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Smart Move Home Inspection LLC


Phone: (330) 324-0776
FAX: (330) 493-4163
433 36th St NW 
Canton OH 44709-3037
Inspector: Douglas Gialluca
Radon Specialist RT715

  

Two Story Frame House

Client(s):  MR. John Doe
Property address:  007 Smart RD
Movin Ohio 44709
Inspection date:  Sunday, May 15, 2016

This report published on Sunday, May 15, 2016 4:40:03 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:
Concern typeSafetyPoses a risk of injury or death
Concern typeRepair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing
Concern typeRepair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance
Concern typeMinor DefectCorrection likely involves only a minor expense
Concern typeMaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance
Concern typeEvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist
Concern typeMonitorRecommend monitoring in the future
Concern typeCommentFor your information

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Table of Contents
General information
Exterior (not complete)
Roof (not complete)
Garage (not complete)
Attic (not complete)
Electric service (not complete)
Water heater (not complete)
Heating and cooling (not complete)
Plumbing and laundry (not complete)
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys (not complete)
Basement (not complete)
Kitchen (not complete)
Bathrooms (not complete)
Interior rooms (not complete)


General information
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Report number: A31
Type of building: Single family1975
Age of building: 34 years
Time started: 4:00 PM
Time finished: 7:00 PM
Inspection Fee: 225
Payment method: Check
Present during inspection: Client(s), Realtor(s)
Occupied: Yes
Weather conditions: Clear
Temperature: Warm
Ground condition: Dry
Front of structure faces: South
Main entrance faces: South
Foundation type: Finished basement
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Security system, Water softener system

1) Structures built prior to 1979 may contain lead-based paint and/or asbestos in various building materials such as insulation, siding, and/or floor and ceiling tiles. Both lead and asbestos are known health hazards. Evaluating for the presence of lead and/or asbestos is not included in this inspection. The client(s) should consult with specialists as necessary, such as industrial hygenists, professional labs and/or abatement contractors for this type of evaluation. For information on lead, asbestos and other hazardous materials in homes, visit these websites:

2)   THERE ARE MANY CONCERNS AND PICTURES DELETED FROM THIS SAMPLE REPORT!! THERE ARE NUMEROUS UPDATES TO THIS REPORT WITH AN AVERAGE OF 30 PAGES DEPENDING ON DEFICIENCIES. THERE IS ALSO A NEW ADDITION OF INFORMATION INCLUDED IN ALL REPORTS AND ILLUSTRATIONS THAT CAN BE COMPARED TO VERY FEW REPORTS TODAY. THE REPORTS ARE DONE AS A REFERENCE TO CONCERNS AND ACTUAL GOOD FUTURE UPDATES. I WORK FOR THE BUYER OR PRE- SALE CLIENT FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST INVESTMENT'S OF THEIR LIFE. ' A HOUSE '. PREVENTITIVE MAINTENANCE IS PART OF HOME OWNER SHIP.

THERE ARE SOME CONCERNS NOTED IN THIS SAMPLE REPORT AS A COURTESY TO THE POTENTIAL CLIENT. THE REPORTS CAN HAVE AN AVERAGE 100 CAPTIONED PICTURES INCLUDED WITH FULL DETAIL INFORMATION AND LINKS NOT (ALL)SHOWN IN THIS SAMPLE. THE REPORTS ARE NORMALLY COMPLETED IN 24 HOURS.

(NOT COMPLETE) listed at section title is to inform you that section's are just samples and will be different on actual report with more up to date detail.

Exterior (not complete)
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Footing material: Not visible
Foundation material: Concrete block
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Vertical wood, Brick veneer, Vinyl
Driveway material: Poured in place concrete
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Exterior door material: Solid core steel

3) One or more outside faucets are missing backflow prevention devices. These devices reduce the likelihood of polluted or contaminated water entering the potable water supply. This condition can occur when an outside faucet is left in the "on" position with a hose connected and the sprayer head turned off. When pressure in the system fluctuates, water can be drawn back into the water supply pipes from the house. If a chemical sprayer is being used with the hose, those chemicals can enter the water supply pipes.

