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Home Inspection Report
Client(s): Jerry Pate
Property address: 2484 Pioneer Rd.
Chipley, Fl. 32428
Inspection date: Saturday, May 31, 2008
This report published on 6/1/2008 2:21:45 AM CDT

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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 
Major DefectCorrection likely involves a significant expense 
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 
ServiceableItem or component is in serviceable condition 
CommentFor your information 

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Table of Contents
General information
Electric service
Water heater
Heating and cooling
Plumbing and laundry
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys
Crawl space
Interior rooms
General information Return to table of contents
Report number: 805311
Structures inspected: House
Type of building: Single family
Age of building: Built in 1999
Property owner's name: Joel & Sherry Clark
Time started: 1:50 p.m.
Time finished: 4:30 p.m.
Payment method: Invoiced
Present during inspection: Property owner(s)
Occupied: Yes
Weather conditions: Clear
Temperature: Hot
Ground condition: Dry
Front of structure faces: South
Foundation type: Crawlspace
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Private sewage disposal system, Private well, Water softener system
Exterior Return to table of contents
Footing material: Poured in place concrete
Foundation material: Concrete block
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Brick veneer
Driveway material: Dirt
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concreteTile over concrete.
Exterior door material: Solid core steel

1) One or more trip hazards were found in sidewalk and/or patio sections due to cracks, settlement and/or heaving. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace sidewalk and/or patio sections as necessary to eliminate trip hazards.
2) Some tiles are cracked or broken on the sidewalk to house causing a trip hazard. The type of tile used will become slippery when wet. I recommend removing tiles and replacing with a suitable exterior surface such as a cement based concrete overlayment.
3) The roof gutter at the rear of house need cleaning.
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: 1999
Gutter & downspout material: Plastic
Roof ventilation: Adequate
4) Debris has accumulated in one or more gutters. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects since gutters may overflow and cause water to come in contact with the structure's exterior or make water accumulate around the foundation. Gutters should be cleaned now and as necessary in the future.
Garage Return to table of contents

5) The garage is unfinished.
Attic Return to table of contents
Inspection method: Partially traversed
Roof structure type: Trusses
Ceiling structure: Trusses
Insulation material: Fiberglass roll or batt, Cellulose loose fill
Insulation depth: 9 to 12 inches
Insulation estimated R value: R-25
6) Ceiling insulation is uneven in some areas. This is likely due to someone having walked on or through the insulation. Recommend installing additional insulation where necessary to restore the original R rating.
7) The flexible exhaust fan duct is improperly supported by a strap that pinches the air flow. I recommend installing supports designed for this purpose.

Photo 5  
Attic. Arrow points to flexible exhaust fan duct that is improperly supported.

8) Roof structure:
Manufactured trusses.
Sheathing is 1/2" plywood nailed with 8d nails at 6 inches.
Gable ends are not braced.
Gable ends are sheathed with 1/2" OSB.

Photo 6  
Attic. Gable end and trusses.

Photo 7  
Attic. Plywood roof sheathing.

9) Bracing the gable ends is not difficult and can reduce homeowners insurance wind damage premiums. For more information on wind mitigation damage to your house contact My Safe Florida Home:
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: At meter.
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panelTwo panels each with a disconnect.
Service entrance conductor material: Aluminum
System ground: Ground rod(s) in soil
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: No
Smoke detectors present: Yes
10) Panel box covers have missing screws. One panel box cover hatch has a broken hinge.

Photo 1  
Two electric panels each with a 200 amp main cut off breaker at top of panel.

Photo 2  
Water heater Return to table of contents
Number 1: In hall closet.
Estimated age: 1999
Type: Tank
Energy source: Electricity
Capacity (in gallons): 47
Manufacturer: Rheem
Model: SISV50DT
Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 122 deg.
Number 2: In master bedroom closet
Estimated age: 1999
Type: Tank
Energy source: Electricity
Capacity (In gallons): 30 gal
Manufacturer: General Electric
Model: PE40MNA
11) Both water heaters are properly plumbed, wired and set in overflow catch pans.

