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Curtis Home InspectionWebsite: http://www.reporthost.com/curtishome
Phone: (706) 897-1018
121 Notla Mountain Retreat
Blairsville GA 30512
Inspector: Stanley Tyler
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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:
|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|
|Monitor||Recommend monitoring in the future|
|Comment||For your information|
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Present during inspection:
Client, Property owner, RealtorClient present for discussion at end of inspection:
Stanley TylerWeather conditions during inspection:
Dry (no rain)Temperature during inspection:
WarmInspection fee: Payment method:
Check, CashType of building:
Single familyBuildings inspected:
One houseAge of main building:
Structures built prior to the mid 1980s may contain lead and/or asbestos. Lead is commonly found in paint and in some plumbing components. The EPA does not recognize newer coats of paint as encapsulating older coats of lead-based paint. Asbestos is commonly found in various building materials such as insulation, siding, and/or floor and ceiling tiles. Laws were passed in 1978 to prohibit usage of lead and asbestos, but stocks of materials containing these substances remained in use for a number of years thereafter. Both lead and asbestos are known health hazards. Evaluating for the presence of lead and/or asbestos is beyond the scope of this inspection. Any mention of these materials in this report is made as a courtesy only, and meant to refer the client to a specialist. Consult with specialists as necessary, such as industrial hygienists, professional labs and/or abatement specialists for this type of evaluation. For information on lead, asbestos and other hazardous materials in homes, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?EPAhttp://www.reporthost.com/?CPSChttp://www.reporthost.com/?CDC
Some areas and items at this property were obscured by furniture, stored items. This often includes but is not limited to walls, floors, windows, inside and under cabinets, under sinks, on counter tops, in closets, behind window coverings, under rugs or carpets, and under or behind furniture. Areas around the exterior, under the structure, in the garage and in the attic may also be obscured by stored items. The inspector in general does not move personal belongings, furnishings, carpets or appliances. When furnishings, stored items or debris are present, all areas or items that are obscured, concealed or not readily accessible are excluded from the inspection. The client should be aware that when furnishings, stored items or debris are eventually moved, damage or problems that were not noted during the inspection may be found.
A home inspection is intended to assist in the evaluation of the overall condition of the home. I
attempt to give the client a comprehensive, clear unbiased view of the home. My inspection is
performed to the NACHI standards of performance for home inspectors. All items designated for
inspection by the NACHI standard are inspected, and are satisfactory unless otherwise noted in the
IT IS NOT POSSIBLE to find every defect in the home during a standard home inspection. I
attempt to ensure that "MAJOR' issues with the home are identified as part of my process. Although
some minor items may be mentioned. I will add pictures to the report to help explain a comment,
every defect may not have a picture.
How I use pictures in this report
I use pictures in my reports to help explain what it is I see, and as to the condition of the home.
NOT ALL DEFECTS will have pictures and NOT ALL PICTURES are of defects.
All things mechanical can fail at any time
It must be noted that any mechanical device can fail at any time and its life expectancy cannot be
determined. Items in the home can and do experience failure without prior indications. This report is
a snap shot of the condition of the home at the time of inspection. I am not responsible for future
failure. This report does not address: environmental hazards, Lead based paint, Radon Gas, Pest or
Wood Destroying Insects or Molds.
Unless specifically included in the inspection, the following items and any related equipment, controls, electric systems and/or plumbing systems are excluded from this inspection: detached buildings or structures; fences and gates; retaining walls; underground drainage systems, catch basins or concealed sump pumps; swimming pools and related safety equipment, spas, hot tubs or saunas; whether deck, balcony and/or stair membranes are watertight; trees, landscaping, properties of soil, soil stability, erosion and erosion control; ponds, water features, irrigation or yard sprinkler systems; sport courts, playground, recreation or leisure equipment; areas below the exterior structures with less than 3 feet of vertical clearance; invisible fencing; sea walls, docks and boathouses; retractable awnings. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only.Condition of fences and gates:
Appeared serviceableFence and gate material:
Chain linkSite profile:
LevelCondition of driveway:
Appeared serviceableDriveway material:
Poured in place concreteCondition of sidewalks and/or patios:
Appeared serviceableSidewalk material:
Poured in place concreteCondition of deck, patio and/or porch covers:
Appeared serviceableDeck, patio, porch cover material and type:
Covered (Refer to Roof section)Condition of decks, porches and/or balconies:
Appeared serviceableDeck, porch and/or balcony material:
Cracks, holes, settlement, heaving and/or deterioration resulting in trip hazards were found in the driveway. For safety reasons, recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary.
One or more gates was not installed and need repair.
