Illinois Licensed Home Inspector #450.011885 Safety-Net Inspections Entity License #451.001194 Certified Professional Inspector #NACHI17091925
Property Inspection Report
Mr. & Mrs. John Doe
Your Street Any Town, IL 60000
Sunday, January 26, 2020
This report published on Saturday, March 28, 2020 2:24:57 PM CDT
Thank you for using Safety-Net Inspections for your home inspection.This inspection is being conducted in accordance with the State of Illinois Home Inspector Licensing Act and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). No pest control, lead paint, asbestos, mold, or other types of testing are being performed. This is a visual inspection of readily accessible systems and components of the building/s. Some items or areas may not be inspected if they are blocked by furniture or stored items. The inspector makes no guarantees regarding any of the building's systems or components. The inspection is performed in good faith and is a 'snapshot in time'; it does NOT constitute a prediction that the buildings systems and components will perform adequately in the future. Only non-invasive processes are used in the course of the inspection. Seasonal changes such as wind-driven rain, ice, and humidity may bring some defects to light that were not noted during your property inspection. Basements and attics that were dry at the time of the inspection can be damp or leak in later weeks or months. If you discover any adverse conditions in the Property after your inspection, please call us immediately for a re-inspection and free consultation.
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How to Read this Report
This report is organized by the property's functional areas. Within each functional area, descriptive information is listed first and is shown in bold type. Items of concern follow descriptive information.
Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
Poses a safety hazard
Recommend repairing or replacing
Recommend repair and/or maintenance
Correction likely involves only a minor expense
Recommend ongoing maintenance
Recommend evaluation by a specialist
Recommend monitoring in the future
For your information
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Limitations: Unless specifically included in the inspection, the following items and any related equipment, controls, electric systems and/or plumbing systems are excluded from this inspection: detached buildings or structures; fences and gates; retaining walls; underground drainage systems, catch basins or concealed sump pumps; swimming pools and related safety equipment.
Site profile: Moderate slope
Condition of driveway: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Driveway material: Asphalt
Condition of sidewalks and/or porches: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Condition of decks, porches and/or balconies: Appeared serviceable
Condition of stairs, handrails and guardrails: Appeared serviceable
Exterior stair material: Wood
1) Safety, Repair/Maintain - Cracks, settlement, heaving and/or deterioration resulting in trip hazards were found in the driveway. The asphalt has settled below the level of the concrete garage floor creating a trip hazard in one or more areas. For safety reasons, recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary.
2) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - Cracks, settlement and/or deterioration were found in front concrete porch. The gap between the concrete porch and the base of the homes' brick veneer should be sealed to prevent water intrusion to the area. Recommend that qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.
3) Repair/Replace, Comment - The lattice skirting installed below the rear deck had doors installed for entrance and exit from that area. These doors were deteriorated and could not be opened. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as needed so that the doors can be used for exit from the basement in case of an emergency.
Limitations: The inspector performs a visual inspection of accessible components or systems at the exterior. Items excluded from this inspection include below-grade foundation walls and footings; foundations, exterior surfaces or components obscured by vegetation, snow, stored items or debris; wall structures obscured by coverings such as siding or trim.NOTE: Regarding foundations, some amount of cracking is normal in concrete slabs and foundation walls due to shrinkage and drying.
Wall inspection method: Viewed from ground
Condition of wall exterior covering: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Wood, Vinyl, Brick veneer
Condition of foundation and footings: Appeared serviceable
Apparent foundation type: Finished basement
Foundation/stem wall material: Poured in place concrete
Footing material (under foundation stem wall): Poured in place concrete
4) Safety, Repair/Replace - The window well for the egress window located on the exterior of the house was too deep. Egress window wells deeper than 44 inches require a ladder or rungs to be installed in the well to allow for escape from the window well itself. The egress window needs to be able to be removed in case of an emergency for easy escape. This window appeared to be permanently held in place by a bracket and screws. Recommend a qualified contractor install or mount a ladder or rungs in the well and attach a latch for securing the window but allows it to be removed easily in case of an emergency.
5) Repair/Replace - Some sections of siding and/or trim were warped and/or damaged. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install siding or trim as necessary.
6) Maintain - The paint or stain finish in some areas was failing (e.g. peeling, faded, worn, thinning). Siding and trim with a failing finish can be damaged by moisture. Recommend that a qualified contractor prep (e.g. clean, scrape, sand, prime, caulk) and repaint or restain the building exterior where necessary and per standard building practices. Any repairs needed to the siding or trim should be made prior to this.
