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Client(s):  .
Property address:  26 Bridge St
Frenchtown NJ 08825
Inspection date:  Tuesday, September 22, 2015

This report published on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 11:06:42 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 safety hazard
Major DefectCorrection likely involves a significant expense
Repair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing
Repair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance
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
Grounds
Exterior and Foundation
Crawl Space
Roof
Flues
Attic and Roof Structure
Interior, Doors and Windows
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
Kitchen
Basement
Electric
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
Water Heater
Heating
Air Condition (HVAC)


General Information
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Report number:
Time started: 11:30 AM
Time finished: 2:30 PM
Present during inspection: Property owner, Realtor
Weather conditions during inspection: Cloudy
Temperature during inspection: Warm
Age of main building: Estimated Built early 1900's
Source for main building age: Realtor, Property owner
Occupied: Yes, Furniture or stored items were present

1) Safety, Comment - Structures built prior to the mid 1980s may contain lead and/or asbestos. Lead is commonly found in paint and in some plumbing components. The EPA does not recognize newer coats of paint as encapsulating older coats of lead-based paint. Asbestos is commonly found in various building materials such as insulation, siding, and/or floor and ceiling tiles. Laws were passed in 1978 to prohibit usage of lead and asbestos, but stocks of materials containing these substances remained in use for a number of years thereafter. Both lead and asbestos are known health hazards. Evaluating for the presence of lead and/or asbestos is beyond the scope of this inspection. Any mention of these materials in this report is made as a courtesy only, and meant to refer the client to a specialist. Consult with specialists as necessary, such as industrial hygienists, professional labs and/or abatement specialists for this type of evaluation. For information on lead, asbestos and other hazardous materials in homes, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?EPA
http://www.reporthost.com/?CPSC
http://www.reporthost.com/?CDC

2) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - Older Home (Early 1900's ) . Many of its components such as plumbing, electrical, millwork trim , windows, doors siding etc. can lead to be a expensive investment over time in updating . Budgeting in for future expenses is recommended as a best practice .

3) Repair/Maintain, Evaluate - Microbial growths were found at one or more locations in the crawl space. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to identify what substance or organism this staining is. However such staining is normally caused by excessively moist conditions, which in turn can be caused by plumbing or building envelope leaks and/or substandard ventilation. These conducive conditions should be corrected before making any attempts to remove or correct the staining. Normally affected materials such as drywall are removed, enclosed affected spaces are allowed to dry thoroughly, a mildewcide may be applied, and only then is drywall reinstalled. For evaluation and possible mitigation, consult with a qualified industrial hygienist or mold/moisture mitigation specialist. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?MOLDCDC
http://www.reporthost.com/?MOLDEPA
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4) Evaluate - Based on construction observed, additions and/or modifications to this property may have been made without the owner having attained permits or inspections from the municipality. Work may have been performed by someone other than a qualified contractor or person. Consult with the property owner about this, and if necessary research permits.

At worst case, if substantial work was performed without permits, this knowledge must be disclosed when the building is sold in the future. This can adversely affect future sales. Also, the local municipality could require costly alterations to bring the building into legal compliance or even require that the additions or modifications be removed.
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5) Comment - Many areas and items at this property were obscured by . This often includes but is not limited to walls, floors, windows, inside and under cabinets, under sinks, on counter tops, in closets, behind window coverings, under rugs or carpets, and under or behind furniture. Areas around the exterior, under the structure, in the garage and in the attic may also be obscured by stored items. The inspector in general does not move personal belongings, furnishings, carpets or appliances. When furnishings, stored items or debris are present, all areas or items that are obscured, concealed or not readily accessible are excluded from the inspection. The client should be aware that when furnishings, stored items or debris are eventually moved, damage or problems that were not noted during the inspection may be found.
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Grounds
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Limitations: Unless specifically included in the inspection, the following items and any related equipment, controls, electric systems and/or plumbing systems are excluded from this inspection: detached buildings or structures; fences and gates; retaining walls; underground drainage systems, catch basins or concealed sump pumps; swimming pools and related safety equipment, spas, hot tubs or saunas; whether deck, balcony and/or stair membranes are watertight; trees, landscaping, properties of soil, soil stability, erosion and erosion control; ponds, water features, irrigation or yard sprinkler systems; sport courts, playground, recreation or leisure equipment; areas below the exterior structures with less than 3 feet of vertical clearance; invisible fencing; sea walls, docks and boathouses; retractable awnings. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only.
Site profile: Minor slope
Driveway material: Gravel
Sidewalk material: Paving stones
Deck, patio, porch cover material and type: Open
Deck, porch and/or balcony material: Wood
Exterior stair material: Wood