Exterior and Foundation
The inspector performs a visual inspection of accessible components or systems at the exterior. Items excluded from this inspection include below-grade foundation walls and footings; foundations, exterior surfaces or components obscured by vegetation, stored items or debris; wall structures obscured by coverings such as siding or trim. Some items such as siding, trim, soffits, vents and windows are often high off the ground, and may be viewed using binoculars from the ground or from a ladder. This may limit a full evaluation. Regarding foundations, some amount of cracking is normal in concrete slabs and foundation walls due to shrinkage and drying. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of seismic reinforcement.Wall inspection method:
Viewed from groundCondition of wall exterior covering:
Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)Apparent wall structure:
Wood frameWall covering:
Wood fiber, Cement fiberCondition of foundation and footings:
Appeared serviceableApparent foundation type:
Concrete slab on grade
Fungal rot was found at one or more sections of siding or trim, window sills. Conducive conditions for rot should be corrected (e.g. wood-soil contact, reverse perimeter slope). Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary. All rotten wood should be replaced.
This property was clad with composition wood-fiber siding. Various manufacturers (e.g. Louisiana Pacific, Weyerhaeuser and Masonite) have produced this type of siding, which is made from oriented strand board (OSB) or "hardboard." It is prone to deteriorate and/or fail prematurely due to moisture penetration, especially when the paint coating is substandard or has not been maintained. Failure is typically visible in the form of swelling, cracking, buckling, wafer pops, delamination and fungal growth.
Some areas of siding on this structure showed symptoms described above and need replacement and/or maintenance. Some manufacturers (e.g. Louisiana Pacific) recommend a repair process for this siding where affected areas are sealed with Permanizer Plus, a flexible primer made by Pittsburgh Paint, followed by two coats of 100% acrylic latex paint. This sealant must be applied to the bottom edges using a brush. The face of the siding can be sprayed. The Permanizer Plus sealer isn't required for edges that aren't swollen, cracked or deteriorated, but the acrylic latex should still be brushed on these edges.
Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and replace siding as necessary, and/or seal and repaint as necessary. Repairs should be made per the siding and/or sealant manufacturer's installation instructions, and per standard building practices.
For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?PERMPLUShttp://www.reporthost.com/?COMPSDNG
One or more holes or gaps were found in siding or trim. Vermin, insects or water may enter the structure. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
The paint or stain finish in some areas was failing (e.g. peeling, faded, worn, thinning). Siding and trim with a failing finish can be damaged by moisture.Recommend that a qualified contractor prep (e.g. clean, scrape, sand, prime, caulk) and repaint or restain the building exterior where necessary and per standard building practices. Any repairs needed to the siding or trim should be made prior to this.
Caulk was missing, deteriorated, substandard in some areas. For example, around windows, around doors. Recommend that a qualified person renew or install caulk as necessary. Where gaps are wider than 1/4 inch, an appropriate material other than caulk should be used. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?CAULK
The following items or areas are not included in this inspection: areas that could not be traversed or viewed clearly due to lack of access; solar roofing components. Any comments made regarding these items are made as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on the roof surface material, nor guarantee that leaks have not occurred in the roof surface, skylights or roof penetrations in the past. Regarding roof leaks, only active leaks, visible evidence of possible sources of leaks, and evidence of past leaks observed during the inspection are reported on as part of this inspection. The inspector does not guarantee or warrant that leaks will not occur in the future. Complete access to all roof and attic spaces during all seasons and during prolonged periods of all types of weather conditions (e.g. high wind and rain, melting snow) would be needed to do so. Regarding the roof drainage system, unless the inspection was conducted during and after prolonged periods of heavy rain, the inspector was unable to determine if gutters, downspouts and extensions performed adequately or were leak-free.Roof inspection method:
TraversedCondition of roof surface material:
Appeared serviceableRoof surface material:
Asphalt or fiberglass composition shinglesRoof type:
GableApparent number of layers of roof surface material:
OneCondition of gutters, downspouts and extensions:
Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)Gutter and downspout material:
MetalGutter and downspout installation:
One or more chimneys were wider than 2 feet and no cricket was installed above. A cricket is a peaked saddle behind the chimney that diverts water around the sides of the chimney. Without a cricket, debris such as leaves, needles or moss is likely to accumulate above the chimney, and can cause leaks. At a minimum, monitor this area and its flashings for accumulated debris, and clean debris as necessary. Recommend that a qualified contractor install a cricket per standard building practices.
Chimney is 39"
The siding on one or more exterior walls was in contact with or too close to roof surfaces below. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. There should be a gap of 1 1/2 to 2 inches between a roof surface and siding above. The gap is meant to prevent water from wicking up into the bottom edge of the siding and causing fugal rot, or damaging the siding. There may also be inadequate space for additional layers of roofing materials in the future. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair per standard building practices. For example, by trimming the siding.
