1537 Bay Dr
Yuba City CA 95993-8297
Inspector: Joshua McGrath
Certified Home Inspector
||1234 Main Street
||Tuesday, April 15, 2014
This report published on Saturday, April 26, 2014 1:08:13 AM PDT
The following section is a summary and does not reflect all the findings in this report.
Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
|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|
|Serviceable||Item or component is in servicable condition|
|Comment||For your information|
- Backyard has no slope or drainage system to lead water away from the structure. Standing water against a structure can erode, weaken and seep under the foundation. Recommend grading soil so it slopes down and away from buildings with a slope of at least 1 inch per horizontal foot.
Exterior and Foundation
- Sprinklers appear to be within inches of the exterior stucco and spray 360 degrees. It is likely the sprinklers are soaking the exterior stucco. This should be remedied. Continual spraying of water onto stucco walls can damage stucco, create stains, and allow green algae to grow on stucco walls. The old saying is "water the lawn, not the house."
- Soil was in contact with or less than 6 inches from siding or trim. Regardless of what material is used for siding, it should not be in contact with the soil. If made of wood, siding or trim will eventually rot. For other materials, ground or surface water can infiltrate siding or trim and cause damage to the wall structure. Wood-destroying insects are likely to infest and damage the wall structure. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend grading or removing soil as necessary to maintain a 6-inch clearance. Note that damage from fungal rot and/or insects may be found when soil is removed, and repairs may be necessary.
- Cracks, deterioration and/or damage were found in one or more areas of the exterior stucco finish. In damp climates, moisture can enter cracks or damaged areas and further deteriorate the stucco. Most of these cracks are small and cosmetic in nature right now, though the wall behind the stucco can become damaged from moisture over time. Note that areas behind the stucco are inaccessible and excluded from this inspection. Recommend that a qualified contractor inspect and repair stucco as necessary.
- Extensions such as splash blocks or drain pipes for one or more downspouts were missing. Water can accumulate around the building foundation or inside crawl spaces or basements as a result. Recommend that a qualified person install, replace or repair extensions as necessary so rainwater drains away from the structure.
It is recommended that client add extensions or splash block to downspouts to lead water away from structure.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
- Ceiling fan in dining room is difficult to turn on. Pull chain is very resistant. Recommend repair.
- The last service date of the forced air electric furnace appeared to be within the last 2 years based on information provided to the inspector or labeling on the equipment. If this is true, then routine servicing is not needed at this point. However a qualified HVAC contractor should inspect, clean, and service this system, and make repairs if necessary every few years in the future.
- Recommend replacing or washing HVAC filters upon taking occupancy depending on the type of filters installed. Regardless of the type, recommend checking filters monthly in the future and replacing or washing them as necessary. How frequently they need replacing or washing depends on the type and quality of the filter, how the system is configured (e.g. always on vs. "Auto"), and on environmental factors (e.g. pets, smoking, frequency of house cleaning, number of occupants, the season).
- No carbon monoxide alarms were visible. This is a potential safety hazard. Some states and/or municipalities require CO alarms to be installed for new construction and/or for homes being sold. 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
- Based on visible equipment or information provided to the inspector, this property appeared to have a yard irrigation (sprinkler) system. These are specialty systems and are excluded from this inspection. Comments in this report related to this system are made as a courtesy only and are not meant to be a substitute for a full evaluation by a qualified specialist. When this system is operated, recommend verifying that water is not directed at building exteriors, or directed so water accumulates around building foundations. Sprinkler heads may need to be adjusted, replaced or disabled. Consider having a qualified plumber verify that a backflow prevention device is installed per standard building practices to prevent cross-contamination of potable water. Recommend that a qualified specialist evaluate the irrigation system for other defects (e.g. leaks, damaged or malfunctioning sprinkler heads) and repair if necessary.
- The sink faucet was dripping. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
- The sink drained slowly. Recommend clearing drain and/or having a qualified plumber repair if necessary.
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
- The bathtub at location(s) #A and #C drained slowly. Recommend clearing drain and/or that a qualified plumber repair if necessary.
Interior, Doors and Windows
- The inspector was unable to verify that the glass used in one or more sliding glass doors was safety glass. One was verified tempered safety glass. Glazing that is not approved safety glass, located in areas subject to human impact, is a safety hazard. Standard building practices generally require that approved safety glass be used in swinging and sliding doors except where "art glass," jalousie windows or glazing smaller than a 3-inch opening is used. 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.
**Sliding glass door off of living room is tempered safety glass. Unable to verify sliding glass door in master bedroom. A qualified technician should inspect, this is a safety hazard.
- -Front exterior door had minor crack in sill, making a loud popping noise when stepped on. Although serviceable, the client may wish to repair or replace the jam for their ear's sake.
-Garage door leading into backyard had damage to door frame on both sides, possibly from moving something large through the door. This damage does not affect the functionality of the door, it is cosmetic.
- One or more exterior doors were difficult to open or close. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
Exterior storage, south-facing side, door sticks when opening and closing. Most likely due to structural settling.
- Sliding screen on master bedroom has large hole in the screen. Screen will fail to do its job on warmer days by keeping insects out. Recommend repair/replace by qualified technician.
- Damage to exterior door frame on door that leads from backyard into garage. Does not impede function of the door. Recommend repair.
- Fixtures such as toilet paper holders were loose. Recommend that a qualified person repair or replace as necessary.
Master Bathroom toilet paper holder is loose. Recommend repair.
- Carpeting near sliding glass door in living room is loose and retreating from the door. Recommend repair by a qualified technician.
- Corner entryway into dining/kitchen has dent. This is a cosmetic issue. On the bright side, they left a nice smiley face.
Garage or Carport
- Unable to verify if door separating garage and home is fire-resistant because there was no label. This is a potential safety hazard. House to garage doors, to prevent fire and fumes from spreading from the garage into interior living space, should be constructed of fire-resistant materials. Doors, generally considered to be suitable for the purpose, are solid core wood, steel, honeycomb steel or a door that has been factory labeled as fire rated. Recommend that a qualified contractor replace or repair the door and, at that time, make any other corrections that might be required to provide suitable fire resistance between the garage and the dwelling per standard building practices. For more information, visit:http://www.reporthost.com/?AGFR
- Exterior door leading from garage to backyard has damage on both sides of frame. This damage does not affect function of the door. Recommend repair.