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HouseFacts Home Inspection Service


585 W 28th St S 
Newton IA 50208-9025
Inspector: Jim Olson

Property Inspection Report

Client(s):  Beljit Singh Virdi
Property address:  808, 800, 712 Bancroft St
Des Moines, Ia 50315
Inspection date:  Thursday, April 23, 2015

This report published on Thursday, April 23, 2015 4:32:04 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:
Concern typeSafetyPoses a safety hazard
Concern typeMajor DefectCorrection likely involves a significant expense
Concern typeRepair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing
Concern typeRepair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance
Concern typeMaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance
Concern typeEvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist
Concern typeMonitorRecommend monitoring in the future
Concern typeCommentFor your information

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Table of Contents
Grounds
Exterior and Foundation
Basement
Roof
Electric
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
Water Heater
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)


Grounds
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Limitations: Unless specifically included in the inspection, the following items and any related equipment, controls, electric systems and/or plumbing systems are excluded from this inspection: detached buildings or structures; fences and gates; retaining walls; underground drainage systems, catch basins or concealed sump pumps; swimming pools and related safety equipment, spas, hot tubs or saunas; whether deck, balcony and/or stair membranes are watertight; trees, landscaping, properties of soil, soil stability, erosion and erosion control; ponds, water features, irrigation or yard sprinkler systems; sport courts, playground, recreation or leisure equipment; areas below the exterior structures with less than 3 feet of vertical clearance; invisible fencing; sea walls, docks and boathouses; retractable awnings. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only.
Site profile: Moderate slope
Condition of driveway: Appeared serviceable
Driveway material: Poured in place concrete
Condition of sidewalks and/or patios: Appeared serviceable, Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below), Trip hazard
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Condition of decks, porches and/or balconies: Appeared serviceable, Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Deck, porch and/or balcony material: Wood, Concrete
Condition of stairs, handrails and guardrails: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Exterior stair material: Concrete
1) One or more deck, patio and/or porch covers were unstable due to substandard bracing, lack of diagonal bracing, or lack of attachment to the main building. This is a safety hazard since severe movement may cause the cover to collapse. A qualified contractor should repair as necessary.
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Post loose on back porch. Needs 2nd anchor attached. 808
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Post needs to be secured to concrete. 808

2) The risers for stairs at one or more locations varied in height and pose a fall or trip hazard. Risers within the same flight of stairs should vary by no more than 3/8 inch. At a minimum, be aware of this hazard, especially when guests who are not familiar with the stairs are present. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair per standard building practices.
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Steps to basement apartment are different heights. Liability problem. Someone could trip and fall. 800
 

3) Guardrails at one or more locations with drop-offs higher than 30 inches were loose and/or damaged, and pose a fall hazard. Recommend that a qualified person repair guardrails as necessary.
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Post loose 712
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south basement entrance. 808
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railing needs repair on south side 808
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Basement entrance south side. Wall is bowed in and has been repaired by anchors holding wall with plates. 808
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retaining wall bowed in. North side. 808
 

4) No drain was visible at the bottom of one or more sets of stairs. Water may accumulate at the bottom of the stairs and be a nuisance, or enter the building. Monitor drains in the future during periods of heavy rain. If water is found to accumulate, then recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary to allow for drainage, and to prevent water accumulation. For example, by installing a drain, sump pump or stairwell roof.
5) Minor deterioration (e.g. cracks, holes, settlement, heaving) was found in sidewalks or patios, trip hazards were found. The client may wish to have repairs made for Liability reasons.
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Concrete cracked an raised 3/4 " on north side. 712
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Concrete walk near street is raised up and is a liability problem. 800
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Steps to basement apartment are different heights. Liability problem. Someone could trip and fall. 800
 

6) Fasteners for the deck, porch or balcony support post brackets were substandard. Approved fasteners such as Teco nails should be installed in every nail hole in such hardware. Recommend that a qualified person install approved fasteners where necessary.
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Back handicap ramp has loose posts and rail. 712
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Post loose 712
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Post loose 712
 

