This report published on Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:32:45 PM CDT
The purpose of this report is to inform the client of conditions, that are in the opinion of the inspector, significant, and should be considered carefully. The inspector's opinions are based on the "Standards of Practice" set forth by the Inter-National Association of Certified Home Inspectors.
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How to Read this Report
This report is organized by the property's functional areas. Within each functional area, descriptive information is listed first and is shown in bold type. Items of concern follow descriptive information.
Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
Potential safety risk
Repair or replacement necessary
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Condition of exterior wal covering: Repair or replacement necessary (see comments below)
Driveway material: Poured in place concrete
Walkway material: Poured in place concrete
Exterior stair material: Concrete, wood
Condition of exterior stairs: Repair or replacement appeared necessary. (See comments below)
Exterior door material: Steel insulated core, Sliding glass, Wood panel
Condition of exterior doors: Functional
2) Safety - Entrance walkway had a visible trip hazards due to settlement and/or heaving of walkway sections. Repair such as grinding or replacement of sidewalk section(s) is necessary to eliminate trip hazards.
3) Safety - Rear stairway support posts have settled significantly and the stairway was un-level. This posed a potential trip hazard. Repair or replacement of supports appeared as necessary.
4) Deficiency - Several small areas of siding damaged were visible. Even small openings in the building exterior can allow moisture behind siding, resulting in damage over time. Repairs appeared necessary.
5) Deficiency - Wood trim damage was observed in one or more areas of the structures exterior. Repair or replacement appeared as necessary. Note: Wood rot can spread, causing damage to structure.
6) Deficiency - Exterior electric receptacle (GFCI) ground fault circuit interrupter was in the tripped position. This may indicate a problem with the wiring or the TEST button was depressed and just not reset. Inspector did not attempt to re-set GFCI outlet to avoid possible damage. Evaluation by a qualified electrician appeared necessary.
7) Deficiency - Vinyl siding was loose in one or more locations. Damage to siding will result over time as well as allowing moisture to enter causing damage to structure. Repair appeared necessary.
8) Deficiency - Main electrical service conduit was improperly flashed where it penetrated the exterior wall. Moisture intrusion through this opening is a possible.
9) Comment - Minor cracks were found in one or more concrete sidewalk or patio sections. They appeared cosmetic in nature and did not pose a trip hazard.
Inspection method: Partially traversed (See comments below)
Roof structure type: Rafters
Ceiling structure: Ceiling joist
Condition of ceiling insulation: Repair (See details below)
Insulation material: Fiberglass loose fill
Insulation depth: 10" -12"
Attic venilation: Inadiquate (See comments below)
10) Deficiency - Attic vents were blocked. This reduces air flow through the attic, reducing the life of the roof surface due to high temperatures, and/or increased moisture levels in the attic. Repair appeared necessary.
11) Comment - Attic space was only partially traversed, due to loose fill insulation installed in the attic space, with no adequate walking surface above the insulation. Traversing the attic though loose insulation would likely damage the insulation value. Therefor the attic inspection was limited to only areas visible from attic entrance.
12) Comment - Ceiling insulation depth was significantly less in one or more sections of the attic. Areas of reduced insulation thickness can increase heating and cooling costs.
13) Comment - One or more exhaust fan ducts such as bathroom and /or vent hood terminate in attic. This can increase moisture levels in the attic from moist exhaust air. Ideally exhaust air should vent completely outside the structure.
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breaker(s)
Service amperage (amps): 200
Service voltage (volts): 120/240
Service entrance conductor material: Copper
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main distribution panel
Condition of electrical service: Apeared functional
System ground: Ground present however cannot verify source
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
Condition of electrical distribution panel: Further evaluation appered as necassary (See comments below)
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
Solid aluminum branch circuit wiring present: No
Condition of branch circuit wiring: Appeared functional
Smoke detectors present: Yes
Condition of smoke detectors: Repair or replacement necessary (See comments below)
Condition of lighting: Further evaluation appeared as necessary (See comments below)
Condition of electrical swtiches and outlets: Further evaluation appeared as necessary (See coments below)
14) Safety, Deficiency - Electrical distribution panel circuit breakers were "double tapped", (where 2 or more wires are clamped in the terminal on the breaker) at one or more locations. The bolt or screw may not tighten securely against wires . This is a safety hazard since arcing, sparks and the risk of fires may result. A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair as necessary.
15) Safety, Deficiency - Neutral wires are doubled or bundled together on the neutral bus bar in the distribution panel. This where 2 or more wires are clamped in a terminal on the buss bar that is designed for only one wire. The bolt or screw may not tighten securely against wires. Evaluation and/or repair by a qualified electrician appeared necessary.
