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Peace of Mind - Home Inspections
4832 W Bennington Rd
Cedar Falls IA 50613-9766
Inspector: Brian Andrews
Property Inspection Report
||4500 The Shire Drive
Hobbitsville, Iowa 96753
||Friday, January 09, 2015
This report published on Thursday, February 12, 2015 10:30:11 AM CST
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:
|Safety||Poses a safety hazard|
|Major Defect||Correction likely involves a significant expense|
|Repair/Replace||Recommend repairing or replacing|
|Repair/Maintain||Recommend repair and/or maintenance|
|Minor Defect||Correction likely involves only a minor expense|
|Evaluate||Recommend evaluation by a specialist|
|Comment||For your information|
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2:50 pmTime finished:
5:00pmPresent during inspection:
Client, RealtorClient present for discussion at end of inspection:
YesWeather conditions during inspection:
WindyTemperature during inspection:
Freezing, 5 degrees FPayment method:
CheckType of building:
Single familyBuildings inspected:
One houseAge of main building:
51Source for main building age:
Municipal records or property listingFront of building faces:
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:
LevelCondition of driveway:
Appeared serviceable, Mostly snow CoveredDriveway material:
Poured in place concreteCondition of sidewalks and/or patios:
Completely snow covered. If sidewalk was there,,,was not visible.Condition of decks, porches and/or balconies:
Appeared serviceableDeck, porch and/or balcony material:
CompositeCondition of stairs, handrails and guardrails:
Composite Deckboard ends popping out.
Exterior and Foundation
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 groundCondition of wall exterior covering:
Appeared serviceableApparent wall structure:
Wood frameWall covering:
VinylCondition of foundation and footings:
Appeared serviceableApparent foundation type:
Unfinished basementFoundation/stem wall material:
Lower part of window trim missing. Potential for water damage.
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. East side of house.
Structural components such as joists and beams, and other components such as piping, wiring and/or ducting that are obscured by under-floor insulation are also excluded from this inspection. Note that the inspector does not determine if support posts, columns, beams, joists, studs, trusses, etc. are of adequate size, spanning or spacing.
The inspector does not guarantee or warrant that water will not accumulate in the basement in the future. Access to the basement during all seasons and during prolonged periods of all types of weather conditions (e.g. heavy rain, melting snow) would be needed to do so. The inspector does not determine the adequacy of basement floor or stairwell drains, or determine if such drains are clear or clogged.
Note that all basement areas should be checked periodically for water intrusion, plumbing leaks and pest activity.Condition of exterior entry doors:
Appeared serviceableExterior door material:
WoodCondition of floor substructure above:
Appeared serviceablePier or support post material:
Built-up woodFloor structure above:
Solid wood joistsCondition of insulation underneath floor above:
Not applicable, none installed
One or more exhaust ducts (e.g. bathroom fan, clothes dryer) in the basement have come apart or were loose. 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.
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:
Viewed from groundCondition of roof surface material:
Appeared serviceableRoof surface material:
Asphalt or fiberglass composition shinglesRoof type:
GableApparent number of layers of roof surface material:
OneCondition of gutters, downspouts and extensions:
One or more downspouts were . 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.
Downspouts disconnected. Recommend attaching, to divert water away from foundation.
Attic and Roof Structure
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:
Viewed from hatch(es)Condition of roof structure:
Appeared serviceableRoof structure type:
Ceiling joistsCondition of insulation in attic (ceiling, skylight chase, etc.):
Appeared serviceableCeiling insulation material:
Cellulose loose fillApproximate attic insulation R value (may vary in areas):
R-30Vermiculite insulation present:
None visibleVapor retarder:
None visibleCondition of roof ventilation:
Appeared serviceableRoof ventilation type:
Gable end vents, Enclosed soffit vents
Garage or Carport
The inspector does not determine the adequacy of firewall ratings. Requirements for ventilation in garages vary between municipalities.Type:
AttachedCondition of door between garage and house:
Appeared serviceableType of door between garage and house:
WoodCondition of garage vehicle door(s):
Appeared serviceableType of garage vehicle door:
SectionalNumber of vehicle doors:
1Condition of automatic opener(s):
Appeared serviceableMechanical auto-reverse operable (reverses when meeting reasonable resistance during closing):
YesCondition of garage floor:
Appeared serviceableCondition of garage interior:
Storm door weather checked, split, cracked, allowing moisture into the wood core.
A lot of debris, piled up next to access door in back of garage. Unable to access.
