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Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
A home inspection is a visual, and not an exhaustive or invasive, inspection of a home by a trained and impartial inspector. The inspector role in a home inspection is to find issues and deficiencies in the home and property. As a result, this report may seem negative in content. Unfortunately, the best features of a home may go unmentioned in this report. Please read the full report, not just the summary.There is very valuable information included within the full report text.
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|Safety||Poses a safety hazard|
|Repair/Replace||Recommend repairing or replacing|
|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|
|Monitor||Recommend monitoring in the future|
|Comment||For your information|
Fungal rot is starting to appear at the northeast corner section of floor sheathing. This could be due to most of the crawl space vents being covered. Recommend qualified contractor to uncover all the vents and evaluate/repair as necessary.
Crawl space access hatch is earth to wood contact. Substandard access, no well at door. Water can enter the crawl space. Recommend that a qualified person install a well.
Some electric receptacles at the laundry area, garage and/or exterior 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)
- Wet bar sinks (since 1993)
- Laundry and utility sinks (since 2005)
For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?GFCI
Electric receptacles at the bedrooms had no visible arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection, or the inspector was unable to determine if AFCI protection was present. This is a potential safety hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and install AFCI protection if necessary and per standard building practices. General guidelines for AFCI-protected receptacles include the following locations:
- Bedrooms (since 1999)
- Kitchens, laundry areas, family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens and recreation rooms, sunrooms, closets and hallways (since 2014)
For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?AFCI
Cover plate installed outside was missing and proper cover for outside use. This is a potential shock and/or fire hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair as necessary.
Handle ties were missing at most of the circuit breakers at the sub panel. Approved, "identified" handle ties should be installed to prevent one side from being turned off while the other is turned on. Nails, screws or wires or other nonconforming material are not permitted for use as handle ties. This is a potential shock hazard, especially for someone working on the system. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair per standard building practices.
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
leak found in drain fittings at laundry sink. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair as necessary.
Insulation for some water supply pipes in the crawl space was missing and/or substandard. Recommend replacing or installing insulation on pipes per standard building practices to prevent them from freezing during cold weather, and for better energy efficiency with hot water supply pipes.
No sediment trap was installed in the gas supply line at the furnace. Sediment traps prevent damage to gas-fired appliances by trapping oil, scale, water condensation and/or debris. Recommend that a qualified contractor install a sediment trap per standard building practices.
Plumbing going through floor structure without proper flashing or barrier. Result is lose of heat and access for rodents. Recommend a licensed contractor to repair. Might need further insulation contractor to replace disturbed insulation from repair.
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
The toilet at upstairs bathroom didn't flush. May be due to no toilet supply from valve. Recommend that a qualified plumber evaluate and repair or replace the toilet as necessary.
The shower enclosure at master bath was deteriorated, damaged or substandard. Water can damage the wall structure as a result. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair or replace the surround as necessary.
The exhaust fan at master bathroom was weak or slow. Moisture may accumulate and result in mold, bacteria or fungal growth. Recommend that a qualified person clean, repair or replace fans as necessary.
Interior, Doors and Windows
Handrails at interior flight of stairs were not graspable and posed a fall hazard. Handrails should be 1 1/4 - 2 inches in diameter if round, or 2 5/8 inches or less in width if flat. Recommend that a qualified person install graspable handrails or modify existing handrails per standard building practices.
Condensation or staining was visible between multi-pane glass in one or more . This usually indicates that the seal between the panes of glass has failed or that the desiccant material that absorbs moisture is saturated. As a result, the view through the window may be obscured, the window's R-value will be reduced, and accumulated condensation may leak into the wall structure below. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair windows as necessary. Usually, this means replacing the glass in window frames.
Be aware that evidence of failed seals or desiccant may be more or less visible depending on the temperature, humidity, sunlight, etc. Windows or glass-paneled doors other than those that the inspector identified may also have failed seals and need glass replaced. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to identify every window with failed seals or desiccant.