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NY Home Inspecting Inc
Phone: (631) 949-0572
37 Lucille Dr
South Setauket NY 11720-1022
Inspector: Ryan Meinsen
Property Inspection Report
||Medford, N.Y. 11763
||Thursday, January 07, 2016
This report published on Wednesday, February 03, 2016 12:54:59 AM EST
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: Level
Condition of driveway: Appeared serviceable
Driveway material: Asphalt
Condition of sidewalks and/or patios: Appeared serviceable
Sidewalk material: Gravel, Brick, Asphalt
Condition of deck, patio and/or porch covers: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Deck, patio, porch cover material and type: Open
Condition of decks, porches and/or balconies:
Deck, porch and/or balcony material: Wood
Condition of stairs, handrails and guardrails: Appeared serviceable
Exterior stair material: Wood
Flashing appeared to be missing from above one or more deck or porch ledger boards, or could not be verified. Missing flashing at this location can cause moisture to accumulate between the ledger boards and the building. Fungal rot may occur in this area and cause the ledger board fasteners to fail. The deck may separate from the building in this event. This is a potential safety hazard. Recommend that a qualified contractor install flashing above ledger boards per standard building practices. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?LBhttp://www.reporthost.com/?SD
Over head Service, weatherhead and mast. The Mast is missing a couple of clamps to further secure the electrical conduit to the siding
The rear gutter of the gaage is missing metal capping behind the gutteras evidenced by the peeling paint. All gutters by the way are in need of cleaning and fll of leaves.
Soil was in contact with or close to wooden stairs at one or more locations. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Soil should be graded and/or removed so no wood-soil contact is present, if possible. Otherwise, installing products such as borate-based Impel rods may help to prevent infestation and damage. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?IMPEL
Exterior and Foundation
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: Appeared serviceable
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Vinyl
Condition of foundation and footings: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Apparent foundation type: Crawl space
Foundation/stem wall material: Poured in place concrete
Footing material (under foundation stem wall): Not determined (inaccessible or obscured)
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.
Soil was in contact with or less than 6 inches from siding or trim. Regardless of what material is used for siding, it should not be in contact with the soil. If made of wood, siding or trim will eventually rot. For other materials, ground or surface water can infiltrate siding or trim and cause damage to the wall structure. Wood-destroying insects are likely to infest and damage the wall structure. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend grading or removing soil as necessary to maintain a 6-inch clearance. Note that damage from fungal rot and/or insects may be found when soil is removed, and repairs may be necessary.
Current building practices dictate that you would want to keep a minimum of six inches from the bottom of the siding to the ground. Since this is just about touching the ground it is very inviting to termites or other pests looking to get out of the cold.
One or more holes or gaps were found in siding or trim. Vermin, insects or water may enter the structure. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
SW corner of house has a water spigot and the sprinkler System
One of the three exterior water spigots that have been turned off for the winter. None of which are frost free hose bibs. None have the vacuum break to prohibit water from being siphoned back into the domestic water of the home as most hose bibs do on newer homes
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.
Fresh air vent located to the left of the front door appears normal I suggest cutting back the bushes to deter an easy path to pest intrusion.
Caulk was missing in some areas. For example, around windows and/or around doors. 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
The bay window over the deck has had the aluminum flashing installed under the window to have no caulk or sealant. My finger is actually pointing to where the aluminum is bent upwards and can guide rain water directly behind the siding.
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 excluded from this inspection. 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 crawl spaces in the future. Complete access to all crawl space areas 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 attempts to locate all crawl space access points and areas. Access points may be obscured or otherwise hidden by furnishings or stored items. In such cases, the client should ask the property owner where all access points are that are not described in this inspection, and have those areas inspected. Note that crawl space areas should be checked at least annually for water intrusion, plumbing leaks and pest activity.
Crawl space inspection method: Traversed
Condition of floor substructure above: Appeared serviceable
Pier or support post material: Wood
Beam material: Solid wood, Built-up wood
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
Condition of insulation underneath floor above: Appeared serviceable, Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Insulation material underneath floor above: Fiberglass roll or batt
Condition of vapor barrier: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Vapor barrier present: Partial
Condition of crawl space ventilation: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Ventilation type: without vents
Evidence of rodent infestation was found in the form of dead rodents and/or damaged insulation in the crawl space. Consult with the property owner about this. A qualified person should make repairs to seal openings in the structure, set traps, and clean rodent waste as necessary. Recommend following guidelines in these Center for Disease Control articles:http://www.reporthost.com/?SEALUPhttp://www.reporthost.com/?TRAPUPhttp://www.reporthost.com/?CLEANUP
This back corner shows evidence of past rodent activity
Ventilation for the crawl space was substandard. There were too few vents. This can result in high levels of moisture in the crawl space and is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. One square foot of vent area should be installed for 150 square feet of crawl space. Vents should be evenly distributed and within a few feet of corners to promote air circulation. Recommend that a qualified contractor install or improve venting per standard building practices.