Limitations: The inspector is not a licensed engineer and does not determine if support posts, columns, beams, joists, studs, trusses, etc. are of adequate size, spanning or spacing. The inspector does not guarantee or warrant that water will not accumulate in the basement in the future. The inspector does not determine the adequacy of basement floor or stairwell drains, or determine if such drains are clear or clogged.
NOTE: All basement areas should be checked periodically for water intrusion, plumbing leaks and pest activity.
Condition of exterior entry doors: Appeared serviceable
Exterior door material: Metal
Condition of floor substructure above: Appeared serviceable
Pier or support post material: Bearing wall, Steel
Beam material: Steel
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
Condition of insulation underneath floor above: Not applicable, none installed
7) Repair/Replace, Evaluate, Monitor - Evidence of water intrusion was found in one section of the basement. Accumulated water is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms and should not be present in the basement. Recommend reviewing any disclosure statements available and ask the property owner about past accumulation of water in the basement. The water entry appeared to be coming from an area where the rear deck was attached to the home. Areas like this which are not properly flashed can lead to water entry into the home. Recent snowfall covered much of the deck but the snow closest to the home was melting and dripping from the underside of the deck. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.
Limitations: The following items or areas are not included in this inspection: areas that could not be traversed or viewed clearly due to lack of access. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on the roof surface material, nor guarantee that leaks have not occurred in the roof surface, skylights or roof penetrations in the past. Regarding roof leaks, only active leaks, visible evidence of possible sources of leaks, and evidence of past leaks observed during the inspection are reported on as part of this inspection.
NOTE: Because of the very steep pitch of the roof and the presence of snow and ice on the roof the inspector could not safely traverse it. All efforts were made to view the roof were made from the ground using a telephoto camera lense. It is recommended that older roofs be checked periodically for signs or deterioration and leaks.
Roof inspection method: Viewed from eaves on ladder, Viewed from ground with binoculars
Condition of roof surface material: Appeared serviceable
Roof surface material: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Roof type: Gable
Apparent number of layers of roof surface material: One
Condition of exposed flashings: Appeared serviceable
Condition of gutters, downspouts and extensions: Appeared serviceable
8) Maintain - Debris was found one of the gutters. This debris may be a loose shingle, but this could not be verified. Gutters can overflow and cause water to come in contact with the building exterior, or water can accumulate around the foundation. Recommend that a roofing contractor be consulted to further evaluate and make repairs if needed. This may require waiting until warmer temperatures are present and snow and/or ice are melted.
Limitations: The following items or areas are not included in this inspection: areas that could not be traversed or viewed clearly due to lack of access; areas and components obscured by insulation. The inspector is not a licensed engineer and does not determine the adequacy of roof structure components such as trusses, rafters or ceiling beams, or their spacing or sizing. Any comments made regarding these items are made as a courtesy only.
Attic inspection method: Partially traversed
Condition of roof structure: Appeared serviceable
Roof structure type: Rafters
Ceiling structure: Ceiling joists
Condition of insulation in attic (ceiling, skylight chase, etc.): Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Ceiling insulation material: Fiberglass loose fill, Fiberglass roll or batt
Approximate attic insulation R value (may vary in areas): R-38
Vermiculite insulation present: None visible
Vapor retarder: Installed
Condition of roof ventilation: Appeared serviceable
9) Repair/Replace - No insulation was installed on the attic hatch cover. Recommend installing insulation to at least match the existing attic insulation for better energy efficiency.
10) Evaluate - The ceiling insulation installed in the attic was installed to approximately (R-38). The currently recommended insulation level for this area of the country is R-49. Heating and cooling costs may be slightly higher due to lower energy efficiency.
Condition of door between garage and house: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Type of door between garage and house: Metal
Condition of garage vehicle door(s): Appeared serviceable
Type of garage vehicle door: Roll
Number of vehicle doors: 1
Condition of automatic opener(s): Appeared serviceable
Mechanical auto-reverse operable (reverses when meeting reasonable resistance during closing): Yes
Condition of garage floor: Appeared serviceable
Condition of garage interior: Appeared serviceable
Garage ventilation: None visible
11) Safety, Repair/Replace - The garage entry door did not close automatically. Attached garages are high hazard locations and often have gasoline, solvents, and other hazardous chemicals stored inside. Vehicle exhaust is particularly dirty and heavy with carbon monoxide during cold starts in the garage. Therefore it is recommended that the self-closing hinges installed on the personnel entry door be repaired or replaced.
