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Diagnostic Home Inspections

705 Lakewood Ln 
Titusville FL 32780-3463
Inspector: John Edginton

Summary

Client(s):  John Q Sample
Property address:  123 Golfer Dr. Titusville, FL 32780
Inspection date:  Thursday, September 6, 2018

This report published on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 9:30:43 AM EDT

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Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
Concern typeSafetyPoses a safety hazard
Concern typeMajor DefectCorrection likely involves a significant expense
Concern typeRepair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing
Concern typeRepair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance
Concern typeMinor DefectCorrection likely involves only a minor expense
Concern typeMaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance
Concern typeEvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist
Concern typeMonitorRecommend monitoring in the future
Concern typeCommentFor your information


Grounds
1) Damage to railing. Recommend repair.
2) Evidence of inadequate drainage along drip line. Recommend consider installing gutters/ regrading and adding landscaping to minimize water retention near structure.

Exterior and Foundation
4) Minor cracking evident on West elevation. Recommend paint and monitor.
5) Vegetation such as trees, shrubs and/or vines was in contact with or close to the building exterior. Vegetation can serve as a pathway for wood-destroying insects and can retain moisture against the exterior after it rains. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend pruning, moving or removing vegetation as necessary to maintain at least 6 inches of space between it and the building exterior. A 1-foot clearance is better.
6) Trees were in contact with or were close to the building at one or more locations. Damage to the building can occur, especially during high winds, or may have already occurred (see other comments in this report). Recommend that a qualified tree service contractor or certified arborist remove trees as necessary to prevent damage to the building exterior.

Roof
8) The roof surface appeared to be near the end of its service life and will likely need replacing in the near future even if repairs are made now. Recommend discussing replacement options with a qualified contractor, and budgeting for a replacement roof surface in the near future. The client may also wish to consider having a qualified contractor attempt to issue a "5 year roof certificate."
9) Insufficient drip edge. Recommend install gutters in rear of home to prevent moisture accumulation near rear of home.
10) Damage to fascia covering. Recommend repair.

Attic and Roof Structure
11) Evidence of previous damage to decking and water stain. No active moisture detected.

Garage or Carport
12) Evidence of previous wall damage. It appears may have been caused by vehicle. Ask owner about source. Monitor.

Electric
14) One or more ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) devices protecting receptacles at the kitchen wouldn't reset when tripped. This is a potential shock hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair as necessary.

The receptacle in kitchen to right of stove was difficult to reset. Recommend replace.
15) Substandard wiring was found at the garage. For example, loose or substandard conduit. This is a safety hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair as necessary and per standard building practices.
16) One or more cover plates for switches, receptacles 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.
17) One or more exterior receptacle covers were broken. This is a potential shock hazard. Recommend that a qualified person replace covers where necessary.
18) One or more globes or covers for light fixtures were missing or damaged. Recommend replacing as necessary to avoid exposed bulbs. With closet lighting or where flammable stored objects are near light fixtures, missing or broken covers can be a fire hazard. Covers were located in garage near water heater.
19) One or more light fixtures were inadequately sealed. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair or replace light fixtures as necessary.
20) One or more light fixtures were inoperable (didn't turn on when nearby switches were operated). Recommend further evaluation by replacing bulbs and/or consulting with the property owner. If replacing bulbs doesn't work and/or no other switch(es) can be found, then recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair or replace light fixtures as necessary.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
22) Evidence of fungal growth at registers. Possibly due to extended period of vacancy/ inadequate summer cooling. Recommend evaluate by licensed AC professional.

Kitchen
23) The range could tip forward. An anti-tip bracket may not be installed. This is a potential safety hazard since the range can tip forward when weight is applied to the open door, such as when a small child climbs on it or if heavy objects are dropped on it. Anti-tip brackets have been sold with all free-standing ranges since 1985. Recommend installing an anti-tip bracket to eliminate this safety hazard. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?ATB
24) Water damage was found in shelving or cabinets below the sink. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary. If moisture is present then concealed areas should be dried thoroughly.

Interior, Doors and Windows
26) One or more bedroom windows had substandard egress by today's standard building practices. Adequate egress is important in the event of a fire or emergency to allow escape or to allow access by emergency personnel. Bedroom windows wouldn't open. This is a potential safety hazard. Standard building practices require that every bedroom have at least one egress window or an exterior entry door. Egress windows must comply with these requirements:
  • Minimum width of opening: 20 inches
  • Minimum height of opening: 24 inches
  • Minimum net clear opening at a grade floor egress windows: 5 square feet
  • Minimum net clear opening of other egress windows: 5.7 square feet
  • Maximum height of base of opening above grade or landing of grade floor egress windows: 44 inches
  • Maximum height of base of opening above interior side floor: 44 inches
  • Windows should open easily without the use of keys or tools
And for window wells below grade:
  • Minimum net clear area of 9 square feet
  • Minimum horizontal projection and width of 36 inches
  • Wells with a vertical depth greater than 44 inches require a permanent ladder or steps usable with the window in the fully open position
Where windows are too high, at a minimum, keep something that serves as a ladder below the window at all times. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair or make modifications per standard building practices. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?EGRESS
27) One or more baseboards/upper molding inadequate caulk. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
28) One or more window screens were damaged or deteriorated. These window(s) may not provide ventilation during months when insects are active. Recommend replacing window screens as necessary.
29) Interior door missing doorstop. Recommend install to prevent wall damage.
30) One or more exterior doors had minor damage and/or deterioration. Although serviceable, the client may wish to repair or replace such doors for appearances' sake.
31) Evidence of previous moisture damage Master bedroom closet. Recommend monitor.
32) Stains were found in one or more ceiling areas. However, no elevated levels of moisture were found. The stain(s) may be due to past roof and/or plumbing leaks.Consult with the property owner and monitor the stained area(s) in the future, especially after heavy or prolonged rain. If elevated moisture is found in the future, then recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.