When the house was sided many ventilation grills were covered over. Proper air movement in the crawl will allow moisture to escape. This crawl should have at least 1 square foot of opening per 150 sq ft of space to be ventilated properly.
Under-floor insulation was damaged or deteriorated in some areas, and may result in reduced energy efficiency. Recommend that a qualified person repair or replace insulation as necessary.
Many areas of insulation have fallen and many wires are not properly secured.
The vapor barrier in some areas of the crawl space was damaged, loose or askew and/or missing. Soil was exposed as a result and will allow water from the soil to evaporate up into the structure. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. A 6 mil black plastic sheet should be placed over all exposed soil with seams overlapped to 24 inches, and not in contact with any wood structural components. The sheeting should be held in place with bricks or stones, not wood. Recommend that a qualified person replace or repair the vapor barrier where necessary and per standard building practices.
One or more indoor crawl space access hatches or doors were not insulated, or had substandard insulation. Weatherstripping was also missing or substandard. Recommend installing weatherstripping and insulation per current standards at hatches or doors for better energy efficiency and to prevent dust or odor-laden air from the crawl space entering living spaces.
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. 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 performed adequately or were leak-free.
Roof inspection method: Traversed
Condition of roof surface material: Near, at or beyond service life
Roof surface material: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Apparent number of layers of roof surface material: One
Condition of exposed flashings: Appeared serviceable, Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Condition of gutters, downspouts and extensions: Appeared serviceable
The roof surface appeared to be near the end of its service life and will likely need replacing in the near future even if repairs are made now. Recommend discussing replacement options with a qualified contractor, and budgeting for a replacement roof surface in the near future. The client may also wish to consider having a qualified contractor attempt to issue a "5 year roof certificate."
Significant amount of granular loss on the shingles
This picture cleary show the differences of where water runoff has stained and caused granular loss to the roof. The brighter newer looking side sees less runoff due to the power vent above.
Flashings at the base of one or more chimneys were loose. Leaks can occur as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.
Chimney kick out flashing is lifted
Lifted step flashing along the chimney roofline can allow for driving rain to easily enter the attic.
Water damage and/or evidence of past leaks was found at one or more skylights. Consult with the property owner to determine if leaks have occurred, or if repairs have been made. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.
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.
One or more roof flashings were lifting, loose and/or missing. Leaks can occur as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
One or more downspouts were incomplete. 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.
The down spout at the SW corner clearly demonstrates the effect of water being poured directly next to the fondation by the depression in the mulch. A 3 foot extension is recommended to keep water from pooling next to the foundation which could lead to settlement/heaving/cracking of the foundation and footing. Water against the foundation will also attract sub terrainian termites and other insects.
Significant amounts of debris have accumulated in one or more gutters or downspouts. Gutters can overflow and cause water to come in contact with the building exterior, or water can accumulate around the foundation. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend cleaning gutters and downspouts now and as necessary in the future.
Front and rear gutter water flow gets severely restricted by leaves making great conditions conducive for Ice Damming. Combine that with the lack of an Ice and Water shield along the eves of the roof and water intrusion into the house would be almost certain.
Moss was growing on the roof. As a result, shingles can lift or be damaged. Leaks can result and/or the roof surface can fail prematurely. Efforts should be made to kill the moss during its growing season (wet months). Typically, zinc or phosphate-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://www.reporthost.com/?MOSS
Mold/Fungus growing on the roof slowly eat away at the shingle.
South west corner of the roof shows significant amounts of growth. Most likely attributed to the nearby tree that has since been trimmed back.
Nail heads were exposed at one or more shingles. More than just a few exposed nail heads may indicate a substandard roof installation. Recommend applying an approved sealant over exposed nail heads now and as necessary in the future to prevent leaks.
Nail heads in various places along the ridge are missing sealant
Attic and Roof Structure
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; areas and components obscured by insulation. Any comments made regarding these items are made as a courtesy only. The inspector does not determine the adequacy of the attic ventilation system. Complete access to all roof and attic spaces during all seasons and during prolonged periods of all types of weather conditions (e.g. high/low temperatures, high/low humidity, high wind and rain, melting snow) would be needed to do so. The inspector is not a licensed engineer and does not determine the adequacy of roof structure components such as trusses, rafters or ceiling beams, or their spacing or sizing.