Recommend installing backflow prevention devices on all exterior hose bibs where missing. They are available at most home improvement stores and are easily installed. For more information, visit: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/BODY_AE079

4) The driveway is sunk at the edge of the garage floor. This can either be leveled or replaced. The off set from the height of the garage floor to the driveway was 2 and 1/2 inches at the time of inspection.
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Driveway sunk in front of garage
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Over one quarter inch settlement at garage door and the driveway offset also noticed here.

5) One or more minor cracks (1/8 inch or less) were found in the foundation. These don't appear to be a structural concern, but recommend sealing them to prevent water infiltration and monitoring them in the future. Numerous products exist to seal such cracks including:

6) Caulk is missing or deteriorated in some areas and should be replaced and/or applied where necessary. For more information on caulking, visit The Ins and Outs of Caulking.
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One or more areas in need of caulking
 

Roof (not complete)
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Roof inspection method: Traversed
Roof type: Gable
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Estimated age of roof: 1-2 years New
Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
Roof ventilation: Adequate

7) The siding on one or more exterior walls above lower roof sections is in contact with or has less than a one inch gap between it and the roof surface below. A gap of at least one inch is recommended so water isn't wicked up into the siding from the shingles below, and also to provide room for additional layers of roofing materials when the current roof surface fails. Recommend having a qualified contractor make repairs as necessary, such as trimming siding, so at least a one inch gap exists between the siding and the roofing below where necessary.
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The modern day method is to install siding one inch from the shingles with flashing visible. The vinyl siding does not present the same wicking effect as wood siding and not uncommon with older construction.
 

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Power vent visible here from garage roof and also noted under the attic section of this report.
 

Garage (not complete)
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9) The pull-down attic stairs in the attached garage ceiling aren't fire-rated. This ceiling should have a one-hour fire rating to slow or prevent the spread of fire from the attached garage to attic spaces above the living areas. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make modifications to these stairs as necessary so they have a one hour fire rating. Other options include removing them or replacing them with commercially made, fire-rated stairs. Examples of possible solutions include:
  • Installing 5/8 inch Type X sheetrock on the lower surface of the stair door and eliminating gaps around the edges of the door.
  • Removing the stairs and installing a traditional hatch made with 5/8 inch Type X sheetrock.
  • Installing a Battic Door and installing sheetrock over it as described at their website.
  • Replacing these stairs with fire-rated stairs such as Calvert USA Fire resistant commercial aluminum folding attic stairs.

10) There is an area of the garage that does have a crack causing the corner of the garage door not to seal properly. At the time of inspection the gap was within a half inch.
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Over one quarter inch settlement at garage door and the driveway offset also noticed here.
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Corner of garage floor heaved and settled at door and related to frost wall deficiency or water intrusion between the frost wall and the slab.

Attic (not complete)
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Inspection method: Partially traversed
Roof structure type: Trusses
Ceiling structure: Trusses
Insulation material: Cellulose loose fill
Insulation depth: 6-8 inches
Insulation estimated R value: 25-30

11) One or more exhaust fans have no duct and terminate in the attic. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects and organisms due to increased moisture levels in the attic from the exhaust air. A qualified contractor should install ducts and vent caps as necessary and as per standard building practices so exhaust air is vented outside. Better building practices call for R8 rated insulation on these ducts.
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Main bathroom fan not connected or vented to exterior.
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Attic view of power vent and thermostat control operating normal.

12) No insulation is installed over the attic access hatch. Recommend installing insulation above hatch for better energy efficiency.

13) No weatherstrip is installed around the attic access hatch. Weatherstrip should be installed around the hatch to prevent heated interior air from entering attic.

Electric service (not complete)
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Primary service type: Underground
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service amperage (amps): 200
Service voltage (volts): 120/240
Location of main service switch: South side of basement
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Service entrance conductor material: Aluminum
System ground: Cold water supply pipes
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200GE
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: No
Smoke detectors present: Yes

14) One or more overcurrent protection devices (circuit breakers or fuses) are "double tapped", where 2 or more wires are clamped in a terminal designed for only one wire. This is a safety hazard since the bolt or screw may tighten securely against one wire, but leave others loose. Arcing, sparks and fires may result. A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair as necessary.
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Double taps on two breakers in main electrical panel on the left bus.
 

