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This is a brief description of what we inspect during a General home inspection...

Structural Components: The structural components including foundation and framing. The floor wall and ceiling structure, the under-floor crawl space, the roof structure and the attic.

Exterior: The exterior wall covering, flashing and trim. All exterior doors, attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings. The eaves, soffits, and fascias where accessible from the ground level. The vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls on the property when any of these are likely to adversely affect the building. Walkways, patios, and driveways leading to dwelling entrances.

Roof System: The roof covering, the roof drainage systems, the flashing, the skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations.

Plumbing System: The interior water supply and distribution systems including all fixtures and faucets. The drain, waste and vent systems including all fixtures. The water heating equipment, the vent systems, flues, and chimneys. The fuel storage and fuel distribution systems. The drainage sumps, sump pumps, and related piping.

Electrical System: The service drop. The service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways. The service equipment and main disconnects. The service grounding. The interior components of service panels and sub panels. The conductors. The over-current protection devices (breakers/fuses). A representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles. The ground fault circuit interrupters.

Heating System: The installed heating equipment. The vent systems, flues, and chimneys.

Air Conditioning Systems: The installed central and through-wall cooling equipment.

Interior: The walls, ceilings, and floors. The steps, stairways, and railings. The countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets. A representative number of doors and windows. Garage doors and garage door operators.

Insulation and ventilation: The insulation and vapor barriers in unfinished spaces. The ventilation of attics and foundation areas. The mechanical ventilation systems. Describe the insulation and vapor barriers in unfinished spaces, the absence of insulation in unfinished spaces at conditioned surfaces.

Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances: The system components, the vent systems, flues, and chimneys.

 

 
 Did you know?

GFI outlets (the ones in kitchens, baths, garages, and the exterior) need to be "tripped" or tested every month. This will keep the mechanical components inside the outlet free to operate went they are needed. If you don't understand what type of outlet this is, think of the outlets you have seen that have red and black buttons on them. Since these outlets are intended to be in high moisture areas they are subject to freeze up and not operate properly. This could have a catastrophic impact on the safety of the occupants of the home.

 

Duct tape is good for pretty much everything except for ductwork sealing. Using specially designed peal and stick aluminum tape to seal ducts and the HVAC system can save typically 15-25% of your room air from escaping every time it passes through the HVAC system for conditioning.  

 

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