Exterior and Foundation
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Limitations: The inspector performs a visual inspection of accessible components or systems at the exterior. Items excluded from this inspection include below-grade foundation walls and footings; foundations, exterior surfaces or components obscured by vegetation, stored items or debris; wall structures obscured by coverings such as siding or trim. Some items such as siding, trim, soffits, vents and windows are often high off the ground, and may be viewed using binoculars from the ground or from a ladder. This may limit a full evaluation. Regarding foundations, some amount of cracking is normal in concrete slabs and foundation walls due to shrinkage and drying. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of seismic reinforcement.
Wall inspection method: Viewed from ground
Condition of wall exterior covering: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below), Cracks in Brick and block
Apparent wall structure: Concrete block, Brick
Wall covering: Brick veneer
Condition of foundation and footings: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below), see foundation information
Apparent foundation type: Unfinished basement
Foundation/stem wall material: Concrete block
Footing material (under foundation stem wall): Poured in place concrete
7) The masonry (brick or stone) veneer was deteriorated or damaged in some areas. Where cracks or openings are exposed, water can enter the wall structure causing mold, fungal growth and structural damage. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary. For example, by repointing mortar or replacing broken or missing masonry.
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Cracks in bricks on south side 712
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Brick has moved inward on south wall 712
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Crack in brick going from bottom right to upper left. 712
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Crack in brick, 712
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Cracking in bricks west side 712
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North side of wall repair with caulking. 712
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Small crack in front wall. 800
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Step crack going up wall. 800
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vertical crack north wall. 800
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Long vertical crack that has been caulked at some time. 800
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Crack above window on north side. 800
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North wall cracks go from above door up past window to gable. 800
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Crack in brick. Front wall 808
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Vertical Cracks south west corner. 808
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Crack in north wall. Caulking has be used to repair. 808
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northwest corner cracked. 808
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Crack on north wall. 808
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Mortar missing on sill on north window. 808
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Crack in retaining wall to basement north side. 808
 

8) Major cracks (more than 3/4-inch wide) and/or leaning was found in the foundation. These appear to be a structural concern and may indicate that settlement is ongoing. Recommend hiring qualified contractors and/or engineers as necessary for further evaluation. Such contractors may include:Repairs should be made by a qualified contractor.
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Horizontal crack on east wall. 800
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Pilaster cracked with wall. 800
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Step crack in block. 800
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Crack going up wall from bottom left corner. 800
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Crack in wall. 800
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Stair step crack on basement wall. 808
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Horizontal crack. East wall. 808
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stepped crack in back wall. 712
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West wall pilaster cracked and tilted outward. This is the most severe wall crack. On west side. 712
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West wall bowed in. 712

9) Major cracks or areas with damage were found in the masonry (brick or stone) veneer. This may indicate that settlement has occurred and/or that the foundation has failed. At a minimum, a qualified contractor should repair the damaged masonry veneer to prevent water from entering wall cavities and causing mold, fungal rot or structural damage. Consult with a qualified engineer to determine if foundation repairs are needed, and/or if settlement is ongoing. Any such repairs should be made by a qualified contractor. Such contractors and engineers may include:
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Front porch corner brick loose and coming out 712
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Front window well has caved in and needs replaced. 800
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Front porch footing is broken and needs replaced. 800
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Front steps have been undermined by water. Needs to be filled in to protect steps and concrete from cracking. 800
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Crack in blocks on basement entrance on south side . 808
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Corner of porch needs repair. 808
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Wall bulging in on west side. 800
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Crack in west wall. 800
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Horizontal crack on east wall. 800
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Pilaster cracked with wall. 800
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Step crack in block. 800
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south side basement. Note crack on back wall. 800
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Crack going up wall from bottom left corner. 800
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Crack in wall. 800
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Crack in floor. Has been caulked and does not appear to have reopened. 808
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Stair step crack on basement wall. 808
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Wall on west side has cracked and split into pilaster as well. It has been repaired at some time but is still cracked. 808
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Horizontal crack. East wall. 808
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Concrete header cracked horizontally. Needs to be shored up. 808
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stepped crack in back wall. 712
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West wall pilaster cracked and tilted outward. This is the most severe wall crack. On west side. 712
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West wall bowed in. 712

