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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

 

Summary

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

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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


Grounds
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
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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Roof
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
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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Electric
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
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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Water Heater
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

Kitchen
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
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
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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