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Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
|Safety||Poses a safety hazard|
|Repair/Replace||Recommend repairing or replacing|
|Repair/Maintain||Recommend repair and/or maintenance|
|Minor Defect||Correction likely involves only a minor expense|
|Maintain||Recommend ongoing maintenance|
|Evaluate||Recommend evaluation by a specialist|
|Comment||For your information|
A leak was found in a gas supply line. This is a safety hazard. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs as soon as possible.
This property has fuel burning appliances, and no properly installed carbon monoxide alarms are visible. Carbon monoxide is a heavy gas and detectors should be mounted near floor level on each level of the home. This is a safety hazard. Although carbon monoxide alarms may not have been a requirement when this home was constructed, recommend installing one or more carbon monoxide alarms as necessary and as per the manufacturer's instructions.
One or more leaks or defects were noted in the irrigation system. Recommend further evaluation by a specialist and remediate as necessary.
The garage vehicle door opener is not functioning as intended. The control button must be held continuously until the door closes completely. Recommend further evaluation by a specialist and adjust, repair or replace component(s) as necessary.
A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) electric receptacle did not trip when tested. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock. A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair or replace as necessary.
An electric receptacle that serves the exterior appears 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 the exterior, garage and countertop surfaces within six feet of sinks have GFCI protection. For example, install GFCI receptacles or circuit breaker(s) as needed. Note: GFCI receptacles were not introduced until 1971. They began to be required in bathrooms in 1975 and in kitchens in 1987.
One or more light fixtures appear to be inoperable. Recommend further evaluation by replacing bulb(s) and/or consulting with the property owner(s). The light(s) may have sensors that allow the light to operate when darkness or movement is present. Repairs or replacement of the light fixture(s) by a qualified electrician may be necessary.
The water heater's seismic straps are substandard. The fasteners are loose because they are not attached to a wall stud. This is a potential safety hazard since movement can cause leaks in the gas supply lines or damage wiring. Leaks may also occur in water supply pipes. Evaluate and either repair existing straps or install new straps as necessary and as per standard building practices.
The dishwasher's upper rotor did not spin during the wash cycle. Recommend further evaluation by a qualified appliance technician and repair or replace component(s) as necessary.
No water or ice was dispensed from the refrigerator door. Recommend further evaluation by a qualified appliance technician; repairs may be necessary for these features to work.
The light in the range hood is inoperable. Recommend replacing light bulb(s) or having repairs made by a qualified contractor as necessary.
The kitchen faucet is loose or not securely fastened. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and tighten, repair or replace component(s) as necessary.
The sash spring mechanism(s) in one or more windows are broken or loose. Evaluate and make repairs as necessary so the window(s) operate as intended (open easily, stay open without support, close easily, etc.).
One or more deadbolt mechanisms are inoperable or difficult to operate. Evaluate and repair as necessary.
The lock mechanism on the sliding glass door is inoperable or difficult to operate. Evaluate and repair or replace as necessary.
One or more air supply registers has a weak air flow and may result in an inadequate air supply for heating/cooling. Recommend asking the property owner(s) about this. Adjustable damper(s) in ducts may exist and be reducing the flow. If dampers exist, then they should be opened to attempt to improve the air flow. If the property owner(s) are unaware of such dampers, or if adjusting dampers does not improve the air flow, then a qualified heating/cooling contractor should evaluate and repair or make modifications as necessary.
The doorbell appears to be inoperable. Recommend having a qualified electrician evaluate and repair or replace component(s) as necessary.
A ceiling fan wobbles excessively when operating. Evaluate and repair as necessary. For example, balancing the fan blades.
One or more doors will not latch when closed. Repairs should be made as necessary. For example, aligning strike plates with latch bolts and/or replacing locksets.
Closet door(s) are off of their track at one or more closets. Make adjustments or repairs as necessary so doors open and close easily.
An exhaust fan is inoperable or provides inadequate air flow. Moisture may accumulate as a result. Evaluate and replace the fan or make repairs as necessary.
A bathroom faucet leaks or drips when turned off. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair or replace as necessary.
A bathroom faucet is reverse-plumbed, where hot water flows when the single handle faucet is set to the cold setting, and vice versa.
One or more toilets are loose. Although no moisture in the flooring around the toilet was detected, a qualified contractor should remove the toilet(s) for further evaluation and repairs if necessary. A new wax ring should be installed and toilet(s) should be securely anchored to the floor to prevent movement and leaking.
A shower head leaks at its base when turned on. Evaluate and repair or replace the shower head as necessary.
One or more toilets "run" after being flushed, where water leaks from the tank into the bowl. Significant amounts of water can be lost through such leaks. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair or replace components as necessary.
Fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys
The glass on a gas fireplace has a hazy film. This is typically a mineral residue left from water vapor as the gas burns. It may be possible to clean this fogging by removing the glass from the fireplace and using a gas appliance ceramic glass cleaner, available through gas fireplace and stove distributors and installers. Ammonia-based products, such as common glass cleaners should not be used since they may cause damage or etching to the glass, or make the haze permanent.
It may be possible for a homeowner to remove the glass for cleaning, depending on if the instructions or manual for the fireplace are available, and if the homeowner is experienced in such repairs. Recommend consulting with a gas fireplace installation contractor for more information, or to have them do the cleaning.