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Inspection Report
Ms. Clara Moraga
Property Address:
905 Smith Drive
Metairie La. 70005

905 Smith Drive

DTM Building Inspection Serv.,LLC
Daniel Maloney 10544
4217 Lake Trail Dr
Kenner, La. 70065

DTM Building Inspection Serv.,LLC

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Table of Contents
Cover Page .................................................................1
Table of Contents........................................................2
Intro Page ...................................................................3
1 Roofing.....................................................................4
2 Exterior...................................................................11
3 Garage ...................................................................17
4 Interiors ..................................................................18
5 Structural Components ..........................................21
6 Plumbing System ...................................................28
7 Electrical System ...................................................30
8 Heating / Central Air Conditioning..........................35
9 Insulation and Ventilation.......................................38
10 Built-In Kitchen Appliances ..................................39
General Summary.....................................................41
Invoice.......................................................................43
Attachments ..............................................................44

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Date: 7/26/2017

Time: 11:00 AM

Report ID: 03774

Property:
905 Smith Drive
Metairie La. 70005

Customer:
Ms. Clara Moraga

Real Estate Professional:
Jeri Wheeler

Comment Key or Definitions
The following definitions of comment descriptions represent this inspection report. All comments by the inspector should be
considered before purchasing this home. Any recommendations by the inspector to repair or replace suggests a second
opinion or further inspection by a qualified contractor. All costs associated with further inspection fees and repair or
replacement of item, component or unit should be considered before you purchase the property.
Inspected (IN) = I visually observed the item, component or unit and if no other comments were made then it appeared to be
functioning as intended allowing for normal wear and tear.
Not Inspected (NI)= I did not inspect this item, component or unit and made no representations of whether or not it was
functioning as intended and will state a reason for not inspecting.
Not Present (NP) = This item, component or unit is not in this home or building.
Repair or Replace (RR) = The item, component or unit is not functioning as intended, or needs further inspection by a
qualified contractor. Items, components or units that can be repaired to satisfactory condition may not need replacement.
Standards of Practice:

Type of building:

Style of Home:

Louisana

Single Family (1 story)

Traditional

Approximate age of building:

Home Faces:

Temperature:

57 Years Old

West

90 Degrees

Weather:

Ground/Soil surface condition:

Rain in last 3 days:

Clear, Hot and Humid

Dry

Yes

Radon Test:

Water Test:

Present at Inspection:

No

No

Buyer, Buyer's Agent, Seller, Seller's Agent

Vacant or Occuppied:
Occuppied

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1. Roofing
The home inspector shall observe: Roof covering; Roof drainage systems; Flashings; Skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations; and Signs of' leaks or
abnormal condensation on building components. The home inspector shall: Describe the type of roof covering materials; and Report the methods used to
observe the roofing. The home inspector is not required to: Walk on the roofing; or Observe attached accessories including but not limited to solar systems,
antennae, and lightning arrestors.

IN NI NP RR

Styles & Materials

1.1 FLASHINGS

Roof Covering:
Architectural
Modified bitumen

1.2 SKYLIGHTS, CHIMNEYS AND ROOF PENETRATIONS

Viewed roof covering

1.3 ROOF DRAINAGE SYSTEMS

from:
Walked roof

1.0 ROOF COVERINGS

IN= Inspected, NI= Not Inspected, NP= Not Present, RR= Repair or Replace

IN NI NP RR

Sky Lights/ Solar Panels:
None
Chimney:
Metal Flue

Comments:
1.0 (1) There is a nail that is either pushing the shingle up or has completely penetrate the shingle itself on the
(rear) of the roof. I recommend re-securing the shingle and nail and sealing the nail head with silicon to prevent a water
intrusion into the attic. Repair as needed by a qualified person.

