Phone: (970) 946-2877
Inspector: Chris Bolos
|Client(s):||John and Jane Doe|
|Property address:||321 Any Street
Anytown, USA 55555
|Inspection date:||Wednesday, July 17, 2013|
This report is the exclusive property of this inspection company and the client(s) listed in the report title. Use of this report by any unauthorized persons is prohibited.
Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
|Repair/Maintain||Recommend repair and/or maintenance|
|Minor Defect||Correction likely involves only a minor expense|
|Maintain||Recommend ongoing maintenance|
|Evaluate||Recommend evaluation by a specialist|
|Comment||For your information|
1) - Soil was in contact with or too close to wooden deck or porch substructure components. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Clearances to soil should be as follows:
Pressure treated wood is typically rated for 25 year contact with soil, but the cut ends hidden below grade may not have been treated and can rot quickly. 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. Otherwise, replacing non-treated wood with treated wood, or installing borate-based products such as Impel rods may help to prevent infestation and damage. For more information, visit:
Exterior and Foundation
3) - One or more minor cracks (1/8 inch or less) were found in the foundation. These didn't appear to be a structural concern, but recommend sealing them to prevent water infiltration and monitor them in the future. Numerous products exist to seal such cracks including hydraulic cement, non-shrinking grout, resilient caulks and epoxy sealants.
4) - One or more roofing nails weren't fully seated and shingles were lifting or nail heads were protruding through shingle surfaces. The nails may have loosened, or were not pounded in fully when installed. Shingles are likely to be wind damaged, and leaks can occur as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary. For example, by replacing shingles.
Attic and Roof Structure
5) - One or more attic access hatches or doors were not insulated, or had substandard insulation. Recommend installing insulation as necessary and per current standards at hatches or doors for better energy efficiency. For more information, visit:
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
7) - One or more sections of flex duct used for heating or cooling were sagging or had substandard support. Energy efficiency can be reduced due to restricted flow. Manufacturers typically recommend that flex duct be supported with the following guidelines:
Recommend that a qualified person repair per the manufacturer's specifications.
9) - Recommend cleaning and sealing the grout at countertops now and in the future as necessary to prevent staining and to improve waterproofing.
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
10) - The sink faucet at location(s) #C was dripping. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
Interior, Doors and Windows
11) - Minor cracks, nail pops and/or blemishes were found in walls and/or ceilings in one or more areas. Cracks and nail pops are common, are often caused by lumber shrinkage or minor settlement, and can be more or less noticeable depending on changes in humidity. They did not appear to be a structural concern, but the client may wish to repair these for aesthetic reasons. For recurring cracks, consider using an elastic crack covering product:
12) - Recommend cleaning and sealing grout in tile or stone flooring now and in the future as necessary to prevent staining and to improve waterproofing.