7) Safety, Repair/Replace, Evaluate, Comment - This property was accessed by a driveway shared with nearby properties. Shared driveways or access roads are excluded from this inspection. Comments in this report related to them are made as a courtesy only and are not meant to be a substitute for a evaluation by a specialist if repairs are needed. Recommend that the client review the recorded agreements regarding the driveway, the deeds of the property owners involved, and easements permitting access to, use of, and maintenance of the driveway.
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A gas cap or main line may exists in center of driveway. This could be a safety issue and the local municipality and/or gas company should be notified immediately of it marked location and evaluate its placement and repair and or replace as per there recommendation .
 

8) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - Sidewalk were undermined in one or more areas, where soil has eroded out from beneath the front sidewalk. Significant damage has occurred, where one or more sidewalk paver sections need to be reworked and /or replaced. Recommend that a qualified contractor replace or repair sections as necessary.
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9) Repair/Replace - One or more deck, patio and/or porch covers were damaged and/or deteriorated. Recommend that a qualified person repair or replace as necessary, and per standard building practices.
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10) Repair/Maintain - 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
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11) Maintain - Wooden deck or porch surfaces and/or railings were overdue for normal maintenance. Recommend that a qualified person clean and preserve as necessary. Where decks have been coated with a finish such as opaque stains or paint, it may be too difficult to strip the finish and apply anything but paint or opaque stain. Where transparent stain or penetrating oil has been applied in the past, recommend that a penetrating oil be used. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?PENOIL
http://www.reporthost.com/?DKMAIN
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12) - Ground Pictures
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Building is located on a main street: Just fyi
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Buildings grounds front view
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Yard area
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Exterior and Foundation
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Limitations: The inspector performs a visual inspection of accessible components or systems at the exterior. Items excluded from this inspection include below-grade foundation walls and footings; foundations, exterior surfaces or components obscured by vegetation, stored items or debris; wall structures obscured by coverings such as siding or trim. Some items such as siding, trim, soffits, vents and windows are often high off the ground, and may be viewed using binoculars from the ground or from a ladder. This may limit a full evaluation. Regarding foundations, some amount of cracking is normal in concrete slabs and foundation walls due to shrinkage and drying. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of seismic reinforcement.
Wall inspection method: Viewed from ground
Condition of wall exterior covering: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Wood
Apparent foundation type: Crawl space, Unfinished basement
Foundation/stem wall material: Stone
Footing material (under foundation stem wall): None visible

13) Safety, Major Defect, Repair/Maintain, Evaluate, Monitor - Moderate cracks (1/8 inch - 3/4 inch) and/ as well as building exterior framing appeared to be bowing and leaning leaning on both sides of building . This may be a structural concern or an indication that settlement is ongoing. The client should consider hiring qualified contractors and/or engineers as necessary for further evaluation. Such contractors may include:
  • Foundation repair contractors who may prescribe repairs, and will give cost estimates for such repairs
  • Masonry contractors who repair and/or replace brick veneer
  • Geotechnical engineers who attempt to determine if settlement is ongoing, and the cause of the settlement
  • Structural engineers who determine if repairs are necessary, and prescribe those repairs
At a minimum, recommend sealing cracks to prevent water infiltration. Numerous products exist to seal such cracks including hydraulic cement, resilient caulks and epoxy sealants.
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It appears that left side of building as well appears to be leaning at top floor section outward . At minimum prior to purchase have a professional contractor evaluate the structure further
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Distance between houses was to narrow to traverse and could not be evaluated. * NOTE : That neighboring building next store in this picture appears to have some surface foundation issues that could impact both buildings.
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It appears that the top floor is leaning out and should be evaluated further as per indicated in this section.
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Their appears to be a bulge in this area of siding possible indicating that settling has accrued and put stress on the structure and or its framing. Recommend having a professional licensed contractor evaluate further
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Column support and foundation wall is appears to be made up of red shale stone material that may be common to the area at one time and now is missing mortar in its joints and/or gaps that can weaken over time and possible collapse .
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A structural correction and or main beam support appears to be added indicating a prior concern resulting in a physical repair was made . Such as supporting on one side of building to support the load or on one siding of the building . It appears that this workmanship is substandard due to no current footing appears to be in place under column and no fastener such as brackets were used to secure post to main beam support beam added.
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New Post support and/or repair in basement has been placed in direct contact with soil . No noticeable footing appeared to be in place for this post to be secured to as well.