12) Evaluate, Comment - No remote was found for the automatic garage door opener. Recommend asking the owner if one exists and its location. If none exist recommend purchasing a compatible remote for the LiftMaster opener so that either a hand held unit or an exterior mounted unit can be installed to allow access from the exterior of the garage.
Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: generator systems, transfer switches, surge suppressors, inaccessible or concealed wiring; underground utilities and systems; low-voltage lighting or lighting on timers or sensors. The inspector does not operate circuit breakers as part of the inspection, and does not install or change light bulbs. Receptacles that are not of standard 110 volt configuration, including 240-volt dryer receptacles, are not tested and are excluded. Upon taking occupancy, proper operating and placement of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be verified and batteries should be changed. These devices have a limited lifespan and should be replaced every 10 years.
NOTE: Any repairs recommended should be made by a licensed electrician.
Electric service condition: Appeared serviceable
Primary service type: Underground
Number of service conductors: 3
Service voltage (volts): 120-240
Estimated service amperage: 200
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service entrance conductor material: Stranded copper
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
System ground: Ground rod(s) in soil, Cold water supply pipes
Condition of main service panel: Appeared serviceable
Condition of sub-panel(s): Appeared serviceable
Location of main service panel #A: Basement
Location of sub-panel #C: Basement
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection present: No
Smoke alarms installed: Yes, but not tested
Carbon monoxide alarms installed: Yes, but not tested
14) Safety, Repair/Replace, Evaluate - One or more ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) devices protecting receptacles at the exterior wouldn't trip when tested. This is a potential shock hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair as necessary.
15) Safety, Repair/Replace, Evaluate - One or more electric receptacles at the garage had no visible ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection, or the inspector was unable to determine if GFCI protection was present. If not GFCI-protected, receptacles in wet areas pose a shock hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and install GFCI protection if necessary and per standard building practices. General guidelines for GFCI-protected receptacles include the following locations:
Outdoors (since 1973)
Bathrooms (since 1975)
Garages (since 1978)
Kitchens (since 1987)
Crawl spaces and unfinished basements (since 1990)
16) Safety, Repair/Replace - One or more light fixtures or fans were controlled by metal pull chains. This is a safety hazard for potential shock. Recommend that strings or plastic isolating links be installed to prevent shock.
17) Safety, Maintain - Based on the age of this structure and the appearance of some of the existing smoke alarms, the alarms may have been installed more than 10 years ago. According to National Fire Protection Association, aging smoke alarms don't operate as efficiently and often are the source for nuisance alarms. Older smoke alarms are estimated to have a 30% probability of failure within the first 10 years. Newer smoke alarms do better, but should be replaced after 10 years. Unless you know that the smoke alarms are new, replacing them when moving into a new residence is also recommended by NFPA.
18) Repair/Maintain, Evaluate - The legend for circuit breakers in panel(s) #A and C was missing, incomplete, illegible or confusing. This is a potential shock or fire hazard in the event of an emergency when power needs to be turned off. Recommend correcting the legend so it's accurate, complete and legible. Evaluation by a qualified electrician may be necessary.
19) Evaluate - One or more light fixtures were inoperable (didn't turn on when nearby switches were operated). Recommend further evaluation by replacing bulbs and/or consulting with the property owner. If replacing bulbs doesn't work and/or no other switch(es) can be found, then recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair or replace light fixtures as necessary.
Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: plumbing components concealed within the foundation or building structure, or in inaccessible areas such as below tubs; underground utilities and systems; overflow drains for tubs and sinks; backflow prevention devices. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not operate water supply or shut-off valves due to the possibility of valves leaking or breaking when operated. The inspector does not test for lead in the water supply, the water pipes or solder.
Condition of service and main line: Appeared serviceable
Water service: Public
Location of main water shut-off: Basement
Condition of supply lines: Appeared serviceable
Supply pipe material: Copper
Condition of drain pipes: Appeared serviceable
Drain pipe material: Plastic
Condition of waste lines: Appeared serviceable
Waste pipe material: Plastic
Vent pipe condition: Appeared serviceable
Vent pipe material: Plastic
Sump pump installed: Yes
Condition of sump pump: Appeared serviceable
Sewage ejector pump installed: Yes
Condition of sewage ejector pump: Appeared serviceable
Condition of fuel system: Appeared serviceable
Location of main fuel shut-off valve: At gas meter
20) Repair/Replace - The sump pumps' ejection pipe was poorly aligned above an underground drain pipe. This can allow water to drain against the foundation. Recommend that an extension be added to the ejection pipe to ensure the water drains properly into the drain pipe.
