This report published on Thursday, October 18, 2018 1:35:42 PM EDT
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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 risk of injury or death
Correction likely involves a significant expense
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
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The following items are excluded from this inspection: Security system, Water softener system
1) Structures built prior to 1979 may contain lead-based paint and/or asbestos in various building materials such as insulation, siding, and/or floor and ceiling tiles. Both lead and asbestos are known health hazards. Evaluating for the presence of lead and/or asbestos is not included in this inspection. The client(s) should consult with specialists as necessary, such as industrial hygenists, professional labs and/or abatement contractors for this type of evaluation. For information on lead, asbestos and other hazardous materials in homes, visit these websites:
2) THERE ARE MANY CONCERNS AND PICTURES DELETED FROM THIS SAMPLE REPORT!! THERE ARE NUMEROUS UPDATES TO THIS REPORT WITH AN AVERAGE OF 30 PAGES DEPENDING ON DEFICIENCIES. THERE IS ALSO A NEW ADDITION OF INFORMATION INCLUDED IN ALL REPORTS AND ILLUSTRATIONS THAT CAN BE COMPARED TO VERY FEW REPORTS TODAY. THE REPORTS ARE DONE AS A REFERENCE TO CONCERNS AND ACTUAL GOOD FUTURE UPDATES. I WORK FOR THE BUYER OR PRE- SALE CLIENT FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST INVESTMENT'S OF THEIR LIFE. ' A HOUSE '. PREVENTITIVE MAINTENANCE IS PART OF HOME OWNER SHIP.
THERE ARE SOME CONCERNS NOTED IN THIS SAMPLE REPORT AS A COURTESY TO THE POTENTIAL CLIENT. THE REPORTS CAN HAVE AN AVERAGE 100 CAPTIONED PICTURES INCLUDED WITH FULL DETAIL INFORMATION AND LINKS NOT (ALL)SHOWN IN THIS SAMPLE. THE REPORTS ARE NORMALLY COMPLETED IN 24 HOURS.
(NOT COMPLETE) listed at section title is to inform you that section's are just samples and will be different on actual report with more up to date detail.
4) One or more outside faucets are missing backflow prevention devices. These devices reduce the likelihood of polluted or contaminated water entering the potable water supply. This condition can occur when an outside faucet is left in the "on" position with a hose connected and the sprayer head turned off. When pressure in the system fluctuates, water can be drawn back into the water supply pipes from the house. If a chemical sprayer is being used with the hose, those chemicals can enter the water supply pipes.
Recommend installing backflow prevention devices on all exterior hose bibs where missing. They are available at most home improvement stores and are easily installed. For more information, visit: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/BODY_AE079
5) The driveway is sunk at the edge of the garage floor. This can either be leveled or replaced. The off set from the height of the garage floor to the driveway was 2 and 1/2 inches at the time of inspection.
6) One or more minor cracks (1/8 inch or less) were found in the foundation. These don't appear to be a structural concern, but recommend sealing them to prevent water infiltration and monitoring them in the future. Numerous products exist to seal such cracks including:
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Estimated age of roof: 1-2 years New
Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
Roof ventilation: Adequate
9) The siding on one or more exterior walls above lower roof sections is in contact with or has less than a one inch gap between it and the roof surface below. A gap of at least one inch is recommended so water isn't wicked up into the siding from the shingles below, and also to provide room for additional layers of roofing materials when the current roof surface fails. Recommend having a qualified contractor make repairs as necessary, such as trimming siding, so at least a one inch gap exists between the siding and the roofing below where necessary.
11) The pull-down attic stairs in the attached garage ceiling aren't fire-rated. This ceiling should have a one-hour fire rating to slow or prevent the spread of fire from the attached garage to attic spaces above the living areas. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make modifications to these stairs as necessary so they have a one hour fire rating. Other options include removing them or replacing them with commercially made, fire-rated stairs. Examples of possible solutions include:
Installing 5/8 inch Type X sheetrock on the lower surface of the stair door and eliminating gaps around the edges of the door.
Removing the stairs and installing a traditional hatch made with 5/8 inch Type X sheetrock.
13) One or more exhaust fans have no duct and terminate in the attic. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects and organisms due to increased moisture levels in the attic from the exhaust air. A qualified contractor should install ducts and vent caps as necessary and as per standard building practices so exhaust air is vented outside. Better building practices call for R8 rated insulation on these ducts.
14) No insulation is installed over the attic access hatch. Recommend installing insulation above hatch for better energy efficiency.
15) No weatherstrip is installed around the attic access hatch. Weatherstrip should be installed around the hatch to prevent heated interior air from entering attic.
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service amperage (amps): 200
Service voltage (volts): 120/240
Location of main service switch: South side of basement
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Service entrance conductor material: Aluminum
System ground: Cold water supply pipes
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200GE
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: No
Smoke detectors present: Yes
17) One or more overcurrent protection devices (circuit breakers or fuses) are "double tapped", where 2 or more wires are clamped in a terminal designed for only one wire. This is a safety hazard since the bolt or screw may tighten securely against one wire, but leave others loose. Arcing, sparks and fires may result. A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair as necessary.
