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CONFIDENTIAL HOME INSPECTION REPORT Property Inspected: 555 Sample Ave. S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016 Prepared for: Sample Inspection Date: 12-30-2010, 1:30 PM Report Number: 5121A Inspected by: Tim Walz, 651-276-9918, tim.walz@msn.com

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The Limitations of Your Inspection: Your inspection and report are based upon the conditions that existed at the time of the inspection. The inspection covers the listed items in the report for function and safety; not for code compliance. Your inspection is not intended to reflect the value of the property, nor make any representation as to the advisability or inadvisability of purchase. Repair estimates may have been discussed during the walkthrough portion of your inspection, but if provided, they should be considered approximations at best and must be confirmed by quotes from qualified contractors. All homes have some defects and it is our goal to identify as many of these as is possible during the inspection period. However, the inspection is not intended to be technically exhaustive and therefore, cannot guarantee that every defect was discovered. This is due primarily to time constraints, but also to weather conditions, and inaccessible / concealed areas. There is no destructive analysis, or technical testing performed during the evaluation. A complete list of items that are and are not inspected is available at our website - The NAHI Standards of Practice. Some of these limitations include the following: No tests are performed to determine the presence of airborne particles such as asbestos or noxious gases (i.e. formaldehyde, molds, mildews, toxic / carcinogenic / malodorous substances) or other conditions of air quality that may be present. No test for lead products is performed. No representations as to the existence of abandoned well(s), septic system(s), or underground fuel storage tank(s) are made. Hazardous wastes are not part of the inspection. The quality of drinking water is not a part of this inspection. No tests are performed to determine the presence or absence of rodents and insect pests. All cosmetic conditions, such as carpeting, vinyl floors, wallpapering and painting are also excluded. If your inspector believes that specific items warrant further investigation, he will direct you to the appropriate specialist. As a prudent home buyer, you should consider requesting further evaluation by licensed specialists of all issues that you are not comfortable with, regardless of your inspector's opinions.

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HOME INSPECTION REPORT SUMMARY Suggested Repairs / Improvements Inspection Address: 555 Sample Ave. S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016 Inspection Date: 12-30-2010 Report #: 5121A Client: Sample Buyer's Agent: Sample

Inspected By: Tim Walz, 651-276-9918, tim.walz@msn.com

SuburbanHomeInspections, Inc. - St Paul / Mpls www.homeinvestigator.com This summary report is intended to provide a convenient and cursory preview of the conditions and components that have been identified within your report, but since this summary is strictly based on the inspector's opinions, it is possible that some of your concerns may have been omitted. Therefore, it is important for you to review the entire report to ensure that all of your concerns can be addressed prior to closing. Unless the items listed in your report are cited as potential hazards, structural concerns, or "unsatisfactory", they should be regarded as recommendations only. All homes have some defects, but in most cases, it is acceptable to defer repairs to a later date, without cause for concern. The bottom line is that all items in this report are correctable. This summary does not require the seller to make repairs. You (the buyer) and your agent must negotiate with the seller to decide which items, if any, will be replaced/repaired prior to closing. Ideally, all repairs that are made would be performed by licensed specialists, who may identify additional defects, or recommend additional upgrades.

GROUNDS LANDSCAPING: GRADING: The grading is flat, or is negatively sloped toward the home in some locations, including portions of all four sides. A positive slope of 2.5" per ft., for a minimum of 10', is recommended. Flat or negatively sloped grading allows rain water to accumulate near the foundation walls, which increases the chance for moisture to leak into the home. In this case, the small planters should be removed so that the soil can be properly sloped away from the home. DECKS: HOUSE CONNECTION: The deck was not attached to the home properly. In this case, bolts were not used to secure the deck to the home's rim joist (see diagram). This results in a much weaker connection and is considered a potentially hazardous condition. CANTILEVER: The cantilever extends more than 2' over the beam, which is considered improper installation. This is also a potential safety hazard if the deck is overloaded at this location. HOUSE ROOF SYSTEM MASONRY CHIMNEY(S): CHIMNEY HEIGHT: The main floor chimney is less than 15 feet high from the top of the fire box to the top of the flue, which means that the chimney may not draft properly at times. MORTAR CAP: Cracks exist in the mortar cap, which should be sealed (cracks allow moisture to enter, which eventually causes the Š Suburban Home Inspections, Inc.

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brick and mortar to deteriorate). SPARK ARRESTER (COVER): There is no cover on one of the chimney openings (for the upstairs fireplace). Covers help prevent sparks from exiting the chimney and they also prevent animals, leaves and rain from entering the chimney. Chimney covers should also include a mesh that surrounds the opening. GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS: GUTTERS: Gutters are missing from all of the roof overhangs. Gutters, in addition to proper grading, will help reduce the amount of moisture that accumulates near the foundation walls, which helps to keep moisture out of the home. Gutters also help prevent the erosion of the grade. GARAGE SERVICE DOOR, VEHICLE DOOR & OPENER: OPENER'S ELECTRICAL: An extension cord is used for the automatic opener. Instead, the opener should be hard wired with its own ceiling outlet. Extension cords are not recommended for long-time use because they have been known to overheat. ATTIC VENTILATION: KITCHEN VENTS: The kitchen vent is venting directly into the attic rather than through the roof. This allows a large amount of moisture to enter the attic space, which could condense on the attic's wood structure. Repair is recommended. ROOF SUPPORT SYSTEM: FRAMED OPENINGS: Leakage is occurring at the chimney (visible from inside the front entrance closet hatch). Signs of active wetness were found on the basement ceiling - near the chimney location - which is a result of this leakage. Note: Over time, this can cause mold / mildew to form on the back side of the ceiling.