One or more gutters had a substandard slope so that significant amounts of water accumulate in them rather than draining through the downspouts. This can cause gutters to overflow, especially when debris such as leaves or needles has accumulated in them. Rainwater can come in contact with the building exterior or accumulate around the foundation as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary. For example, by correcting the slope in gutters or installing additional downspouts and extensions.
Extensions such as splash blocks or drain pipes for one or more downspouts were missing, damaged. Water can accumulate around the building foundation or inside crawl spaces or basements as a result. Recommend that a qualified person install, replace or repair extensions as necessary so rainwater drains away from the structure.
Significant amounts of debris have accumulated in one or more gutters or downspouts. Gutters can overflow and cause water to come in contact with the building exterior, or water can accumulate around the foundation. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend cleaning gutters and downspouts now and as necessary in the future.
Attic and Roof Structure
The following items or areas are not included in this inspection: areas that could not be traversed or viewed clearly due to lack of access; areas and components obscured by insulation. Any comments made regarding these items are made as a courtesy only. The inspector does not determine the adequacy of the attic ventilation system. Complete access to all roof and attic spaces during all seasons and during prolonged periods of all types of weather conditions (e.g. high/low temperatures, high/low humidity, high wind and rain, melting snow) would be needed to do so. The inspector is not a licensed engineer and does not determine the adequacy of roof structure components such as trusses, rafters or ceiling beams, or their spacing or sizing.Attic inspection method:
TraversedLocation of attic access point #A:
GarageLocation of attic access point #B:
HallwayCondition of roof structure:
Appeared serviceableRoof structure type:
TrussesCondition of insulation in attic (ceiling, skylight chase, etc.):
Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)little to no insulation material presentCeiling insulation material:
Cellulose loose fillVermiculite insulation present:
None visibleCondition of roof ventilation:
Appeared serviceableRoof ventilation type:
Ridge vent(s), Gable end vents, Enclosed soffit vents, Mechanical vents with powered fanAttic exhaust fan condition:
The pull-down attic stairs were not insulated. Typically, such stairs that are not insulated also do not have any weatherstripping installed. Recommend that a qualified person install insulation and weatherstripping per standard building practices for better energy efficiency. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?INSATTSTRS
Very little ceiling insulation was installed in the attic (less than 1/2"deep). Recommend that a qualified contractor install insulation for better energy efficiency and per standard building practices (typically with an R rating of R-38).
The ceiling insulation installed in the attic was substandard and appeared to have an R rating that's significantly less than current standards (R-38). Heating and cooling costs will likely be higher due to poor energy efficiency. Recommend that a qualified contractor install insulation for better energy efficiency and per standard building practices.
One or more exhaust fans in the attic had no duct to route the exhaust air outside. As a result, conditioned air will enter the attic when the fan is operated. This can result in excessive moisture in the attic. Recommend that a qualified contractor install ducting per standard building practices. Typically, this includes a duct with R-4 rated insulation permanently attached to a vent hood or cap installed on the roof or at an exterior wall.
One or more attic access hatches or doors were not insulated, or had substandard insulation. Weatherstripping was also missing or substandard. Recommend installing weatherstripping and insulation per current standards at hatches or doors for better energy efficiency. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?ATTACC
The ceiling insulation in one or more areas of the attic was missing. Heating and cooling costs may be higher due to reduced energy efficiency. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install insulation as necessary and per standard building practices (typically R-38).
What appeared to be past water stains at chimney area were visible on the roof structure at one or more locations in the attic. However, no elevated levels of moisture were found at these stains during the inspection. The stains may have been caused by a past leak. Recommend asking the property owner about past leaks. Monitor these areas in the future, especially after heavy rains to determine if active leaks exist. If leaks are found, recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.
Garage or Carport
The inspector does not determine the adequacy of firewall ratings. Requirements for ventilation in garages vary between municipalities.Type:
AttachedCondition of door between garage and house:
Appeared serviceableCondition of exterior entry doors:
Appeared serviceableExterior door material:
MetalCondition of garage vehicle door(s):
Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)Type of garage vehicle door:
SlidingNumber of vehicle doors:
2Condition of automatic opener(s):
Not determined (not plugged in, no power, etc.)Condition of garage floor:
Appeared serviceableGarage ventilation:
One or more springs were broken on garage vehicle door(s). This is a safety hazard since the door(s) can fall shut when opened. A qualified contractor should repair as necessary.
