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Safety-Net Inspections

Website: https://www.safetynetinspections.com/
Email: safetynetinspections4you@gmail.com
Phone: (630) 235-9016
28W151 Robin Ln 
Northwoods IL 60185
Inspector: Charles (Chip) Starkey
Illinois Licensed Home Inspector #450.011885
Certified Professional Inspector #NACHI17091925

 

SAMPLE: Inspection Report

Client(s):  John Sample
Property address:  1212 Any Street
Your Town,
Illinois
Inspection date:  Saturday, October 21, 2017

This report published on Friday, March 23, 2018 2:01:37 PM CDT

Thank you for using Safety-Net Inspections for your home inspection. A thorough home inspection is very important to you, and providing outstanding service is very important to me. A home inspection is a visual inspection of a home by a trained and impartial inspector. It is not technically exhaustive or invasive. Safety-Net Inspections adheres to the standards of the practice of the state of Illinois and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). If you have any questions about the inspection report please feel free to call or Email me. If you are happy with our service please refer Safety-Net Inspections to your friends, your realtor and anyone you believe could benefit from our services. We not only perform inspections for purchasers, but also for people planning to sell a home with a pre-listing inspection.


NOTE: This report is the exclusive property of Safety-Net Inspections and the client(s) listed in the report title. Use of this report by any unauthorized persons is prohibited.


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:
SafetyPoses a safety hazard
Major DefectCorrection likely involves a significant expense
Repair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing
Repair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance
Minor DefectCorrection likely involves only a minor expense
EvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist
MonitorRecommend monitoring in the future
CommentFor your information

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Table of Contents
General Information
Grounds
Exterior and Foundation
Basement
Roof
Attic and Roof Structure
Garage or Carport
Electric
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
Water Heater
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
Kitchen
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
Interior, Doors and Windows

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General Information
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Report number: Sample 2
Time started: 12:00pm
Time finished: 3:05pm
Present during inspection: Client, Realtor
Client present for discussion at end of inspection: Yes
Weather conditions during inspection: Rain
Temperature during inspection: Cold, 42
Inspection fee: $000
Payment method: Check
Buildings inspected: One house
Age of main building: 17
Source for main building age: Realtor
Front of building faces: North
Main entrance faces: North
Occupied: No

Grounds
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Site profile: Minor slope
Condition of driveway: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Driveway material: Asphalt, Poured in place concrete
Condition of sidewalks and/or patios: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Deck, porch and/or balcony material: Concrete

1) Repair/Maintain, Minor Defect, Evaluate - Rear entryway support structure is above ground level and is open to the environment. There are stones and bricks stacked on each side of this opening. Recommend further evaluation for potential vermin nesting in this area. Further blocking of this area completely may be necessary.
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2) Repair/Maintain, Monitor - Standing water or evidence of past accumulated water were found at one or more locations in the yard or landscaped areas. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary. For example, installing one or more drains, or grading soil.
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3) Repair/Maintain, Comment - Minor deterioration (e.g. cracks, holes, settlement, heaving) was found in the driveway, but no trip hazards were found. The client may wish to have repairs made for cosmetic reasons.
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4) Repair/Maintain, Comment - Minor deterioration (e.g. cracks, holes, settlement, heaving) was found in sidewalks or patios, but no trip hazards were found. The client may wish to have repairs made to prevent water from entering.
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Exterior and Foundation
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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, stored items or debris; wall structures obscured by coverings such as siding or trim. Some items such as siding, trim, soffits, vents and windows are often high off the ground, and may be viewed using binoculars from the ground or from a ladder. This may limit a full evaluation. Regarding foundations, some amount of cracking is normal in concrete slabs and foundation walls due to shrinkage and drying. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of seismic reinforcement.
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: Brick veneer, Metal
Apparent foundation type: Unfinished basement, Concrete garage slab

5) Repair/Replace - Fungal rot was found at one or more window frames. Conducive conditions for rot should be corrected (e.g. wood-soil contact, reverse perimeter slope). Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary. All rotten wood should be replaced.
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6) Repair/Replace - 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.
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7) Repair/Maintain, Minor Defect - One or more holes or gaps were found in siding or trim. Vermin, insects or water may enter the structure. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
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8) Repair/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.
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9) Repair/Maintain - Caulk was missing in some areas. For example, at siding-trim junctions. 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. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?CAULK
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Basement
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Pier or support post material: Steel
Beam material: Steel
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
Insulation material underneath floor above: None visible