Attic inspection method: Partially traversed
Condition of roof structure: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Roof structure type: Rafters
Ceiling structure: Ceiling joists
Condition of insulation in attic (ceiling, skylight chase, etc.): Appeared serviceable
Ceiling insulation material: Fiberglass roll or batt
Approximate attic insulation R value (may vary in areas): R-19
Vermiculite insulation present: None visible
Vapor retarder: None visible
Condition of roof ventilation: Appeared serviceable
Roof ventilation type: Gable end vents, Open soffit vents, Mechanical vents with powered fan
One or more recessed "can" lights were installed in the attic and were in contact with insulation. The inspector was unable to find a label or markings that indicated that these lights are designed to be in contact with insulation. If lights are not "IC" rated then this is a fire hazard. Recommend further evaluation by a qualified contractor to determine if these lights are rated for contact with insulation. If they aren't, or if their rating can't be determined, then recommend that a qualified person make permanent repairs as necessary. For example, by installing shields around lights or moving insulation.
The roof decking was spongy, soft or springy in one or more areas when the inspector walked on those areas. This may be caused by deteriorated sheathing, damaged rafters or trusses, and/or otherwise substandard construction. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.
The ceiling insulation installed in the attic was substandard and appeared to have an R rating that's significantly less than current standards (R-38). Heating and cooling costs will likely be higher due to poor energy efficiency. Recommend that a qualified contractor install insulation for better energy efficiency and per standard building practices.
One or more exhaust fan ducts in the attic were not attached to a vent hood or cap. As a result, conditioned air will enter the attic when the fan is operated. Ducts terminating near an attic vent but without a dedicated vent hood or cap will likely blow conditioned air back into the attic. This can result in excessive moisture in the attic. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair per standard building practices, so exhaust fan ducts are permanently fastened to vent hoods or caps.
This exhaust line is improperly supported, has a run that is too long, has fallen and is not venting out the gable end and should be be vented directly up and through the roof.
Another example of an improperly vented exhaust that should be run striaght up through the roof. Moisture from the exhaust is rusting the motor/enclosure to the power vent and will shorten its useful life.
One or more attic access hatches or doors were not insulated, or had substandard insulation. Recommend installing insulation as necessary and per current standards at hatches or doors for better energy efficiency. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?ATTACC
One or more attic access hatches or doors had no weatherstripping, or the weatherstripping was substandard. Weatherstripping should be installed around hatches or doors as necessary to prevent heated interior air from entering the attic. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?ATTACC
One or more exhaust ducts (e.g. bathroom fan, clothes dryer) in the attic have come apart, were loose or have fallen down. This can result in increased moisture levels inside the structure and is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified person make permanent repairs as necessary.
Garage or Carport
Limitations: The inspector does not determine the adequacy of firewall ratings. Requirements for ventilation in garages vary between municipalities.
Type: Attached, Garage
Type of door between garage and house: Metal
Condition of garage vehicle door(s): Appeared serviceable
Type of garage vehicle door: Sectional
Garage ventilation: Exists
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: 3, 4
Service voltage (volts): 120-240
Estimated service amperage: 200
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service entrance conductor material: Stranded copper
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
System ground: Ground rod(s) in soil, Cold water supply pipes, Copper
Condition of main service panel: Appeared serviceable
Location of main service panel #A: Bedroom
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Condition of branch circuit wiring: Serviceable
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: None visible
Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection present: No
Arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection present: No
Smoke alarms installed:
Carbon monoxide alarms installed: Yes, but not tested
One or more electric receptacles (outlets) at the kitchen, bathroom(s) and/or crawl space had no visible ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection, or the inspector was unable to determine if GFCI protection was present. If not GFCI-protected, receptacles in wet areas pose a shock hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and install GFCI protection if necessary and per standard building practices. General guidelines for GFCI-protected receptacles include the following locations:
- Outdoors (since 1973)
- Bathrooms (since 1975)
- Garages (since 1978)
- Kitchens (since 1987)
- Crawl spaces and unfinished basements (since 1990)
- Wet bar sinks (since 1993)
- Laundry and utility sinks (since 2005)
For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?GFCI
Neutral wires were doubled or bundled together under the same lug on the neutral bus bar in panel(s) #. This is a potential safety hazard in the event that one of the circuits needs to be isolated during servicing. For one neutral to be disconnected, other neutrals from energized circuits sharing the same lug will be loosened. Power surges may result on the energized circuits and result in damage or fire. Also, multiple wires under the same lug may not be secure, resulting in loose wires, arcing, sparks and fire. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair per standard building practices. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?DTNB
Non-metallic sheathed wiring in the attic was routed on surfaces within 6 feet of one or more access hatches or doors, and was subject to damage. Wiring can be damaged when hatches are lifted and set aside, when stored items are moved into or out of the attic, etc. This is a potential shock and/or fire hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair per standard building practices.
