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http://www.gemstatehomeinspections.com
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(208) 640-1673
9030 N Hess St Ste 221 
Hayden ID 83835-9827
Inspector: Timber Turner
[ashigold] #262353

Summary

Client(s):  Gem State Sample
Property address:  5432 Gem State Lane
Coeur d'Alene 83814
Inspection date:  Thursday, March 2, 2017

This report published on Thursday, October 17, 2019 7:38:58 PM PDT

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Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
Concern typeSafetyPoses a safety hazard
Concern typeRepair RecommendedItem was not functioning as designed or intended. Correction should be performed, and may require a professional, specialist, or other knowledgeable person.
Concern typeMaintenance ReminderRecommend routine attention and maintenance to keep item in proper working condition.
Concern typeInvestigate FurtherRecommend additional investigation, research, or review by a specialist and/or client
Concern typeInformational CommentReport comment included for your information and consideration.


Grounds
1) Heaving resulting in trip hazards were found in the driveway. For safety reasons, recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary.
2) The rear exterior stairs were loose. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.

Exterior and Foundation
3) Exhaust duct end caps were missing louvers. Their purpose is to prevent unconditioned air from entering the building, and keep out birds, rodents and bugs. Recommend that a qualified person repair or replace caps as necessary.

Garage
8) The garage vehicle door was damaged or deteriorated. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair or replace door(s) as necessary.

Electric
9) One outlet in the bonus room above the garage has scorched marks and no power. Recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair outlet.
10) The crawl space light bulb was broken. Recommend that a qualified person install light bulb.
11) The functionality of, power source for and placement of smoke alarms is not determined as part of this inspection. Smoke alarms should be installed in each bedroom, in hallways leading to bedrooms, on each level and in attached garages. They have a limited lifespan and should be replaced every 10 years. Batteries in smoke alarms should be changed when taking occupancy and annually in the future. Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed near sleeping areas and on each level in homes with a fuel-burning appliance or attached garage. For more information, visit:
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Plumbing / Fuel Systems
13) Steel piping for the gas service located outside was corroded. A qualified person should prep and paint lines as necessary with a rust-preventative paint to prevent further corrosion.
14) This property was unoccupied and/or recently de-winterized, and the plumbing system has not been in continuous operation recently. It's possible for plumbing leaks to exist but not be apparent. Leaks can be small and take time to become visible. The inspector normally operates all accessible and operable plumbing fixtures, but this limited inspection may not reveal small leaks that only become visible after constant use of the plumbing system. After taking occupancy, monitor the plumbing system for leaks that may become apparent. Areas below the house should be evaluated after plumbing has been operated to check for leaks. Any problems that are found should be repaired by a qualified plumber.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
17) The last service date of the forced air heating/cooling system appeared to be more than 1 year 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 1 year ago, recommend that a qualified HVAC contractor service this system and make repairs if necessary. Because this system has a compressor and refrigerant system, this servicing should be performed annually in the future. Any needed repairs noted in this report should be brought to the attention of the contractor when it's serviced.
18) Air filters for the heating and/or cooling system were missing at one or more locations where they should have been installed. Indoor air quality will be reduced as a result. Recommend installing good quality filters at intended locations (e.g. in or at the air handler, behind return air grills). Filters should be sized correctly to minimize air gaps. Many types of filters are available. Recommend installing pleated filters or better rather than the cheapest disposable kind. For more information, visit:
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19) The insulation needs reattached above the furnace.
20) Pull chains were missing from two fans. One in the main level office and upstairs bedroom.
21) A passive system is typically installed at the time the house was constructed and has two elements:
(1) a vent pipe extending from the sub-slab gravel up to above the roof or eave
(2) a physical barrier (polyethylene membrane) between the soil and house foundation.
In summary, the main difference between passive and active radon mitigation systems is that the passive system relies on natural pressure differentials and air currents instead of a fan (used with active radon mitigation systems) to draw radon up from below the home.

Per the Environmental Protection Agency, “Passive subslab suction is generally not as effective in reducing high radon levels as active subslab suction.” These systems will reduce radon levels but may not reduce the levels below the 4.0 pCi/L action level. Because of this, we recommend testing the home for radon gas. If the test result is 4.0 pCi/L or above, a qualified radon mitigation contractor can easily add a vent fan to an existing passive system to further reduce the radon level in the home
22) One ceiling fan appeared to be inoperable, or the inspector was unable to find normal controls with which to operate the fan(s). Recommend asking the property owner about their operation, and if necessary, that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair.

Kitchen
24) Sink drains were leaking. A qualified person should repair as necessary.
25) The under-sink food disposal was jammed. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair or replace as necessary.
26) The microwave was loose. Recommend that a qualified person repair as needed.
27) The dishwasher wasn't securely attached to the counter or cabinets. Fasteners were missing. Recommend that a qualified person install fasteners per standard building practices.

Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
29) Tile, stone and/or grout in the flooring at location(s) #A was deteriorated (e.g. loose or cracked tiles, missing grout) or substandard. Water can damage the sub-floor as a result. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary.
30) The toilet fill valve or float mechanism in the toilet at location(s) #C did not operate properly or was inoperable. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
31) The walls and door in the laundry room are damaged. Recommend that a qualified person repair as needed.

Interior, Doors and Windows
32) Carpeting was damaged or deteriorated. Recommend that a qualified contractor replace as necessary.
33) The tiles were cracked, damaged and loose in the entry way and dinning room. Recommend that a qualified person repair as needed.
34) The lock mechanisms on the rear sliding glass door was inoperable. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
35) Lock mechanisms on two windows were loose. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary. The bathroom upstairs and the bonus room above the garage.