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Company email: j.staring@ny.nachi.org
Inspector's email: j.staring@yahoo.com
Phone: (518) 961-6004
Inspector: Jason Staring
NYS Lic# 16000033712
NACHI ID# 07102703

 

Property Inspection Report
Client(s): Tom Jones
Property address: 123 BeaverCreek
Clifton Park NY 12065
Inspection date: 5-14-2008
This report published on 6/6/2008 6:02:27 PM EDT

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Table of Contents
General information
Roof and Ventilation
Walls Windows and Doors
Exterior and Landscaping
Attached garage
Attic
Main Bathroom
Bathroom
General Interior
Kitchen and Laundry
Heating
Air Conditioning
Domestic Water Heater
Electric service
Plumbing
Slab
Safety Concerns
 
General information Return to table of contents
Overview: A quiet residential neighborhood
Time started: 9:40 a.m.
Time finished: 12:00 p.m.
Present during inspection: Buyer, Realtor
Occupied: Yes
Weather conditions: Clear
Temperature: Warm
Ground condition: Dry
Foundation type: Slab


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 Visual Inspection Professionals 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: From Ground
Roof type: Gable
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Estimated age of Roof: According to buyer & realtor 25-25yrs
Roof Penetrations: Vent Pipes
Gutter material: Aluminum
Downspout material: Aluminum
Visible Roof Ventilation: Ridge Vents, Soffet Vents
3)   Significant amounts of organic debris (leaves, needles, etc.) are on the roof. Recommend cleaning roof.

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Walls Windows and Doors Return to table of contents
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall Covering Material: Brick
General Condition of Covering: Acceptable
Exterior Doors: Metal
Doors: Operated well
Windows: Screens, Vinyl
Main Entry Porch: Concrete Slab
Steps down: One
Roof: Yes
Primary service type: Underground
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Exterior and Landscaping Return to table of contents
Grading within 6 feet of house: About level
Grading beyond 6 feet of house: slopes away
Driveway material: Asphalt
Driveway condition: small cracks
Walkway to front entry: asphalt
Condition of walkway: Acceptable but has minor cracks or breaks
6)   Recommend resealing asphalt driveway.

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7)   Minor cracks in driveway. These are only a cosmetic concern. No action is recommended.
 
Attached garage Return to table of contents
# of Bays: One
Visibility limited by: stored items
Floor: Concrete
Floor Condition: Acceptable
Walls: Mansonry, Wood Frame
Walls: Drywall covered
Automobile Doors #: One
Style: Overhead
Doors operated: easily
Applied resistance and: door did not stop
Photo electric device: missing
Interior Door: Not spring loaded
Interior door: Metal
Windows: None noted
Overhead: Closed in ceiling
8)   Garage-house door isn't auto-closing. Recommend installing hinges with springs or an automatic door closing device so door closes automatically to prevent vehicle fumes from entering building.

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9)   No infrared "photo eye" devices are installed for the vehicle door's electric door opener. They improve safety by triggering the vehicle door's auto-reverse feature without need for the door to come in contact with the object, person or animal that's preventing it from closing. Recommend considering having a qualified contractor install these devices for improved safety. For more information on garage door safety issues, visit: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/523.html or http://www.ohdstl.com/safety.html
10)   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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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: Soffit Vents
Soffit vents: yes, and working
Insulation material: Fiberglass roll or batt
Insulation location: floor
12) 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.

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Partial bath vent

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Can not see ridge vent appears to be blocked by sheetrock or is on otherside of block wall....
 