Non-metallic sheathed wiring was loose, unsupported, or inadequately supported at one or more locations. Such wiring should be trimmed to length if necessary and attached to runners or to solid backing with fasteners at intervals of 4 1/2 feet or less. Fasteners should be installed within 12 inches of all enclosures. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair per standard building practices.
Bare wire ends, or wires with a substandard termination, were found at one or more locations. This is a potential shock hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair as necessary. For example, by cutting wires to length and terminating with wire nuts in a permanently mounted, covered junction box.
Open air terminations of electrical wiring are improper and should be evaluated and repaired by a licensed electrician.
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.reporthost.com/?SMKALRM
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.
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
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, Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Water service: Public
Water pressure (psi): undetermined
Location of main water shut-off: Crawl space
Condition of supply lines: Appeared serviceable
Supply pipe material: Copper
Condition of drain pipes: Appeared serviceable
Drain pipe material: Plastic
Condition of waste lines: Appeared serviceable
Waste pipe material: Plastic, Cast iron
Vent pipe condition: Appeared serviceable
Vent pipe material: Copper
Sump pump installed: None visible
Type of irrigation system supply source: Public
Condition of fuel system: Appeared serviceable
Visible fuel storage systems: in basement, crawlspace
Location of main fuel shut-off valve: At oil tank
Copper water supply pipes were installed. Copper pipes installed prior to the late 1980s may be joined with solder that contains lead, which is a known health hazard especially for children. Laws were passed in 1985 prohibiting the use of lead in solder, but prior to that solder normally contained approximately 50% lead. The client should be aware of this, especially if children will be using this water supply system. Note that the inspector does not test for toxic materials such as lead. The client should consider having a qualified lab test for lead, and if necessary take steps to reduce or remove lead from the water supply. Various solutions include:
- Flush water taps or faucets. Do not drink water that has been sitting in the plumbing lines for more than 6 hours
- Install appropriate filters at points of use
- Use only cold water for cooking and drinking, as hot water dissolves lead more quickly than cold water
- Use bottled or distilled water
- Treat well water to make it less corrosive
- Have a qualified plumber replace supply pipes and/or plumbing components as necessary
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Significant corrosion was found in some water supply pipes or fittings. Leaks can occur as a result. Recommend that a qualified plumber evaluate and replace components as necessary.
Pin holes and/or corrosion were visible on one or more copper water supply pipes. This can occur with acidic water, and from flux applied at fittings for soldering when the pipes were installed or repaired. Leaks can occur from pinholes and corrosion usually indicates past leaks. Recommend consulting with the local municipality and/or a qualified plumber about the local water supply's pH level, and researching solutions for this if necessary. Also recommend that a qualified plumber evaluate and replace water supply components if necessary.
Corrosion is present on the water main. Recommend further evaluation by a licensed plumber.
Severe corrosion on this gate valve located in NE corner of basement. Recommend replacement.
One or more hose bibs (outside faucets) appeared to be inoperable. No water flowed from the bib(s) when turned on. This may be due to a shut-off valve being turned off. Note that the inspector does not operate shut-off valves. Recommend consulting with the property owner about inoperable hose bibs, and if necessary have a qualified plumber make repairs.
Insulation for one or more water supply pipes in the was missing. Recommend replacing or installing insulation on pipes per standard building practices to prevent them from freezing during cold weather, and for better energy efficiency with hot water supply pipes.
Based on visible equipment or information provided to the inspector, this property appeared to have a yard irrigation (sprinkler) system. These are specialty systems and are excluded from this inspection. Comments in this report related to this system are made as a courtesy only and are not meant to be a substitute for a full evaluation by a qualified specialist. When this system is operated, recommend verifying that water is not directed at building exteriors, or directed so water accumulates around building foundations. Sprinkler heads may need to be adjusted, replaced or disabled. Consider having a qualified plumber verify that a backflow prevention device is installed per standard building practices to prevent cross-contamination of potable water. Recommend that a qualified specialist evaluate the irrigation system for other defects (e.g. leaks, damaged or malfunctioning sprinkler heads) and repair if necessary.
This is a timer for a sprinkler system. It is not a function of ta home inspection to test lawn sprinklers. Also all water spigots on the outside have been shut off for the winter.
Lawn Sprinkler control is located in master bedroom walk in closet.
One or more copper water supply pipes had substandard support or were loose. Leaks can occur as a result. Copper supply pipes should have approved hangers every 6-8 feet. If hangers are in contact with the copper pipe, they should be made of a material that doesn't cause the pipes or hangers to corrode due to contact of dissimilar metals. Recommend that a qualified person install hangers or secure pipes per standard building practices.
