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First Choice Home Inspectors LLC

Website: http://www.firstchoicehomeinspectorsllc.com
Email: homeinspector4us@gmail.com
Phone: (516) 662-9299
FAX: (516) 390-0046
Inspector: Lawrence Massaro
LIC #16000063169

 

Property Inspection Report

Client(s):  Krishna Kumar Tyagi
Property address:  25 Harkin Ln
Hicksville NY 11801-5721
Inspection date:  Saturday, October 18, 2014

This report published on Saturday, October 25, 2014 7:38:24 PM EDT

This report is the exclusive property of this inspection company and the client(s) listed in the report title. Use of this report by any unauthorized persons is prohibited.
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
Minor DefectCorrection likely involves only a minor expense
MaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance
EvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist
MonitorRecommend monitoring in the future
CommentFor your information

Click here for a glossary of building construction terms.Contact your inspector If there are terms that you do not understand, or visit the glossary of construction terms at http://www.reporthost.com/glossary.asp

Table of Contents
General Information
Exterior and Foundation
Grounds
Roof
Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
Attic and Roof Structure
Interior, Doors and Windows
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
Kitchen
Basement
Electric
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
Water Heater
Heating, Ventilation
Attachments
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General Information
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Time started: 9:30
Time finished: 11:30
Present during inspection: Client, Property Owner, Realtor
Client present for discussion at end of inspection: Yes
Weather conditions during inspection: Cloudy
Temperature during inspection: Warm 68 degrees
Inspection fee: $395.00
Payment method: Check
Type of building: One Family Home
Buildings inspected: Home
Age of main building: Built 1954 : 60 Years Old
Occupied: Yes
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
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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
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Vinyl Siding
Apparent foundation type: Concrete : Finished basement
Footing material (under foundation stem wall): Not visible
Apparent foundation type: Finished basement
Foundation/stem wall material: Poured in place concrete
2) Repair/Replace - Sections of siding and/or trim were damaged. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install siding or trim as necessary.
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3) Repair/Maintain - Over hang in rear of home next to rear door is missing insulation and no protective siding to keep water from accumulating at that gap. Without finishing this lower soffit area, the exposed wood or underlayment is prone to fungal rot and deterioration. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. in addition loss of heat. Recommend that a qualified contractor finished exposed area per standard building practices. Note that when reworking that location possible damaged wood may be found and additional repairs may be needed.
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4) 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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5) Maintain - Caulk was missing in some areas. For example, around windows. Recommend that a qualified person renew or install caulk as necessary. Where gaps are wider than 1/4 inch, an appropriate material other than caulk should be used. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?CAULK
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7) - Inspector was not able to inspect or evaluate complete driveway due to cars located in driveway.
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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.
Driveway material: Asphalt
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Condition of decks, porches and/or balconies: Treated decking
Deck, porch and/or balcony material: Wood
Exterior stair material: Front masonary / Rear wood
8) 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 2 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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9) Safety, Repair/Replace - Handrails at far corner of deck was missing. This is a potential fall hazard. Handrails should be installed to prevent a possible fall. Recommend that a qualified contractor install handrails where missing and per standard building practices.
10) Repair/Maintain - Soil was in contact with one or more wooden deck, porch or balcony support posts. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying organisms. Even if posts are made of treated wood, the cut ends below soil may not have been field treated. Recommend grading soil or repairing as necessary to prevent wood-soil contact.
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11) Repair/Maintain - Soil was in contact with or too close to wooden deck, porch or balcony substructure components. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Clearances to soil should be as follows:Pressure treated wood is typically rated for 25 year contact with soil, but the cut ends hidden below grade may not have been treated and can rot quickly. Support posts should be elevated above grade on concrete piers or footings, and be separated from the concrete by metal brackets or an impermeable membrane such as shingle scraps. For other components, soil should be graded and/or removed to maintain these clearances if possible. Otherwise, replacing non-treated wood with treated wood, or installing borate-based products such as Impel rods may help to prevent infestation and damage. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?IMPEL
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12) Maintain - Wooden deck or porch surfaces, railings, built-in seating were overdue for normal maintenance. Recommend that a qualified person clean and preserve as necessary. Where decks have been coated with a finish 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