Roof
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Roof inspection method: Viewed from eaves on ladder
Roof surface material: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Roof type: Gable
Apparent number of layers of roof surface material: One

10) Repair/Maintain - 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.
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Attic and Roof Structure
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Roof structure type: Trusses
Ceiling structure: Trusses
Condition of insulation in attic (ceiling, skylight chase, etc.): Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Ceiling insulation material: Fiberglass roll or batt, Cellulose loose fill
Approximate attic insulation R value (may vary in areas): < R-10 in areas
Condition of roof ventilation: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Roof ventilation type: Box vents (roof jacks), Enclosed soffit vents

11) Repair/Maintain, Evaluate - One or more attic or roof vent screens were clogged with paint. This can reduce air flow through the roof structure or attic and result in reduced service life for the roof surface materials because of high temperatures. Moisture from condensation is also likely to accumulate in the roof structure and/or attic. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary so air flows freely through all vents. For example, by cleaning screens or replacing screens with 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch wire mesh.
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12) Repair/Maintain - The ceiling insulation in one or more areas of the attic was compacted or uneven. Heating and cooling costs may be higher due to reduced energy efficiency. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install insulation as necessary and per standard building practices (typically R-38).
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Garage or Carport
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Type: Attached
Type of door between garage and house: Metal
Type of garage vehicle door: Roll
Number of vehicle doors: 1
Mechanical auto-reverse operable (reverses when meeting reasonable resistance during closing): Yes

Electric
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Electric service condition: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Primary service type: Underground
Service voltage (volts): 120-240
Estimated service amperage: 100
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Main disconnect rating (amps): 100
System ground: Ground rod(s) in soil
Location of main service panel #A: Basement
Location of sub-panel #C: Basement
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Branch circuit wiring type: copper
Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection present: No
Arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection present: No

13) Safety, Major Defect, Repair/Replace, Evaluate - The electric service to this property appeared to be rated at substantially less than 200 amps and may be inadequate. A sub-panel has been added to the system but is being fed through the main panel and it does not appear to be rated for this purpose. Recommend consulting with a qualified electrician about upgrading to a 200 amp service. Note that the electric service's rating is based on the lowest rating for the meter base, the service conductors, the main service panel and the main disconnect switch. One or more of these components may need replacing to upgrade.
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14) Safety, Repair/Replace - One or more modern, 3-slot electric receptacles were found with an open ground. This is a shock hazard when appliances that require a ground are used with these receptacles. Examples of such appliances include computers and related hardware, refrigerators, freezers, portable air conditioners, clothes washers, aquarium pumps, and electrically operated gardening tools. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair as necessary so all receptacles are grounded per standard building practices. (Location: to right of rear entry door)
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15) Safety, Repair/Maintain - No permanently installed carbon monoxide alarms were found in the room with the fireplace. This is a potential safety hazard. Recommend installing approved CO alarms outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms on each level and in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?COALRM

16) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - One or more electric receptacles appeared to have no power. Recommend asking the property owner about this. Switches may need to be operated or GFCI/AFCI protection may need to be reset to make some receptacles energized. If necessary, recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair.
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Plumbing / Fuel Systems
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: private/shared wells and related equipment; private sewage disposal systems; hot tubs or spas; main, side and lateral sewer lines; gray water systems; pressure boosting systems; trap primers; incinerating or composting toilets; fire suppression systems; water softeners, conditioners or filtering systems; 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, does not determine if plumbing and fuel lines are adequately sized, and does not determine the existence or condition of underground or above-ground fuel tanks.
Water service: Public
Location of main water shut-off: Basement
Supply pipe material: Copper
Drain pipe material: Plastic
Waste pipe material: Plastic
Vent pipe material: Plastic
Sump pump installed: Yes
Sewage ejector pump installed: Yes
Location of main fuel shut-off valve: At gas meter