10) Some sections of siding and/or trim were deteriorated, loose, warped and/or substandard. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install siding or trim as necessary.
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Rot on Bottom sill of front upper window
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Wood on bottom sill of window rotting out. 712
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Fascia rotting out upper part. 712
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Gable ends need caulking where siding meets fascia
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Metal flashing missing and loose on south end 712
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Area of rot beginning on back wall where porch meets the building. 712
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Fascia loose and needs caulking 712
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Gable end 712.
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Small piece of siding missing on west side. 800
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Piece of siding loose on upper west wall. 800

11) Flashing at one or more locations was missing. Leaks can occur as a result. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install flashing as necessary, and per standard building practices.
12) The paint or stain finish in some areas was failing (e.g. peeling, faded, worn, thinning). Siding and trim with a failing finish can be damaged by moisture. Recommend that a qualified contractor prep (e.g. clean, scrape, sand, prime, caulk) and repaint or restain the building exterior where necessary and per standard building practices. Any repairs needed to the siding or trim should be made prior to this.
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Metal flashing missing and loose on south end 712
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Siding has rotted in dormer section. Flashing appears to have been replaced. 808

13) Vegetation such as trees, shrubs and/or vines was in contact with or close to the building exterior. Vegetation can serve as a pathway for wood-destroying insects and can retain moisture against the exterior after it rains. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend pruning, moving or removing vegetation as necessary to maintain at least 6 inches of space between it and the building exterior. A 1-foot clearance is better.
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Brush to close to wall. Can't see wall. Brush keeps wall wet. 800
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Bushes too close to wall. Can't inspect and holds moisture to brick. 808

14) Caulk was missing, deteriorated and/or substandard in some areas. For example, around windows, at siding butt joints and/or at siding-trim junctions. Recommend that a qualified person renew or install caulk as necessary. Where gaps are wider than 1/4 inch, an appropriate material other than caulk should be used. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?CAULK
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Fascia rotting out upper part. 712
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Gable ends need caulking where siding meets fascia
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Metal flashing missing and loose on south end 712
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Loose or missing caulking on a few of windows. 712
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Caulking missing. Water may run in. 712
 

Basement
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Limitations: Structural components such as joists and beams, and other components such as piping, wiring and/or ducting that are obscured by under-floor insulation are also excluded from this inspection. Note that the inspector does not determine if support posts, columns, beams, joists, studs, trusses, etc. are of adequate size, spanning or spacing.

The inspector does not guarantee or warrant that water will not accumulate in the basement in the future. Access to the basement during all seasons and during prolonged periods of all types of weather conditions (e.g. heavy rain, melting snow) would be needed to do so. The inspector does not determine the adequacy of basement floor or stairwell drains, or determine if such drains are clear or clogged.

Note that all basement areas should be checked periodically for water intrusion, plumbing leaks and pest activity.
Condition of exterior entry doors: Appeared serviceable
Exterior door material: Wood
Condition of floor substructure above: Appeared serviceable
Pier or support post material: Concrete block
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
Condition of insulation underneath floor above: Appeared serviceable
Insulation material underneath floor above: Fiberglass roll or batt
15) Evidence of prior water intrusion was found in one or more sections of the basement. For example, water stains or rust at support post bases, efflorescence on the foundation, etc. Accumulated water is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms and should not be present in the basement. Recommend reviewing any disclosure statements available and ask the property owner about past accumulation of water in the basement. The basement should be monitored in the future for accumulated water, especially after heavy and/or prolonged periods of rain. If water is found to accumulate, then recommend that a qualified contractor who specializes in drainage issues evaluate and repair as necessary. Typical repairs for preventing water from accumulating in basements include:Ideally, water should not enter basements, but if water must be controlled after it enters the basement, then typical repairs include installing a sump pump.
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Basement Bathroom 800
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Moisture from block has rusted out electrical conduit on south wall. 808

