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Specquest LLC

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Phone: (720) 775-5245



Client(s):  John & Mary Homeowner
Property address:  123 Home Dr
Anywhere CA 95835
Inspection date:  Friday, July 01, 2016

This report published on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 4:31:32 PM PDT

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This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract (pre-inspection agreement) and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of Specquest LLC.

Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
SafetyPoses a safety hazard
Repair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing
Repair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance
Minor DefectCorrection likely involves only a minor expense
MaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance
EvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist
MonitorRecommend monitoring in the future
CommentFor your information

General Information
1 Repair/Replace - Evidence of rodent infestation was found in the form of feces in the attic and/or interior rooms. Consult with the property owner about this. A qualified person should make repairs to seal openings in the structure, set traps, and clean rodent waste as necessary. Recommend following guidelines in these Center for Disease Control articles:
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2 Safety, Repair/Maintain - Settlement, heaving and/or deterioration resulting in trip hazards were found in the sidewalks towards main electrical disconnect. For safety reasons, recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary to eliminate trip hazards.
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Trip Hazzard
Garage or Carport
9 Safety, Repair/Replace - Substandard shelving was installed above center of garage. This is a potential safety hazard due to the risk of collapse, especially if heavy items are stored on the shelves. Recommend that a qualified person remove shelving, or repair or modify as necessary.
10 Safety, Repair/Maintain - One or more garage vehicle doors had an automatic opener installed, and the manual lock mechanism on the door hadn't been permanently disabled. The automatic opener can be damaged, or injury can occur if the automatic door opener is operated with the manual lock engaged. A qualified person should disable or remove the lock mechanism per standard building practices.
11 Safety, Comment - Hookups for a clothes washer and/or dryer were installed in the garage. The client should be aware that any source of spark or flame, including motors and circuitry in laundry equipment, are a potential source for spark (or flame with a gas-fired clothes dryer). Such equipment should be elevated at least 18 inches off the floor because vapors from gasoline or other flammable fluids that are heavier than air may be present. Dryer duct vents into garage. Suggest qualified contractor evaluate and correct as necessary.
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Garage Dryer Vent Duct

12 Safety, Repair/Maintain - Based on the age of this structure and the appearance of 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.
13 Safety, Repair/Maintain - No permanently installed carbon monoxide alarms were found. 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.
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
15 Safety, Minor Defect - One or more hose bibs were missing backflow prevention devices. These devices reduce the likelihood of gray water entering the potable water supply. Recommend installing backflow prevention devices on all hose bibs where missing. They are available at most home improvement stores and are easily installed.
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No Anti-Siphon

Water Heater
16 Safety, Repair/Replace - The temperature-pressure relief valve drain line was longer than 15 feet. This is a potential safety hazard due to the risk of explosion from restricted flow. A qualified plumber should repair per standard building practices.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
18 Safety, Repair/Maintain, Evaluate - The last service date of the gas forced air furnace appeared to be more than 1 year ago, or the inspector was unable to determine the last service date. Ask the property owner when it was last serviced. If unable to determine the last service date, or if this system was serviced 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, 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.

Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
19 Safety, Maintain, Evaluate - Recommend that the client review all available documentation for gas-fired fireplaces and stoves. Depending on how they are operated (for routine heating versus ambiance), such appliances may need servicing annually or every few years. Consult with the property owner and/or a qualified specialist to determine if service is needed now. Any needed repairs noted in this report should be brought to the attention of the specialist when it's serviced.

21 Repair/Replace, Evaluate - The dishwasher was leaking. Recommend that a qualified specialist evaluate and repair or replace as necessary.
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Dishwasher Hole 1
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Dishwasher Hole 2
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Dishwasher Leak
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
28 Safety, Repair/Replace, Evaluate - The inspector was unable to verify that the glass used in one or more enclosure walls by the shower at location #A was approved safety glass. Glazing that is not approved safety glass located in areas subject to human impact is a potential safety hazard. Standard building practices require that approved safety glass be used in enclosures for bathtubs, showers, spas, saunas and steam rooms, and in windows where the bottom edge of the window is less than 60 inches above the drain inlet or standing surface. Wire-reinforced glass is not acceptable. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate further to determine if glazing is approved safety glass, and replace glass if necessary, and per standard building practices.
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No Evidence of Tempered Glass
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No Tempered Glass Picture 2
29 Repair/Replace - One or more cabinets, drawers and/or cabinet doors at location(s) #A and B were damaged, deteriorated or missing. Recommend that a qualified person repair or replace as necessary.
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Interior, Doors and Windows
33 Repair/Replace, Evaluate - This structure appears to have settled, or was leaning based on the presence of cracks in walls, ceilings or junctions between them, or door frames not being square. Although drywall cracking is fairly common in newer construction, recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate further.
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Drywall Crack 1
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Drywall Crack 3
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Ceiling Drywall Crack 2
34 Repair/Replace - Some interior door hardware (locksets) were inoperable. Recommend that a qualified person repair or replace as necessary.

Master bathroom was not working. Bathroom #B (upstairs) does not have a lock as required per current building standards.
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Faulty Bathroom Door Lock
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No Bathroom Door Lock
35 Repair/Replace - Carpeting in one or more areas was damaged or deteriorated. Recommend that a qualified contractor replace as necessary.