LSJ Home Inspector


Uniondale,New York,11553
Inspector: Lorick Jeffery
New York State Home Inspection License # 16000022209

 

Property Inspection Report
Client(s):  Joe Smith
Property address:  1 play drive
West green NY 11731
Inspection date:  Sunday, December 30, 2012

This report published on Thursday, June 20, 2013 9:11:09 PM EDT

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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 
Repair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance 
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
Electric service
Water heater
Heating and cooling
Plumbing and laundry
Fireplaces,
Basement
Kitchen
Bathrooms
Interior rooms
 
General information Return to table of contents
Report number: 1240
Inspector: Lorick Jeffery
Structures inspected: Yes
Type of building: Single family
Age of building: 57
Time started: 4:00pm
Time finished: 6:00pm
Inspection Fee: 300.00
Payment method: Cash
Present during inspection: Client(s), Property owner(s), Realtor(s)
Occupied: Yes
Weather conditions: Clear 68
Temperature: Warm
Ground condition: Dry
Front of structure faces: South
Main entrance faces: South
Foundation type: Finished basement
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Private sewage disposal system, Security system, Irrigation system, Swimming pool, Hot tub, Private well, Shed, Playground equipment, Sauna, Low voltage outdoor lighting, Central vacuum system, Water filtration system, Water softener system, Built-in sound system, Intercom system, Generator system, Sport court, Sea wall, Outbuildings
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
2) Many wall, floor and/or ceiling surfaces were obscured by large amounts of furniture and/or stored items. Many areas couldn't be evaluated.
3) 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: Poured in place concrete
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame, Concrete block
Wall covering: Vinyl
Driveway material: Porous pavers
Sidewalk material: N/A
Exterior door material: Glass panel /Wood doors
4) One or more ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) electric receptacles did not trip when tested with the inspector's test instrument. These devices should trip when tested with a test instrument in addition to tripping via the test buttons on the receptacles. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock. A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair as necessary.

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5) Flexible lamp or appliance cord is being used for permanent wiring in one or more areas. This wiring is not intended to be used as permanent wiring, and poses a safety hazard of shock and fire. A qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.

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6) The exterior wallcovering needs to be power wash, some of the exterior has moss build up.

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7) One or more downspouts are missing. 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. A qualified contractor should install downspout(s) where missing. Also recommend installing extensions such as splashblocks or tie-ins to underground drain lines as necessary to carry rainwater away from the house.
8) Vegetation such as trees, shrubs and/or vines are in contact with or less than one foot from the structure's exterior. Vegetation can serve as a conduit for wood destroying insects and may retain moisture against the exterior after it rains. Vegetation should be pruned and/or removed as necessary to maintain a one foot clearance between it and the structure's exterior.
9) Recommend cleaning deck(s) and treating with a preservative claiming to waterproof, block ultraviolet light, and stop mildew. Consumer Reports recommends these products:
  • Cabot Decking Stain and PTW Stain
  • Olympic Water Repellent Deck Stain
  • Thompson's House and Deck Stain
  • Wolman PTW Deck Stain
  • Akzo Sikkens Cetol DEK
  • Benjamin Moore Moorwood Clear Wood Finish
  • DAP Woodlife Premium
  • Olympic Natural Look Protector Plus
    Cost estimate: $ 200-400-

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    10) The finish on the deck(s) is worn and/or deteriorated. Recommend cleaning and refinishing as necessary.
     
    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: 7 -10
    Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
    Roof ventilation: Adequate
    11) This asphalt or fiberglass composition roof surface has two or more layers of roofing materials. When this roof is replaced, recommend a complete "tear off", where all existing layers of roofing are removed before installing new roofing materials. For 20-year rated composition shingles, additional layers of material reduce the new roof material's lifespan as follows:
  • 16-20 years - First roof
  • 12-16 years - Second layer on existing roof

    Removing existing roofing materials will significantly increase the cost of the next roof.

