastening it to that surface. It is meant to prevent water from siphoning out of the dishwasher, and to prevent water from the sink drain or food disposal from entering the dishwasher. Some dishwashers have a built-in high loop where one is not required to be configured in the drain line. The clients should try to determine if a high loop is required for this brand and model of dishwasher (review installation instructions, etc.). If one is required, or it cannot be determined if one is not required, then a qualified contractor should install a high loop as per standard building practices.

    Also, no "air gap" is installed. Air gaps are another device meant to prevent water from the sink drain or food disposal from entering the dishwasher. These are required in some municipalities for new construction and when remodeling. The client(s) should consult with a qualified contractor to determine if an air gap should be installed.

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    16) The under-sink food disposal is noisy. A qualified plumber or contractor should evaluate and repair or replace the food disposal as necessary.
    17) The sink sprayer at the kitchen sink is inoperable or defective. It should be replaced, and by a qualified plumber if necessary.

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    18) Water damage was found in the WINDOW TRIM above the sinks. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.

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    Bathrooms Return to table of contents

    19) One or more sinks are clogged or drain slowly. Drain(s) should be cleared as necessary, and by a qualified plumber if necessary.

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    20) the tub spout in the bathroom needs to be sealed against the tub wall to prevent water damage to the lower floor ceilings

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    Interior rooms Return to table of contents

    21) One or more ceiling fans wobbles excessively during operation. This is a potential safety hazard and may be caused by one or more of the following:
  • Loose screws
  • Loose blade(s)
  • A loose connection between the rod and the fan body
  • A loose connection between the fan body and the electric box above
  • Misaligned blades
  • Bent or warped blades
  • Unbalanced blades

    Recommend having a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary. For more information, visit:

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