GA Engineering and Property Inspectors, LLC

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Email: gpi@bellsouth.net
Phone: (678) 520-9772
2862 Rhonda Dale Dr 
Powder Springs GA 30127-5057
Inspector: Burnie Fulwood

   

Property Inspection Report
Client(s): Myra Rainey
Property address: 7075 Morningside ct
Douglasvillie GA 30134
Inspection date: 4/20/2010
This report published on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 2:27:50 PM CDT

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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 
Minor DefectCorrection likely involves only a minor expense 
MaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance 
EvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist 
MonitorRecommend monitoring in the future 
CommentFor your information 

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Table of Contents
General information
Exterior
Roof
Attic
Electric service
Water heater
Heating and cooling
Plumbing and laundry
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys
Basement
Bathrooms
Interior rooms
 
General information Return to table of contents
Report number: 1006
Structures inspected: Home
Type of building: Single family home
Age of building: approx. 7 years old
Property owner's name: Myra Rainey
Time started: 5pm
Time finished: 7:56pm
Inspection Fee: 250.00
Payment method: Invoiced
Occupied: No
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
Temperature: Cool
Ground condition: Damp
Front of structure faces: South
Main entrance faces: South
Foundation type: partially finished basement
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Security system, Irrigation system
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: Poured in place concrete
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete, Brick
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame, Concrete block poured concrete in bsmt
Wall covering: Wood clapboard, Cement-based panels, Wood shingles, Wood shakes, Brick veneer
Driveway material: Poured in place concrete
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Exterior door material: metal door hollow inside
2) Caulk is missing or deteriorated in some areas and should be replaced and/or applied where necessary. For more information on caulking, visit:
The Ins and Outs of Caulking.

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Window on rear of property that reqiure caulking.
 

3) One or more downspouts are dented, damaged and/or crushed. This can restrict the water flow and result in clogging and overflowing gutters. Water may accumulate 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. Damaged downspouts should be repaired or replaced as necessary, and by a qualified contractor if necessary

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Bent downspout and missing extention

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4) Stains were found in one or more areas on soffit boards, but no elevated moisture levels were found and the wood appears to be in good condition. Based on the appearance of the roof, these stains may be from past leaks. Recommend monitoring these areas in the future. If moisture is observed, a qualified contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary.
5) 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.
6) 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.

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small crack on side walk

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minor crack in sidewalk

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Roof Return to table of contents
Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground with binoculars, Viewed from windows
Roof type: Gable, Cross gable
Roof covering: asphalt shingles
Estimated age of roof: 7 to 10 years
Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
Roof ventilation: Adequate
7) Some wood shakes are damaged and/or deteriorated. Over time, wood shakes typically curl, split, rot at the ends, "burn through", and/or become loose. Such failures typically result in exposed felt and/or leaks. A qualified roofing contractor should evaluate and replace shakes as necessary. Also, a qualified roofing contractor should clean the wood shake roof as necessary, and apply a preservative. Such repairs and maintenance should be performed every three to five years in the future.

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Window on front of house where wood shake may cause problem in the future.

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Wood Shake curling

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Wood Shake beginning to curl on the Chimeny
 

8) One or more sections of roof flashing are deteriorated and/or rusted. Leaks may occur as a result. A qualified roofing contractor should evaluate and replace flashing where necessary.
9) One or more "rubber boot" flashings are lifting at the base or are improperly installed so that water or vermin intrusion may occur. A qualified contractor should make repairs as necessary, such as permanently fastening down the lifted edge(s), or reinstalling flashings.
10) Trees and/or shrubs are in contact with or are close to the roof edge(s) in one or more areas. Damage to the roof may result, especially during high winds. Vegetation can also act as a conduit for wood destroying insects. Vegetation should be pruned back and/or removed as necessary to prevent damage and infestation by wood destroying insects.
 
Attic Return to table of contents
Inspection method: Traversed
Roof structure type: Trusses, Rafters
Ceiling structure: Ceiling beams
Insulation material: Fiberglass loose fill
Insulation depth: less than 12" in some areas
Insulation estimated R value: 22
11) The ceiling insulation's R rating is significantly less than what's recommended for this area. Recommend having a qualified contractor install additional insulation as per standard building practices for better energy efficiency.
12) Ceiling insulation is missing in some areas. Recommend installing insulation where missing for better energy efficiency.
 