One or more plastic PEX water supply pipes had substandard support or were loose. Leaks can occur as a result. PEX supply pipes should have approved hangers every 32-36 inches when run horizontally. Special hangers that allow movement from expansion and that won't damage the soft plastic piping should be used. Recommend that a qualified person install hangers or secure pipes per standard building practices.
One or more waste pipes had a substandard slope. Clogging or leaks can occur as a result. Drain and waste pipes should be sloped 1/4 inch per foot of length if less than 3 inches in diameter, or 1/8 inch per foot of length for larger diameters. Recommend that a qualified plumber repair per standard building practices.
Based on visible components or information provided to the inspector, this property appeared to have a private sewage disposal (septic) system. These are specialty systems and are excluded from this inspection. Comments in this report related to this system are made as a courtesy only and are not meant to be a substitute for a full evaluation by a qualified specialist. Generally, septic tanks should be pumped and inspected every 3 years. Depending on the type of system and municipal regulations, inspection and maintenance may be required more frequently, often annually. Recommend the following:
- Consult with the property owner about this system's maintenance and repair history
- Review any documentation available for this system
- Review inspection and maintenance requirements for this system
- That a qualified specialist evaluate, perform maintenance and make repairs if necessary
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What appeared to be the main water shut-off valve was located in the crawl space. This is an inconvenient location at best, and may prevent the water from being turned off in a timely manner in the event of a plumbing emergency. Consider having a qualified plumber relocate the shut-off valve to a more convenient location, such as in a closet or a cabinet under a sink.
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
Type: Tankless, Boiler or tank in common area
Energy source: Electricity
Estimated age: 5yrs
Capacity (in gallons): 32, Resources Product Overview Brochure User Guide Warranty Info Specs BTU: ? 116000 Capacity (Gallons): 32 Diameter (Inches): 20" Height (Inches): 37 Water Connection: 3/4" Description for Buderus S120 The S120, with its high quality Thermoglaze coating on all interior surfaces, 32 gallon storage capacity, and limited lifetime warranty, adapts readily to the Buderus Logamatic Control. It has a high capacity, low pressure drop heat exchanger for excellent recovery, standard Honeywell aquastat with adjustable differential included, and a magnesium anode rod for tank protection. The S120 has an easy top clean-out and inspection access opening and adjustable screw-in bolts for leveling of the tank.
Temperature-pressure relief valve installed: Yes
Location of water heater: Laundry room
Hot water temperature tested: Yes
Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 122F
No drain line was installed for the temperature-pressure relief valve. This is a potential safety hazard due to the risk of scalding if someone is standing next to the water heater when the valve opens. Recommend that a qualified plumber install a drain line per standard building practices.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
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): Furnace
General heating distribution type(s): Pipes and radiators
Last service date of primary heat source: none indicated
Condition of hydronic or steam heat system: Appeared serviceable
Type of hydronic or steam heat: Hydronic (hot water)
Condition of burners: Not determined (inaccessible, obscured, or gas or oil service off)
Type of combustion air supply: No dedicated source visible, uses room air
Condition of venting system: Appeared serviceable
Condition of cooling system and/or heat pump: Near, at or beyond service life
Cooling system and/or heat pump fuel type: Electric
Condition of controls: Appeared serviceable
Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: coal stoves, gas logs, chimney flues (except where visible). Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of drafting or sizing in fireplace and stove flues, and also does not determine if prefabricated or zero-clearance fireplaces are installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. The inspector does not perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit, and does not light fires. The inspector provides a basic visual examination of a chimney and any associated wood burning device. The National Fire Protection Association has stated that an in-depth Level 2 chimney inspection should be part of every sale or transfer of property with a wood-burning device. Such an inspection may reveal defects that are not apparent to the home inspector who is a generalist.
Condition of chimneys and flues: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
One or more masonry chimney crowns were cracked. Crowns are meant to keep water off of the chimney structure and prevent damage from freeze-thaw cycles. Chimney crowns are commonly constructed by mounding concrete or mortar on the top chimney surface, however this is substandard. A properly constructed chimney crown should:
- Be constructed using either precast concrete slabs, cast-in-place steel reinforced concrete, solid stone, or metal
- Be sloped down from the flue a minimum of 3 inches of fall per foot of run
- Extend a minimum of 2 1/2 inches beyond the face of the chimney on all sides
- Not directly contact the flue liner (if installed), with the gap filled with flexible caulk
- Have flashing installed between the bottom of the crown and the top of the brick chimney
Recommend that a qualified contractor repair or replace crowns as necessary, and per standard building practices.