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    12) 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.
    13) Moss is growing on the roof. As a result, shingles may lift or be damaged. Leaks may result and/or the roof surface may fail prematurely. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects and organisms. Efforts should be taken to kill the moss during its growing season (wet months). Typically zinc-based chemicals are used for this, and must be applied periodically. For information on various moss treatment products and their pros and cons, visit http://bryophytes.science.oregonstate.edu/page24.htm

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    Electric service Return to table of contents
    Primary service type: Overhead
    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: Copper
    Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
    Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed, (BX) Armor clad
    Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: No
    Smoke detectors present: Yes
    : Have license electrician check grounding on electric service.
     
    Water heater Return to table of contents
    Estimated age: 4 years old
    Type: Tank
    Energy source: Natural gas
    Capacity (in gallons): 50
    Manufacturer: Rheem
    Model: #22V50F1
    14) Corrosion was found on fittings and/or water supply lines for the water heater. Leaks may exist. A license
    plumbing contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary.

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    Corrosion on cooper pipe to Hot Water heater.

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    Black pipe to copper for gas.
     
    Heating and cooling Return to table of contents
    Estimated age 10:
    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: Sears/Kenmore
    Model: #BGU10016A
    Last service date: 2010
    : One room has electric baseboard heater.
    15) Air handler filter(s) should be checked monthly in the future and replaced or washed as necessary.
     
    Plumbing and laundry Return to table of contents
    Water pressure (psi): 62 PSI @ 5:pm
    Location of main water shut-off valve: Basement
    Location of main water meter: Basement
    Location of main fuel shut-off: Basement
    Water service: Public
    Service pipe material: Copper 3/4
    Supply pipe material: Copper, CPVC
    Vent pipe material: Cast iron
    Drain pipe material: Plastic, Cast iron
    Waste pipe material: Cast iron
    16) One or more active leaks were found in drain and/or waste pipes or fittings. A license plumber should evaluate and repair as necessary.
    Cost estimate: $ 500-1000

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    17) The clothes dryer exhaust duct appears to need cleaning. Significant amounts of lint build up was found. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of fire from decreased air flow. This duct should be cleaned now and annually, or more often if necessary in the future. Some chimney sweeps or heating/cooling duct cleaners perform this service. For more information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5022.html or http://chimneykeepers.com/dryerclean.html
    18) 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.

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    Name of sump pump LIttle Giant Pump model # RFSN-9
     
     
    Fireplaces, Return to table of contents
    Fireplace type:
    Chimney type: Masonry, Metal
     
    Basement Return to table of contents
    Insulation material underneath floor above: None visible
    Pier or support post material: Steel
    Beam material: Solid wood
    Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
    19) Extension cords are being used as permanent wiring in one or more areas. They should only be used for portable equipment on a temporary basis. Using extension cords as permanent wiring poses a fire and shock hazard, and is an indication that wiring is inadequate and should be updated. Extension cords may be undersized. Connections may not be secure, resulting in power fluctuations, damage to equipment, and sparks that could start a fire. Extension cords should be removed as necessary, or a qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary. For example, install additional circuits and/or electric receptacles.

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    20) One or more electric receptacles have reverse-polarity wiring, where the hot and neutral wires are reversed. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock. A qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.

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    21) The weatherstrip around one or more exterior entry doors is damaged and/or deteriorated. Recommend replacing weatherstripping at entry door(s) where necessary.
     
    Kitchen Return to table of contents
    : Kitchen has all new appliances by Kitchen Aid
    22) One or more ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) electric receptacles did not trip when tested with the inspector's test instrument. These devices should trip when tested with a test instrument in addition to tripping via the test buttons on the receptacles. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock. A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair as necessary.

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    Bathrooms Return to table of contents

    23) 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.In kitchen no GFCI.No GFCI IN Laudry room
     
    Interior rooms Return to table of contents

    24) No smoke alarms are visible. This is a safety hazard. A qualified electrician should install smoke alarms as per standard building practices (functioning one exists in hallways leading to bedrooms, and in each bedroom, etc.). For more information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5077.html
    25) One or more open ground, three-pronged grounding type receptacles were found. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock. A qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.