INSULATION & VAPOR BARRIER: INSULATION DEPTH: Less than 4 inches of insulation exist in the attic space. Consider adding more insulation to these areas (12" of insulation, or an R-value of 38 is the recommended insulation thickness/R-value in cold climates). Note: Prior to adding insulation, it is smart to first seal any openings / thermal bypasses that may exist (see photo). OTHER ROOF PENETRATIONS: FURNACE / WATER HEATER FLUES: A thermal bypass exists around a flue, which should be sealed. Openings allow moisture filled air to enter the attic space. OTHER THERMAL BYPASSES: Large thermal bypasses exist above the kitchen soffit areas. Thermal bypasses allow house air to enter the attic, which can cause ice dams to form on the roof. Thermal bypasses are also energy wasters. BASEMENT WATER PENETRATION: FOUNDATION WALLS: Moisture stains exist at the base of one wall corner (family room - at back side of home). Stains were also found inside the crawlspace - near the chimney location. This indicates that moisture has seeped into the basement area at one time and that future moisture is probable. As mentioned earlier, improvements are needed at the exterior (i.e. slope of soil and gutters) and until improvements are made, moisture seepage into the basement will remain a possibility. Note: In this case, most walls are finished, which means it is not possible to detect things like mold, mildew and decay in these areas without removing portions of the finished wall materials. ELECTRICAL SWITCHES: REMAINING INTERIOR SWITCHES: A dimmer switch does not operate properly (basement family room). This may indicate that the switch was improperly installed. It may also indicate that the wrong type of switch was installed. Homeowners occasionally install switches intended for use with two-way circuits (a light and single switch) into lighting circuits employing dual switch locations. This latter type of circuit is called a three-way switched circuit, and Š Suburban Home Inspections, Inc.

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special three-way switches must be used in these cases so the lighting circuit will operate properly from each switch location. OUTLETS: REMAINING INTERIOR OUTLETS: There is no power to the dining room outlet. Some receptacles have been painted, which often makes it difficult to plug cords into the receptacles. In this case, some outlets are unusable. Replacement of some receptacles is needed. HEATING & COOLING SYSTEMS FURNACE CONDITION: OVERALL CONDITION: The furnace has aged and there are no signs that the unit has been tuned-up for several years. Therefore, I suggest that you hire a licensed heating contactor to perform a "safety check" and tuneup before you use the system. COMBUSTION / MAKE-UP AIR SOURCE: The fresh air inlet is connected directly to the furnace's return air duct, which is not recommended. A preferred method is to drape the air source to the furnace room floor. The problem with the existing installation is that the water heater does not receive any of the outside air. In some cases, this existing configuration has also been known to cause the furnace's heat exchanger to deteriorate prematurely. The air conditioner's performance will also be negatively affected. Therefore, I suggest that you make corrections. The damper that covers the opening to the outside air source grate should be removed and replaced with a proper cover. AIR CONDITIONING: REFRIGERANT LINES: The gap around the refrigerant lines should be re-sealed - where they pass through the siding. Use "duct-seal" for this (a putty-like material available at home improvement stores). PLUMBING MAIN PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY PIPE: SHUT-OFF VALVES: A leak was detected at a shut off valve. Note: This leak is at the street side valve, which means that the water flow will likely have to be shut off at the street before a repair can be made. DISTRIBUTION PIPES: EXTERIOR SPIGOTS: A leak exists at a faucet valve (left side of home). SHUT-OFF VALVES (To Exterior Spigots): The shut off valve for the spigot at the right side of the home is not operational - and a leak currently exists at the valve. Note: The water flow is currently on to both exterior spigots, which means that they are at risk of freezing. WATER HEATER: CONDITION: Moisture exists at the base of the water heater tank. In this case, no signs of active leakage were found during the inspection, which may indicate that this occurred during the de-winterization process. I suggest that you continue to monitor this area. If the wetness continues, then leakage from the tank should be expected. FUEL (Gas) SUPPLY: DRYER CONNECTION: An unapproved flexible pipe is used to connect the gas supply to the dryer. In some reported incidents, unapproved brass connectors have separated, causing fires and explosions. According to new codes, only stainless steel (AGA approved) flex-pipes are permitted for connections to appliances. RANGE CONNECTION: An unapproved flexible pipe is used to connect the gas supply to the range. In some reported incidents, unapproved brass connectors have separated, causing fires and explosions. According to new codes, only stainless steel (AGA approved) flex-pipes are permitted for connections to appliances.

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The flexible pipe is passing through the floor, which is improper. APPLIANCE GAS SHUT OFF VALVES: Some of the valves are old, which means that they are more susceptible to leakage. Consider replacing each of the old style appliance shut-off valves with modern valves (AGA approved valves). Call the Gas Company for repair. A small gas leak was detected at the water heater's shut-off valve. All leaks should be repaired immediately. Call the Gas Company for immediate assistance. KITCHEN DRAIN & VENT PLUMBING: OVERALL CONDITION: The drain plumbing was improperly designed. APPLIANCES & VENTILATION: GAS RANGE CONDITION: The door does not open completely (strikes the refrigerator). DISPOSAL: The disposer does not run (motor is humming), which suggests that the impeller is jammed. The wire connection is exposed at the disposal (a potential shock hazard). BATHROOM(S) DRAIN & VENT PLUMBING: OVERALL CONDITION: The drain plumbing below the upstairs sink was improperly designed. Currently, there is no p-trap below the sink, which allows sewer gases to enter the home. PLUMBING FIXTURES: TOILET INSTALLATION: The toilet was not anchored to the floor properly (basement bathroom). When new tile floor is installed, the toilet flange often becomes recessed and the toilet cannot be secured properly. Flange extenders are recommended for these situations. WATER FLOW: A low flow exists at the shower head in the basement bathroom (possibly from a buildup of hard water deposits). BEDROOMS SMOKE / CO DETECTORS: CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS: CO detectors are not located near the sleeping areas. As of Fall of 2008, new codes require detectors within 10 ft. of all bedrooms. Note: I suggest that you purchase detectors that have a peak level button. This feature allows you to periodically check the maximum CO reading in the home, simply by pushing a button on the detector. REMAINING INTERIOR PORTIONS WINDOWS & DOORS: INTERIOR DOORS: The doors at the base of the basement staircase do not close completely. FIREPLACE (Basement): EVALUATION: A fireplace insert has been installed. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to remove such an insert. This insert has been placed within the firebox without the use of a metal vent. Instead, the appliance connector terminates at the appliance. This method is referred to a "slammer" installation and it poses a high risk of a chimney fire due to the rapid accumulation of creosote on the cool smoke chamber and flue walls. In this case, puffy creosote and cracks exist inside the chimney flue (visible from the roof). This often indicates that a chimney fire occurred at one time. Due to the amount of damage that has occurred, this fireplace is not usable in its current condition. Further evaluation by a specialist is needed to determine what repair options you have. FIREPLACE (Upstairs): FLUE CONDITION (CLAY LINED): Gaps / voids are suspected at some of the flue joints, but these are not detectable without using a camera inside the flue. Gaps are considered potential CO & fire hazards, so it is recommended to have the chimney liner inspected by a specialist if you plan to use the fireplace with regularity. As previously mentioned, the flue height is Š Suburban Home Inspections, Inc.