14) Major Defect, Repair/Replace, Maintain, Evaluate - Many sections of siding and/or trim were deteriorated, loose, split, warped, missing, damaged and/or substandard. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install siding or trim as necessary.

Budget in for future replacement of siding and trim . Siding is reaching the end of it useful life
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15) Major Defect, Repair/Replace - Fungal rot was found at one or more sections of siding or trim, window frames and/or fascia. Conducive conditions for rot should be corrected (e.g. wood-soil contact, reverse perimeter slope). Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary. All rotten wood should be replaced.
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16) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - Based on the appearance and/or reported age of the foundation (or sections of the foundation), it may not be reinforced. Foundations without modern reinforcement such as metal "rebar" are prone to failure during earthquakes. Typically, concrete foundations built prior to the 1930s, or brick foundations built with "header" courses, are not reinforced. Consult with a qualified engineer to determine if the foundation should be replaced or repaired.
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Stem walls and or foundation walls appear to be made up of a common stone in this area red shale with a mortar in mix . This is a a combination that is susceptible to water intrusion more easily do to so many mortar joints allows water intrusion. with settling of home over the years these joints tend to open up and will require regular monitoring and or maintain. If no footings are present which are common in this age of a home settling can continue.
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Water stains and efflorescence present
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17) Repair/Replace - The masonry veneer was deteriorated or damaged in some areas. Where cracks or openings are exposed, water can enter the wall structure causing mold, fungal growth and structural damage. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary. For example, by repointing mortar or replacing broken or missing masonry.
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18) Repair/Replace - One or more exhaust duct end caps were damaged. Their purpose is to prevent unconditioned air from entering the building, and keep out birds, rodents and bugs. Blocked ducts can cause fan motors and/or clothes dryers to overheat and can pose a fire hazard. Recommend that a qualified person repair or replace caps as necessary.
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19) Repair/Maintain - 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.
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20) Maintain - Vegetation such as trees, shrubs and/or vines was in contact with or close to the building exterior. Vegetation can serve as a pathway for wood-destroying insects and can retain moisture against the exterior after it rains. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend pruning, moving or removing vegetation as necessary to maintain at least 6 inches of space between it and the building exterior. A 1-foot clearance is better.
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21) Maintain - Trees were in contact with or were close to the building at one or more locations. Damage to the building can occur, especially during high winds, or may have already occurred (see other comments in this report). Recommend that a qualified tree service contractor or certified arborist remove trees as necessary to prevent damage to the building exterior.
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22) Evaluate - Footings appeared to be missing from below the foundation. While this is not unusual in some older homes, Poured-in-place concrete footings should be installed below foundations. Without footings, foundations are prone to settlement and subsequent failure. Consult with a qualified structural and/or geotechnical engineer to determine if repairs are needed. Repairs should be made by a qualified contractor and per standard building practices.
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Their appears to be a bulge in this area of siding possible indicating that settling has accrued and put stress on the structure and or its framing. Recommend having a professional licensed contractor evaluate further
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23) - Exterior pictures
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Left side rear of home was blocked by neighbors fence and yard and a Bull dog and could not be viewed and therefor not evaluated
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24) - Shed was not evaluated and not part of this inspection : Comments and/or pictures are made as a a courtesy only. Shed is past it useful life. Budget in for a repalcement
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Crawl Space
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Limitations: Structural components such as joists and beams, and other components such as piping, wiring and/or ducting that are obscured by under-floor insulation are 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: Not inspected, No acess
Beam material:
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
Insulation material underneath floor above: None visible
Condition of vapor barrier: Not applicable, none installed
Vapor barrier present: None visible
Ventilation type: without vents

25) Repair/Replace - No insulation was installed under the floor above the . Recommend that a qualified person install insulation for better energy efficiency and per standard building practices. Typically this is R-19 rated fiberglass batt with the attached facing installed against the warm (floor) side.

26) Repair/Replace - No vapor barrier was installed in the crawl space. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms due to the likelihood of water evaporating from the soil below up into the structure. 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 contractor install a vapor barrier per standard building practices.

27) Repair/Replace - Ventilation for the crawl space was substandard. There were . 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.