21) Evaluate, Comment - The sump pump was located in a closet in the basement. A back-up battery operated sump pump was also installed in this area. Both units were tested and were operating properly at the time of the inspection. The battery backup unit should be tested periodically to ensure it is in operable condition. This is for your information.
22) Evaluate - A water softener system as well as a whole house carbon filter and a cartridge style sediment filter were installed on the premises. These are specialty systems and are excluded from this inspection. Comments in this report related to this system are made as a courtesy only and are not meant to be a substitute for a full evaluation by a qualified specialist. Water softeners typically work by removing unwanted minerals (e.g. calcium, magnesium) from the water supply. They prevent build-up of scale inside water supply pipes, improve lathering while washing, and prevent spots on dishes. Recommend consulting with the property owner about these units to determine their condition, required maintenance, age, expected remaining life, etc. For more information, visit: https://www.reporthost.com/?WTRSFT https://www.reporthost.com/?HRDWTR
23) Evaluate - A sewage ejector pump was installed on the premises. These are specialty systems and are excluded from this inspection. Comments in this report related to this system are made as a courtesy only and are not meant to be a substitute for a full evaluation by a qualified specialist. These systems are typically sealed and involve moving parts. They are subject to clogging and/or damage from disposal of items such as disposable diapers and sanitary napkins. Recommend that this pump and related equipment (piping, valves, etc.) be evaluated by a qualified plumber and repaired if necessary. This should be done per the manufacturer's recommendations in the future, or annually if unable to verify the manufacturer's recommendations. Typically, these pumps have a lifespan of 7-10 years. For more information, visit: https://www.reporthost.com/?SEWEJPMP
24) Comment - The main water shut-off valve was located in the basement in a closet off the bathroom. This home had several water filtration units installed as well as a sprinkler system. Shut-off valves for each of these systems were present.
Limitations: The inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on water heaters, does not determine if water heaters are appropriately sized, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit or a shut-off valve to be operated.
Condition of water heater: Appeared serviceable
Energy source: Natural gas
Capacity (in gallons): 50
Location of water heater: Basement
Hot water temperature tested: Yes
Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 129.9 degrees Fahrenheit
Condition of burners: Appeared serviceable
Condition of venting system: Appeared serviceable
25) Safety - 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: https://www.reporthost.com/?SCALD
26) Evaluate, Comment - The estimated useful life for most water heaters is 8-12 years.
The A.O. Smith water heater was manufactured in 2015, it is 5 years old. This is for your information.
Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: thermostat or temperature control accuracy and timed functions; heating components concealed within the building structure or in inaccessible areas; underground utilities and systems; safety devices and controls (due to automatic operation). Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on heating or cooling system components. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to determine if furnace heat exchangers are intact and free of leaks. Condensation pans and drain lines may clog or leak at any time and should be monitored while in operation in the future.
General heating system type(s): Forced air, Furnace
General heating distribution type(s): Ducts and registers
Last service date of primary heat source: 2/27/2014
Source for last service date of primary heat source: Label
Condition of forced air heating/(cooling) system: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Forced air heating system fuel type: Natural gas
Location of forced air furnace: Basement
Forced air system capacity in BTUs or kilowatts: 110,000 BTUs
Condition of furnace filters: Appeared serviceable
Location for forced air filter(s): At top of air handler
Condition of forced air ducts and registers: Appeared serviceable
Condition of burners: Appeared serviceable
Type of combustion air supply: Vent(s) to exterior
Condition of venting system: Appeared serviceable
Condition of cooling system and/or heat pump: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Cooling system and/or heat pump fuel type: Electric
Location of heat pump or air conditioning unit: north
Type: Split system
Condition of controls: Appeared serviceable
27) Safety, Repair/Maintain, Evaluate - The last service date of the gas or oil-fired forced air furnace appeared to be more than 1 year ago. Recommend that a qualified HVAC contractor inspect, clean, and service this system, and make repairs if necessary. For safety reasons, and because this system is fueled by gas or oil, this servicing should be performed annually in the future. Any needed repairs noted in this report should be brought to the attention of the HVAC contractor when it's serviced. For more information visit: https://www.reporthost.com/?ANFURINSP
28) Maintain - Recommend that home buyers replace or clean HVAC filters upon taking occupancy depending on the type of filters installed. Regardless of the type, recommend checking filters monthly in the future and replacing or cleaning them as necessary. How frequently they need replacing or cleaning depends on the type and quality of the filter, how the system is configured (e.g. always on vs. "Auto"), and on environmental factors (e.g. pets, smoking, frequency of house cleaning, number of occupants, the season).
