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JMLI Home Inspections

11 Halston Ln 
Coram NY 11727-2907
Inspector: Joseph Morales

Summary

Client(s):  Usman
Property address:  657 N Dunton Ave
East Patchogue NY 11772-4945
Inspection date:  Saturday, April 9, 2022

This report published on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 9:55:16 PM 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 typeEvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist
Concern typeMonitorRecommend monitoring in the future
Concern typeCommentFor your information


Grounds
2) Guardrails at one or more locations with drop-offs higher than 30 inches were loose and/or damaged, and pose a fall hazard. Recommend that a qualified person repair guardrails as necessary.

Front porch guard rails are in poor condition and require repair.
3) Soil was in contact with or close to wooden stairs at one or more locations. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Soil should be graded and/or removed so no wood-soil contact is present, if possible. Otherwise, installing products such as borate-based Impel rods may help to prevent infestation and damage. For more information, visit:
https://www.reporthost.com/?IMPEL
4) Support posts should be elevated above grade on concrete piers or footings, and be separated from the concrete by metal brackets or an impermeable membrane such as shingle scraps. For other components, soil should be graded and/or removed to maintain these clearances if possible.

Exterior and Foundation
6) Some sections of siding and/or trim were damaged. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install siding or trim as necessary.
7) One or more holes or gaps were found in siding or trim. Vermin, insects or water may enter the structure. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary.

Basement
8) The risers for stairs at one or more locations varied in height and pose a fall or trip hazard. Risers within the same flight of stairs should vary by no more than 3/8 inch. At a minimum, be aware of this hazard, especially when guests who are not familiar with the stairs are present. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair per standard building practices.

Garage or Carport
9) One or more extension springs supporting garage vehicle doors had no safety containment cables installed. These cables prevent injury to people located nearby when springs eventually break. This is a potential safety hazard. Recommend that a qualified contractor install cables where missing per standard building practices.

Electric
11) One or more wires (in addition to the service conductor wires) were tapped into the service conductor lugs in panel(s) #A and B. This "tapping before the main" is a safety hazard because no over-current protection exists for these circuit(s). A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair as necessary.
12) Panel(s) #A and B had inadequate working space. This is a safety hazard when opening or working in panels. Electric panels should have the following clearances:
  • An open area 30 inches wide by 3 feet deep in front of the panel
  • 6 feet 6 inches of headroom in front of the panel
  • The wall below the panel is clear to the floor
  • The center of the grip of the operating handle of the switch or circuit breaker not more than 6 feet 7 inches above the floor or working platform
Recommend that a qualified contractor repair or make modifications per standard building practices. If panels must be opened for repairs, then a qualified electrician should perform repairs.
13) One or more circuit breakers in panel(s) #A were "double tapped," where two or more wires were installed in the breaker's lug. Most breakers are designed for only one wire to be connected. This is a safety hazard since the lug bolt can tighten securely against one wire but leave other(s) loose. Arcing, sparks and fires can result. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair as necessary. For more information, visit:
https://www.reporthost.com/?DBLTAP
14) One receptacles to the left of the rear slider was incorrectly wired with a "false ground" where the receptacle's ground screw is connected to the neutral or white wire in the circuit. Such receptacles may appear to be grounded when they aren't. This is a shock hazard, and can damage equipment plugged into such receptacles. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair as necessary.

Plumbing / Fuel Systems
15) The gas meter was in contact with or too close to the soil below and is likely to rust as a result. Gas meters should be located 10 inches or more above the soil below. Soil should be graded or removed as necessary.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
18) Based on the location and the visible venting, the furnace had a substandard source of combustion and/or dilution air. All gas and oil-fired appliances require adequate air for combustion, dilution and ventilation. This is a potential safety hazard and may result in combustion fumes entering living spaces. Recommend that a qualified HVAC contractor evaluate and repair per standard building practices

Interior, Doors and Windows
19) Condensation or staining was visible between multi-pane glass in one or more . 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 U-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.