15) There are three bathroom circuits that are wired together on one circuit breaker. I could not determine if this was the original installation, however the bathrooms should each have their own circuit.
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GFCI breaker controlling three bathroom circuits
 

Water heater (not complete)
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Estimated age: 2006
Type: Tank
Energy source: Natural gas
Capacity (in gallons): Not visible
Manufacturer: Not Visible
Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 127 degrees

16) The hot water temperature is greater than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of scalding. The thermostat should be adjusted so the water temperature doesn't exceed 120 degrees. For more information on scalding dangers, visit http://www.tap-water-burn.com/

17) A permanently installed insulated jacket is installed on the water heater. It obscures the manufacturer's information label and most of the water heater. The inspector was unable to fully evaluate the water heater.

Heating and cooling (not complete)
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Estimated age: 2008
Primary heating system energy source: Natural gas
Primary heat system type: Forced air
Primary A/C energy source: Electric
Primary Air conditioning type: Split system
Distribution system: Sheet metal ducts
Manufacturer: Carrier
Filter location: In return air duct below furnace
Estimated age: 2008
Primary heating system energy source: Natural gas
Primary heat system type: Forced air
Primary A/C energy source: Electric
Primary Air conditioning type: Split system
Distribution system: Sheet metal ducts
Manufacturer: Carrier
Filter location: In return air duct below furnace

Plumbing and laundry (not complete)
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Water pressure (psi): 80 pounds tested at rear hose bib
Location of main water shut-off valve: South side of basement/ in cabinate
Location of main water meter: South side of basement/ in cabinate
Location of main fuel shut-off: Exterior at gas meter/ west side of house
Water service: Public
Service pipe material: Copper
Supply pipe material: Copper
Vent pipe material: Cast iron
Drain pipe material: Cast iron
Waste pipe material: Not visible

18) Copper water supply pipes in homes built prior to 1986 may be joined with solder that contains lead. Lead 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 about 50 percent lead. The client(s) should be aware of this, especially if children will be living in this structure. Evaluating for the presence of lead in this structure is not included in this inspection. The client(s) 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 such as these may be advised:
  • Flush water taps or faucets. Do not drink water that has been sitting in the plumbing lines for more than six hours.
  • Install appropriate filters at points of use.
  • Use only cold water for cooking and drinking. 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 plumbing contractor replace supply pipes and/or plumbing components as necessary.

For more information visit:
http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5056.html
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead/index.html

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Corroded globe valve in basement with broken handle.
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Past leakage stains on the cast iron drain pipes in basement that were dry at the time of inspection.

Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys (not complete)
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Fireplace type: Masonry
Chimney type: Masonry

20) A significant amount of creosote (1/8 inch or more) is visible in the fireplace flue. A qualified chimney service contractor should inspect, clean, and repair if necessary now and annually in the future.

21) The damper control for the fireplace is loose and needs to be evaluated for minor repair.

22) There is a minor crack in the chimney crown ( or masonry cap) that should be sealed when practical.

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Chimney crown or cap has minor crack however flue liner rain capped and screened.
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Minor cracks and loose mortar on furnace chimney. The chimney liner and rain cap installed and verified under the furnace section of this report.

Basement (not complete)
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Insulation material underneath floor above: None visible
Pier or support post material: Steel
Beam material: Solid wood
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists

24) There are a couple of cracks in the north rear wall of the basement that should be sealed. They seem to be the result of a shock that could have been created when the air conditioner was installed. The other crack may have also been during the addition of the sunroom.

Kitchen (not complete)
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25) One or more electric receptacles that serve countertop surfaces within six feet of a sink appear to have no ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock. A qualified electrician should evaluate to determine if GFCI protection exists, and if not, repairs should be made so that all receptacles that serve countertop surfaces within six feet of sinks have GFCI protection. For example, install GFCI receptacles or circuit breaker(s) as needed.

Bathrooms (not complete)
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26) One or more sinks are clogged or drain slowly. Drain(s) should be cleared as necessary, and by a qualified plumber if necessary.

Interior rooms (not complete)
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27) The light fixture at one or more sets of stairs with living spaces at both ends is controlled by a single switch at one end. This is a safety hazard due to inadequate lighting. The light should be controlled by three-way switches at the top and bottom of the stairs so it can be easily operated on both floors. A qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.

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