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also inadequate, which means that the fireplace may not draft properly at times. Note: Additional gaps were found inside the burner chamber (where the base of the flue and burner chamber meet). These gaps should also be sealed. FIREBOX (MASONRY): Gaps exist at the firebrick / veneer joints, which should also be sealed.

Note: Certain repairs or improvements may require permits. To obtain this information, contact your local Inspection Department or City Hall. End of Report Summary

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CLIENT, SITE & OTHER GENERAL INFORMATION CLIENT & REPORT INFO.: REPORT #:

5121A.

TYPE OF INSPECTION:

Pre-Purchase Home Inspection.

PROPERTY INSPECTED:

555 Sample Ave. S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016.

INSPECTION DATE:

12-30-2010.

START TIME:

1:30 PM.

COMPLETED:

4:45 PM.

CLIENT:

Sample.

CLIENT E-MAIL:

sample@msn.com.

BUYER'S AGENT:

Sample.

PEOPLE PRESENT:

Buyers, Buyer's agent.

CLIMATE CONDITIONS: WEATHER:

Overcast, Raining.

OUTSIDE TEMP.:

40 degrees.

INDOOR AIR TEMP:

70 degrees.

SOIL CONDITIONS:

Wet, Snow covered.

BUILDING CHARACTERISTICS: YEAR BUILT:

1970.

BUILDING TYPE:

1 family.

# OF LEVELS (above grade):

1 level.

SPACE BELOW GRADE:

Basement.

GARAGE:

Attached.

AREA:

Suburban.

HOUSE OCCUPIED:

No (vacant)

HOUSE FURNISHED:

No.

UTILITY SERVICES: WATER SOURCE:

Public.

SEWAGE DISPOSAL:

Public.

UTILITIES STATUS:

All utilities on.

PAYMENT INFORMATION: TOTAL FEE:

$325.00.

PAID BY:

Credit Card. GROUNDS

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LIMITATIONS: SINGLE FAMILY HOME:

Throughout the report, the specific sides of the home are referred to as Right, Left, Front and Back (as though you are looking at the home from the front yard). My evaluation of the exterior of the property conforms to the NAHI standards of practice. This inspection is not intended to address or include any geological conditions or site stability information. For information concerning these conditions, a geologist or soils engineer should be consulted. Any reference to Earth grade is limited to the areas around the exposed areas of the foundation. This inspection does not attempt to determine drainage performance of the site. Fences and outbuildings (other than garages) are not observed.

LANDSCAPING: VEGETATION:

No problems noted.

GRADING:

The grading is flat, or is negatively sloped toward the home in some locations, including portions of all four sides. A positive slope of 2.5" per ft., for a minimum of 10', is recommended. Flat or negatively sloped grading allows rain water to accumulate near the foundation walls, which increases the chance for moisture to leak into the home. In this case, the small planters should be removed so that the soil can be properly sloped away from the home.

LOT:

Not visible, due to snow coverage.

HARD SURFACES: CONCRETE DRIVEWAY:

Several settlement/shrinkage cracks are present.

CONCRETE STOOP(S):

No problems noted.

DECKS: FLOOR SURFACES:

Indoor/outdoor carpet has been used on the floor surface. This will trap moisture, which can cause the floor surface to decay.

HOUSE CONNECTION:

The deck was not attached to the home properly. In this case, bolts were not used to secure the deck to the home's rim joist (see diagram). This results in a much weaker connection and is considered a potentially hazardous condition. Flashing is present at the house connection (visible at bottom of ledger board), but the flashing does not overlap the ledger board. This would help keep water from draining behind the ledger board.

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BEAMS:

No problems noted.

CANTILEVER:

The cantilever extends more than 2' over the beam, which is considered improper installation. This is also a potential safety hazard if the deck is overloaded at this location.

POSTS:

The posts are undersized, according to modern codes (4 x 6 is the new minimum requirement).

FOOTINGS:

The presence of footings could not be positively determined.

GUARD RAILING:

No problems noted.

STAIR RAIL:

The spacing within the stair rails are larger than the 4" requirement, which is a potential hazard to children. HOUSE EXTERIOR

LIMITATIONS: SINGLE FAMILY HOME:

The inside of the wall structure is not visible. Therefore, the presence of rot, mold or deterioration inside the wall cavity cannot be positively determined during the inspection. It is scientifically known that moisture and mold are inter-related. If moisture is listed in any portion of the report, you should understand that mold may also be present. If you are concerned, and want further evaluation, please contact a moisture specialist (referrals are available on request). All penetrations into or through an exterior wall / siding (typically around doors, windows, exterior light fixtures and outlets) must be kept well sealed against moisture intrusion by the use of an appropriate sealant such as caulk. These areas should be inspected and maintained on a regular basis by the homeowner.

METAL / VINYL SIDING: TYPE OF WALL STRUCTURE:

Wood Framed.

VINYL:

No problems noted.

HOUSE WRAP PRESENT?:

Yes.

TRIM:

The posts outside the garage vehicle door are not secured at their base. One posts is currently leaning. Decay exists at the bottoms of both posts. Consider replacing the posts and anchoring them to the pavement. Note: It is unknown if these posts provide any structural support.

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FOUNDATION WALLS: INSPECTION CONDITIONS:

Most portions of the foundation walls were not viewed because they were covered with snow.

