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Website: http://www.jrotella.com
Email: inspector@jrotella.com
Inspector's email: az28@bellsouth.net
Phone: (315) 380-3294
Inspector's phone: (315) 380-3294
3462 Collins Rd 
syracuse, ny, 13215
Inspector: Jay Rotella
NYS 1600000676

Report Summary

Property Inspection Report
Client(s): Ann Informed Buyer
Property address: 123 your st.
Inspection date: 3/31/2010

This report summary published on 5/28/2012 10:27:01 AM EDT

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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 

General information
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 http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml05/05017.html

Exterior
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.

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.

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 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.

    Garage
    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: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/523.html or http://www.ohdstl.com/safety.html

    Heating and cooling
    10) - The air handler's filter(s) are damaged and/or deteriorated and should be replaced.

    Kitchen
    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.

    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.

    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.
    THERE IS A SLIGHT LEAK AT THE SPRAYER HOSE /HANDLE CONNECTION

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

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

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

    Interior rooms
    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:

    http://www.faninfo.com/ceiling_fans_balance.html
    http://thefanshop.com/fanfaq/maintenance.htm
    http://www.lampdepot.com/service/wobble_problems.htm