Roof
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Limitations: The following items or areas are not included in this inspection: areas that could not be traversed or viewed clearly due to lack of access; solar roofing components. Any comments made regarding these items are made as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on the roof surface material, nor guarantee that leaks have not occurred in the roof surface, skylights or roof penetrations in the past. Regarding roof leaks, only active leaks, visible evidence of possible sources of leaks, and evidence of past leaks observed during the inspection are reported on as part of this inspection. The inspector does not guarantee or warrant that leaks will not occur in the future. Complete access to all roof and attic spaces during all seasons and during prolonged periods of all types of weather conditions (e.g. high wind and rain, melting snow) would be needed to do so. Occupants should monitor the condition of roofing materials in the future. For older roofs, recommend that a professional inspect the roof surface, flashings, appurtenances, etc. annually and maintain/repair as might be required. If needed, the roofer should enter attic space(s). Regarding the roof drainage system, unless the inspection was conducted during and after prolonged periods of heavy rain, the inspector was unable to determine if gutters, downspouts and extensions perform adequately or are leak-free.
Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground
Condition of roof surface material: Appeared serviceable
Roof surface material: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Roof type: Gable, Shed
Apparent number of layers of roof surface material: Multiple, On 712 3+ layers.
Condition of gutters, downspouts and extensions: Appeared serviceable, Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
16) Extensions such as splash blocks or drain pipes for one or more downspouts were missing. Water can accumulate around the building foundation or inside crawl spaces or basements as a result. Recommend that a qualified person install, replace or repair extensions as necessary so rainwater drains away from the structure.
17) One or more roofing nails weren't fully seated and shingles were lifting or nail heads were protruding through shingle surfaces. The nails may have loosened, or were not pounded in fully when installed. Shingles are likely to be wind damaged, and leaks can occur as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary. For example, by replacing shingles.
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Shingle condition. Some nail pops and layer is not smooth in the first 2 feet. 808
 

18) One or more downspouts were incomplete and/or missing. Rainwater can come in contact with the building exterior or accumulate around the building foundation as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.

Down spouts need to extend out away from building to keep water from running down along side of the foundation.
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Back porch foundation has broken away on both corners
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Downspouts need to be directed away from building to prevent water in basement and protect foundation. 800
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Downspouts need to be connected to drain or attached to spout to move water away from building. 800
 

19) This asphalt or fiberglass composition roof surface appeared to have two or more layers of shingles. Additional layers of composition shingles typically last only 80% of their rated life, and the shingle manufacturer's warranty may be voided. The client should be aware that all layers of roofing will need to be removed when this roof surface needs replacing.
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Roof condition. 3 tab shingles. 3+ layers. 808
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Shingle condition. Some nail pops and layer is not smooth in the first 2 feet. 808
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Shingle condition. 3 + layers of shingles. 808
 