EXTERIOR DOORS: STORM DOORS:

The storm door is not self-closing.

DOOR LOCKS:

The front door is double keyed, which means that a key is used to lock the door from inside and outside. This is a violation of safety egress requirements.

GLASS DOORS:

The door is not elevated above the deck (4" recommended), which means that the base of the door is more susceptible to moisture leakage and decay.

SLIDING SCREEN DOORS:

Not tested. HOUSE ROOF SYSTEM

LIMITATIONS: SINGLE FAMILY HOME:

My evaluation of the roof coverings, the components and drainage systems conforms to the NAHI standards of practice. I access every roof unless I feel it is unsafe to do so. The roof evaluation determines if portions are missing, deteriorated and/or subject to possible leakage. Every roof is only as good as the waterproof membrane beneath it. Since the underlayments, flashings and decking are hidden from view, they cannot be evaluated. The roof is not disassembled during the inspection, so only surface areas are reported. My review is not a guarantee against roof leaks, nor is it a certification. Also note: certain attached roof accessories, such as solar systems, antennae, and lightning rods are not observed.

EVALUATION: ACCESS:

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PERCENT VISIBLE:

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Less than 30% of the shingles were viewed, due to snow coverage.

ROOF DESIGN & STRUCTURE: STYLE(S):

Hip.

EAVES:

No problems noted.

METAL FASCIAS:

No problems noted.

ASPHALT / FIBERGLASS COMPOSITION SHINGLES: TYPE:

Lightweight.

# OF LAYERS:

One layer exists on the home.

APPROXIMATE AGE:

The age of the shingles was not determined. Light weight shingles generally have a service life of 15 to 20 years.

UNDERLAYMENT:

The underlayment was not visible (presence of ice shield was not determined).

CONDITION:

No problems noted in visible areas.

APPLIANCE EXHAUST FLUE(S): CONDITION (DOUBLE WALLED CLASS-B):

No problems noted.

FLUE COVER:

The existing cover does not have a screen below the rain cap. Manufactured covers, with screens are preferred because they prevent animals from entering the flue. Note: Only approved, manufactured covers should be used.

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MASONRY CHIMNEY(S): BASE FLASHING:

Some portions were not completely evaluated, due to the snow coverage. A diverter / saddle was not installed on the top side of the chimney (saddles are designed to redirect water and debris around it).

BRICKS/BLOCKS:

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CHIMNEY HEIGHT:

The main floor chimney is less than 15 feet high from the top of the fire box to the top of the flue, which means that the chimney may not draft properly at times.

MORTAR CAP:

Cracks exist in the mortar cap, which should be sealed (cracks allow moisture to enter, which eventually causes the brick and mortar to deteriorate).

SPARK ARRESTER (COVER): There is no cover on one of the chimney openings (for the upstairs fireplace). Covers help prevent sparks from exiting the chimney and they also prevent animals, leaves and rain from entering the chimney. Chimney covers should also include a mesh that surrounds the opening.

VENTILATION: ROOF VENTS:

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OTHER ROOF PENETRATIONS: SIDEWALL "STEP" FLASHING:

Not visible, due to snow coverage.

KICK OUT FLASHING:

"Kick-out flashing" was not installed where the wall/siding extends beyond the roof's overhang (two locations: above front entrance and at back side of garage). Kick-out flashing is designed to redirect the water that drains off of the roof away from the wall below it. This detail has been required since 2007. The concern is that the constant flow of water that drains off of the roof may cause moisture to eventually penetrate the wall cladding below the overhang, causing wetness inside the wall structure.

PLUMBING VENTS (CONDITION):

No problems noted. Note: It is not possible to determine the presence of cracks inside plumbing vents since very little of the interiors are visible.

BATHROOM VENT(S):

No problems noted.

GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS: GUTTERS:

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Gutters are missing from all of the roof overhangs. Gutters, in addition to proper grading, will help reduce the amount of moisture that accumulates near the foundation walls, which helps to keep moisture out of the home. Gutters also help prevent the erosion of the grade.

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GARAGE FOUNDATION WALLS: BLOCK:

No problems noted.

FLOOR: SLAB:

Salt damage (pitting) is noted in some areas.

WALLS AND CEILING: FIRE WALLS/CEILINGS:

One small portion of the wall covering is damaged and is in need of repair. According to the fire code, all walls that connect to living portions of the home must be completely covered with a fire-rated material (i.e. concrete block, 1" plaster, or 1/2" type X sheet-rock).

STUDS:

No problems noted.

SOLE & TOP PLATES:

No problems noted.

SERVICE DOOR, VEHICLE DOOR & OPENER: INTERIOR SERVICE DOOR:

The door is double keyed, which means that a key is used to lock the door from inside and outside. This is a violation of safety egress requirements.

EXTERIOR SERVICE DOOR CONDITION:

No problems noted.

VEHICLE DOOR TYPE & MATERIAL:

Roll-up, Metal.

DOOR SIDE SPRINGS:

The door's side springs are not protected with safety cables.

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OPENER'S ELECTRICAL:

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An extension cord is used for the automatic opener. Instead, the opener should be hard wired with its own ceiling outlet. Extension cords are not recommended for long-time use because they have been known to overheat.

ROOF SUPPORT SYSTEM: ENGINEERED TRUSSES:

No problems noted.

SHEATHING (PLYWOOD/OSB):

No problems noted.

ATTIC ATTIC ACCESS: LOCATION(S):

Front entrance closet and upstairs bedroom closet.

HATCH CONDITION:

There is no insulation on the back sides of the attic hatches (rigid foam insulation is preferred).

% Of ATTIC VIEWED:

The examination of the attic occurred from inside the attic, but from limited viewing areas. A high powered flashlight is used for the evaluation.

VENTILATION: ATTIC VENTS:

No problems noted.

SOFFIT / EAVE VENTS:

Consider installing soffit baffles at the overhangs (especially if you plan to add more insulation). Baffles help prevent moisture (that enters through the soffit vents) from moistening the insulation (damp insulation has a much lower R-value than dry insulation).

