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Property Inspection Report
Client(s): Thang Bui
Property address: 243 Blackwell Ln
Henrietta NY 14467
Inspection date: Thursday, July 30, 2009
This report published on 7/31/2009 7:03:46 AM EDT

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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 risk of injury or death 
Repair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing 
Repair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance 
MaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance 
EvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist 
Pay attention/Possible issuePossible substantial issue 
CommentFor your information 

Structural Pest Inspection Concerns
Items of concern relating to the structural pest inspection are shown as follows:
WDO/WDI InfestationEvidence of infestation of wood destroying insects or organisms (Live or dead insect bodies, fungal growth, etc.) 
WDO/WDI DamageDamage caused by wood destroying insects or organisms (Rot, carpenter ant galleries, etc.) 
WDO/WDI Conducive
Conditions conducive for wood destroying insects or organisms (Wood-soil contact, shrubs in contact with siding, roof or plumbing leaks, etc.) 

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Table of Contents
General information
Roof and Ventilation
Exterior Walls/ Windows/ Doors
Exterior and Landscaping
Attached garage
Master Bathroom
General Interior
Kitchen and Laundry
Heating Unit
Air Conditioning
Domestic Water Heater
Electric service
Safety Concerns
General information Return to table of contents
Overview: A quiet residential neighborhood
Inspector's name: Jason Staring
NYS License #: 16000033712
Time started: 3:00 p.m.
Time finished: 6:00 p.m.
Present during inspection: Buyer, Realtor
Occupied: Yes
Weather conditions: Clear
Temperature: Hot
Ground condition: Dry
Foundation type: Basement
1)   Numerous wall, floor and/or ceiling surfaces were obscured by furniture and/or stored items, preventing a full evaluation of some areas.
2)   Concerning mold in a home / building. While we will report any substance that appears to be mold, the only true way to determine if mold is present is to have a mold company/specialist inspect and test for mold. Staring's VIP does not perform mold testing or mold inspection's. Any mention of mold in this report should be considered a recommendation to bring in a mold specialist to inspect and test for mold. If you have a specific concern reguarding mold, consult a mold specialist for advice.
Roof and Ventilation Return to table of contents
Roof inspection method: Traversed
Roof type: Gable
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Visible Roof Ventilation: Gable Vents, Soffet Vents, Roof Vents
Roof Penetrations: Vent Pipes, Roof Vents
Gutter material: Aluminum
Downspout material: Aluminum
3)   It appears that this roof has had past issues with the underlayment and some of this has been replaced when roof was replaced. I believe that possibly there are some signs that more should have been replaced and suggest a professional evaluate.

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4)   When walking along roof there are several soft spots which cause concern. Recommend roofing contractor evaluate roof and repair or replace roof as necessary
5)   Recommend cleaning gutters.

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6)   There are signs of mold like substance on roof underside. I am not able to tell if this is from previous roof issues or current. I would suggest having this evaluated further to determine by a professional.

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Exterior Walls/ Windows/ Doors Return to table of contents
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall Covering Material: Vinyl
General Condition of Covering: Acceptable
Trim: Vinyl
Trim Condition: Acceptable
Doors: Operated well
Windows: Screens, Vinyl
Primary service type: Overhead
Overhead wires threatened: No
Service voltage (volts): 120-240
Exterior of foundation walls: block
Window Wells: Metal
Window well condition: Good
Deck Location: Rear of house
Deck material: wood
Steps down to grade: There are three or more steps to grade
Support column under deck: wood
8)   The clothes dryer exhaust duct appears to need cleaning. Significant amounts of lint build up was found. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of fire from decreased air flow. This duct should be cleaned now and annually, or more often if necessary in the future. Some chimney sweeps or heating/cooling duct cleaners perform this service. For more information, visit:

Note: This vent terminates to the exterior of the home, however it is under the rear deck and this area deck does not show alot of air flow underneath. I believe this should be corrected and terminate somewhere other than under the deck. For moisture reasons which can lead to structure issues with the deck as well as creating a environment attractive to wood destroying insect.