    Grounding type receptacles were first required in residential structures during the 1960s. Based on the age of this structure and/or the absence of 2-pronged receptacles, repairs should be made by correcting wiring circuits as necessary so all receptacles are grounded as per standard building practices. Replacement of three-pronged receptacles with 2-pronged receptacles is not an acceptable solution.

    26) One or more electric receptacles have reverse-polarity wiring, where the hot and neutral wires are reversed. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock. A qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.
    27) An insufficient number of smoke alarms are installed. Additional smoke alarms should be installed as necessary so a functioning one exists in each hallway leading to bedrooms, and in each bedroom. For more information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5077.html
    28) Glass in one or more windows is broken. A qualified contractor should replace glass where necessary.Also below the window frame may be rotted and corrosion

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    Interior window second floor window,Rot and corrosion , wood frames attract moisture and tend to stay wet after hard rains,this may cause the wood to rot..Moisture areas are vulnerable to termite/carpenter ant infestations

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    29) Stains were found in one or more ceiling areas. However, no elevated levels of moisture were found. The stain(s) may be due to past roof and/or plumbing leaks. Recommend asking the property owner(s) about this, and monitoring the stained area(s) in the future, especially after heavy or prolonged rain. If elevated moisture is found in the future, a qualified contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary.

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    30) The weatherstrip around one or more exterior entry doors is missing and/or deteriorated. Weatherstrip should be installed where missing and/or replaced where deteriorated, and by a qualified contractor if necessary.

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    31) Minor cracks were found in walls in one or more areas. They do not appear to be a structural concern, but the client(s) may wish to repair these for aesthetic reasons.

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    Needs to be repair can cause a tripping hazard.

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    Loose box.

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    No gutters and downspout,downspout sysetm takes the rainoff away from the house to prevent the damages caused by water penetration at the ground surface near the house structure.

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    Signs of soil pressure. Bowing walls,or wall components that are out of plumb may indicate extensive soil settlement.

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    Loose concrete blocks ,no mortar

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    Downspout not supported also no splash block.

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    Wood frame rot and corrosion from hard rain.this can also damage interior frame, under window water leaks or excessive condensation.

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    800-1000 per window

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    Windows in back of house should be caulked to to prevent air moisture leakage deteriiration of the joints and frame rot

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    Back steps needs little maintenance and condition.

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    No splash block

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    Past water leak under sink

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    Missing cover plate

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    Loose concrete blocks no mortar, no metal reinforcements,

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    If the water heater tank ruptures the flood can present major problems especially if the tank is located within the living areas of a house.The hot water tank should be place over a metal pan with drain to the outside.

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    Electric Panel

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    Double tapping two circuits on one breaker.

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    Ground from electric panel has no grounding clamp to water main.Also the ground should be before and after the water main.

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    Copper for gas.This could present a problem.Galvanized ,copper or plastic may not be tolerated in your area.Have license plumber check piping to hot water tank.

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    Gas Main

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    Past sign of water intrusion.

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    Kitchen sink signs of past water leak.

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    Water damage

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    Water stains

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    Shower doors off the track.

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    No GFCI in bathroom

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    Expose electric wires on first floor room with fireplace.

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    Back of house

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    Deck needs maintenance and condition.

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    Part of fascia missing on the back of house.

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    One area is not level bricks not level tripping hazard.

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    The whole fence needs to be supported,very loose

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    Not secure very loose

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    Water intrusion

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    Also frames and interior wall under the window can have water leaks or excessive condensation,and beam damage

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    Water stains

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    Leaking waste line

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    Water main

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    Copper pipe for gas supply for hot water heater.

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    Cracks uneven settlement,chipping,loose concrete blocks cracked no mortar

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