28) - Small hole few inches wide was noted in basement that allowed very little to no viewing of crawl sapce
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Roof
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Limitations: The following items or areas are not included in this inspection: areas that could not be traversed or viewed clearly due to lack of access; solar roofing components. Any comments made regarding these items are made as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on the roof surface material, nor guarantee that leaks have not occurred in the roof surface, skylights or roof penetrations in the past. Regarding roof leaks, only active leaks, visible evidence of possible sources of leaks, and evidence of past leaks observed during the inspection are reported on as part of this inspection. The inspector does not guarantee or warrant that leaks will not occur in the future. Complete access to all roof and attic spaces during all seasons and during prolonged periods of all types of weather conditions (e.g. high wind and rain, melting snow) would be needed to do so. 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: Torch down (modified bitumen)
Roof type: Flat or low slope

29) Major Defect, Repair/Replace, Evaluate - The lower roof surface was significantly deteriorated and appeared to be at or beyond its service life. It needs replacing now. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Consult with a qualified contractor to determine replacement options. Note that some structural repairs are often needed after old roof surfaces are removed and the structure becomes fully visible. Related roofing components such as flashings and vents should be replaced or installed as needed and per standard building practices.
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Open cracks in membrane of roof
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Missing gutter extension on lower flat roof
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Gaps and tears in rolled roof product on lower roof. Roof is susceptible to water leaks needs to be repaired immediately. Have a professional roofer re evaluate and repair as recommend as per their instructions.

30) Major Defect, Evaluate - 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."
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31) Repair/Replace - Fungal rot or significant water damage was found at one or more roof areas at fascia boards. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary. For example, by replacing all rotten wood, priming and painting new wood and installing flashing.
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32) Repair/Replace - One or more rubber or neoprene pipe flashings were split or cracked. Leaks can occur as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified contractor replace flashings where necessary.
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33) Repair/Replace - 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.
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34) Repair/Maintain - Alligatoring, crazing, fissures and/or cracks were found in one or more areas of the flat or low-slope roof surface. This is often caused by exposure to ultraviolet light (the sun), and eventually results in water penetrating the underlying roof membrane and causing leaks. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.
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35) Repair/Maintain - Many gaps, open cracks or holes were found in the flat or low-slope roof surface at one or more seams, roof penetrations, perimeter areas and/or parapet wall bases. Leaks can occur as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary.
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36) Repair/Maintain - One or more roof flashings were lifting, loose and/or deteriorated. Leaks can occur as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
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37) Maintain - Significant amounts of debris such as leaves, needles, seeds, etc. have accumulated on the roof surface. Water may not flow easily off the roof, and can enter gaps in the roof surface. Leaks can occur as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend cleaning debris from the roof surface now and as necessary in the future.
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38) Maintain - The coating on the flat or low-slope roof surface was deteriorated. Such coatings are designed to protect against ultraviolet light and moisture, help prevent leaks and cracks, lower-roof surface temperatures, and maintain waterproofing properties. Recommend that a qualified person apply a new roof coating now and as necessary in the future. Typically this is done every four to five years.
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39) Comment - This asphalt or fiberglass composition roof surface appeared to have two or more layers of shingles. Additional layers of composition shingles typically last only 80% of their rated life, and the shingle manufacturer's warranty may be voided. The client should be aware that all layers of roofing will need to be removed when this roof surface needs replacing.

Flues
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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.

40) - Mechanical venting penetrations to exterior Just FYI
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Attic and Roof Structure
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Limitations: The following items or areas are not included in this inspection: areas that could not be traversed or viewed clearly due to lack of access; 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.
Roof ventilation type: Mechanical vents with powered fan

41) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - One or more sections of the roof structure appeared to have substandard ventilation, there were too few vents. This can result in high attic and roof surface temperatures, reduce the life of the roof covering materials, and/or increase cooling costs. High levels of moisture are also likely to accumulate in the roof structure or attic, and can be a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Standard building practices require one free square foot of ventilation for every 150 square feet of attic space, and that vents be evenly distributed between the lowest points of the roof structure and the highest points to promote air circulation. Often this means that both soffit vents and ridge or gable end vents are installed. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair per standard building practices.

42) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - The roof structure, or one or more sections of it, had no visible venting. This can result in high attic and roof surface temperatures, reduce the life of the roof covering materials, and/or increase cooling costs. High levels of moisture are also likely to accumulate in the roof structure or attic, and can be a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Standard building practices require one free square foot of ventilation for every 150 square feet of attic space, and that vents be evenly distributed between the lowest points of the roof structure and the highest points to promote air circulation. Often this means that both soffit vents and ridge or gable end vents are installed. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and install vents per standard building practices.

43) Comment - No accessible attic spaces were found or inspected at this property. The inspector attempts to locate attic access points and evaluate attic spaces where possible. Such access points may be obscured by stored items or furnishings, but various home inspection standards of practice do not require inspectors to move stored items, furnishings or personal belongings. If such access points are found in the future and/or made accessible, a qualified person should fully evaluate those attic spaces and roof structures.