Spring and cable hanging
The pull-down attic stairs installed in the attached garage ceiling had no visible fire-resistance rating. Current standard building practices call for wooden-framed ceilings that divide the house and garage to have a fire-resistance rating. Installing pull-down attic stairs intended for interior spaces compromises the ceiling's fire resistance. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary to restore the ceiling's fire resistance. For example, by modifying, replacing or removing the stairs. Note that commercially made, fire resistance-rated stairs are available. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?FIREATTSTR
One or more garage vehicle doors were damaged or deteriorated. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair or replace door(s) as necessary.
One or more garage vehicle doors were difficult or unable to open or close. Vehicle doors should open and close smoothly and easily. A qualified person should evaluate and repair as necessary. This may require lubrication or repair to hardware such as rollers or brackets.
One or more automatic door openers were not plugged in or had no power. The inspector was unable to fully evaluate the automatic opener(s).
The following items are not included in this inspection: generator systems, transfer switches, surge suppressors, inaccessible or concealed wiring; underground utilities and systems; low-voltage lighting or lighting on timers or sensors. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of grounding or bonding, if this system has an adequate capacity for the client's specific or anticipated needs, or if this system has any reserve capacity for additions or expansion. The inspector does not operate circuit breakers as part of the inspection, and does not install or change light bulbs. The inspector does not evaluate every wall switch or receptacle, but instead tests a representative number of them per various standards of practice. When furnishings, stored items or child-protective caps are present some receptacles are usually inaccessible and are not tested; these are excluded from this inspection. Receptacles that are not of standard 110 volt configuration, including 240-volt dryer receptacles, are not tested and are excluded. The functionality of, power source for and placement of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is not determined as part of this inspection. Upon taking occupancy, proper operating and placement of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be verified and batteries should be changed. These devices have a limited lifespan and should be replaced every 10 years. The inspector attempts to locate and evaluate all main and sub-panels. However, panels are often concealed. If panels are found after the inspection, a qualified electrician should evaluate and repair if necessary. The inspector attempts to determine the overall electrical service size, but such estimates are not guaranteed because the overall capacity may be diminished by lesser-rated components in the system. Any repairs recommended should be made by a licensed electrician.Electric service condition:
Appeared serviceablePrimary service type:
OverheadNumber of service conductors:
3Service voltage (volts):
120-240Primary service overload protection type:
Circuit breakersService entrance conductor material:
Stranded aluminumMain disconnect rating (amps):
Not applicable, no single main disconnectSystem ground:
Cold water supply pipesCondition of main service panel:
Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)Recommend a licensed electrician evaluateLocation of main service panel #A:
Garage, Mechanical roomLocation of main disconnect:
No single main disconnect, use all breakers in main service panelCondition of branch circuit wiring:
ServiceableBranch circuit wiring type:
Non-metallic sheathedSolid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present:
None visibleGround fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection present:
YesGarage onlyArc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection present:
NoSmoke alarms installed:
Yes, but not testedSmoke alarm power source(s):
Substandard wiring was found at the attic. For example, loose wiring, loose boxes. This is a safety hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair as necessary and per standard building practices.
One or more electric receptacles (outlets) at the kitchen, bathroom(s) had no visible ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection, or the inspector was unable to determine if GFCI protection was present. If not GFCI-protected, receptacles in wet areas pose a shock hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and install GFCI protection if necessary and per standard building practices. General guidelines for GFCI-protected receptacles include the following locations:
- Outdoors (since 1973)
- Bathrooms (since 1975)
- Garages (since 1978)
- Kitchens (since 1987)
- Crawl spaces and unfinished basements (since 1990)
- Wet bar sinks (since 1993)
- Laundry and utility sinks (since 2005)
For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?GFCI
No arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) breakers were installed for bedroom circuits. These are relatively new devices, and reduce the risk of fire by protecting against overheated or arcing receptacles (outlets) or light fixtures. Consult with a qualified electrician about upgrading circuits to AFCI protection per standard building practices. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?AFCI
One or more modern, 3-slot electric receptacles (outlets) were found with an open ground. This is a shock hazard when appliances that require a ground are used with these receptacles. Examples of such appliances include computers and related hardware, refrigerators, freezers, portable air conditioners, clothes washers, aquarium pumps, and electrically operated gardening tools. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair as necessary so all receptacles are grounded per standard building practices.
Smoke alarms were missing from one or more bedrooms. Additional smoke alarms should be installed as necessary so a functioning alarm exists in each hallway leading to bedrooms, in each bedroom, on each level and in any attached garage. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?SMKALRM
One or more cover plates for switches, receptacles (outlets) or junction boxes were missing or broken. These plates are intended to contain fire and prevent electric shock from occurring due to exposed wires. Recommend that a qualified person install cover plates where necessary.