The deck surface boards and railings surface material on one or more deck areas is nearing its service life. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate deck surface , railings, and benches. Based on contractors recommendation you may need to clean, reseal to preserve longer or resurface with new deck boards in the near future and / or replace if necessary. Budget into in near future.
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13) Maintain - The asphalt driveway surface was worn and is prone to developing cracks from water penetration. Recommend that a qualified person reseal the driveway. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?RAD
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14) Comment - Minor deterioration (e.g. cracks, holes, settlement, ) was found in the driveway, but no trip hazards were found. The client may wish to have repairs made for cosmetic reasons.
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15) - One or more areas of deck frame work or substructure were not visible for inspection due to in some areas the deck is in direct contact with soil, foliage obstructions and screened in lattice skirt around deck making it not possible to inspect therefore is excluded from this inspection. Structure at time of inspection showed no signs of movement.
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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: Viewed from ground
Roof surface material: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shinglesarchitectural shingles approximately 15 plus years old
Roof type: Gable
16) Major Defect, Maintain, Comment - It appeared that the composition shingle roof surface had been pressure-washed, possible to remove prior moss build up. Based on missing granules, wand marks, etc. Composition shingle roofs should not be pressure washed since shingles are likely to be damaged by loss of granules, gouging, etc. This shortens the service life of the shingles. This roof section has lost some of its service life as a result. This area may need to be replaced much sooner then the rest of the roof. A qualified roofer should evaluate now and repair and replace as necessary based on his professional recommendations.
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17) Major Defect, Maintain - Moss was growing on the roof. As a result, shingles can lift or be damaged. Leaks can result and/or the roof surface can fail prematurely. there fore this section of roof you may want to budget in to replace in the near future .Efforts should be made to kill the moss during its growing season (wet months). Typically, zinc or phosphate-based chemicals are used for this and must be applied periodically. For information on various moss treatment products and their pros and cons, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?MOSS

Recommend having a professional roofer evaluate and repair or replace if necessary in the near future
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18) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - Substandard repairs were found at one or more locations on the roof surface. although no leaks were found at time of inspection , leaks can occur as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair per standard building practices if He evaluates and recommends its necessary .
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19) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - Flashings at the base of one or more chimneys were substandard. although no leaks were evident at time of inspection, leaks can occur as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.
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20) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - One or more skylights have been installed with substandard way that step flashing and shingles are lifting. although not leaking at time of inspection possible intrusion may occur. Recommend that a qualified roofing contractor evaluate and repair as necessary, and per standard building practices.
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Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and 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.
Wood-burning chimney type: Masonry Chimmney
22) Safety, Repair/Replace, Evaluate - Terracotta flue tiles in one or more masonry chimney(s) were cracked or broken. This is a potential fire hazard because such cracks become wider when the chimney heats up and can allow exhaust gases to enter the building structure. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate, replace broken tiles and make other repairs as necessary.
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23) Safety, Repair/Replace - Wood burning stove has a manually operated switch to a motorized vent. Needs to be evaluated by a Professional Contractor and or Specialist in order to determine for proper and /or or adequate ventilation due to possible Carbon monoxide build up . In addition a smoke and carbon monoxide detectors needs to be installed in basement areas. In addition wood burning stove in basement is only source of heat.
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24) Safety, Repair/Maintain, Evaluate - One or more wood-burning fireplaces or stoves were found at the property. When such devices are used, they should be professionally inspected and cleaned annually to prevent creosote build-up and to determine if repairs are needed. The National Fire Protection Association states that a "Level 2" chimney inspection should be performed with every sale or transfer of property with a wood-burning device. Recommend consulting with the property owner about recent and past servicing and repairs to all wood-burning devices and chimneys or flues at this property. Recommend that a qualified specialist evaluate all wood-burning devices and chimneys, and clean and repair as necessary. Note that if a wood stove insert is installed, it may need to be removed for such an evaluation. For more information, search for "chimney inspection" at:
http://www.reporthost.com/?CSIA
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25) Repair/Replace - One or more masonry chimney crowns were cracked. Crowns are meant to keep water off of the chimney structure and prevent damage from freeze-thaw cycles. Chimney crowns are commonly constructed by mounding concrete or mortar on the top chimney surface, however this is substandard. A properly constructed chimney crown should:Recommend that a qualified contractor repair or replace crowns as necessary, and per standard building practices.
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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 and /or finished attic 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: Not inspected because no access was foundfinished area
Roof structure type: Rafters
Ceiling structure: Ceiling beams
Ceiling insulation material: Not determined (inaccessible or obscured)
Vapor retarder: None visible
Roof ventilation type: Gable end vents at both ends of roof. Recommend additional motorized roof vent in near future on a thermastat .
27) Comment - Most of attic is converted into living space .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.
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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: Metal
Type(s) of windows: Vinyl
Ceiling type or covering: Drywall or plaster
Flooring type or covering: Carpet, Wood or wood products, Tile
29) Safety, Repair/Replace - Carpeting in one or more areas was loose and posed a trip hazard. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary. For example, by stretching or replacing carpeting.
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30) Safety, Repair/Replace - Handrails at one or more flights of stairs were not continuous or did not extend the full length of the stairs. This is a potential fall hazard. Handrails should be continuous for the entire length of the stairs. Recommend that a qualified contractor replace or repair handrails per standard building practices.
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31) Safety, Repair/Replace - Guardrails at one or more locations with drop-offs higher than 30 inches had gaps that were too large. This poses a safety hazard for children (e.g. falling, getting stuck in railing). Guardrails should not have gaps or voids that allow passage of a sphere equal to or greater than 4 inches in diameter, or 6 inches in diameter at triangular spaces between stair edges and guardrails. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair or replace guardrails per standard building practices.
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32) Minor Defect - Minor cracks, nail pops and/or blemishes were found in walls and/or ceilings in one or more areas. Cracks and nail pops are common, are often caused by lumber shrinkage or minor settlement, and can be more or less noticeable depending on changes in humidity. They did not appear to be a structural concern, but the client may wish to repair these for aesthetic reasons. For recurring cracks, consider using an elastic crack covering product:
http://www.reporthost.com/?ECC
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33) Comment - The inspector was unable to open one or more skylights due to lack of controls (e.g. no pole available, no visible switch), and was unable to fully evaluate.
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35) - Rear patio slider
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36) - Some living space rooms more through out report.
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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.
37) Repair/Replace - Washing Machine Hot & Cold Rubber supply lines have been known to fail over time. It is recommended that they be replaced with breaded lines . Could lead to future water damage if lines burst or leak.
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38) - APPLIANCES SERVICE LIFE VARIES : 15 years is an average expected life span of a washer / dryer but could be longer. The washer and dryer based on manufacturing information could be close to its service life and budgeting in for replacement in the near future should be considered.