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 serviceablePrimary service type:
OverheadNumber of service conductors:
2Service voltage (volts):
120-240Estimated service amperage:
100Primary service overload protection type:
FusesService entrance conductor material:
Stranded copperMain disconnect rating (amps):
Ground rod(s) in soilCondition of main service panel:
Appeared serviceableCondition of sub-panel(s):
Appeared serviceableLocation of main service panel #A:
At top of basement stairs.Location of main service panel #B:
BasementCondition of branch circuit wiring:
ServiceableBranch circuit wiring type:
CopperGround fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection present:
NoCarbon monoxide alarms installed:
Yes, but not tested
One or more electric receptacles (outlets) at the kitchen and/or bathroom(s) 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
Kitchen Picture of non GFCI outlet, not shown.
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.
One or more electric receptacles (outlets) had reverse-polarity wiring, where the hot and neutral wires were reversed. This is a shock hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair as necessary. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?RPR
2-slot receptacles (outlets) rather than 3-slot, grounded receptacles were installed in one or more areas. These do not have an equipment ground and are considered unsafe by today's standards. Appliances that require a ground should not be used with 2-slot receptacles. Examples of such appliances include computers and related hardware, refrigerators, freezers, portable air conditioners, clothes washers, aquarium pumps, and electrically operated gardening tools. The client should be aware of this limitation when planning use for various rooms, such as an office. Upgrading to grounded receptacles typically requires installing new wiring from the main service panel or sub-panel to the receptacle(s), in addition to replacing the receptacle(s). Consult with a qualified electrician about upgrading to 3-wire, grounded circuits.
The electric service to this property appeared to be rated at substantially less than 200 amps and may be inadequate. Depending on the client's needs, recommend consulting with a qualified electrician about upgrading to a 200 amp service. Note that the electric service's rating is based on the lowest rating for the meter base, the service conductors, the main service panel and the main disconnect switch. One or more of these components may need replacing to upgrade.
Tester revealing, possible loose wire inside junction box. Recommend having licensed electrician, to evaluate.
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
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 serviceableWater service:
Public, Private wellWater pressure (psi):
At Well Tank 40 lbsLocation of main water shut-off:
BasementCondition of supply lines:
Appeared serviceableSupply pipe material:
Copper, PEX plasticCondition of drain pipes:
Appeared serviceableDrain pipe material:
PlasticCondition of waste lines:
Appeared serviceableWaste pipe material:
Plastic, Cast ironVent pipe condition:
Appeared serviceableVent pipe material:
Cast ironSump pump installed:
NoSewage ejector pump installed:
NoCondition of fuel system:
Appeared serviceableLocation of main fuel shut-off valve:
At gas meter
No shut-off valve was readily accessible and visible within 3 feet of the gas-fired furnace. This is a potential safety hazard when the appliance needs to be shut down quickly. Recommend that a qualified contractor install a shut-off valve per standard building practices.
Significant corrosion was found in water supply pipes or fittings. Leaks can occur as a result. Recommend that a qualified plumber evaluate and replace components as necessary.
Located above Water Heater
Based on visible equipment or information provided to the inspector, the water supply to this property appeared to be from a private well. Private well water supplies 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. The inspector does not test private well water for contamination or pollutants, determine if the supply and/or flow are adequate, or provide an estimate for remaining life of well pumps, pressure tanks or equipment. Only visible and accessible components are evaluated. Recommend the following:
- That a qualified well contractor fully evaluate the well, including a pump/flow test
- That the well water be tested per the client's concerns (coliforms, pH, contaminants, etc.)
- Research the well's history (how/when constructed, how/when maintained or repaired, past performance, past health issues)
- Document the current well capacity and water quality for future reference
For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?WELL
A water softener system was installed on the premises. 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. Water softeners typically work by removing unwanted minerals (e.g. calcium, magnesium) from the water supply. They prevent build-up of scale inside water supply pipes, improve lathering while washing, and prevent spots on dishes. Recommend consulting with the property owner about this system to determine its condition, required maintenance, age, expected remaining life, etc. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?WTRSFThttp://www.reporthost.com/?HRDWTR
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, Near, at or beyond service lifeType:
Water Heater Jacket installed, obscuring manufacturers plate.Capacity (in gallons):
50Temperature-pressure relief valve installed:
YesLocation of water heater:
BasementHot water temperature tested:
YesWater temperature (degrees Fahrenheit):
The estimated useful life for most water heaters is 8-12 years. The inspector was unable to determine the age of the water heater due to the manufacturer's label being obscured, no serial number being visible, or the serial number not clearly indicating the age. The client should be aware that this water heater may be near, at or beyond its useful life and may need replacing at any time. Recommend attempting to determine the water heater's age.
If found to be near, at or beyond its useful lifespan, recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future, or considering replacement now before any leaks occur. The client should be aware that significant flooding can occur if the water heater does fail. If not replaced now, consider having a qualified person install a catch pan and drain or a water alarm to help prevent damage if water does leak.