Electric
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: generator systems, transfer switches, surge suppressors, inaccessible or concealed wiring; underground utilities and systems; low-voltage lighting or lighting on timers or sensors. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of grounding or bonding, if this system has an adequate capacity for the client's specific or anticipated needs, or if this system has any reserve capacity for additions or expansion. The inspector does not operate circuit breakers as part of the inspection, and does not install or change light bulbs. The inspector does not evaluate every wall switch or receptacle, but instead tests a representative number of them per various standards of practice. When furnishings, stored items or child-protective caps are present some receptacles are usually inaccessible and are not tested; these are excluded from this inspection. Receptacles that are not of standard 110 volt configuration, including 240-volt dryer receptacles, are not tested and are excluded. The functionality of, power source for and placement of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is not determined as part of this inspection. Upon taking occupancy, proper operating and placement of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be verified and batteries should be changed. These devices have a limited lifespan and should be replaced every 10 years. The inspector attempts to locate and evaluate all main and sub-panels. However, panels are often concealed. If panels are found after the inspection, a qualified electrician should evaluate and repair if necessary. The inspector attempts to determine the overall electrical service size, but such estimates are not guaranteed because the overall capacity may be diminished by lesser-rated components in the system. Any repairs recommended should be made by a licensed electrician.
Electric service condition: Appeared serviceable
Primary service type: Overhead
Number of service conductors: 2
Service voltage (volts): 120-240
Estimated service amperage: 100
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service entrance conductor material: Stranded copper
Main disconnect rating (amps): Not determined
System ground: Not determined, not readily apparent
Condition of main service panel: Appeared serviceable
Condition of sub-panel(s): Appeared serviceable
Location of main service panel #A: Basement, Outside on south side on 712 & 800, Basement on 808
Location of other panels: Individual apartments have breaker panels in the apartments. These were not inspected.
Location of main disconnect: At main disconnect panel outside
Condition of branch circuit wiring: Serviceable
Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection present: Not determined
Arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection present: Not determined
20) No smoke alarms were visible. This is a potential safety hazard. A qualified electrician should install smoke alarms per standard building practices (e.g. in hallways leading to bedrooms, in each bedroom, on each floor and in attached garages). For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?SMKALRM
21) Branch circuit wiring installed in buildings built prior to the mid 1980s is typically rated for a maximum temperature of only 60 degrees Celsius. This includes non-metallic sheathed (Romex) wiring, and both BX and AC metal-clad flexible wiring. Knob and tube wiring, typically installed in homes built prior to 1950, may be rated for even lower maximum temperatures. Newer electric fixtures including lighting and fans typically require wiring rated for 90 degrees Celsius. Connecting newer fixtures to older, 60-degree-rated wiring is a potential fire hazard. Repairs for such conditions may involve replacing the last few feet of wiring to newer fixtures with new 90-degree-rated wire, and installing a junction box to join the old and new wiring.

It is beyond the scope of this inspection to determine if such incompatible components are installed, or to determine the extent to which they're installed. Based on the age of this building, the client should be aware of this safety hazard, both for existing fixtures and when planning to upgrade with newer fixtures. Consult with a qualified electrician for repairs as necessary.
22) The inspector was unable to open and evaluate panel(s) # because . These panel(s) are excluded from this inspection. Recommend that repairs, modifications and/or cleanup should be made as necessary so panels can be opened and fully evaluated.
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: private/shared wells and related equipment; private sewage disposal systems; hot tubs or spas; main, side and lateral sewer lines; gray water systems; pressure boosting systems; trap primers; incinerating or composting toilets; fire suppression systems; water softeners, conditioners or filtering systems; plumbing components concealed within the foundation or building structure, or in inaccessible areas such as below tubs; underground utilities and systems; overflow drains for tubs and sinks; backflow prevention devices. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not operate water supply or shut-off valves due to the possibility of valves leaking or breaking when operated. The inspector does not test for lead in the water supply, the water pipes or solder, does not determine if plumbing and fuel lines are adequately sized, and does not determine the existence or condition of underground or above-ground fuel tanks.
Condition of service and main line: Appeared serviceable
Water service: Public
Location of main water shut-off: Basement
Condition of supply lines: Appeared serviceable
Supply pipe material: Copper, Galvanized steel
Condition of drain pipes: Appeared serviceable
Drain pipe material: Galvanized steel
Condition of waste lines: Appeared serviceable
Waste pipe material: Cast iron
Vent pipe condition: Appeared serviceable
Vent pipe material: Cast iron
Sump pump installed: No, None visible
Condition of fuel system: Appeared serviceable
Location of main fuel shut-off valve: At gas meter
23) The main water service pipe material was made of galvanized steel. Based on the age of the building, the apparent age of the pipe and/or the low-flow condition of the water supply system, this service pipe may have significant corrosion or rust on the inside and need replacing. Replacing the service pipe can significantly increase flow to the water supply pipes. Recommend consulting with a qualified plumber about replacing the main service pipe. Note that this can be an expensive repair since excavation is typically required.
Water Heater
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Limitations: Evaluation of and determining the adequacy or completeness of the following items are not included in this inspection: water recirculation pumps; solar water heating systems; Energy Smart or energy saver controls; catch pan drains. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on water heaters, does not determine if water heaters are appropriately sized, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit or a shut-off valve to be operated.
Condition of water heater: Appeared serviceable, Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below), Near, at or beyond service life
Type: Tank
Energy source: Natural gas
Estimated age: 1987 & 2009
Capacity (in gallons): 40
Temperature-pressure relief valve installed: Yes, One needs replaced
Location of water heater: Basement
Hot water temperature tested: No
Condition of burners: Appeared serviceable
Condition of venting system: Appeared serviceable
24) One or more active leaks were found at the water heater's . A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair as necessary.
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Water is leaking out of high temp discharge. 808
 