The cement crown arond the flue is cracked. Over time with freeze and that this will eventaully cause more damage as the cracks widen. The new chimney liner that is visible is too short and is allowing rain water to get in and travel back down to the boiler.
Here again you can see the broken crown of the chimney and the inside chimney liner. The Cap can keep out rodents and birds but because there is so much room above the liner rain water can enter the liner and run straight down the liner right to the boiler. When acid rain meets exhaust the chemical reaction results in sulphuric acids which can eat away at the liner and parts of the boiler.
Mortar at the brick chimney was deteriorated (e.g. loose, missing, cracked). As a result, water is likely to infiltrate the chimney structure and cause further damage. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary. For example, by repointing the mortar.
Gaps in the mortar lines of the chimney
Gaps in the mortar lines of the chimney
Gaps in the mortar lines of the chimney
Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: household appliances such as stoves, ovens, cook tops, ranges, warming ovens, griddles, broilers, dishwashers, trash compactors, refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, hot water dispensers and water filters; appliance timers, clocks, cook functions, self and/or continuous cleaning operations, thermostat or temperature control accuracy, and lights. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of the remaining life of appliances, and does not determine the adequacy of operation of appliances. The inspector does not note appliance manufacturers, models or serial numbers and does not determine if appliances are subject to recalls. Areas and components behind and obscured by appliances are inaccessible and excluded from this inspection.
Condition of counters: Appeared serviceable
Condition of cabinets: Appeared serviceable
Condition of sinks and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
Condition of dishwasher: Appeared serviceable
Condition of range, cooktop or oven: Appeared serviceable
Range, cooktop or oven type: Electric
Type of ventilation: Hood or built into microwave over range or cooktop
Condition of refrigerator: Appeared serviceable
Condition of built-in microwave oven: Appeared serviceable
The range could tip forward. An anti-tip bracket may not be installed. This is a potential safety hazard since the range can tip forward when weight is applied to the open door, such as when a small child climbs on it or if heavy objects are dropped on it. Anti-tip brackets have been sold with all free-standing ranges since 1985. Recommend installing an anti-tip bracket to eliminate this safety hazard. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?ATB
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: overflow drains for tubs and sinks; heated towel racks, saunas, steam generators, clothes washers, clothes dryers. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of washing machine drain lines, washing machine catch pan drain lines, or clothes dryer exhaust ducts. The inspector does not operate water supply or shut-off valves for sinks, toilets, bidets, clothes washers, etc. due to the possibility of valves leaking or breaking when operated. The inspector does not determine if shower pans or tub and shower enclosures are water tight, or determine the completeness or operability of any gas piping to laundry appliances.
Location #A: Full bath
Condition of counters: Appeared serviceable
Condition of cabinets: Appeared serviceable
Condition of flooring:
Condition of sinks and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
Condition of toilets: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Condition of bathtubs and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
Condition of shower(s) and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
Condition of ventilation systems: Appeared serviceable
Bathroom and laundry ventilation type: Central exhaust fan
240 volt receptacle for laundry equipment present: Not determined
The clothes dryer was equipped with a vinyl or mylar, accordion-type, flexible exhaust duct. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission considers these types of ducts to be unsafe, and a fire hazard. They can trap lint and are susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the air flow and cause overheating. Recommend that such ducts be replaced with a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct, and by a qualified contractor if necessary. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?DRYER
The clothes dryer exhaust duct was kinked, crushed or damaged. Air flow will be restricted as a result and the clothes dryer may overheat. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of fire. Recommend that a qualified person replace or repair the duct as necessary. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?DRYER
The toilet at location(s) # was loose where it attached to the floor. Leaks can occur. Flooring, the sub-floor or areas below may get damaged. Sewer gases can enter living spaces. Recommend that a qualified contractor remove the toilet(s) for further evaluation and repair if necessary. A new wax ring should be installed and toilet(s) should be securely anchored to the floor to prevent movement and leaking.
The bathtub surround at location(s) # was deteriorated, damaged or substandard. Water can damage the wall structure as a result. Recommend that a qualified contractor replace or repair the surround as necessary.
Caulk around the base of the toilet at location(s) # was missing, substandard and/or deteriorated. Modern standards require caulk to be installed around the entire toilet base where it meets the floor for sanitary reasons. Without it, soiled water can soak into flooring and sub-floor materials if the toilet overflows. Condensation from the toilet can also soak into the flooring. Recommend that a qualified person caulk around toilet bases per standard building practices.
Caulk was missing around the base of the bathtub spout, or there was a gap behind it, at location(s) #. Water may enter the wall structure behind the bathtub. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary to eliminate the gap. For example, by installing or replacing caulk if the gap is small enough. For larger gaps, a shorter spout nipple or an escutcheon plate can be installed.