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
System ground: Ground rod(s) in soil
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
Smoke detectors present: Yes, Need to replace batteries in all smoke detectors
 
Water heater Return to table of contents
Estimated age: 4 months
Type: Tank
Energy source: Natural gas
Capacity (in gallons): 65
Manufacturer: General Electric
Model: GE50M06AAG
Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): NOT CHECKED
 
Heating and cooling Return to table of contents
Estimated age: 7-10 years
Primary heating system energy source: Natural gas
Primary heat system type: Forced air, Up draft
Primary A/C energy source: Electric
Primary Air conditioning type: Split system
Distribution system: Flexible ducts
Manufacturer: Goodman
Model: CLJ36-1A AND CLJ24-1
Filter location: At the base of the furnace
Last service date: no date shown, looks to be recent
 
Plumbing and laundry Return to table of contents
Water pressure (psi): WATER NOT TURNED ON
Location of main water shut-off valve: Outside near curb at driveway
Location of main water meter: Outside near curb at driveway
Location of main fuel shut-off: right of drinveway outside
Visible fuel storage systems: no
Water service: Public
Service pipe material: Galvanized steel
Supply pipe material: CPVC
Vent pipe material: Plastic
Drain pipe material: Plastic
Waste pipe material: Plastic
Vent pipe material: Galvanized steel
13) Kitchen faucet appears to be very loose. May have a plumber to evaluate and replace if needed.

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Kitchen faucet loose
 

14) Water pressure could not be checked because the water was not turned on. Must re-evalutate at later time
 
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys Return to table of contents
Fireplace type: Masonry with metal liner
Chimney type: Metal metal inside, wood shakes outside
15) 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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Fireplace

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Basement Return to table of contents
Insulation material underneath floor above: concrete walls and
Pier or support post material: Concrete
Insulation material underneath floor above: Fiberglass roll or batt
Pier or support post material: Concrete
Beam material: Solid wood
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
16) Guardrails are loose and/or wobbly in one or more areas. This is a safety hazard. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary, such as installing new fasteners or hardware, installing additional fasteners and/or installing additional railing components as necessary so they are securely attached.

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railing leading to basement
 
 
Bathrooms Return to table of contents

17) 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.

non GFCI outlet near the sink next lto shower. recommend that all sockets near any sink or shower to be GFCI.

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Outlet needs to be GFCI

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Needs GFCI
 
Interior rooms Return to table of contents

18) Guardrails are loose and/or wobbly in one or more areas. This is a safety hazard. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary, such as installing new fasteners or hardware, installing additional fasteners and/or installing additional railing components as necessary so they are securely attached.
19) Handrail(s) at some stairs are loose. This is a safety hazard. A qualified contractor should make repairs as necessary. For example, installing new fasteners and/or hardware so handrails are securely attached.

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railing leading to basement loose

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railing leading to basement

20) 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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Light fixture in the foyer cover plate to ceiling came down

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Light fixture at entrance in foyer

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Receptacle upstair hallway missing cover plate.
 

21) Batteries in all the smoke alarms should be replaced after taking occupancy, and annually in the future. "Chirping" noises emitted from smoke alarms typically indicate that batteries need replacing. For more information, visit:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5077.html

22) Floors in one or more areas are not level. Significant repairs may be needed to make floors level, such as repairs to the foundation. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.

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Flooring uneven in basment office

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Flooring in basement office

23) Wood flooring in one or more areas is worn, damaged and/or cupping. Recommend having a qualified contractor evaluate and refinish wood flooring as necessary.

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floor at front door side light
 
 

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Front of property 1

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Front of Property 2

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Right Side of Property

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Gas and Electrical entrance

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Garage entrance door

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Gas entrance

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Electrical entrance

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AC Units

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Plumbing Vent

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Back Porch

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Basement entrance side view

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Retaining wall 1

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Sideview of property

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Retaining wall 2

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Living room

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Kitchen 1

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Kitchen 2

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Minor crack on front porch

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Minor crack in side walk

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Wood peeling at front door sidelight

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Water entrance

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Basement 1

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Minor crack on basement floor

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Minor crack in basement floor

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Attic entrance front

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Attic entrance rear and upstairs hvac unit

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Inoperable electrical fixture on corner of yard needs to be buried

 
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