29) Evaluate, Comment - The estimated useful life for most heat pumps and air conditioning condensing units is 10-15 years.
The Daikin AC unit was manufactured in 2018, it is 2 years old. This is for your information.
30) Monitor, Comment - The estimated useful life for most forced air furnaces is 15-20 years.
The Lennox furnace was manufactured in 2013, it is 7 years old. This is for your information.
31) Comment - The outdoor air temperature was below 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the inspection. Air conditioning systems can be damaged if operated during such low temperatures. Because of this, the inspector was unable to operate and fully evaluate the cooling system.
32) Comment - A humidifier was installed on the premises. These are specialty systems and are excluded from this inspection. Comments in this report related to this system are made as a courtesy only and are not meant to be a substitute for a full evaluation by a qualified specialist. Water panels typically need replacing periodically. Cleaning and other maintenance may also be needed. This unit did not appear to be operational at the time of the inspection and its water control valve may have been turned off. Recommend having a qualified HVAC contractor service this system.
NOTE: The humidifier should be turned off in the warm months when the air conditioner may be used. .
Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: coal stoves, gas logs, chimney flues (except where visible). Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of drafting or sizing in fireplace and stove flues, and also does not determine if prefabricated or zero-clearance fireplaces are installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. The inspector does not perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit, and does not light fires. The inspector provides a basic visual examination of a chimney and any associated wood burning device.
NOTE: The National Fire Protection Association has stated that an in-depth Level 2 chimney inspection should be part of every sale or transfer of property with a wood-burning device. Such an inspection may reveal defects that are not apparent to the home inspector who is a generalist.
Condition of gas-fired fireplaces or stoves: Appeared serviceable
Gas fireplace or stove type: Metal pre-fab fireplace
Condition of chimneys and flues: Appeared serviceable
Wood-burning chimney type: Metal
33) Safety, Repair/Maintain, Evaluate - A solid fuel-burning fireplace was found at the property. When such devices are used, they should be professionally inspected and cleaned annually to prevent creosote build-up and to determine if repairs are needed. The National Fire Protection Association states that a "Level 2" chimney inspection should be performed with every sale or transfer of property with a wood-burning device. Recommend consulting with the property owner about recent and past servicing and repairs to all wood-burning devices and chimneys or flues at this property. Recommend that a qualified specialist evaluate all solid fuel-burning devices and chimneys, and clean and repair as necessary. For more information, search for "chimney inspection" at: https://www.reporthost.com/?CSIA
The client asked the inspector about installing an enclosed gas log set and was advised to seek information from a reputable fireplace installation company.
Limitations: Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of the remaining life of appliances, and does not determine the adequacy of operation of appliances. Areas and components behind and obscured by appliances are inaccessible and excluded from this inspection.
Condition of counters: Appeared serviceable
Condition of cabinets: Appeared serviceable, Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Condition of sinks and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
Condition of under-sink food disposal: Appeared serviceable
Condition of dishwasher: Appeared serviceable
Condition of ranges, cooktops and/or ovens: Appeared serviceable
Range, cooktop, oven type: Electric
Type of ventilation: Hood or built into microwave over range or cooktop
Condition of refrigerator: Appeared serviceable
Condition of built-in microwave oven: Appeared serviceable
34) Repair/Replace - One or more cabinets, drawers and/or cabinet doors were . Recommend that a qualified person repair or replace as necessary.
The cabinet false front was loose and needs to be secured properly.
Limitations: The inspector does not determine the adequacy of washing machine drain lines, washing machine catch pan drain lines, or clothes dryer exhaust ducts. The inspector does not operate water supply or shut-off valves for sinks, toilets, bidets, clothes washers, etc. due to the possibility of valves leaking or breaking when operated. The inspector does not determine if shower pans or tub and shower enclosures are water tight, or determine the completeness or operability of any gas piping to laundry appliances.