No carbon monoxide alarms were visible. This is a potential safety hazard. Some states and/or municipalities require CO alarms to be installed for new construction and/or for homes being sold. Recommend installing approved CO alarms outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms on each level and in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?COALRM
Branch circuit wiring installed in buildings built prior to the mid 1980s is typically rated for a maximum temperature of only 60 degrees Celsius. This includes non-metallic sheathed (Romex) wiring, and both BX and AC metal-clad flexible wiring. Knob and tube wiring, typically installed in homes built prior to 1950, may be rated for even lower maximum temperatures. Newer electric fixtures including lighting and fans typically require wiring rated for 90 degrees Celsius. Connecting newer fixtures to older, 60-degree-rated wiring is a potential fire hazard. Repairs for such conditions may involve replacing the last few feet of wiring to newer fixtures with new 90-degree-rated wire, and installing a junction box to join the old and new wiring.
It is beyond the scope of this inspection to determine if such incompatible components are installed, or to determine the extent to which they're installed. Based on the age of this building, the client should be aware of this safety hazard, both for existing fixtures and when planning to upgrade with newer fixtures. Consult with a qualified electrician for repairs as necessary.
The legend for circuit breakers or fuses in panel(s) #A was missing, incomplete, illegible or confusing. This is a potential shock or fire hazard in the event of an emergency when power needs to be turned off. Recommend correcting the legend so it's accurate, complete and legible. Evaluation by a qualified electrician may be necessary.
The electric service to this property appeared to be rated at substantially less than 200 amps and may be inadequate. Depending on the client's needs, recommend consulting with a qualified electrician about upgrading to a 200 amp service. Note that the electric service's rating is based on the lowest rating for the meter base, the service conductors, the main service panel and the main disconnect switch. One or more of these components may need replacing to upgrade.
A "split bus" panel was installed as a main service panel. On such panels there is no single main disconnect switch to turn the power off. Instead, all breakers labeled "main" or "sub-main" (usually those on the upper half of the panel) must be turned off to turn all power off. These panels are common, but are no longer installed. The client should familiarize themselves with the operation of this panel and the procedure for turning all the power off in the event of an emergency. Consult with an electrician if necessary. Please see any other comments in this report related to the panel's legend.
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
The following items are not included in this inspection: private/shared wells and related equipment; private sewage disposal systems; hot tubs or spas; main, side and lateral sewer lines; gray water systems; pressure boosting systems; trap primers; incinerating or composting toilets; fire suppression systems; water softeners, conditioners or filtering systems; plumbing components concealed within the foundation or building structure, or in inaccessible areas such as below tubs; underground utilities and systems; overflow drains for tubs and sinks; backflow prevention devices. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not operate water supply or shut-off valves due to the possibility of valves leaking or breaking when operated. The inspector does not test for lead in the water supply, the water pipes or solder, does not determine if plumbing and fuel lines are adequately sized, and does not determine the existence or condition of underground or above-ground fuel tanks.Condition of service and main line:
Appeared serviceableWater service:
PublicLocation of main water meter:
By street, Front yardLocation of main water shut-off:
Garage, In mechanical roomService pipe material:
CopperCondition of supply lines:
Appeared serviceableSupply pipe material:
CopperCondition of drain pipes:
Appeared serviceableDrain pipe material:
PlasticCondition of waste lines:
Appeared serviceableWaste pipe material:
PlasticLocation(s) of plumbing clean-outs:
Not determined (obscured, inaccessible or none found)Vent pipe condition:
Appeared serviceableVent pipe material:
PlasticCondition of fuel system:
Not determined (gas service off or no fuel oil)Location of main fuel shut-off valve:
One or more hose bibs (outside faucets) were missing backflow prevention devices. These devices reduce the likelihood of gray water entering the potable water supply. Recommend installing backflow prevention devices on all hose bibs where missing. They are available at most home improvement stores and are easily installed. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?BKFLOW
Copper water supply pipes were installed. Copper pipes installed prior to the late 1980s may be joined with solder that contains lead, which 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 approximately 50% lead. The client should be aware of this, especially if children will be using this water supply system. Note that the inspector does not test for toxic materials such as lead. The client 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 include:
- Flush water taps or faucets. Do not drink water that has been sitting in the plumbing lines for more than 6 hours
- Install appropriate filters at points of use
- Use only cold water for cooking and drinking, as 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 plumber replace supply pipes and/or plumbing components as necessary
For more information visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?LEADDWhttp://www.reporthost.com/?LEAD
Water pressure was below 40 pounds per square inch (PSI), but the flow appeared to be adequate. 40-80 PSI is considered the normal range for water pressure in a home. The inspector performed a "functional flow test" during the inspection, where multiple fixtures were run simultaneously and checked for significantly decreased flow. For example, the shower flow did not decrease significantly when the toilet was flushed. However, this is not a guarantee that the client will find the pressure and flow to be adequate. If the client does find the flow to be inadequate, they should have a qualified plumber evaluate and repair as necessary. Installing a pressure-boosting system is one possible solution. For information on these systems, visit: http://www.reporthost.com/?LPRESSURE
One or more hose bib (outside faucets) handles were broken. Recommend that a qualified person replace handles or make repairs as necessary.