The estimated useful life for most water heaters is 8-12 years. This water heater appeared to be at and/or beyond this age and/or its useful lifespan and may need replacing at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future, or considering replacement now before any leaks occur. The client should be aware that significant flooding can occur if the water heater fails. If not replaced now, consider having a qualified person install a catch pan and drain or a water alarm to help prevent damage if water does leak.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
The following items are not included in this inspection: humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters; solar, coal or wood-fired heat systems; thermostat or temperature control accuracy and timed functions; heating components concealed within the building structure or in inaccessible areas; underground utilities and systems; safety devices and controls (due to automatic operation). Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on heating or cooling system components, does not determine if heating or cooling systems are appropriately sized, does not test coolant pressure, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit, a shut-off valve to be operated, a circuit breaker to be turned "on" or a serviceman's or oil emergency switch to be operated. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to determine if furnace heat exchangers are intact and free of leaks. Condensation pans and drain lines may clog or leak at any time and should be monitored while in operation in the future. Where buildings contain furnishings or stored items, the inspector may not be able to verify that a heat source is present in all "liveable" rooms (e.g. bedrooms, kitchens and living/dining rooms).General heating system type(s):
Forced air, FurnaceGeneral heating distribution type(s):
Ducts and registersCondition of forced air heating/(cooling) system:
Near, at or beyond service lifeForced air heating system fuel type:
Natural gasLocation of forced air furnace:
BasementCondition of furnace filters:
Appeared serviceableLocation for forced air filter(s):
Back side of furnaceCondition of forced air ducts and registers:
Appeared serviceableCondition of venting system:
Appeared serviceableCondition of cooling system and/or heat pump:
Appeared serviceable, Near, at or beyond service lifeCooling system and/or heat pump fuel type:
Split systemCondition of controls:
The estimated useful life for most heat pumps and air conditioning condensing units is 10-15 years. This unit appeared to be at and/or beyond this age and/or its useful lifespan and may need replacing or significant repairs at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future.
The estimated useful life for most forced air furnaces is 15-20 years. The inspector was unable to determine the age of the furnace. Be aware that this furnace may be near, at, or beyond its useful life and may need replacing or significant repairs at any time. Recommend attempting to determine the furnace's age (ask property owner or service technician), and budgeting for a replacement if necessary.
The estimated useful life for most forced air furnaces is 15-20 years. This furnace appeared to be beyond this age and/or its useful lifespan and may need replacing or significant repairs at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future.
The outdoor air temperature was below 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the inspection. Air conditioning systems can be damaged if operated during such low temperatures. Because of this, the inspector was unable to operate and fully evaluate the cooling system.
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:
Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)Condition of cabinets:
Appeared serviceableCondition of sinks and related plumbing:
Appeared serviceableCondition of dishwasher:
Appeared serviceable, Near, at or beyond service lifeCondition of range, cooktop or oven:
Appeared serviceableRange, cooktop or oven type:
Natural gasCondition of refrigerator:
Appeared serviceable, Near, at or beyond service life
Countertops, appear worn. Mitred joint, has small gap,. Backsplash, appears worn/aged.
No exhaust hood was installed over the cook top or range, and no wall-mounted exhaust fan was found nearby. This can be a nuisance for odor and grease accumulation. Where a gas-fired range or cook top is installed, carbon monoxide and excessive levels of moisture can accumulate in living spaces. Lighting may also be inadequate. Recommend that a qualified contractor install a vented and lighted range hood, with the exhaust fan ducted outdoors.
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
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 bathCondition of counters:
Appeared serviceableCondition of cabinets:
Appeared serviceableCondition of flooring:
Appeared serviceableCondition of sinks and related plumbing:
Appeared serviceableCondition of toilets:
Appeared serviceableCondition of bathtubs and related plumbing:
Appeared serviceableCondition of ventilation systems:
Appeared serviceableBathroom and laundry ventilation type:
Windows, Spot exhaust fansGas supply for laundry equipment present:
No240 volt receptacle for laundry equipment present:
The bathtub at location(s) # drained slowly. Recommend clearing drain and/or that a qualified plumber repair if necessary.
The bathtub at location(s) # was worn, blemished or deteriorated.
Some of the porceline is chipped.
Plastic anchor holes should be sealed to prevent moisture from getting behind tile.
Interior, Doors and Windows
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 serviceableExterior door material:
WoodCondition of interior doors:
Appeared serviceableCondition of windows and skylights:
Appeared serviceableType(s) of windows:
Wood, Single-pane, Double-hungCondition of walls and ceilings:
Appeared serviceableWall type or covering:
Drywall, Drywall or plasterCeiling type or covering:
Drywall or plasterCondition of flooring:
Appeared serviceableFlooring type or covering:
Carpet, Vinyl, linoleum or marmoleum
One or more windows that were designed to open and close were stuck shut. Recommend that a qualified person repair windows as necessary so they open and close easily.
South East room, left window, stuck. Livingroom window left panel, stuck.
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