44) Comment - Attic spaces less than 30 inches in height may exist in this building, but had no visible access points. This is acceptable per standard building practices. However, these spaces were not inspected and are excluded from this inspection.
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Interior, Doors and Windows
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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.
Exterior door material: Wood, Fiberglass or vinyl
Type(s) of windows: Vinyl, Wood, Double-hung, Fixed
Wall type or covering: Drywall or plaster, Paneling, Masonry, Wood
Ceiling type or covering: Drywall or plaster, Wood & beam
Flooring type or covering: Vinyl, linoleum or marmoleum, Wood or wood products

45) Safety, Repair/Replace - Handrails at one or more flights of stairs were missing. This is a potential fall hazard. Handrails should be installed at stairs with four or more risers or where stairs are greater than 30 inches high. Recommend that a qualified contractor install handrails where missing and per standard building practices.
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46) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - This structure appears to have settled, or was leaning significantly based on the presence of cracks in walls, ceilings or junctions between them, or numerous door frames not being square, or numerous doors binding in jambs. Recommend that a qualified contractor and/or engineer evaluate further. Significant repairs may be needed. If so, a qualified contractor should make repairs.
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47) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - Floors in one or more areas were not level. This can be caused by foundation settlement or movement of the foundation, posts and/or beams. Significant repairs may be needed to make floors level. Recommend that a qualified contractor and/or engineer evaluate further. Repairs should be performed by a qualified contractor.
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48) Repair/Replace - One or more exterior doors were damaged or deteriorated. Recommend that a qualified person replace door(s) as necessary.
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49) Repair/Replace - Shop on left of building
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Front entrance door and its hardware are worn single pain glass and should be upgraded in the future with insulated glass
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Mostly all doors to building have single pain glass and should be upgraded
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Heat source was electric converted unit into gas and is now at the end of it useful life based on Owner stated age of unit.
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Unit vents directly out side of building between buildings
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50) Repair/Maintain - One or more interior doors were sticking in the door jamb and were difficult to operate. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary. For example, by trimming doors.

51) Repair/Maintain - Wood flooring in one or more areas was significantly worn, deteriorated or damaged. Recommend that a qualified contractor refinish wood flooring as necessary.
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52) Comment - Screens were missing from windows. These windows may not provide ventilation during months when insects are active.

53) - Seond floor pictures
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54) - First floor rear Apartment
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55) - Shop on far left of building
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Door is rubbing on floor
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Single pane glass and/or insulated glass
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Heat source was electric converted unit into gas and is now at the end of it useful life based on Owner stated age of unit.
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Old floor registering not in use should be sealed
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Old Wood windows Single Pain windows should be replaced or upgraded to insulated energy efficient windows
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Store inventory room located in the back of the shop
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Some damages were noticed on doors
 

Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
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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.

56) Safety, Repair/Maintain - The Shops half bathroom and utility room locate in rear of shop
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Electric Hot water heater in shop rear utility room is at 140 degrees and needs to be reduced to under 120 degrees to prevent scalding
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57) - Main floor rear apartment bathroom
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58) - Second floor Bathroom
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59) - Second floor Laundry room
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Washer and dryer were working within normal parameters at time of inspection. As a best practices at closing re test all appliance to insure all is working at final walk through.
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It appears that a internal vent source is being used I n order for washer to drain properly. If unit is to far from main vent a Plummer should re inspect or advise and repair and replace if necessary based on best building practices such as roof venting or side of home venting.

Also rubber lines have been known to fail sooner then braided lines for washing machines hot & cold lines. being unit is on second floor and water damage can occur it is recommended to change them .
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Kitchen
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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.
Range, cooktop or oven type: Natural gas

60) Safety, Repair/Replace - 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

61) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - No high loop or air gap was visible for the dishwasher drain. A high loop is created by routing the drain line up to the bottom surface of the counter top above and securely fastening it to that surface. An air gap is a device that makes the drain line non-continuous. Both of these prevent waste-water backflow from entering the dishwasher, and possibly flooding out of the dishwasher if/when a siphon occurs. Some newer dishwashers have these devices built in. The client should try to determine if these devices are built in to this brand and model of dishwasher (e.g. review installation instructions). If not, or if this cannot be determined, then recommend that a qualified contractor install a high loop and air gap per standard building practices.
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62) Repair/Replace - One or more cabinets, drawers and/or cabinet doors were deteriorated. Recommend that a qualified person repair or replace as necessary.