1.0 Item 1(Picture) nail pushing shingle up
(2) The roof covering appears to be in serviceable condition at the time of this inspection. There were no missing or
damaged shingles on this roof at the time of this inspection. The roof was reported to be approximately 7 years old, per
the house disclosure. The roofing materials appear to have a manufacture's rated 30 year roof, under proper
venting of the attic space and weather conditions. Typically roof's in our area do not reach the life expectancy due

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to the extreme heat and moisture conditions. There is some wear signs such as granule loss on the shingles.
Further deterioration should be expected as this roof ages into the future. This is just for your information.

1.0 Item 2(Picture) some visible granule loss

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(3) The flat roof over the (right rear) side of the home may be holding a small area of water and may not be draining
properly at the front right edge of the roof. Typically water should not sit on these roof's for more than 48 hours or
deterioration will start to take place. (no water on roof during this inspection) Flat roof's should have a slight slope
for drainage purposes. These roof's are a maintenance style roof and will require re-surfacing from time to time.
They are also known to have leaking issues that will need to be address from time to time. Recommend a qualified
licensed roofer to inspect and make any necessary repairs to ensure the roof is draining properly.

1.0 Item 3(Picture) watch this area for any ponding
water

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1.1 (1) Four of the lead vent stacks/covers and skirts have been damaged by rodents. I would recommend replacing
any damage stack covering so there is no chance of water entrances into the attic space. Repair or replace as
needed.

1.1 Item 1(Picture) vent cover and skirt damaged

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1.1 Item 2(Picture) vent cover damaged

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(2) The flashings on the (rear) side of the roof are uplifting in areas and should be secured down to the roof
decking. These flashing could be uplifted further in high winds and cause moisture leaks around the flashing.
Recommend securing and sealing this flashing as needed by a qualified licensed roofing contractor.

1.1 Item 3(Picture) flashing uplifting
(3) The electrical mask flashing on the rear of the roof is rusting. I recommend sanding and paint with a metal type paint.
This will slow the deterioration down. Repair by a qualified person.

1.1 Item 4(Picture) rusted flashing
1.2 There is a Television dish that is installed on top of the roof shingles on the (rear) of the home. It is not a good
idea to installed these dishes on the roof like this as you can create roof leaks around the fastening hardware, and
this dish could be ripped off the roof in high winds. This could cause major damage if this were to occur. The

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recommended install would be to fasten the dish to the eave of the home. This is for your information and repair as
needed by a qualified licensed roofer.
The metal chimney on the right rear of the home is heavy sealed with roofing sealant. Recommend monitoring this for any
potentially leaking as it appeared to leak in the past. Sealant can sometimes wear down and begin to crack and allow
leaking. Recommend any repairs needed in the future to be down by a qualified licensed roofer.

1.2 Item 1(Picture) TV dish on roof

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1.2 Item 2(Picture) heavy sealant around chimney

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1.3 The gutters have some debris in areas and needs to be cleaned. The debris in gutters can also conceal rust,
deterioration or leaks that are not visible until cleaned, and I am unable to determine if such conditions exist. Gutter debris
can lead to moisture damage to the eaves and promote wood destroying insect activity. Clean the gutter cans as needed on
a regular basis by a qualified person.

1.3 Item 1(Picture) gutter debris on front
The roof of the home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern, some
areas can go unnoticed. Roof coverings and skylights can appear to be leak proof during inspection and weather conditions. Our inspection makes an
attempt to find a leak but sometimes cannot. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report
should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the
comments in this inspection report.

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2. Exterior
The home inspector shall observe: Wall cladding, flashings, and trim; Entryway doors and a representative number of windows; Garage door operators;
Decks, balconies, stoops, steps, areaways, porches and applicable railings; Eaves, soffits, and fascias; and Vegetation, grading, drainage, driveways,
patios, walkways, and retaining walls with respect to their effect on the condition of the building. The home inspector shall: Describe wall cladding materials;
Operate all entryway doors and a representative number of windows; Operate garage doors manually or by using permanently installed controls for any
garage door operator; Report whether or not any garage door operator will automatically reverse or stop when meeting reasonable resistance during
closing; and Probe exterior wood components where deterioration is suspected. The home inspector is not required to observe: Storm windows, storm
doors, screening, shutters, awnings, and similar seasonal accessories; Fences; Presence of safety glazing in doors and windows; Garage door operator
remote control transmitters; Geological conditions; Soil conditions; Recreational facilities (including spas, saunas, steam baths, swimming pools, tennis
courts, playground equipment, and other exercise, entertainment, or athletic facilities); Detached buildings or structures; or Presence or condition of buried
fuel storage tanks. The home inspector is not required to: Move personal items, panels, furniture, equipment, plant life, soil, snow, ice or debris that
obstructs access or visibility.