 
Main Bathroom Return to table of contents
Main Bathroom: Full
Shower: with tub
Tub: Built in
Surround: Ceramic tile
Surround Condition: Acceptable
Number of sinks?: One
Sink Type: Vanity
Toilet: flushed
Toilet Condition: Acceptable
Floor: Ceramic Tile
Floor Condition: Acceptable
Leaks: none noted
Ventilation: Fan
Outlets: One
Ground Fault Interupter Outlets?: Yes
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Bathroom Return to table of contents
Main Bathroom: Partial
Number of sinks?: One
Sink Type: Wall hung
Toilet: flushed
Toilet Condition: Acceptable
Floor: Vinyl
Floor Condition: Acceptable
Leaks: none noted
Ventilation: Fan
Outlets: One
Ground Fault Interupter Outlets?: Yes
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General Interior Return to table of contents
Ceilings appear to be made of: Drywall
Ceiling Style: Flat, Sloped
Ceiling Condition: Good
Mostly walls appear to be made of:: Drywall
Condition: Acceptable
Floor coverings are mostly: Wall to wall carpet, Sheet goods, Ceramic tile
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
16)   The sash spring mechanism(s) in one or more windows are broken or loose. A qualified contractor or service technician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary so the window(s) operate as intended (open easily, stay open without support, close easily, etc.).
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Kitchen and Laundry Return to table of contents
Cabinets: Wooden
Opened and closed and found: seemed to function
Cabinets secure: yes
Counter Tops: Plastic Laminate
Securely fastened: yes
Kitchen Floor: Sheet Goods
Dishwasher: Hotpoint
Operated Dishwasher: no
Kitchen Sink: Stainless Steel
Disposal: Waste King
Refrigerator: Maytag
Refrigerator in use during inspection: yes
Range:: Frigidaire
Range type: Free standing, Electric
Operated and found: All burners working
Oven: Part of stove, Electric
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: Kenmore
Location: In partial bathroom
Observed: Connections for water and drain, Connections for electric
Operated: Not operated
Dryer: Kenmore
Vented to: Garage
Power: Electric
Operated: Not operated
18) 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. As well as vent terminating into a womans stocking into garage. These types of ducts can trap lint and are susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the air flow. As well as increasing moisture levels in the garage from the exhaust air. 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. As well as terminte to the outdoors (Not inside garage or womans stocking). For more information on dryer safety issues, see http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5022.html.

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Heating Return to table of contents
Heating System Brand Name: Lenox
Apparent age of unit: Newer - Serial# 6003A50249 Model # C23-26
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: On wall next to unit
Flue pipes: Noted
Distribution system: Ductwork
20)   Recommend that this system be serviced every two years in the future by a qualified heating and cooling technician.
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Air Conditioning Return to table of contents
Central Cooling: Central Air
Brand name: Lennox
Status: Operated
A/C energy source: Electric
Air conditioning type: Split system
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Domestic Water Heater Return to table of contents
Type: Tank
Energy source: Natural gas
Capacity (in gallons): 30
Brand: Bradford White
Safety relief valve: was noted
Safety extension: was noted
Supply shut off valve: Noted
Tested hot water: Hot water was received at faucets
23)   The TPRV should not be directly connected to the drainage system; and the pipe should discharge through an air gap, the air gap is necessary to prevent backflow and contamination of the potable water system. Recommend having professional evaluate and correct.

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24) Water heater is installed over finished living space and has no catch pan and drain installed. Recommend installing catch pan and drain to prevent water damage to finished interior spaces below if/when the water heater develops a leak or is drained.
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Electric service Return to table of contents
Location of Main Panel: Garage
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main panel
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service conductor material: Aluminum
Main disconnect rating (amps): 150
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed ("Romex")
Double tapped breakers: No
Room for additional circuit breakers: Yes
Grounding observed to:: Washing machine water supply
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Plumbing Return to table of contents
Water service: Public
Main entry pipe material: Copper
Location of main water meter: Utility Closet
Location of main water shutoff: Water Closet
Interior supply pipes: Copper
With multiple fixtures running observed: Minimal decrease in flow
Waste System Pipes: Plastic
Vent pipe observed on roof:
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Slab Return to table of contents
The house appears to be built on a slab located at: about grade level.
Interior floor covering is: vinyl, wall to wall carpetCeramic Tile
 
Safety Concerns Return to table of contents
Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI): noted
GFI tested: Using testing plug
Smoke detectors present: Yes
Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Yes
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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.