63) Repair/Replace - Drain in upper kitchen drain venting appears to have a new vent source added were found at the sink drain ( non-standard components). Recommend that a qualified plumber revaluate per standard building practices.
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64) Repair/Replace - The kitchen sink drain pipe used an S-trap rather than a P-trap, or no P-trap was visible. Siphons and sudden flows of water in S-Traps can drain all the water out of the trap, leaving it dry. Sewer gases can then enter living areas. Recommend that a qualified plumber repair per standard building practices.
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65) Repair/Replace - 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.
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66) - Rear First Floor kitchen
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67) - Second Floor Kitchen
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Basement
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Limitations: Structural components such as joists and beams, and other components such as piping, wiring and/or ducting that are obscured by under-floor insulation are also excluded from this inspection. Note that the inspector does not determine if support posts, columns, beams, joists, studs, trusses, etc. are of adequate size, spanning or spacing.

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

Note that all basement areas should be checked periodically for water intrusion, plumbing leaks and pest activity.
Exterior door material: Metal
Condition of floor substructure above: Dirt
Pier or support post material: Masonry
Beam material: Solid wood
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
Insulation material underneath floor above: Foam insulation mon ceiling

68) Safety, Repair/Replace - Handrails at one or more flights of stairs were missing. This is a potential fall hazard. Handrails should be installed at stairs with four or more risers or where stairs are greater than 30 inches high. Recommend that a qualified contractor install handrails where missing and per standard building practices.
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69) Repair/Replace, Evaluate, Monitor - Evidence of prior water intrusion was found in one or more sections of the basement. For example, water stains or rust at support post bases, efflorescence on the foundation, etc. Accumulated water is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms and should not be present in the basement. Recommend reviewing any disclosure statements available and ask the property owner about past accumulation of water in the basement. The basement should be monitored in the future for accumulated water, especially after heavy and/or prolonged periods of rain. If water is found to accumulate, then recommend that a qualified contractor who specializes in drainage issues evaluate and repair as necessary. Typical repairs for preventing water from accumulating in basements include:
  • Repairing, installing or improving rain run-off systems (gutters, downspouts and extensions or drain lines)
  • Improving perimeter grading
  • Repairing, installing or improving underground footing and/or curtain drains
Ideally, water should not enter basements, but if water must be controlled after it enters the basement, then typical repairs include installing a sump pump.
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High levels of moisture reading with moisture meter
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70) Repair/Replace, Comment - Basement cellar exterior doors had some heavy corrrosion damage and/or deterioration. Although serviceable, the client may wish to repair or replace such doors for appearances' sake.
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71) Evaluate, Monitor - Basement entire ceiling and some of its wall structure was encapsulated with spray foam. The Basement ceiling floor joist structure, beam support, plumbing, electrical wiring, and all their ceiling mounted components were not viewed nor could be commented on due to visually limitations
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Electric
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: generator systems, transfer switches, surge suppressors, inaccessible or concealed wiring; underground utilities and systems; low-voltage lighting or lighting on timers or sensors. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of grounding or bonding, if this system has an adequate capacity for the client's specific or anticipated needs, or if this system has any reserve capacity for additions or expansion. The inspector does not operate circuit breakers as part of the inspection, and does not install or change light bulbs. The inspector does not evaluate every wall switch or receptacle, but instead tests a representative number of them per various standards of practice. When furnishings, stored items or child-protective caps are present some receptacles are usually inaccessible and are not tested; these are excluded from this inspection. Receptacles that are not of standard 110 volt configuration, including 240-volt dryer receptacles, are not tested and are excluded. The functionality of, power source for and placement of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is not determined as part of this inspection. Upon taking occupancy, proper operating and placement of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be verified and batteries should be changed. These devices have a limited lifespan and should be replaced every 10 years. The inspector attempts to locate and evaluate all main and sub-panels. However, panels are often concealed. If panels are found after the inspection, a qualified electrician should evaluate and repair if necessary. The inspector attempts to determine the overall electrical service size, but such estimates are not guaranteed because the overall capacity may be diminished by lesser-rated components in the system. Any repairs recommended should be made by a licensed electrician.
Electric service condition: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Primary service type: Overhead
Service voltage (volts): 120
Estimated service amperage: 200, Several different electrical panels
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Main disconnect rating (amps): Various Main panel breaker
System ground: Ground rod(s) in soil
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed (BX) Armor clad flexible

72) Safety, Major Defect, Repair/Replace -
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Main service electrical panel needs to be replaced heavy corrosion located in the box
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73) Safety, Repair/Replace - Panel(s) # were located in a bathroom. This is not an approved location for electric panels. Recommend that a qualified electrician move the panel(s) or make repairs per standard building practices.