Brand: Whirlpool
Type: Clothes Washer
Country: USA
Model: LSQ9665LQO
Serial: CK5113910
This product may have been manufactured December of 2000.

Brand: Whirlpool
Type: Clothes Dryer
Country: USA
Model: LEQ885JQ1
Serial: MK5019112
This product may have been manufactured December of 2000.


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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.
Type of ventilation: Hood or built into microwave over range or cooktop
40) 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
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42) - APPLIANCES SERVICE LIFE VARIES : 15 years is an average expected life span of house hold appliance but could be longer. The below kitchenappliances based on manufacturing information could be close to its service life and budgeting in for replacement in the near future should be considered.

Brand: Maytag
Type: Dishwasher
Country: USA
Model: MDB4000AWW
Serial: 18848057WD
This product may have been manufactured February of 1999.


Brand: Maytag
Type: Microwave Oven
Country: USA
Model: MMV5000ADW
This product may have been manufactured February of 1999.

Brand: Maytag
Type: Range/Stove/Oven
Country: USA
Model: CHG9800BAE
Serial: 35297917UZ
This product may have been manufactured December of 1998.

Brand: Maytag
Type: Refrigerator
Country: USA
Model: MTB2156DEW
Serial: 12895259YQ
This product may have been manufactured July of 2000.
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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.
Pier or support post material: Steel
Beam material: Steel
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
44) Safety, Repair/Replace - The ceiling height over stairs at one or more locations was too low and poses a safety hazard, especially for tall people. Ceilings over stairs should be at least 6 feet 8 inches high. At a minimum, be aware of this hazard, especially when guests who are not familiar with the stairs are present. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair per standard building practices.
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45) Repair/Replace, Maintain - 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.

Recommended to insulate ceiling in basement.
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46) Monitor - Basement was dry at time of inspection. Cemented areas and painted and /or sealant or water-proofing coating was found on basement walls. This may indicate that water has infiltrated or accumulated in the basement previously. Monitor the basement for excessive moisture conditions in the future, and review any disclosure statements related to accumulated moisture in the basement. Note that the inspector does not guarantee or warrant that water will not accumulate in the basement in the future.
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48) - Basement Pictures
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49) - Finished basement limits inspectors visual evaluation of foundation , water intrusion, plumbing ,electrical and structural components etc.


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.
Primary service type: Overhead
Service voltage (volts): 120
Estimated service amperage: 200 amp
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200 amp
System ground: Cold water supply pipes
Location of main service panel #A: Basement
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel basement elctrical panel
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed, (BX) Armor clad flexible
Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection present: Yes
50) Safety, Repair/Replace, Evaluate - One or more ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) receptacles (outlets) wouldn't reset at the exterior. This is a potential shock hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair as necessary.