Location #A: Half bath, first floor
Location #B: Full bath, second floor
Location #C: Master bath, second floor
Location #D: Full bath, basement
Condition of counters: Appeared serviceable
Condition of cabinets: Appeared serviceable
Condition of flooring: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Condition of sinks and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
Condition of toilets: Appeared serviceable
Condition of bathtubs and related plumbing: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Condition of shower(s) and related plumbing: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Condition of ventilation systems: Appeared serviceable
Bathroom and laundry ventilation type: Spot exhaust fans
Gas supply for laundry equipment present: Yes
240 volt receptacle for laundry equipment present: No
35) Safety, Repair/Replace - The clothes dryer was equipped with a vinyl or mylar, accordion-type, flexible exhaust duct. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission considers these types of ducts to be unsafe, and a fire hazard. They can trap lint and are susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the air flow and cause overheating. The exterior dryer vent cap was nearly blocked by accumulated lint which can also reduce air flow. Recommend that such ducts and vents caps be replaced. A rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct should be installed by a qualified contractor if necessary. For more information, visit: https://www.reporthost.com/?DRYER
36) Repair/Maintain - Tile and/or grout in the bathtub surround at location(s) #C was deteriorated (e.g. loose or cracked tiles, missing grout) or substandard. Water can damage the wall structure as a result. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary.
37) Repair/Maintain - The shower at location # B had two shower heads which could be used. One of these heads leaked water from its control valve spraying the walls when in use. Recommend that a qualified person repair or replace as necessary.
Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: cosmetic deficiencies such as nail-pops, scuff marks, dents, dings, blemishes or issues due to normal wear and tear in wall, floor and ceiling surfaces and coverings, or in equipment. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. The inspector does not evaluate any areas or items which require moving stored items, furnishings, debris, equipment, floor coverings, insulation or similar materials. The inspector does not test for asbestos, lead, radon, mold, hazardous waste, urea formaldehyde urethane, or any other toxic substance. The client should be aware that paint may obscure wall and ceiling defects, floor coverings may obscure floor defects, and furnishings may obscure wall, floor and floor covering defects.
NOTE: A final walk-through inspection should be performed before closing with particular attention being paid to previously obscured areas.
Condition of exterior entry doors: Appeared serviceable
Exterior door material: Wood
Condition of interior doors: Appeared serviceable
Condition of windows and skylights: Appeared serviceable
Type(s) of windows: Vinyl, Multi-pane, Double-hung, Jalousie
Condition of walls and ceilings: Appeared serviceable
Wall type or covering: Drywall
Ceiling type or covering: Drywall
Condition of flooring: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Condition of concrete slab floor(s): Appeared serviceable
Flooring type or covering: Carpet, Vinyl, linoleum or marmoleum, Wood or wood products, Tile
Condition of stairs, handrails and guardrails: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
38) Repair/Replace - The lockset in the handle of one of the bedrooms was inoperable. Recommend that a qualified person repair or replace as necessary.
39) Repair/Replace - One or more window screens were damaged or missing. These window(s) may not provide ventilation during months when insects are active. Recommend replacing window screens as necessary.
40) Repair/Maintain - The skylight well (the inside structure around the skylight) appeared to have been recently painted covering past water stains. The window in this skylight is prone to water collection during cold winter months. High levels of humidity may be present from use of the shower or jetted bathtub. The exhaust vent is located in the water closet rather than in the main area of the bathroom. If the door is closed or if the fan is not turned on this warm humid air will rise, collect on the glass window and can run down the wall. Recommend reviewing the any disclosure documents concerning window or ceiling leaks and asking the owner if leaks were ever noted in this area. This area should be monitored after prolonged or heavy rains for evidence of water leaks. The client should also ensure that the door to the water closet is open and that the fan is on when showering or bathing. If leaks are found then a qualified contractor will need to make repairs to the roof flashing or to the window itself. If condensation becomes an issue a new fan may need to be installed in the main bathroom ceiling.
41) Repair/Maintain - Wood flooring in one or more areas was significantly worn, deteriorated or damaged. Recommend that a qualified contractor refinish wood flooring as necessary.
42) Minor Defect - Minor cracks, nail pops, blemishes or holes 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. The holes observed appeared to have supported a speaker system no longer in place. These 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: https://www.reporthost.com/?ECC
43) Maintain - Several windows have a wood finish that has been damaged or deteriorated. Recommend that the window's finish be sanded, stained and sealed to prevent further damage.
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