Gaps, no caulk, or substandard caulking were found between the bathtub and the floor and/or walls at location(s) #. Water may penetrate these areas and cause damage. Recommend that a qualified person re-caulk or install caulking as necessary.
Gaps, no caulk, or substandard caulking were found between the shower enclosure and the floor and/or walls at location(s) #. Water can penetrate these areas and cause damage. Recommend that a qualified person re-caulk or install caulking as necessary.
The clothes dryer exhaust duct was in one or more places. Clothes dryers produce large amounts of moisture which should not enter structure interiors. Moisture can accumulate and result in mold, bacteria or fungal growth. Recommend that a qualified person make permanent repairs as necessary. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?DRYER
Interior, Doors and Windows
Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: security, intercom and sound systems; communications wiring; central vacuum systems; elevators and stair lifts; cosmetic deficiencies such as nail-pops, scuff marks, dents, dings, blemishes or issues due to normal wear and tear in wall, floor and ceiling surfaces and coverings, or in equipment; deficiencies relating to interior decorating; low voltage and gas lighting systems. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not evaluate any areas or items which require moving stored items, furnishings, debris, equipment, floor coverings, insulation or similar materials. The inspector does not test for asbestos, lead, radon, mold, hazardous waste, urea formaldehyde urethane, or any other toxic substance. Some items such as window, drawer, cabinet door or closet door operability are tested on a sampled basis. The client should be aware that paint may obscure wall and ceiling defects, floor coverings may obscure floor defects, and furnishings may obscure wall, floor and floor covering defects. If furnishings were present during the inspection, recommend a full evaluation of walls, floors and ceilings that were previously obscured when possible. Determining the cause and/or source of odors is not within the scope of this inspection.
Condition of exterior entry doors: Appeared serviceable
Exterior door material: Metal
Condition of windows and skylights: Appeared serviceable
Type(s) of windows: Wood, Metal
Condition of walls and ceilings: Appeared serviceable
Wall type or covering: Drywall
Ceiling type or covering: Drywall
Condition of flooring: Appeared serviceable
Flooring type or covering: Carpet, Wood or wood products, Tile
Crank handles at some windows were loose. Recommend that a qualified person replace handles or make repairs as necessary.
Left hand side of kitchen bow window handle not properly screwed on
Wood Destroying Organism Findings
Limitations: This report only includes findings from accessible and visible areas on the day of the inspection. In addition to the inaccessible areas documented in this report, examples of other inaccessible areas include: sub areas less than 18 inches in height; attic areas less than 5 feet in height, areas blocked by ducts, pipes or insulation; areas where locks or permanently attached covers prevent access; areas where insulation would be damaged if traversed; areas obscured by vegetation. All inaccessible areas are subject to infestation or damage from wood-destroying organisms. The inspector does not move furnishings, stored items, debris, floor or wall coverings, insulation, or other materials as part of the inspection, nor perform destructive testing. Wood-destroying organisms may infest, re-infest or become active at any time. No warranty is provided as part of this inspection.
Visible evidence of active wood-destroying insects: No
Visible evidence of active wood decay fungi: No
Visible evidence of past wood-destroying insects: Yes
Visible evidence of past wood decay fungi: No
Visible evidence of damage by wood-destroying insects: Yes
Visible evidence of damage by wood decay fungi: No
Visible evidence of conditions conducive to wood-destroying organisms: Yes
Evidence of past infestation of subterranean termites was found at location(s) # in the form of with visible wood damage. Recommend the following:
- Correct any conducive conditions for wood-destroying organisms mentioned in this report.
- Consult with the property owner about any history of infestation.
- Have a state-licensed pest control operator evaluate further and treat as necessary.
Front West corner of house lies a Water Spigot and the Sprinkler System
200Amp Overhead Electric Service on the West side of the house.
RUUD AC compressor
The freon lines running inside of the Gutter Leader is hanging off the side of the house and should be secured with leader straps.
Average life of an outside AC compressor is between 10 to 12 years. This one was manufactured in June of 2005 so its 10 years old.
Visible inside the AC unit you can visibly see the oxidation along the cooling fins that have turned white and are crumbling to a fine powder and falling off.
This shot of the NW corner shows 2 things. One the abandoned rain sensor on the gutter and the missing aluminum Fascia.
Right hand corner guard rail is not attached to the house and is wobbly.
The gaps between the deck spindles are bigger than a 4 inch sphere. This is important so that a young child would not be tempted to try to stick his head through the space and get hurt.