74) Safety, Repair/Replace - Panel(s) # were Pushmatic brand panels. These panels are found in older electrical systems. Their circuit breakers are known to become very stiff and difficult to operate or reset over time. Breakers may remain on after attempts to trip or turn them off have been made. They also have an indicator flag that falsely indicates the on/off/tripped state. The breakers rely on thermal tripping only, whereas modern breakers have both thermal and magnetic trip mechanisms. These conditions pose shock and fire hazards. Replacement circuit breakers and spare parts are usually difficult to find, and are expensive. Recommend that a qualified electrician replace Pushmatic brand panels with modern panels that offer more flexibility for new, safer protective technologies like ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCls) and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCls).

Located in bathroom in first floor bathroom. Panel should be replaced and relocated out of bathroom
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75) Safety, Repair/Replace - Non-metallic sheathed wiring was installed at one or more locations, and was subject to damage such as on easily accessible wall or ceiling surfaces. The insulation can be damaged by objects coming in contact with it, resulting in exposed, energized wires. Also, copper conductors can break after being repeatedly moved or bent. This is a potential shock or fire hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair per standard building practices. For example, by installing protective conduit or re-routing wires through walls or ceilings.
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76) Safety, Repair/Replace - Smoke alarms were missing . Additional smoke alarms should be installed as necessary so a functioning alarm exists in each hallway leading to bedrooms, in each bedroom, on each level and in any attached garage. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?SMKALRM

77) Safety, Evaluate - 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.

78) Safety, Evaluate - One or more electrical components including switches, receptacles, light fixtures and/or heaters appeared to be older than their intended service life. Such old components may pose a fire or shock hazard. Recommend consulting with a qualified electrician to determine which components should be replaced with newer, modern components.

79) Repair/Replace - One or more receptacles (outlets) have been painted, and slots were clogged with paint. Recommend that a qualified electrician replace such receptacles as necessary.

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Electrical meters
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Main electrical panel grounding rod
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Main water shut off and line coming in through front basement foundation
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Small electrical sub panel located in rear extension on first floor panel could not be inspected without damaging wall and /or paint.
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Plumbing / Fuel Systems
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: private/shared wells and related equipment; private sewage disposal systems; hot tubs or spas; main, side and lateral sewer lines; gray water systems; pressure boosting systems; trap primers; incinerating or composting toilets; fire suppression systems; water softeners, conditioners or filtering systems; plumbing components concealed within the foundation or building structure, or in inaccessible areas such as below tubs; underground utilities and systems; overflow drains for tubs and sinks; backflow prevention devices. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not operate water supply or shut-off valves due to the possibility of valves leaking or breaking when operated. The inspector does not test for lead in the water supply, the water pipes or solder, does not determine if plumbing and fuel lines are adequately sized, and does not determine the existence or condition of underground or above-ground fuel tanks.
Water service: Public
Location of main water shut-off: Basement
Supply pipe material: Copper
Drain pipe material: Plastic, Galvanized steel
Waste pipe material: Plastic, Galvanized steel, Cast iron
Vent pipe material: Plastic, Galvanized steel
Visible fuel storage systems: Above ground
Location of main fuel shut-off valve: At gas meter

81) Safety, Comment - 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
For more information visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?LEADDW
http://www.reporthost.com/?LEAD

82) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - A sediment filter was found on main water line indicating but not observed the following:

Water could get discolored when bathtubs or sinks were filled, or when showers were operated. This can be caused by water stagnating in water supply pipes, rust accumulating in pipes or in the water heater, or sediment being present in the water supply. Recommend flushing the water supply piping and the water heater. If that fails to resolve the issue, then have a qualified plumber evaluate and repair as necessary.
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83) Evaluate, Monitor - Some or all of the water supply pipes were made of galvanized steel. Based on the age of this structure and the 40-60 year useful life of this piping, it will likely need replacing in the future. Leaks can develop, flooding and/or water damage may occur, flow can be restricted due to scale accumulating inside the piping, and water may be rusty. Note that it is beyond the scope of this inspection to determine what percentage of the piping is older, galvanized steel, as much of it is concealed in wall, floor and/or ceiling cavities. Recommend the following:
  • That a qualified plumber evaluate to better understand or estimate the remaining life
  • Consulting with a qualified plumber about replacement options and costs
  • Budget for replacement in the future
  • Monitor these pipes for leaks and decreased flow in the future
  • Consider replacing old, galvanized steel piping proactively
For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?GALVPIPE

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Main water shut off located by water meter
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Main house vent for plumbing usually indicates that main house cleanout should be located close to it possible buried hear under ground : Just an FYI
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Main fuel gas meter supplies and their shut offs for building
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Water Heater
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Limitations: Evaluation of and determining the adequacy or completeness of the following items are not included in this inspection: water recirculation pumps; solar water heating systems; Energy Smart or energy saver controls; catch pan drains. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on water heaters, does not determine if water heaters are appropriately sized, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit or a shut-off valve to be operated.