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9)   One or more wooden deck support posts are in contact with soil. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects and organisms. However no damage from wood destroying insects or organisms was found. Standard building practices require that there be at least 6" of space between any wood and the soil below, even if the wood is treated. If possible, soil should be removed or graded so a 6" clearance is maintained. Otherwise recommend installing borate based Impel rods to prevent rot. For more information, visit:
Exterior and Landscaping Return to table of contents
Grading within 6 feet of house: About level
Grading beyond 6 feet of house: Front slopes away, Rear level
Driveway material: Asphalt
Walkway to front entry: Brick
Condition of walkway: Acceptable but has minor cracks or breaks
Fences: Metal
10) Vegetation such as trees, shrubs and/or vines are in contact with or less than one foot from the structure's exterior. Vegetation can serve as a conduit for wood destroying insects and may retain moisture against the exterior after it rains. Vegetation should be pruned and/or removed as necessary to maintain a one foot clearance between it and the structure's exterior.

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11)   Minor cracks in driveway. These are only a cosmetic concern. No action is recommended.

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Attached garage Return to table of contents
# of Bays: One
Visibility limited by: stored items
Floor: Concrete
Floor Condition: Settling Crack
Walls: Wood Frame
Walls: Framing exposed to view
Automobile Doors #: One
Style: Overhead
Doors operated: easily
Applied resistance and: door did not stop
Photo electric device: noted
Interior Door: Not spring loaded
Windows: None noted
Overhead: Closed in ceiling
13)   Extension cords are being used as permanent wiring in one or more areas. They should only be used for portable equipment on a temporary basis. Using extension cords as permanent wiring poses a fire and shock hazard, and is an indication that wiring is inadequate and should be updated. Extension cords may be undersized. Connections may not be secure, resulting in power fluctuations, damage to equipment, and sparks that could start a fire. Extension cords should be removed as necessary, or a qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary. For example, install additional circuits and/or electric receptacles.

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14)   The garage-house door poses a fire risk because it's not made of metal, not fire-rated and not of solid-core construction. Recommend replacing this door with a fire-rated door.

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Attic Return to table of contents
Attic access: Scuttle hole
How observed: Limited viewing, looked thru opening only
Roof decking: plywood
Attic floor framing: wood
Attic Ventilation: Gable Vents, Roof Vents
Soffit vents: cant determine if working
Insulation material: Fiberglass roll or batt
Insulation location: floor

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Can't determine if there is actually soffit. If there is, it is blocked
Master Bathroom Return to table of contents
Bathroom: Full
Shower: with tub
Tub: Built in
Surround: Ceramic tile
Surround condition: Acceptable
Sink Type: Vanity
Sinks #: One
Toilet: flushed
Toilet Condition: Acceptable
Floor Condition: Acceptable
Ventilation: Fan
Ground Fault Interupter outlets: No
17)   No ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets installed. GFCI outlets help prevent electric shocks in areas that may have water present. Recommend having a qualified electrician install one or more GFCI outlets, especially over counter tops and around sinks.

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General Interior Return to table of contents
Ceilings appear to be made of: Drywall
Ceiling Style: Flat
Mostly walls appear to be made of:: Drywall
Condition: Acceptable
Floor coverings are mostly: Hardwood
When bounced on: a normal amount of bounce was noted
Generally floors feel: Level
Mostly the doors are the following types: Hollow core
General door condition: Acceptable
Windows were mostly observed to be: Double hung
Appear made of: Vinyl
Random Tested: Yes
Stairs: to basement
Stairs condition: Acceptable
19)   Door frame is broken where storm door shock attached to frame. Suggest having this repaired/replaced by a professional.

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Fireplace Return to table of contents
Gas or Woodstove: Noted
20)   I would suggest having a professional service this unit annually or atleast semi annually to make sure this is operating correctly/safely.

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I was able to light with client and verify this unit did operate
Kitchen and Laundry Return to table of contents
Cabinets: Wooden
Opened and closed and found: seemed to function
Cabinets secure: yes
Counter Tops: Solid Plastic
Securely fastened: yes
Kitchen Floor: Wood
Dishwasher: None Noted
Kitchen Sink: Plastic
Ran water and found: No leaks
Disposal: Noted
Refrigerator: Noted
Refrigerator in use during inspection: yes
Range type: Free standing, Gas
Age: Midlife
Operated and found: All burners working
Oven: Part of stove, Gas
Operated oven and found: gave off heat
Ventilation: Fan recirculates air within the room
Number of GFCI outlets in Kitchen: 3 or more
GFCI outlets were working properly: Yes
Washing Machine: Noted
Location: Near kitchen
Observed: Connections for water and drain, Connections for electric
Operated: Not operated
Dryer: Noted
Dryer age: Midlife
Vented to: Exterior
Power: Electric
Operated: Not operated
21)   The clothes dryer is equipped with a vinyl or foil, accordion-type, flexible exhaust duct. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission considers these types of ducts to be unsafe, and a fire hazard. These types of ducts can trap lint and are susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the air flow. This duct should be replaced with a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct, and by a qualified contractor if necessary. Most clothes dryer manufacturers specify the use of a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct. For more information on dryer safety issues, see