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51) Safety, Repair/Replace - One or more modern, 3-slot electric receptacles (outlets) were found with an open ground. Three-slot receptacles should have a hot, a neutral and a ground wire connected. Homeowners often install new 3-slot receptacles on older, 2-wire circuits that only have hot and neutral wires. This is a shock hazard when appliances that require a ground are used with these receptacles. Examples of such appliances include computers and related hardware, refrigerators, freezers, portable air conditioners, clothes washers, aquarium pumps, and electrically operated gardening tools. Where the electric system was installed prior to when grounded circuits were required (1960s), it is permissible to replace 3-slot receptacles with 2-slot receptacles to prevent appliances that require a ground from being plugged in to an ungrounded circuit. However, the client should be aware of this limitation when planning use for various rooms, such as an office. For newer electric systems, circuits should be repaired so grounded, 3-wire cables provide power to 3-slot receptacles. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair per standard building practices.
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52) Safety, Repair/Replace - One or more light fixtures installed outside were substandard. This is a potential shock and/or fire hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair as necessary.
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53) Safety, Repair/Replace - One or more smoke alarms were missing, damaged, or missing components. Smoke alarms should be replaced as necessary. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?SMKALRM
54) Safety, Repair/Maintain - Carbon monoxide alarms were missing . This is a potential safety hazard. Some states and/or municipalities require CO alarms to be installed in the vicinity of each sleeping area, on each level and in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. Recommend installing additional carbon monoxide alarms per these standards. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?COALRM
55) 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.
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57) - Visible water ground connection at water main shut off.
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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, Cast iron
Location of main fuel shut-off valve: At gas meterBasement
58) 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:For more information visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?LEADDW
http://www.reporthost.com/?LEAD
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59) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - at time of inspection no evidence of one or more possible abandoned underground oil storage tanks was found (e.g. vent pipe, metal supply lines). Recommend attempting to determine if underground tank(s) exist on this property, and/or if tank(s) have been removed or legally decommissioned. If the tank(s) haven't been decommissioned or removed, then the client may be liable for decommission and/or cleanup of contaminated soil in the future. Recommend the following:
60) Repair/Maintain, Evaluate - Based on visible equipment or information provided to the inspector, this property appeared to have a yard irrigation (sprinkler) system. These are specialty systems and are excluded from this inspection. Comments in this report related to this system are made as a courtesy only and are not meant to be a substitute for a full evaluation by a qualified specialist. When this system is operated, recommend verifying that water is not directed at building exteriors, or directed so water accumulates around building foundations. Sprinkler heads may need to be adjusted, replaced or disabled. Consider having a qualified plumber verify that a backflow prevention device is installed per standard building practices to prevent cross-contamination of potable water. Recommend that a qualified specialist evaluate the irrigation system for other defects (e.g. leaks, damaged or malfunctioning sprinkler heads) and repair if necessary.
61) Repair/Maintain - Significant and / or some corrosion or rust was found at one or more water supply fittings. This can indicate past leaks, or that leaks are likely to occur in the future. Recommend that a qualified plumber repair as necessary. For example, by replacing valves or fittings.
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62) Repair/Maintain - Dry Wells should be kept clear of all debris and in addition recommend putting in dry well surround at each basement window set at proper depth to allow any excessive surface water to drain below window. To help aid in reducing any possible water intrusion caused from heavy rains.
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63) Evaluate, Monitor - Some or all of the water supply and drain or vent 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:For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?GALVPIPE
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64) Evaluate - A sewage ejector pump 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. These systems are typically sealed and involve moving parts. They are subject to clogging and/or damage from disposal of items such as disposable diapers and sanitary napkins. Recommend that this pump and related equipment (piping, valves, etc.) be evaluated by a qualified plumber and repaired if necessary. This should be done per the manufacturer's recommendations in the future, or annually if unable to verify the manufacturer's recommendations. Typically, these pumps have a lifespan of 7-10 years. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?SEWEJPMP
65) Comment - One or more hose bibs (outside faucets) were not winterized with covers. The recommendation is to put insulated cover and shut off in winter months to prevent freeze ups. Have a licensed plumber evaluate and replace with anti freezing valve.
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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.
Type: Tank
Energy source: Natural gas
Location of water heater: Basement
Hot water temperature tested: Yes
Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 116 degrees
67) Major Defect - A.O. SMITH HOT WATER TANK 50 GALLON UNIT. Model # FSG50248 Serial # ME03-2452964-24: Unit built in 2000

Hot water heater is approximately 14 years old. Although unit was working at time of inspection it is nearing the end its service life of approximately 15 years . It is advisable to budget in the near future for a replacement.
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Heating, Ventilation
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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): Hot water boiler
Last service date of primary heat source: 6/4/86
Source for last service date of primary heat source: Label
68) Safety, Major Defect, Maintain, Comment - Hot water boiler: Vaillant Model# GA92-120 Serial #235-00001795 was built approximately in1983 inspection card on boiler shows last service 1986 . estimated age around 31 yrs old. The estimated useful life for most cast iron boilers is 30 years. This boiler appeared to be near 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.

In addition recommend having system have a routine check up right away and purchase a service contract with a major heating company.
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69) Safety, Major Defect - No fire rated material such as 5/8 fire core sheet rock was installed above heat source boiler and / or hot water heater tank. Please have a professional plumber or heating company evaluate and install as necessary to basic building practices.
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70) - Heating system was operating normally at time of inspection.
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