One or more hose bibs (outside faucets) were not the "frost-free" design, and are more likely to freeze during cold weather than frost-free hose bibs. Recommend that a qualified plumber upgrade these with frost-free hose bibs to prevent freezing, pipes bursting, flooding and possible water damage.
Based on visible components or information provided to the inspector, this property appeared to have a private sewage disposal (septic) system. These are specialty systems and are excluded from this inspection. Comments in this report related to this system are made as a courtesy only and are not meant to be a substitute for a full evaluation by a qualified specialist. Generally, septic tanks should be pumped and inspected every 3 years. Depending on the type of system and municipal regulations, inspection and maintenance may be required more frequently, often annually. Recommend the following:
- Consult with the property owner about this system's maintenance and repair history
- Review any documentation available for this system
- Review inspection and maintenance requirements for this system
- That a qualified specialist evaluate, perform maintenance and make repairs if necessary
For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?SEPTIC
Water main shutoff valve location
Evaluation of and determining the adequacy or completeness of the following items are not included in this inspection: water recirculation pumps; solar water heating systems; Energy Smart or energy saver controls; catch pan drains. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on water heaters, does not determine if water heaters are appropriately sized, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit or a shut-off valve to be operated.Condition of water heater:
ElectricityCapacity (in gallons):
40Temperature-pressure relief valve installed:
General ElectricModel number:
ge1102b22931Location of water heater:
Garage, Mechanical roomHot water temperature tested:
YesWater temperature (degrees Fahrenheit):
The hot water temperature was 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. If the water heater is powered by electricity, a qualified person should perform the adjustment, since covers that expose energized equipment normally need to be removed. For more information on scalding dangers, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?SCALD
Significant corrosion or rust was found at the water heater supply line . This can indicate past leaks, or that leaks are likely to occur in the future. Recommend that a qualified plumber evaluate and replace components or make repairs as necessary.
The estimated useful life for most water heaters is 8-12 years. This water heater appeared to be near this age and/or its useful lifespan and may need replacing at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future, or considering replacement now before any leaks occur. The client should be aware that significant flooding can occur if the water heater fails. If not replaced now, consider having a qualified person install a catch pan and drain or a water alarm to help prevent damage if water does leak.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
The following items are not included in this inspection: humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters; solar, coal or wood-fired heat systems; thermostat or temperature control accuracy and timed functions; heating components concealed within the building structure or in inaccessible areas; underground utilities and systems; safety devices and controls (due to automatic operation). Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on heating or cooling system components, does not determine if heating or cooling systems are appropriately sized, does not test coolant pressure, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit, a shut-off valve to be operated, a circuit breaker to be turned "on" or a serviceman's or oil emergency switch to be operated. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to determine if furnace heat exchangers are intact and free of leaks. Condensation pans and drain lines may clog or leak at any time and should be monitored while in operation in the future. Where buildings contain furnishings or stored items, the inspector may not be able to verify that a heat source is present in all "liveable" rooms (e.g. bedrooms, kitchens and living/dining rooms).General heating system type(s):
Forced airGeneral heating distribution type(s):
Ducts and registersLast service date of primary heat source:
unknownCondition of forced air heating/(cooling) system:
Appeared serviceableForced air heating system fuel type:
ElectricEstimated age of forced air furnace:
2007Forced air heating system manufacturer:
GoodmanForced air furnace model #:
aruf303016aaForced air furnace serial number:
0710202662Location of forced air furnace:
Laundry roomCondition of furnace filters:
Required repair and/or evaluation (see comments below)Wrong size filterLocation for forced air filter(s):
At base of air handlerCondition of forced air ducts and registers:
Appeared serviceableCondition of cooling system and/or heat pump:
Appeared serviceableCooling system and/or heat pump fuel type:
GoodmanHeat pump or air conditioner model number:
aruf303016aaHeat pump or air conditioner serial number:
0710202662Condition of controls:
Appeared serviceableCondition of whole house fan:
HVAC disconnect outside at compressor unit appears to be inoperable(no fuse)
The retrofitted disconnect in attic has a piece of copper pipe in place of fuse and one fuse holder is empty
This is a safety/fire hazard and should be fixed immediatly
Recommend a licensed HVAC tech repair
Attic HVAC disconnect at top of pull down stairs
No fuse installed in outside HVAC disconnect
Outside HVAC disconnect
One or more heating or cooling air supply registers had a weak air flow, or no apparent flow. This may result in an inadequate air supply. Recommend asking the property owner 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 is unaware of such dampers, or if adjusting dampers does not improve the air flow, then recommend that a qualified HVAC contractor evaluate and repair or make modifications as necessary.