BATHROOM VENTS:

The bathroom vent is made from single-ply plastic. Modern construction practices encourage the use of foil faced/insulated air ducts for bathroom vents because they reduce the amount of condensation that can form on the outside of the vent. In some cases, excessive amounts of condensation can lead to moisture stains on the bathroom ceiling.

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KITCHEN VENTS:

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The kitchen vent is venting directly into the attic rather than through the roof. This allows a large amount of moisture to enter the attic space, which could condense on the attic's wood structure. Repair is recommended.

ROOF SUPPORT SYSTEM: ENGINEERED TRUSSES:

No problems noted.

FRAMED OPENINGS:

Leakage is occurring at the chimney (visible from inside the front entrance closet hatch). Signs of active wetness were found on the basement ceiling - near the chimney location - which is a result of this leakage. Note: Over time, this can cause mold / mildew to form on the back side of the ceiling.

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PLYWOOD/OSB SHEATHING:

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No problems noted.

INSULATION & VAPOR BARRIER: INSULATION TYPE & R-VALUE:

Loose-fill Fiber Glass (R value = 3.2 per inch of thickness)

INSULATION DEPTH:

Less than 4 inches of insulation exist in the attic space. Consider adding more insulation to these areas (12" of insulation, or an R-value of 38 is the recommended insulation thickness/R-value in cold climates). Note: Prior to adding insulation, it is smart to first seal any openings / thermal bypasses that may exist (see photo).

VAPOR BARRIER:

No problems noted (Note: The entire vapor barrier is not viewed).

OTHER ROOF PENETRATIONS:

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CHIMNEY MASONRY:

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No problems noted.

FURNACE / WATER HEATER A thermal bypass exists around a flue, which should be sealed. Openings allow moisture filled FLUES: air to enter the attic space.

OTHER THERMAL BYPASSES:

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PLUMBING STACKS:

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No problems noted (note: The plumbing stacks are not completely visible). BASEMENT

LIMITATIONS: SINGLE FAMILY HOME:

Water seepage and moisture penetration is common in basements and is usually the result of inadequate water management above ground. Most cases can be corrected by improving grading and drainage. Please note: The review of the basement cannot always detect the past or future possibility of water in this area.

INSPECTION CONDITIONS: ACCESSIBILITY:

Note: Most portions of the first floor support system are covered and were not evaluated as a result.

EXPOSED FLOORBOARDS: PLYWOOD:

No problems noted.

JOISTS & SILL PLATES: WOOD JOISTS:

No problems noted.

FOUNDATION WALLS: TYPE:

Block and mortar.

INSPECTION CONDITIONS:

Note: Most portions of the basement walls have been finished, which means that the foundation was not evaluated at these locations.

BLOCK:

No problems noted.

EXPOSED FLOORS: CONDITION:

There is no vapor barrier over the dirt floor - below the staircase. This will help slow the spread of moisture-filled air into the home. I suggest that you construct a screened cover for this space so that it is allowed to breath during the summer months. Also, consider leaving the door to this space open during the summer, or replace the door with a vented / louvered door.

INSULATION and VAPOR & MOISTURE BARRIERS: RIM JOIST AREAS:

Insulation present?: Yes.

WATER PENETRATION:

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FOUNDATION WALLS:

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Moisture stains exist at the base of one wall corner (family room - at back side of home). Stains were also found inside the crawlspace - near the chimney location. This indicates that moisture has seeped into the basement area at one time and that future moisture is probable. As mentioned earlier, improvements are needed at the exterior (i.e. slope of soil and gutters) and until improvements are made, moisture seepage into the basement will remain a possibility. Note: In this case, most walls are finished, which means it is not possible to detect things like mold, mildew and decay in these areas without removing portions of the finished wall materials.

DRAIN TILE:

Not applicable. ELECTRICAL

LIMITATIONS: SINGLE FAMILY HOME:

All accessible switches and outlets are tested for operation. Those that are inaccessible due to furniture, or storage, or those that have electronic items such as clocks, stereo systems, or computers plugged into them are not tested. Inoperative light fixtures often lack bulbs, or have dead bulbs installed (light bulbs are not changed during the inspection, due to time constraints). Motion lights are not tested for operation. Cover plates are rarely removed. Time-clock motors are not tested for operation. Low voltage systems - wiring that is not a part of the primary electrical distribution system - is not tested. Also, over current devices (other than ground fault circuit interrupters) are not tested. Remember, the power to the entire house should be turned off prior to beginning any repairs, no matter how trivial the repair may seem.

UNDERGROUND SERVICE LATERAL: MAST:

No problems noted.

UTILITY METER:

No problems noted.

MAIN PANEL: LOCATION:

The main panel box is located in the garage.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM RATING:

120/240 Volt, 100-AMP: Standard service size.

MAIN CIRCUIT BREAKER:

No problems noted.

BOX & COVER:

No problems noted.

MAIN CIRCUITS:

Multi-strand aluminum.

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CIRCUIT BREAKERS:

Two breakers were off at the time of the inspection.

PANEL GROUND:

No problems noted.

DISTRIBUTION WIRING: TYPE(S) USED:

Greenfield (metal casing) & Plastic sheathed.

NUMBER OF CIRCUITS (Exiting Panel #1):

11.

ATTIC CIRCUITS:

Note: Most portions of the attic circuits were not evaluated.

SWITCHES: REMAINING INTERIOR SWITCHES:

A dimmer switch does not operate properly (basement family room). This may indicate that the switch was improperly installed. It may also indicate that the wrong type of switch was installed. Homeowners occasionally install switches intended for use with two-way circuits (a light and single switch) into lighting circuits employing dual switch locations. This latter type of circuit is called a three-way switched circuit, and special three-way switches must be used in these cases so the lighting circuit will operate properly from each switch location.

OUTLETS: REMAINING INTERIOR OUTLETS:

There is no power to the dining room outlet. Some receptacles have been painted, which often makes it difficult to plug cords into the receptacles. In this case, some outlets are unusable. Replacement of some receptacles is needed.