25) The water heater's pilot light was off. The water heater and hot water supply system (e.g. faucets, controls) were not fully evaluated because of this. Recommend that a full evaluation be made by a qualified person when conditions have been corrected so the water heater is operable. Note that per the standards of practice for various professional home inspection organizations, the inspector does not operate shut-off valves, pilot lights or over-current protection devices, or any controls other than "normal controls."

One pilot light was out. The rest appeared to be working okay.
26) The estimated useful life for most water heaters is 8-12 years. This water heater appeared to be beyond and/or 1987 this age and/or its useful lifespan and may need replacing at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future, or considering replacement now before any leaks occur. The client should be aware that significant flooding can occur if the water heater fails. If not replaced now, consider having a qualified person install a catch pan and drain or a water alarm to help prevent damage if water does leak.

All water heaters except in 712 were installed in 1987
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Water heater. No pilot light on. 800
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Water heater installed 1993. Past useful lifespan. 808
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Water heater installed 1991. Past useful lifespan. 808
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Water is leaking out of high temp discharge. 808
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Water heaters 712
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Water heaters installed in 2009. 712
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Water heater installed 2009. 712
 

27) Based on the capacity of the water heater, the number of bedrooms in this structure and the number of occupants expected to live in this structure, this water heater may be undersized. Consult with a qualified plumber or water heater distributor for more information, and may wish to upgrade the size of the water heater.


All water heaters supply the entire building. 2 water heaters for 6 apartments. Appears to be undersized at 40 gal units.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters; solar, coal or wood-fired heat systems; thermostat or temperature control accuracy and timed functions; heating components concealed within the building structure or in inaccessible areas; underground utilities and systems; safety devices and controls (due to automatic operation). Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on heating or cooling system components, does not determine if heating or cooling systems are appropriately sized, does not test coolant pressure, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit, a shut-off valve to be operated, a circuit breaker to be turned "on" or a serviceman's or oil emergency switch to be operated. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to determine if furnace heat exchangers are intact and free of leaks. Condensation pans and drain lines may clog or leak at any time and should be monitored while in operation in the future. Where buildings contain furnishings or stored items, the inspector may not be able to verify that a heat source is present in all "liveable" rooms (e.g. bedrooms, kitchens and living/dining rooms).
General heating system type(s): Forced air, Furnace
General heating distribution type(s): Ducts and registers
Last service date of primary heat source: Unknown
Condition of forced air heating/(cooling) system: Appeared serviceable, Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Forced air heating system fuel type: Natural gas
Estimated age of forced air furnace: 1987
Location of forced air furnace: Basement
Forced air system capacity in BTUs or kilowatts: 45, 50, and 150 BTU
Condition of furnace filters: Appeared serviceable, Required replacement
Location for forced air filter(s): Inside air handler
Condition of forced air ducts and registers: Appeared serviceable
Condition of burners: Appeared serviceable
Type of combustion air supply: Intake duct
Condition of venting system: Appeared serviceable
28) The last service date of the gas or oil-fired forced air furnace appeared to be more than 1 year ago, or the inspector was unable to determine the last service date. Ask the property owner when it was last serviced. If unable to determine the last service date, or if this system was serviced more than 1 year ago, recommend that a qualified HVAC contractor inspect, clean, and service this system, and make repairs if necessary. For safety reasons, and because this system is fueled by gas or oil, this servicing should be performed annually in the future. Any needed repairs noted in this report should be brought to the attention of the HVAC contractor when it's serviced. For more information visit:
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29) Because of the age and/or condition of the forced air furnace, recommend that a qualified HVAC contractor inspect the heat exchanger and perform a carbon monoxide test when it's serviced. Note that these tests are beyond the scope of a standard home inspection.
30) The estimated useful life for most forced air furnaces is 15-20 years. This furnace appeared to be beyond and/or 1987 this age and/or its useful lifespan and may need replacing or significant repairs at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future.
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Water heater. installed 1989. Past useful lifespan. 800
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Water heater. Installed 1989. Past useful lifespan. 800
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Water heater installed 1993. Past useful lifespan. 808
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Water heater installed 1991. Past useful lifespan. 808
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Furnace installed in 1987. Past useful lifespan. 808
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Furnace installed in 1987. Past useful lifespan. 808
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Furnace installed in 1987. Past useful lifespan. 808
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Furnace installed in 1986. Past useful lifespan. 712
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Furnace installed in 1986. Past useful lifespan. 712
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Furnace installed in 1986. Past useful lifespan. 712