The longest side of the deck facing the neighbors yard is missing a locking mechanism bar to engage the hasp on the post
Difficult to tell from this picture but this side of the deck has seen some settling on the guard rail as it dips in the middle of the run.
NW back of the house next to the deck lies the laundry exhaust. Cheap corrugated tubing that catches lint has built up over time and has now made this a fire hazard.
GFCI to the right of the sliding doors
The protective cover of this outside GFI to the left of the slider doors is missing. Consider upgrading both sides to a new "IN USE" bubble cover.
Storage shed, No electricity
East side shot of the straightness of the chimney as well as the location of the second water spigot
The East side fence has 3 gates. One for entrance and two that act as bifold doors to allow entry of lawn mowers and the like.
There is no Ice Dam Shield or Metal running up the valley and no Ice dam protection along the front or rear of the house.
The siding J channel has been caulked with a silicone sealant leading me to believe that when the roof was repaired/replaced that they did not use the proper step flashing along the Gable end of the house and instead used a sealant to fix the issue.
Someone attempted to seal the roof edge and gaps with what appears to look like liquid nails glue. Not only is this improper and unsightly it will not hold up over time.
The fresh air vent stack was improperly flashed/shingled when applied. The bottom of the stack boot is covered/underneath the shingle when it should be visible on top allowing for runoff. While definitely prettier it is improper and will result in water penetration into the home.
Again the bottom of the flashing should be ON TOP of the shingle and not underneath. At closer inspection the attempted sealing of the shingle to the flashing is opened in spots allowing water directing under the shingle.
Minor cracks in the foundation due to settlement/expansion/contraction were only discovered in a couple of locations. Openings of this size are normal and it is suggested to be monitored down the road for any sign of change. While no visible signs of mud tubes from termites were discovered at the time of inspection. it is recommended to remove some of the mulch so as not to invite pests into the home. An epoxy sealant is also advised to prevent intrusion.
SW corner hose bib. Again not frost free with anti siphon. As with the others there is no sealant around the bib where it meets the siding to prevent water intrusion.
Security system in Living room
It is inadvisable to use this type of accordion style exhaust for your dryer. While a common type and advertised and sold everyuwhere the ridges catch lint that can build up, restrict air flow, reduce the life of your appliance and potentially start a fire. Solid wall pipe is always a better choice.
Missing outlet cover can allow dusts to settle inside the receptacle box and is a potential fire hazard.
The top of the water heater clearly show the temperature pressure relief valve pointing straight in the direction of a someone standing in front. Should this valve be triggered, highly pressurized water in the form of steam will escape and expand at 1700 times its size at high temperature causing immediate burns. This is improper installation and current building codes and practices call for an extension to come across and down the side to within six inches of the floor to avoid a potential 3rd degree burn catastrophy. In addition pipe insulation should not be directly on top within 18 inches of the heater.
Manufacture date of this unit is June/2007
This corrosion due to the aforementioned acid moisture/water flowing down the chimney liner and back into the boiler.
Picture here is the Temperature Pressure releif valve located between the back of the boiler and wall.
Kinking further restricts air flow of the dryer exhaust causing lint to build up inside.
This is the wireless oil gauge for the tank located in the crawlspace an is located in the living room.
Hot Water temps within normal range
Unit in Living room not operational
Missing Fire alarm i hallway
High moisture content in kitchen floor show active leak most likely due to a leak in the ice maker line connection.
No Sealant between tub spout and wall
Shower head side of tub surround is loose and possible mold growth behind.
Tub needs re-caulking
Bathroom sink water temp.
This Bryant breaker is not listed on the panel diagram is being interchangable in a Murray Panel. Must defer to a licensed electrician. While the breaker fits and does not appear to be loose which would be a problem it is still recommended to have further review.
The AC condenser's overflow pan drain in the attic is not connected. Should the unit malfuntion and leak it can over flow into the ceiling and cause considerable damage.
Moisture contents of the roof underlayment are very high indicative of water intrusion. Mold like growth present and testing/cleanup is recommended.
The crawlspace waste water pines have been replaced with newer PVC lines that are improperly supported, Plactic vapor barriers along the sand floor ae torn/loose/missing in many areas allowing the moisture up into the living space. Insulation has fallen down in several areas.
This cast iron radiator has been installed in an attempt to keep water lines from freezing in the space. However due to the size of the space itself may be of no real benefit depending on the outside temps.
Dissimilar metals can cause chemical corrosion. Copper or plastic straps should be used.
There appears to be no underlayment below all of the hardwood floors.
The rim joist and sill plates in the NE corner of basement show past water and pest damage. The sill plate is completely compromised and reqires evaluation and repair by a qualified contractor.
The rotted sill plate
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