16) Safety, Deficiency - Smoke detector(s) at one or more locations were emitting a "chirping" noise. This typically indicates that, batteries need replacing. Batteries in all smoke alarms should be replaced after taking occupancy, and annually in the future. For more information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5077.html
17) Deficiency - Branch circuit wires at one or more locations in the service panel are not tightened properly at the breakers screw lug. This can cause over heating of the wire and is a fire hazard. Evaluation and/or repair by a qualified electrician appeared necessary.
18) Deficiency - Exterior electric receptacle (GFCI) ground fault circuit interrupter was in the tripped position. This may indicate a problem with the wiring or the TEST button was depressed and just not reset. Inspector did not attempt to re-set GFCI outlet to avoid possible damage. Evaluation by a qualified electrician appeared necessary.
19) Deficiency - Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) electric receptacles in the garage was tripped and did not appear able to be reset due to being painted over with several coats of paint. Repair or replacement appeared necessary.
20) Comment - Light fixtures appear to be inoperable at one or more locations. Recommend further evaluation by replacing bulb(s). Repairs or replacement of the light fixture(s) by a qualified electrician may be necessary.
21) Comment - Three-way light switches in one or more locations, such as downstairs hall and stair way appear to be incorrectly wired. The light(s) don't operate correctly from both switch locations.
Distribution system: Sheet metal ducts, Flexible ducts
Filter location: In return air duct below furnace
Last service date: None visible
Condition of heat and cooling system: Functional
22) Comment - The outdoor air temperature was 48 degrees Fahrenheit during the inspection. Operating the A/C cycle at temperatures below 60 degrees would likely damage the system. Because of this, the inspector did not operate and fully evaluate the cooling cycle.
23) Comment - The cooling fins on the air handler's evaporator coils were observed to be slightly dirty. This may result in reduced efficiency and higher energy costs. Some sources claim that energy efficiency is degraded by about five percent each year as the coils get dirtier due to accumulated dust and grime.
24) Comment - Water heater piping is made up of dis-similar metals connected to one another. Copper and galvanized pipe connected to one another have a higher than normal potential for corrosion which can result in a leak at that connection. No leaks were visible at the time of inspection. Frequent future monitoring is recommended for this type of connection. If leaks are found repair or replacement should be performed immediately.
Automatic vehicle door opener condition: Functional
25) Deficiency - Garage door opener light appear to be inoperable. Recommend further evaluation by replacing bulb(s). Repairs or replacement of the light fixture(s) by a qualified electrician may be necessary.
26) Deficiency - Garage light fixture(s) appeared inoperable. Repair or replacement of the light fixture(s) by a qualified electrician may be necessary.
Kitchen sink/faucet condition: Repair or replacement necessary (See comments below)
Undersink waist disposer condition: Functional
Dishwasher condition: Functional
Range / cooktop condition: Functional
Refrigerater condition: Functional
Built-in microwave oven condition: Functional
27) Deficiency - The sink sprayer was leaking at hose connection. Water may leak into cabinets resulting in moisture damage over time. Repair appeared as necessary.
28) Comment - Filters are missing from the range hood exhaust system. Operating ventilation without filters will allow grease to build up inside fan system resulting damage over time. Filter replacement appeared necessary.
29) Comment - Kitchen light fixtures at one or more locations have missing bulbs and could not be fully evaluated such as over kitchen sink. Bulbs may simply need to be installed.
30) Comment - Kitchen counter top had minor wear and/or deterioration visible.
Condition of sinks and related plumbing: Apeared Functional
Condition of toilets: Appeared Functional
Condition of bathtubs and related plumbing: Further evaluation appeared necessary (See comments below)
Condition of ventilation systems: Appeared Functional
Bathroom ventilation type: Spot fans
34) Deficiency - The shower head at location(s) #A, B was leaking at the threads when the shower was turned on.
35) Comment - Stains were found in the shelving or cabinets below the sink at location(s) #A, B. These stains appeared as cosmetic.
36) Comment - The toilet at location(s) #C was loose where it attached to the floor. No leaking was visible at the time of inspection. Recommend that a qualified contractor remove the toilet(s) for further evaluation and repair if necessary.
37) Comment - Faucets at location(s) #C leaks by handle(s) or at their base when turned on such as tub shower. Recommend further evaluation by a qualified plumber and repair if necessary.
The preceding report is NOT intended to serve as a "repair list". The report is intended to provide the client/buyer with information that may be used in evaluating the condition of a home. Compliance with recommendations made in this report are in no way mandatory and may be carried out at the discretion of the parties involved.