31) The furnace heating system was not fully evaluated because the gas supply was off and/or pilot light was off. Recommend that a full evaluation be made by a qualified person when conditions have been corrected so the system is operable. Note that the inspector does not operate shut-off valves, pilot lights or circuit breakers, or any controls other than normal controls (thermostat).

2 units have be flagged and are shut off.
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Furnace for apt 3 has been flagged. Gas has been shut off. 800
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Furnace to apt 1 has been shut off. 800


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Front and back upstairs doors have been mended.
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Railing on south Side of building 712 is loose.
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Vents on 712 are clogged with wasp nests. Clean out is recommended for adequate ventilation.
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Wood around gable end vents is rotted.
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Gas meters on south end of 712
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roof condition west side 712.
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Decking broken in middle of ramp. 712
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Railing post broken and loose on north side. 712
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Roof condition. 800
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Railing base on south side rusted and broken. 800
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gable vent clogged with wasp nests. Needs to be cleaned out for better ventilation. 800
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Gas meters and electric meters south side. 800
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808 Bancroft.
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Gas meters on north side. 808
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Electrical service entrance. Brick are cracked along top where bolts go thru the wall. 808
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window needs caulked on bottom. Brick broken. 808
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concrete pad needs to be graded up to with dirt to prevent undermining of concrete. 808
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Bottom of window rotted out. Needs repair. 808
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Basement window needs to be secured. Rain water can enter and cause damage. 808
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Bottom of railing rusted and broken off. Needs to be repaired. 808
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Crack under window on north wall. 808
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Basement 800
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Typical electric panel. 800
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Basement apt 800
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All furnaces need to be cleaned and checked. 800
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Furnaces are running but need to be cleaned and checked by qualified service tech. 800
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Electric panels are in basement. 808
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Electrical panels in basement. 800
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Header cracked horizontally. Needs to be shored up. 808
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Water shut off and meter in basement near furnaces. 808
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Main furnace. Needs cleaning maintenance and professional checkup. 808
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Thermostat for all units is in basement. Landowner pays for gas for furnace. 808
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furnaces need to be cleaned and checked by professional heating contractor. 808
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downspout needs to be sent out past sidewalk. 712
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Gutter downspout missing. Water is staying next to building. 712
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Water from downspout needs to be moved away from building foundation on all buildings. 712
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Water meter on west wall. 712
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Plumbing in 712. Note all drain into one 3" pipe.
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electric panels are newer and in basement. 712
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Wall bowed in. 712
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Main power shutoff. Basement across from furnaces. 712
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One thermostat for upstairs apt in basement. 712
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Water main in northwest corner of basement across from furnaces. 712
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furnace installed in 1987. 150,000 BTU 712
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Furnace needs cleaning and check by professional heating contractor. 712
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Main furnace for upstairs. 712
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Vent for furnace should be sealed around entrance. 712

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