17) Repair/Replace, Comment - The battery backup system was found for the sump pump but was inoperable. If the power goes out during heavy rains, the sump pump won't be able to eliminate accumulated water. Consider installing a new battery backup system for the sump pump.
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18) Repair/Replace - The sump pump discharge pipe was routed so that it drained close to the foundation. Prolonged, high levels of moisture in soil can cause foundation settlement and failure. If drainage is near a crawl space or basement, water can accumulate in these spaces. Recommend repair/replace missing collar at discharge as necessary.
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19) Comment - A sump pump was installed in the basement. These are specialty systems and only a limited evaluation was performed as part of this inspection. The inspector does not determine the adequacy of sump pumps and their associated drainage systems. The presence of a sump pump may indicate that water routinely accumulates below or inside the structure. Recommend asking the property owner how often the sump pump operates and for how long at different times of the year. The client should be aware that the service life of most sump pumps is 5-7 years, and that the pump may need replacing soon depending on its age and how often it operates.

Water Heater
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Type: Tank
Energy source: Natural gas
Capacity (in gallons): 50
Location of water heater: Basement

20) Safety, Repair/Replace - Exhaust gases were "back drafting" out of the water heater's draft hood. The flue pipe may be configured incorrectly, blocked or damaged. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of exhaust gases entering living spaces. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary.
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21) Safety, Repair/Maintain - The draft hood for the water heater flue was loose. This is a potential safety hazard due to the risk of exhaust gases entering living spaces. A qualified person should permanently secure the draft hood with appropriate fasteners per standard building practices.
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22) Safety - The hot water temperature appeared to be 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. For more information on scalding dangers, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?SCALD

Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters; solar, coal or wood-fired heat systems; 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, does not determine if heating or cooling systems are appropriately sized, does not test coolant pressure, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit, a shut-off valve to be operated, a circuit breaker to be turned "on" or a serviceman's or oil emergency switch to be operated. 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. Where buildings contain furnishings or stored items, the inspector may not be able to verify that a heat source is present in all "liveable" rooms (e.g. bedrooms, kitchens and living/dining rooms).
General heating system type(s): Forced air, Furnace
General heating distribution type(s): Ducts and registers
Forced air heating system fuel type: Natural gas
Location of forced air furnace: Basement
Condition of furnace filters: Required replacement
Location for forced air filter(s): At base of air handler
Cooling system and/or heat pump fuel type: Electric
Location of heat pump or air conditioning unit: west
Type: Split system

23) 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.
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Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
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Gas fireplace or stove type: Converted wood-burning fireplace

Kitchen
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Condition of cabinets: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Condition of ranges, cooktops and/or ovens: Appeared serviceable
Range, cooktop, oven type: Natural gas

24) Repair/Replace - One or more cabinets, drawers and/or cabinet doors were loose. Recommend that a qualified person repair or replace as necessary.

Location: Basement
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25) Monitor - The refrigerator door seal was deteriorated. Recommend that a qualified person repair or replace as necessary.

Monitor and replace as needed
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Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: overflow drains for tubs and sinks; heated towel racks, saunas, steam generators, clothes washers, clothes dryers. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that 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: Full bath, Master bath, second floor
Location #B: Full bath, second floor
Location #C: Half bath, first floor
Condition of sinks and related plumbing: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Gas supply for laundry equipment present: Yes

26) Repair/Maintain, Minor Defect - One or more leaks were found at water shut-off valves for the sink at location(s) #A. A qualified plumber should repair as necessary.

Location: Left side sink in Master Bath
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27) Repair/Maintain - The sink at location(s) #C drained slowly. Recommend clearing drain and/or having a qualified plumber repair if necessary.
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28) Repair/Maintain - The clothes dryer exhaust duct was taped at joints in one or more places. Clothes dryers produce large amounts of moisture which should not enter structure interiors. Moisture can accumulate and result in mold, bacteria or fungal growth. Recommend that a qualified person make permanent repairs as necessary. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?DRYER
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Interior, Doors and Windows
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Exterior door material: Wood
Type(s) of windows: Wood, Casement
Wall type or covering: Drywall
Ceiling type or covering: Drywall
Flooring type or covering: Carpet, Wood or wood products, Tile

29) Minor Defect - 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:
http://www.reporthost.com/?ECC
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