The last service date of the forced air electric furnace appeared to be more than 2 years ago, or the inspector was unable to determine the last service date. Ask the property owner when it was last serviced. If unable to determine the last service date, or if this system was serviced more than 2 years ago, a qualified HVAC contractor should inspect, clean, and service this system, and make repairs if necessary. This servicing should be performed every few years in the future. Any needed repairs noted in this report should be brought to the attention of the contractor when it's serviced.
Insulation on the heat pump or air conditioning condensing unit's refrigerant lines was deteriorated or missing in some areas. This may result in reduced efficiency and increased energy costs. Recommend that a qualified person replace or install insulation as necessary.
The cooling fins at the heat pump or air conditioning condensing unit were damaged. Energy efficiency can be reduced as a result. Recommend that a qualified person repair fins as necessary.
The cooling fins at the heat pump or air conditioning condensing unit were dirty. Energy efficiency can be reduced as a result. Recommend that a qualified person clean fins as necessary.
Damage to fins
Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
The following items are not included in this inspection: coal stoves, gas logs, chimney flues (except where visible). Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of drafting or sizing in fireplace and stove flues, and also does not determine if prefabricated or zero-clearance fireplaces are installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. The inspector does not perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit, and does not light fires. The inspector provides a basic visual examination of a chimney and any associated wood burning device. The National Fire Protection Association has stated that an in-depth Level 2 chimney inspection should be part of every sale or transfer of property with a wood-burning device. Such an inspection may reveal defects that are not apparent to the home inspector who is a generalist.Condition of wood-burning fireplaces, stoves:
Appeared serviceableWood-burning fireplace type:
Metal pre-fabWood-burning stove type:
InsertFan or blower installed in wood-burning fireplace or stove:
NoCondition of chimneys and flues:
Appeared serviceableWood-burning chimney type:
Metal, with wood enclosure
One or more wood-burning fireplaces or stoves were found at the property. When such devices are used, they should be professionally inspected and cleaned annually to prevent creosote build-up and to determine if repairs are needed. The National Fire Protection Association states that a "Level 2" chimney inspection should be performed with every sale or transfer of property with a wood-burning device. Recommend consulting with the property owner about recent and past servicing and repairs to all wood-burning devices and chimneys or flues at this property. Recommend that a qualified specialist evaluate all wood-burning devices and chimneys, and clean and repair as necessary. Note that if a wood stove insert is installed, it may need to be removed for such an evaluation. For more information, search for "chimney inspection" at:http://www.reporthost.com/?CSIA
Chimney piping in attic had no enclosure.
This is hazard recommend a licensed chimney/fireplace tech evaluate and recommend repairs
Insulation can fall onto firebox
The following items are not included in this inspection: household appliances such as stoves, ovens, cook tops, ranges, warming ovens, griddles, broilers, dishwashers, trash compactors, refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, hot water dispensers and water filters; appliance timers, clocks, cook functions, self and/or continuous cleaning operations, thermostat or temperature control accuracy, and lights. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of the remaining life of appliances, and does not determine the adequacy of operation of appliances. The inspector does not note appliance manufacturers, models or serial numbers and does not determine if appliances are subject to recalls. Areas and components behind and obscured by appliances are inaccessible and excluded from this inspection.Permanently installed kitchen appliances present during inspection:
Range, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Microwave ovenCondition of counters:
Appeared serviceableCondition of cabinets:
Appeared serviceableCondition of sinks and related plumbing:
Appeared serviceableCondition of dishwasher:
Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)Condition of range, cooktop or oven:
Appeared serviceableRange, cooktop or oven type:
ElectricCondition of refrigerator:
Appeared serviceableCondition of built-in microwave oven:
The dishwasher soap dispenser was inoperable, damaged. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
will not latch shut
The refrigerator ice maker was disconnected from water source. The inspector was unable to evaluate this component.
The estimated useful life for most kitchen appliances is 10-15 years. One or more appliances (dishwasher) appeared to be near, at or beyond their service life. Even if operable, recommend budgeting for replacements in the near future.