18) There are three bathroom circuits that are wired together on one circuit breaker. I could not determine if this was the original installation, however the bathrooms should each have their own circuit.
Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 127 degrees
20) The hot water temperature is 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.tap-water-burn.com/
21) ONE OF THE MANY DEFICIENCIES WITH WATER HEATERS.
22) A permanently installed insulated jacket is installed on the water heater. It obscures the manufacturer's information label and most of the water heater. The inspector was unable to fully evaluate the water heater.
Water pressure (psi): 80 pounds tested at rear hose bib
Location of main water shut-off valve: South side of basement/ in cabinate
Location of main water meter: South side of basement/ in cabinate
Location of main fuel shut-off: Exterior at gas meter/ west side of house
Water service: Public
Service pipe material: Copper
Supply pipe material: Copper
Vent pipe material: Cast iron
Drain pipe material: Cast iron
Waste pipe material: Not visible
23) Copper water supply pipes in homes built prior to 1986 may be joined with solder that contains lead. Lead is a known health hazard, especially for children. Laws were passed in 1985 prohibiting the use of lead in solder, but prior to that solder normally contained about 50 percent lead. The client(s) should be aware of this, especially if children will be living in this structure. Evaluating for the presence of lead in this structure is not included in this inspection. The client(s) should consider having a qualified lab test for lead, and if necessary take steps to reduce or remove lead from the water supply. Various solutions such as these may be advised:
Flush water taps or faucets. Do not drink water that has been sitting in the plumbing lines for more than six hours.
Install appropriate filters at points of use.
Use only cold water for cooking and drinking. Hot water dissolves lead more quickly than cold water.
Use bottled or distilled water.
Treat well water to make it less corrosive.
Have a qualified plumbing contractor replace supply pipes and/or plumbing components as necessary.
25) A significant amount of creosote (1/8 inch or more) is visible in the fireplace flue. A qualified chimney service contractor should inspect, clean, and repair if necessary now and annually in the future.
26) The damper control for the fireplace is loose and needs to be evaluated for minor repair.
27) There is a minor crack in the chimney crown ( or masonry cap) that should be sealed when practical.
Insulation material underneath floor above: None visible
Pier or support post material: Steel
Beam material: Solid wood
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
29) There are a couple of cracks in the north rear wall of the basement that should be sealed. They seem to be the result of a shock that could have been created when the air conditioner was installed. The other crack may have also been during the addition of the sunroom.
30) One or more electric receptacles that serve countertop surfaces within six feet of a sink appear to have no ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock. A qualified electrician should evaluate to determine if GFCI protection exists, and if not, repairs should be made so that all receptacles that serve countertop surfaces within six feet of sinks have GFCI protection. For example, install GFCI receptacles or circuit breaker(s) as needed.
32) The light fixture at one or more sets of stairs with living spaces at both ends is controlled by a single switch at one end. This is a safety hazard due to inadequate lighting. The light should be controlled by three-way switches at the top and bottom of the stairs so it can be easily operated on both floors. A qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary.
33) MANY DEFECTS CAN BE FOUND AT ENTRANCE DOORS NOT NORMALLY NOTICED WITH CASUAL WALK THROUGH.
34) The furnace or boiler flame(s) are yellow or orange rather than blue. This may be caused by inadequate combustion air and/or dirty or clogged burners. A qualified heating and cooling contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary.
35) Significant amounts of debris, dirt and/or dust are visible in one or more sections of supply and/or return air ducts. This can be a health hazard, especially for those with allergies or respiratory problems. The Environmental Protection Association (EPA) recommends considering having ducts professionally cleaned when "ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers". At a minimum, the visible debris should be thoroughly cleaned. Recommend having a qualified contractor clean the ducts. For more information on duct cleaning in relation to indoor air quality, visit: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html
36) Combustible materials were found less than 18 inches from the single wall flue pipe for the oil or gas-fueled furnace or boiler. This is a fire hazard. Combustible materials should be moved, or repairs made by a qualified contractor, as necessary to maintain this clearance.
37) What appears to be asbestos is visible on some ductwork. However, it appears to be intact and not significantly deteriorated. The client may wish to have this material tested at a qualified lab. For information on asbestos hazards in the home, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/453.html
38) Air handler filter(s) should be checked monthly in the future and replaced or washed as necessary.
39) No expansion tank is installed on this structure's water supply system. Expansion tanks are recommended when a property is on a public water supply system and the property's water system is "closed" via a pressure reducing valve (PRV), check valve, or backflow preventer. No room for expansion of water exists in this type of system. Thermal expansion occurs when water is heated during non-use periods. In a closed system with no provision for expansion, its effects may include:
Backflow into the water main
Damage to water heater connections, gas water heater flue tubes and pumps serving washers and dishwashers
"Weeping" of water through the water heater temperature-pressure relief (TPR) valve
Noisy water hammer in the pipes.
Expansion tanks can eliminate these problems by giving water a place to go when thermal expansion occurs. When a water heating cycle ends, or when any fixture is opened within the system, the impact of thermal expansion is reduced, and water drains out of the expansion tank back into the system. Recommend having a qualified plumber install an expansion tank as per standard building practices.
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