85) Safety, Repair/Replace - Unit should be working between 110 F and 120F . Temperature reading was below at 108.
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BRADFORD WHITE (Electric Water Storage Unit ) 50 GALLONS
M# MI50S6DS13 :S# PK024S185 MFD# OCT 97 : *
Putting unit at beyond its useful life . Budgeting in for a new unit

http://www.buildingcenter.org/bradford-white-water-heater
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All items around hot water heater need to be remove as it is a fire hazard
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Pipes need to be insulated or they can freezee
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86) - First Floor Gas Hot Water Heater
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BRADFORD WHITE: gas : Hot Water Heater : Serial # KK27997865
Model # MI403S6FBN
40 GALLON UNIT
UNIT MFD IN OCT 2013 making UNIT APPROXIMATELY 3 YEARS OLD

http://www.buildingcenter.org/bradford-white-water-heater
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Electric Hot water heater in shop rear utility room is at 140 degrees and needs to be reduced to under 120 degrees to prevent scalding

Heating
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters; solar, coal or wood-fired heat systems; thermostat or temperature control accuracy and timed functions; heating components concealed within the building structure or in inaccessible areas; underground utilities and systems; safety devices and controls (due to automatic operation). Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on heating or cooling system components, does not determine if heating or cooling systems are appropriately sized, does not test coolant pressure, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit, a shut-off valve to be operated, a circuit breaker to be turned "on" or a serviceman's or oil emergency switch to be operated. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to determine if furnace heat exchangers are intact and free of leaks. Condensation pans and drain lines may clog or leak at any time and should be monitored while in operation in the future. Where buildings contain furnishings or stored items, the inspector may not be able to verify that a heat source is present in all "liveable" rooms (e.g. bedrooms, kitchens and living/dining rooms).
General heating system type(s): Forced air, Furnace
General heating distribution type(s): Ducts and registers, Base Board

87) - Second Floor heat was working at its normal parameters
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Gas Fired (split unit) Furnace
M# H9MPD080J16C2 : S# A103659380
UNIT WAS BUIT IN 2010 : UNIT IS APPROXIAMTELY 5 YEARS OLD
http://www.buildingcenter.org/heil
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Heat raised to 106.3 and was working at normal perimeters at time of inspection
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Gas shut off for split unit Furnace
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Split force hot air system on second floor should be cleared of debri . Safety issue and could be a fire Hazard

88) - Direct Vent Gas Hot water Boiler First floor for rear apartment (baseboard heating) was working at it normal parameters
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Crown Boiler Model # GSC-075 : Serial # CROWNB000000000
MFD AT 11/15/2013
UNIT IS Approximately 2 years old
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Main electrical service shut off is located on Unit
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Air Condition (HVAC)
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters; solar, coal or wood-fired heat systems; thermostat or temperature control accuracy and timed functions; heating components concealed within the building structure or in inaccessible areas; underground utilities and systems; safety devices and controls (due to automatic operation). Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on heating or cooling system components, does not determine if heating or cooling systems are appropriately sized, does not test coolant pressure, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit, a shut-off valve to be operated, a circuit breaker to be turned "on" or a serviceman's or oil emergency switch to be operated. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to determine if furnace heat exchangers are intact and free of leaks. Condensation pans and drain lines may clog or leak at any time and should be monitored while in operation in the future. Where buildings contain furnishings or stored items, the inspector may not be able to verify that a heat source is present in all "liveable" rooms (e.g. bedrooms, kitchens and living/dining rooms).
Condition of furnace filters: Required replacement
Cooling system and/or heat pump fuel type: Natural gas
Type: Split system

89) Repair/Maintain - Insulation on the heat pump or air conditioning condensing unit's refrigerant lines was deteriorated or missing in some areas. This may result in reduced efficiency and increased energy costs. Recommend that a qualified person replace or install insulation as necessary.
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GOODMAN CONDENSOR UNI : For 2nd floor apartment
MFD : June 2011 Unit is approximately 4 years old
S# 1106151602 : M# GSX130361BA

http://www.buildingcenter.org/goodman
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Electrical service disconnect
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Air intake vent was at 69 degrees
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Unit AC top out at 53 degrees therefore unit was working within normal perimeters at time of inspection


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