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Black Bear Home Inspections

PO Box 21 
Iona ID 83427-0021
Inspector: Markus Quinonez
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Client(s): Sample Report
Property address: Sample address Report
Inspection date: Monday, March 11, 2019

This report published on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 1:50:53 PM MDT

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Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
Concern typeSafetyPoses a safety hazard
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

General Information
1)  Evidence of rodent infestation was found in the form of poison and/or damaged insulation in the attic. Consult with the property owner about this. A qualified person should make repairs to seal openings in the structure, set traps, and clean rodent waste as necessary. Recommend following guidelines in these Center for Disease Control articles:

An opening is open and birds are getting into the attic space.
A dead bird was found and is recommended to seal the opening and remove dead bird.
Exterior and Foundation
3)  The masonry (brick or stone) veneer was deteriorated or damaged in some areas. Where cracks or openings are exposed, water can enter the wall structure causing mold, fungal growth and structural damage. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary. For example, by repointing mortar or replacing broken or missing masonry.
4)  Foundation concrete spalling: Spalling is the result of water entering brick, concrete, or natural stone. It forces the surface to peel, pop out, or flake off. It's also known as flaking.

Spalling happens in concrete because of moisture in the concrete. Moisture and often salt, too pushes outward from the inside.

Corroded rebar, due to exposure, must be cleaned at the beginning of the restoration process. Once the rebar is thoroughly cleaned (usually with a wire brush) and all corrosion is removed, the rebar should receive a protective coating of rust inhibitor to minimize future corrosion.

Surfaces to be patched should be free of all debris and fine particles and should be completely dry before patching material is applied. It's best if the old concrete surface is rough to provide better bonding. The best patching materials are Portland-cement-based or epoxy and should be mixed immediately before application, as the manufacturer directs.

It is recommended to pour a concrete path all the way on that side of the house with a minimum of 18 inches wide and 6 inches deep.
5)  Stucco Indentations or Soft Spots. Indentations or soft spots in your home's stucco, your house could tell you that water damage lurks beneath the plaster. Unfortunately, water damage can require extensive structural repairs with complications that include mold and rot. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
6)  Caulk was missing and/or deteriorated in some areas. For example, around windows and/or 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.
7)  Some concrete roof tiles were chipped and/or loose. Leaks may occur as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified person replace tiles or make repairs as necessary.
8)  One or more roof flashings were loose. Leaks can occur as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
9)  One or more downspouts were damaged. Rainwater can come in contact with the building exterior or accumulate around the building foundation as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
10)  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
12)  One or more roof trusses were cut, damaged, modified, or never properly installed. The roof structure has likely been weakened as a result. Trusses are engineered components and shouldn't be cut or altered by builders or homeowners. Repairs may involve restoring the trusses to their original condition or configuration. Recommend that a licensed contractor evaluate and prescribe repairs as necessary.
13)  Attic insulation at one or more attic walls was falling down. Heating and cooling costs will likely be higher due to reduced energy efficiency. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install insulation as necessary and per standard building practices.
14)  One or more receptacles were broken or damaged. This is a potential shock or fire hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician replace such receptacles as necessary.
15)  One or more light fixtures installed outside were missing components. This is a potential shock and/or fire hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair as necessary.
16)  The main panel has been tampered which only the electric company should have access to. Recommend calling the electric company for a further evaluation and reinstalling a new seal.
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
18)  The gas line in the patio doesn't appear to be insulated. Underground piping systems should be protected with an insulation system that can meet the moisture and corrosion resistance requirements of direct burial to be able to provide long-term insulation efficiency. The gas line in the patio doesn't appear to be insulated.
Recommended to eliminate such gas lines or hire a certified plumber to make a new one if the client decides to have it for the exterior BBQ.
Water Heater
20)  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:
22)  Recommend cleaning and sealing the grout at countertops now and in the future as necessary to prevent staining and to improve waterproofing.
Interior, Doors and Windows
23)  One or more sliding glass doors were difficult to open or close. Recommend that a qualified person maintain, repair or replace door(s) as necessary. Often, cleaning the track and applying a lubricant will help.