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Heating Unit Return to table of contents
Heating System Brand Name: Carrier
Apparent age of unit: Newer
Heating system type: Forced hot air
System has # of Zones: One
Fuel Source: Gas
When thermostats were turned on, the system: fired or gave heat
Automatic shut-off safety devices were noted: Attached to unit.
Flue pipes: Noted
Distribution system: Ductwork
23)   Examination of heating and cooling systems is mechanically limited since the units are not dismantled to examine interior components. The heating and cooling systems should be inspected and serviced on an annual basis. Before close of escrow, recommend obtaining from seller any documents concerning regular maintenance and service and/or a safety check by public utility, or a complete system evaluation by a qualified heating and cooling specialist, particularly if heating and cooling cannot be proven to have been inspected within the past twelve months. Utility companies typically, but not always, provide a free safety check of all gas-using appliances.

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Air Conditioning Return to table of contents
Central Cooling: Central Air
Brand name: Carrier
Status: In use during inspection
A/C energy source: Electric
Air conditioning type: Split system

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Domestic Water Heater Return to table of contents
Estimated age: Midlife
Type: Tank
Energy source: Natural gas
Brand: A O Smith
Capacity (in gallons): 40
Safety relief valve: was noted
Safety extension: was noted
Supply shut off valve: Noted
Drain discharge to:: Floor

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Electric service Return to table of contents
Location of Main Panel: Basement
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service conductor material: Aluminum
Main disconnect rating (amps): 125
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed ("Romex")
Double tapped breakers: No
Room for additional circuit breakers: Yes
Grounding observed to:: Water main on street side
Grounding connection feels: secure

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Plumbing Return to table of contents
Water service: Public
Main entry pipe material: Copper
Location of main water meter: Basement
Location of main water shutoff: Next to meter
Interior supply pipes: Copper
Functional Flow: Tested
Waste System Pipes: Copper
Main waste line cleanouts: noted
Vent pipe observed on roof: Yes

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Basement Return to table of contents
Basement: Readily accessible
Basement: Full
Viewed by: walked throughout
Foundation walls: exposed to view
Ceiling framing: Exposed to view
Interior of foundation wall: block
Basement floor: concrete
General area dampness: dehumidifier noted
Ventilation: Windows
Pier or support post material: Steel
Support columns condition: appear intact
Sump pump: submersible
Sump Pump Works Properly: Yes
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
Beam material: Solid wood, Steel
Windows: Wood
Random tested windows and found: Working
29)   Rubber gasket on tub drain is cracked and needs replacing. This is causing drain to leak and needs to be replaced.

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30)   A sump pump is installed on the premises. This may indicate that water accumulates inside or below the structure. Recommend asking the property owners how often the sump pump operates and for how long at different times of the year. Also, the clients should be aware that the service life of most sump pumps is between five and seven years, and that the pump may need replacing soon depending on its age and how much it operates.

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Safety Concerns Return to table of contents
Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI): noted
GFI tested: Using testing plug, Using test button
Smoke detectors present: Yes
Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Yes
32)   Recommend updating all smoke detectors with new. All outlets near a water source (kitchen, bathrooms, garage, basement) should be GFI protected. All houses, buildings and each unit in a multi-family house should have a carbon monoxide (C/O) detector. The detector should be mounted low toward the floor as carbon monoxide is heavier than air. Several C/O detectors are best. One near the heating system and hot water supply and one on each floor of the home. Again, mount C/O detectors low toward the floor.
I would like to thank you for trusting Staring's Visual Inspection Professionals L.L.C to do the analysis of this property. As a reminder for as long as you own this property you are encourged to call with any questions relating to our inspection. You are also encouraged to enroll in our Home History Program. Simply call me at (518) 961-6004 and again thank you for choosing Staring's Visual Inspection Professionals L.L.C.