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
The following items are not included in this inspection: overflow drains for tubs and sinks; heated towel racks, saunas, steam generators, clothes washers, clothes dryers. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of washing machine drain lines, washing machine catch pan drain lines, or clothes dryer exhaust ducts. The inspector does not operate water supply or shut-off valves for sinks, toilets, bidets, clothes washers, etc. due to the possibility of valves leaking or breaking when operated. The inspector does not determine if shower pans or tub and shower enclosures are water tight, or determine the completeness or operability of any gas piping to laundry appliances.Location #A:
Full bath, Master bathLocation #B:
Full bathhallCondition of counters:
Appeared serviceableCondition of cabinets:
Appeared serviceableCondition of flooring:
Appeared serviceableCondition of sinks and related plumbing:
Appeared serviceableCondition of toilets:
Appeared serviceableCondition of bathtubs and related plumbing:
Appeared serviceableCondition of shower(s) and related plumbing:
The clothes dryer was equipped with a vinyl or mylar, accordion-type, flexible exhaust duct. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission considers these types of ducts to be unsafe, and a fire hazard. They can trap lint and are susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the air flow and cause overheating. Recommend that such ducts be replaced with a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct, and by a qualified contractor if necessary. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?DRYER
The clothes dryer exhaust duct was kinked, crushed or damaged. Air flow will be restricted as a result and the clothes dryer may overheat. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of fire. Recommend that a qualified person replace or repair the duct as necessary. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?DRYER
The toilet at location(s) #B was loose where it attached to the floor. Leaks can occur. Flooring, the sub-floor or areas below may get damaged. Sewer gases can enter living spaces. Recommend that a qualified contractor remove the toilet(s) for further evaluation and repair if necessary. A new wax ring should be installed and toilet(s) should be securely anchored to the floor to prevent movement and leaking.
The bathroom with a shower or bathtub at location(s) #A didn't have an exhaust fan installed. Moisture can accumulate and result in mold, bacteria or fungal growth. Even if the bathroom has a window that opens, it may not provide adequate ventilation, especially during cold weather when windows are closed or when wind blows air into the bathroom. Recommend that a qualified contractor install exhaust fans per standard building practices where missing in bathrooms with showers or bathtubs.
The clothes dryer exhaust duct was substandard in one or more places. Clothes dryers produce large amounts of moisture which should not enter structure interiors. Moisture can accumulate and result in mold, bacteria or fungal growth. Recommend that a qualified person make permanent repairs as necessary. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?DRYER
Dryer vent piping substandard
Interior, Doors and Windows
The following items are not included in this inspection: security, intercom and sound systems; communications wiring; central vacuum systems; elevators and stair lifts; cosmetic deficiencies such as nail-pops, scuff marks, dents, dings, blemishes or issues due to normal wear and tear in wall, floor and ceiling surfaces and coverings, or in equipment; deficiencies relating to interior decorating; low voltage and gas lighting systems. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not evaluate any areas or items which require moving stored items, furnishings, debris, equipment, floor coverings, insulation or similar materials. The inspector does not test for asbestos, lead, radon, mold, hazardous waste, urea formaldehyde urethane, or any other toxic substance. Some items such as window, drawer, cabinet door or closet door operability are tested on a sampled basis. The client should be aware that paint may obscure wall and ceiling defects, floor coverings may obscure floor defects, and furnishings may obscure wall, floor and floor covering defects. If furnishings were present during the inspection, recommend a full evaluation of walls, floors and ceilings that were previously obscured when possible. Determining the cause and/or source of odors is not within the scope of this inspection.Condition of exterior entry doors:
Appeared serviceableExterior door material:
Wood, MetalCondition of interior doors:
Appeared serviceableType(s) of windows:
Metal, Multi-pane, Single-hungCondition of walls and ceilings:
Appeared serviceableWall type or covering:
DrywallCeiling type or covering:
DrywallCondition of flooring:
Appeared serviceableFlooring type or covering:
Carpet, Laminate, Tile
Condensation or staining was visible between multi-pane glass in many windows. This usually indicates that the seal between the panes of glass has failed or that the desiccant material that absorbs moisture is saturated. As a result, the view through the window may be obscured, the window's R-value will be reduced, and accumulated condensation may leak into the wall structure below. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair windows as necessary. Usually, this means replacing the glass in window frames.
Be aware that evidence of failed seals or desiccant may be more or less visible depending on the temperature, humidity, sunlight, etc. Windows or glass-paneled doors other than those that the inspector identified may also have failed seals and need glass replaced. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to identify every window with failed seals or desiccant.
Glass in one or more windows was cracked, broken and/or missing. Recommend that a qualified contractor replace glass where necessary.
Minor cracks, nail pops and/or blemishes were found in walls and/or ceilings in one or more areas. Cracks and nail pops are common, are often caused by lumber shrinkage or minor settlement, and can be more or less noticeable depending on changes in humidity. They did not appear to be a structural concern, but the client may wish to repair these for aesthetic reasons. For recurring cracks, consider using an elastic crack covering product:http://www.reporthost.com/?ECC
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