The rain cap for the chimney flue was missing. They prevent the following:
A qualified licensed handyman/person should install or replace rain caps, or make repairs where necessary.
Inspection method: Traversed
Insulation material underneath floor above: None visible
Pier or support post material: Wood, Concrete
Beam material: Solid wood
Vapor barrier present: No
No vapor barrier is installed. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects and organisms due to the likelihood of water evaporating into the structure from the soil. A qualified handyman/contractor should install a vapor barrier. Standard building practices require the following:
- The soil below the vapor barrier should be smooth and free from sharp objects.
- Seams should overlap a minimum of 12 inches.
- The vapor barrier should lap up onto the foundation side walls.
Better building practices require that:
- Seams and protrusions should be sealed with a pressure sensitive tape.
- The vapor barrier should be caulked and attached tightly to the foundation side walls. For example, with furring strips and masonry nails.
Photo 111-1 Missing vapor barrier
Photo 111-2 Crawlspace
No insulation is installed under the floor in the crawl space. Recommend that a qualified handyman/contractor install R19 or better (6" thick fiberglass batt) insulation under the floor for better energy efficiency.
Photo 112-1 No floor insulation
Photo 112-2 No floor insulation
Stains were found in one or more crawlspace areas. However, no elevated levels of moisture were found. The stain(s) may be due to past plumbing leaks. Recommend asking the property owner(s) about this, and monitoring the stained area(s) in the future, especially after heavy or prolonged rain. If elevated moisture is found in the future, a qualified licensed handyman/contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary.
Photo 113-1 Moisture stains
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