FIXTURES / LUMINAIRES:

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EXTERIOR FIXTURES:

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The fixture at the back entrance door is not working, but may be fixed by simply changing the bulb. HEATING & COOLING SYSTEMS

LIMITATIONS: SINGLE FAMILY HOME:

All owners of combustion heating systems should purchase a maintenance contract that includes an annual inspection and tune-up. This is especially true if the appliance is more than five years old.

FURNACE DESCRIPTION: MAKE:

Payne.

MODEL:

PG8MAA042090.

SERIAL NUMBER:

2503A30173.

APPROXIMATE AGE:

The furnace is approximately 7 years old. Average lifespan: 20-25 years.

INPUT CAPACITY OF UNIT:

88,000 btu.

SYSTEM TYPE:

Forced Air, Induced Draft.

FUEL TYPE:

Natural Gas.

PILOT TYPE:

Glow plug.

BURNER TYPE:

Mono port burners.

FURNACE CONDITION: OVERALL CONDITION:

The furnace has aged and there are no signs that the unit has been tuned-up for several years. Therefore, I suggest that you hire a licensed heating contactor to perform a "safety check" and tuneup before you use the system.

COMBUSTION / MAKE-UP AIR SOURCE:

The fresh air inlet is connected directly to the furnace's return air duct, which is not recommended. A preferred method is to drape the air source to the furnace room floor. The problem with the existing installation is that the water heater does not receive any of the outside air. In some cases, this existing configuration has also been known to cause the furnace's heat exchanger to deteriorate prematurely. The air conditioner's performance will also be negatively affected. Therefore, I suggest that you make corrections. The damper that covers the opening to the outside air source grate should be removed and replaced with a proper cover.

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ROUND, DOUBLE WALL FLUE (Class B):

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There is no fire stop around the furnace flue, where it enters the floorboards. The code requires an effective barrier at this location. Fire-stops will prevent flames (if a fire exists) from quickly spreading to the other areas of the home. A fire-stop will also reduce the amount of moisture filled air that enters the attic space. A large gap exists at a joint. Further evaluation is needed to ensure that leakage is not occurring at this location.

AIR FILTERS:

Note: As a general rule, it is best to use high-quality filters during heating months, but low quality filters during the cooling months. The reason for this is that the heavier, cold air is restricted more by the higher quality filters. These filters also trap more particles, which results in even more air restriction. Ideally, the low quality filters would be changed twice per month during the cooling season.

% OF VISIBLE BURNER CHAMBER:

Less than 1% of the heat exchanger was visible.

HUMIDIFIER:

Not applicable.

AIR FLOW DETECTED AT ALL REGISTERS?:

Yes.

AIR CONDITIONING: INSPECTION CONDITIONS:

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The system was not viewed in operation because the outside air temperature was not above 65 degrees for at least the last 24 hours. You should never operate your air-conditioner under these circumstances. Liquids inside the compressor become thicker at lower temperatures. The operation of the air-conditioner under these circumstances can result in damage to the compressor, or the compressor seals. In many cases, this damage will not manifest itself for several hours, or days.

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APPROXIMATE AGE:

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The air-conditioner is approximately 7 years old. Average lifespan: 20-25 years.

EXTERIOR HOUSING & FAN: The exterior unit is covered with snow and was not evaluated.

REFRIGERANT LINES:

The gap around the refrigerant lines should be re-sealed - where they pass through the siding. Use "duct-seal" for this (a putty-like material available at home improvement stores).

EVAPORATOR COIL (INTERIOR):

The indoor coils were not accessible and therefore, were not viewed.

PLUMBING LIMITATIONS: SINGLE FAMILY HOME:

The plumbing system is inspected in accordance with the NAHI standards of practice. Since shutoff valves are operated infrequently, it is not unusual for them to become stuck in place over time. Stuck valves can leak or break when operated after a long period of inactivity. For this reason NO shutoff valves are tested during the home inspection. Corrosion is very common at pipe joints and is often not reported. Many portions of the plumbing system are not visible during a standard inspection. This includes: underground supply and drain pipes, septic systems, and all plumbing that is located behind walls, floors, or ceilings. Plumbing leakage is a major part of your inspection. During the inspection procedures, all fixtures are operated for at least 10 minutes at each location (and often much longer) and the areas under these fixtures are inspected for signs of leakage whenever it is possible to do so. However, there ultimately is no way to guarantee that all leaks have been located, or that future leaks will not occur.

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MAIN PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY PIPE: MATERIAL:

The portion of visible pipe is copper.

SIZE:

1"

LOCATION:

The main interior water shut-off valves are located in the furnace room.

PIPE CONDITION:

No problems noted.

METER:

No problems noted.

SHUT-OFF VALVES:

A leak was detected at a shut off valve. Note: This leak is at the street side valve, which means that the water flow will likely have to be shut off at the street before a repair can be made.

WATER FLOW:

Note: Water pressure is not measured during your home inspection. The water pressure within pipes is commonly confused with water volume, but whereas high water volume is good, high water pressure is not. In fact, whenever street pressure exceeds eighty pounds per square inch, a regulator is recommended, which typically comes factory preset between forty-five and sixty-five pounds per square inch.

DISTRIBUTION PIPES: MATERIAL(S) USED (Visible Portions Only):

Copper (Type M - red)

SIZE & INSTALLATION:

The pipes that supply water to the exterior spigots are less than 3/4" in diameter, which is considered undersized.

WATER SOFTENER:

The water softener is not in use (is not plugged in) and was not tested for operation. I suggest that you ask the homeowner to guarantee that the unit is in proper operating condition.

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EXTERIOR SPIGOTS:

A leak exists at a faucet valve (left side of home).

SHUT-OFF VALVES (To Exterior Spigots):

The shut off valve for the spigot at the right side of the home is not operational - and a leak currently exists at the valve. Note: The water flow is currently on to both exterior spigots, which means that they are at risk of freezing.