Photo 3  
Main water heater, 47 gal.

Photo 4  
Master bath water heater, 30 gal.
Heating and cooling Return to table of contents
Downstairs unit: 3 Tons
Estimated age: 1999
Primary heating system energy source: Electric
Primary heat system type: Forced air
Primary A/C energy source: Electric
Primary Air conditioning type: Split system
Distribution system: Flexible ducts
Manufacturer: American Standard
Model: TWE036C140
Filter location: Behind return air grill
Upstairs unit: 2 1/2 tons
Estimated age: 1999
Primary heating system source:: Electric
Primary heat system type: Forced air
Primary Air conditioning type: Split system
Distribution: Flexible ducts
Manufacturer: American Standard
Model: TWE03P 130AO
Filter location: Under AHU
12) The estimated useful life for air conditioning compressors is 8 to 15 years. This unit appears to be approaching this age and may need replacing at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future.
13) The last service date of this system appears to be more than one year ago, or the inspector was unable to determine the last service date. The client(s) should ask the property owner(s) when it was last serviced. If unable to determine the last service date, or if this system was serviced more than one year ago, a qualified heating and cooling contractor should inspect, clean, and service this system, and make repairs if necessary. This servicing should be performed annually in the future.
Plumbing and laundry Return to table of contents
Water pressure (psi): 38 p.s.i.
Location of main water shut-off valve: At the well.
Service pipe material: Copper
Supply pipe material: CPVC
Vent pipe material: Plastic
Drain pipe material: Plastic
Waste pipe material: Plastic
14) Cover plate missing on dryer electric receptacle.
15) Neither the clothes washer nor dryer were operated or evaluated. They are excluded from this inspection.
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys Return to table of contents
Fireplace type: Masonry
Chimney type: Masonry
16) A significant amount of creosote (1/8 inch or more) is visible in the fireplace flue. A qualified chimney service contractor should inspect, clean, and repair if necessary now and annually in the future.
17) Chimney is screened.
Crawl space Return to table of contents
Inspection method: Partially traversed
Insulation material underneath floor above: Rigid
Pier or support post material: Masonry
Beam material: Solid wood
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
Vapor barrier present: Yes
18) Anchor bolts for the foundation are spaced more than 6 feet apart. I saw this in the garage and in the crawlspace. I could not verify how the floor beams are anchored to the sill plates and masonry foundation because of the insulation. I recommend that some insulation be removed to access the foundation and if anchors or foundation restraints are inadequate then have a professional engineer give an opinion.

Photo 12  
Garage anchor bolt.

Photo 13  
Crawl space.

Photo 14  
House crawl space anchor bolt.
Well Return to table of contents

19) Non-metallic sheathed wiring is routed in one or more areas so it is subject to damage, such as on wall or ceiling surfaces. 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. A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair as necessary. For example, rewire using conduit, or re-routing through wall cavities.
20) The wiring to the pump is exposed and should be in a proper exterior conduit.

Photo 11  
Well and pressure tank. Arrow points to electrical cable.
Kitchen Return to table of contents

21) Appliances are serviceable and functioning properly.
Stove top: GE
Wall oven: GE convection
Microwave oven: GE built in
Dishwasher: Kenmore
Refrigerator: Kenmore
Garbage disposal: None
Range hood: None

22) Cabinets: Wood
Countertops: Solid surface
Flooring: Wood

23) Electrical and plumbing are serviceable.
Bathrooms Return to table of contents

24) The GFCI receptacles in the master bath are defective and not energized. I recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and replace.
25) The toilet in the large upstairs bathroom is loose. I recommend that a qualified plumber remove the toilet, replace the wax seal and reattach properly.
26) The master bathroom shower tile needs regrouting.
Interior rooms Return to table of contents

27) 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.
28) Cover plate missing dining room receptacle.
29) Touch up paint on walls in stairway.

Photo 9  
Water softner.

Photo 10  
Back of house. Arrow points to crawl space access.

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