DRAIN, WASTE & VENT PIPES: INSPECTION CONDITIONS:

Note: The underground lateral sewer lines - which run from your home to the street - are your responsibility. If there are large trees in your yard (or if there ever were large trees), it is possible for tree roots to damage and / or clog drain pipes. I attempt to evaluate drain pipes by operating all of the operational plumbing fixtures for an extended period of time (minimum 10 minutes per fixture). Every drain that has an active fixture is flushed while watching for blockages or slow drains. However, this is not a conclusive test and only a video-scan of the main line would confirm its actual condition. I do not perform a video scan during your home inspection. Blockages in main drain lines are more common in homes that have been vacant for extended periods of time. This is due to the scale inside the pipes, which dries when water does not flow through the plumbing. Once this scale is dislodged, the plumbing is more likely to clog. Additionally, it is smart to obtain flood insurance in case there is a back-up (most policies only cover plumbing repairs within the home and the cost of rooter service - not damages caused by flooding).

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MATERIAL(S) USED:

Plastic.

FLOOR DRAIN:

No problems noted.

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WATER HEATER: FUEL TYPE:

Natural Gas.

SIZE:

40 Gallons.

APPROXIMATE AGE:

The water heater is approximately 5 years old. Average lifespan: 15-20 years.

SERIAL NUMBER:

RMLN0105408962.

CAPACITY OF UNIT:

36,000 btu's.

CONDITION:

Moisture exists at the base of the water heater tank. In this case, no signs of active leakage were found during the inspection, which may indicate that this occurred during the de-winterization process. I suggest that you continue to monitor this area. If the wetness continues, then leakage from the tank should be expected.

TEMPERATURE & PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE:

Note: Pressure relief valves are not tested during the inspection.

THERMOSTAT(S):

Note: The water temperature should be set at a minimum of 110 degrees fahrenheit to kill microbes and a maximum of 125 degrees to prevent scalding.

FUEL (Gas) SUPPLY: GAS METER & UTILITY SERVICE:

No problems noted. Exposed portions of gas lines are inspected for leaks, but the absence of leaks is not guaranteed.

MAIN GAS SHUT-OFF VALVE:

A main interior gas shut-off was not located.

DRYER CONNECTION:

An unapproved flexible pipe is used to connect the gas supply to the dryer. In some reported incidents, unapproved brass connectors have separated, causing fires and explosions. According to new codes, only stainless steel (AGA approved) flex-pipes are permitted for connections to appliances.

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RANGE CONNECTION:

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An unapproved flexible pipe is used to connect the gas supply to the range. In some reported incidents, unapproved brass connectors have separated, causing fires and explosions. According to new codes, only stainless steel (AGA approved) flex-pipes are permitted for connections to appliances. The flexible pipe is passing through the floor, which is improper.

FURNACE CONNECTION:

No problems noted.

WATER HEATER CONNECTION:

No problems noted.

GAS GRILLE CONNECTION:

An abandoned gas pipe exists below the deck area (probably once used for a grille).

APPLIANCE GAS SHUT OFF VALVES:

Some of the valves are old, which means that they are more susceptible to leakage. Consider replacing each of the old style appliance shut-off valves with modern valves (AGA approved valves). Call the Gas Company for repair. A small gas leak was detected at the water heater's shut-off valve. All leaks should be repaired immediately. Call the Gas Company for immediate assistance.

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LAUNDRY LIMITATIONS: SINGLE FAMILY HOME:

The interior review is visual and the findings are reported in a manner that compares your home to other homes of a similar age. Cosmetic considerations and minor flaws such as torn screens, or an occasional cracked window can be overlooked. Therefore, we suggest that you double check for these minor items during the final walk through of your home, if concerned. Only the visible portions of the walls, floors and ceilings are included with the inspection. Those portions that are covered with floor coverings, furniture, or storage are not included. False ceiling panels are generally not removed during the inspection unless there is a compelling reason to do so. Determining the source of odors, or like conditions is also not a part of this inspection.

SUPPLY PLUMBING: OVERALL CONDITION:

No problems noted.

DRAIN & VENT PLUMBING: OVERALL CONDITION:

No problems noted.

PLUMBING FIXTURES: SINKS:

No problems noted.

SINK FAUCETS:

No problems noted.

SINK VALVES:

No problems noted.

WATER FLOW:

Adequate (More than 1/2" stream)

APPLIANCES: DRYER TYPE:

Natural gas.

DRYER CONDITION:

The appliance is an older model and is nearing the end of its useful life.

CLOTHES WASHER:

The washer was not tested for operation (hoses were not connected). KITCHEN

FLOOR, WALLS & CEILING: FLOOR COVERING CONDITION:

No problems noted.

WALL CONDITION:

No problems noted.

CEILING CONDITION:

No problems noted.

SUPPLY PLUMBING: SHUT-OFF VALVES (BELOW There are no shut-off valves on the supply plumbing. Shut-off valves are helpful when making SINK): repairs. DRAIN & VENT PLUMBING: OVERALL CONDITION:

The drain plumbing was improperly designed.

PLUMBING FIXTURES:

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SINKS:

No problems noted.

SINK FAUCETS:

The spray head is partially clogged (with hard water deposits).

SINK VALVES:

No problems noted.

WATER FLOW:

Adequate (More than 1/2" stream)

CABINETS AND/OR CLOSETS: COUNTER TOP:

The countertop is not secured to the cabinet (most locations).

CABINETS:

No problems noted.

DRAWERS:

No problems noted.

WINDOWS & DOORS: SLIDING WINDOWS:

No problems noted.

APPLIANCES & VENTILATION: GAS RANGE CONDITION:

The door does not open completely (strikes the refrigerator). Oven self cleaning or continuous cleaning operations, cooking functions, clocks, timing devices and thermostat accuracy are not tested during this inspection. These devices usually fail, or need adjustment long before the range or oven must be replaced. Electronic gadgetry consistently incurs greater need for repairs than simple dial controls.

GAS COOK TOP CONDITION:

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VENTILATION:

No problems noted.

REFRIGERATOR:

No problems noted.

ICE MAKER:

The ice maker was not tested for operation, but a water flow does exist at the dispenser.

DISHWASHER

No problems noted. Note: The underside of the dishwasher was not evaluated.

DISPOSAL:

The disposer does not run (motor is humming), which suggests that the impeller is jammed. The wire connection is exposed at the disposal (a potential shock hazard).

MICROWAVE:

No problems noted. The microwave unit is viewed, but proper operation is not determined. Testing of temperature settings, timers, clocks, radiation, etc., exceeds the scope of this inspection. BATHROOM(S)

FLOOR, WALLS, CEILING & VENTILATION: FLOOR COVERING CONDITION:

It is unknown if the basement floor tile has been sealed. Grout is missing at some of the wall base locations.

WALL CONDITION:

No problems noted.

CEILING CONDITION:

No problems noted.

FAN:

The light fixture and ceiling fan are on the same circuit, which can become an inconvenience (upstairs bath).

SUPPLY PLUMBING: OVERALL CONDITION:

No problems noted.

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PLUMBING FIXTURES: COUNTER TOP:

No problems noted.

SINKS:

No problems noted.

SINK FAUCETS:

No problems noted.

SINK VALVES:

No problems noted.

BATHTUB:

No problems noted.

BATHTUB FAUCETS:

No problems noted.

BATHTUB VALVES:

No problems noted.

SHOWER HEADS:

No problems noted.

SHOWER VALVES:

No problems noted.

TOILET INSTALLATION:

The toilet was not anchored to the floor properly (basement bathroom). When new tile floor is installed, the toilet flange often becomes recessed and the toilet cannot be secured properly. Flange extenders are recommended for these situations.

WATER FLOW:

A low flow exists at the shower head in the basement bathroom (possibly from a buildup of hard water deposits).

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CABINETS AND/OR CLOSETS: DRAWERS:

One drawer does not stay closed (upstairs bathroom).

WINDOWS & DOORS: SLIDING WINDOWS:

No problems noted.

INTERIOR DOORS:

There is no doorstop behind the basement door. BEDROOMS

FLOOR, WALLS & CEILING: FLOOR COVERING CONDITION:

No problems noted.

WALL CONDITION:

No problems noted.

CEILING CONDITION:

No problems noted.

CABINETS AND/OR CLOSETS: CLOSET DOORS:

No problems noted.

WINDOWS & DOORS: SIZE & INSTALLATION:

The basement bedroom windows do not meet egress requirements (sill height is more than 44" above the floor). Bedroom egress window size requirements: 44 inch sill height max, 5.7 sq. ft. net clear opening, 24" minimum open height and 20" minimum open width.

SLIDING WINDOWS:

No problems noted.

INTERIOR DOORS:

There are no doorstops behind some of the doors.

SMOKE / CO DETECTORS: SMOKE DETECTOR LOCATION:

No problems noted.

SMOKE DETECTOR CONDITION:

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SMOKE DETECTORS HARD WIRED:

No.

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS:

CO detectors are not located near the sleeping areas. As of Fall of 2008, new codes require detectors within 10 ft. of all bedrooms. Note: I suggest that you purchase detectors that have a peak level button. This feature allows you to periodically check the maximum CO reading in the home, simply by pushing a button on the detector. REMAINING INTERIOR PORTIONS

FLOOR, WALLS, CEILING & VENTILATION: FLOOR COVERING CONDITION:

No problems noted.

CEILING CONDITION:

Ceiling cracks exist in the upstairs living / dining area.

WINDOWS & DOORS: SLIDING WINDOWS:

No problems noted.

INTERIOR DOORS:

The doors at the base of the basement staircase do not close completely.

STAIRS & HANDRAILS: STAIR RAIL:

The space between the floor and the stair rail is more than 4", which is a potential hazard to children.

FIREPLACE (Basement):

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EVALUATION:

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The inspection of this fireplace and flue system is categorized as a Level I inspection by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). Only the readily accessible areas of the chimney, structure and flue are inspected. A fireplace insert has been installed. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to remove such an insert. This insert has been placed within the firebox without the use of a metal vent. Instead, the appliance connector terminates at the appliance. This method is referred to a "slammer" installation and it poses a high risk of a chimney fire due to the rapid accumulation of creosote on the cool smoke chamber and flue walls. In this case, puffy creosote and cracks exist inside the chimney flue (visible from the roof). This often indicates that a chimney fire occurred at one time. Due to the amount of damage that has occurred, this fireplace is not usable in its current condition. Further evaluation by a specialist is needed to determine what repair options you have.

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VISIBLE PORTION OF CHIMNEY FLUE INTERIOR (FROM INSIDE HOME):

0% of the flue was visible from the fireplace.

VISIBLE PORTION OF CHIMNEY FLUE INTERIOR (FROM ROOFTOP):

50% of the chimney flue interior was visible from the roof.

FIREPLACE (Upstairs): TYPE:

Wood burning, Clay vent.

VISIBLE PORTION OF CHIMNEY FLUE INTERIOR (FROM INSIDE HOME):

1% of the flue was visible from the fireplace.

VISIBLE PORTION OF CHIMNEY FLUE INTERIOR (FROM ROOFTOP):

75% of the chimney flue interior was visible from the roof.

FLUE CONDITION (CLAY LINED):

Gaps / voids are suspected at some of the flue joints, but these are not detectable without using a camera inside the flue. Gaps are considered potential CO & fire hazards, so it is recommended to have the chimney liner inspected by a specialist if you plan to use the fireplace with regularity. As previously mentioned, the flue height is also inadequate, which means that the fireplace may not draft properly at times. Note: Additional gaps were found inside the burner chamber (where the base of the flue and burner chamber meet). These gaps should also be sealed.

DAMPER:

No problems noted.

FORCED AIR FAN:

Not applicable.

FIREBOX (MASONRY):

Gaps exist at the firebrick / veneer joints, which should also be sealed.

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GLASS:

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The fireplace does not have a glass door. The lack of a door means that there will be much more heat loss up this chimney.

HEARTH EXTENSION (<6 sq. The hearth extension extends less than 16" in front of the fireplace opening. ft. opening):

OTHER (NON-INSPECTED) COMPONENTS: SECURITY SYSTEM:

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The security system is not within the scope of this inspection. Further evaluation by a specialist is recommended.

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