IN NI NP RR

Styles & Materials

2.0 WALL CLADDING FLASHING AND TRIM



Siding Style:
Brick

2.1 DOORS (Exterior)



Siding Material:
Brick veneer

2.2 WINDOWS



Exterior Entry Doors:
Fiberglass

DECKS, BALCONIES, STOOPS, STEPS, AREAWAYS, PORCHES, PATIO/ COVER
AND APPLICABLE RAILINGS



VEGETATION, GRADING, DRAINAGE, DRIVEWAYS, PATIO FLOOR, WALKWAYS
2.4 AND RETAINING WALLS (With respect to their effect on the condition of the
building)



2.5 EAVES, SOFFITS AND FASCIAS



2.3

2.6 OTHER
IN= Inspected, NI= Not Inspected, NP= Not Present, RR= Repair or Replace

Appurtenance:
Covered porch
Sidewalk
Deck
Driveway:
Concrete


IN NI NP RR

Comments:

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2.0 (1) There is some brick/mortar cracking on the brick veneer siding of the home. (left, right carport) This cracking is
typically in brick veneer walls and most do not represent a structural problem but can show some movement in the
foundation of the home. If there is serious movements in the brick wall or bricks that have shifted away from the wall, then
this typically would require further evaluation, however that was not visible on this inspection. This cracking should be
monitored over time to ensure no further movement is occurring. Any major movements should be address with a specialist.
Repair as needed.

2.0 Item 1(Picture) window caulking needed

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2.0 Item 2(Picture) mortar cracking

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(2) It is recommended that any penetration through the house siding/brick material is sealed. This would included
plumbing pipes and air conditioning lines. Leaving the penetrations open can lead to moisture damage or pest entrance.
Repair as needed.

2.0 Item 3(Picture) seal pipe penetration

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(3) There is some loose bricks at the top row of the brick veneer siding on the (right carport) of the home. I recommend
securing the bricks back into place with the proper mortar mixture as needed. This can prevent moisture from getting behind
the brick wall. Repair as needed by a qualified person.

2.0 Item 4(Picture) loose brick, mortar cracking

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2.1 There is moisture damage visible to the (rear workshop) door frame at the bottom of the door jam. This damaged
wood should be replaced to prevent further deterioration of the the framing. Repair as needed by a qualified person.

2.1 Item 1(Picture) door frame damage- rear
workshop

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2.2 The exterior window frames are in need of caulking and sealing around the home. This is important to seal the
frames so moisture can not penetrate in interior wall around the frames. I recommend sealing with a silicon
caulking to make it water tight. Repair as needed by a qualified person.
The trim on the front exterior master bedroom window may not be exterior wood trim. This trim appears to be interior trim
and could potentially damage with the exterior weather conditions. Monitor and replace as needed by a qualified person or
contractor.

2.3 There are several broken front porch tiles around the front left column. Recommend replacing the porch tiles as
needed in order to correct this damage and match the existing tiles. Repair by a qualified licensed contractor.

2.3 Item 1(Picture) broken porch tiles
2.4 The concrete on the (front walkway, right side workshop) of the home is cracking. This is common with concrete and
should be monitored through time to ensure the cracks don't become tripping hazards. Repair or repair as needed.
The exterior of the home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern,
some areas can go unnoticed. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be
considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in
this inspection report.

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3. Garage
IN NI NP RR

Styles & Materials
Garage Door Type:

3.0 GARAGE CEILINGS



3.1 GARAGE WALLS (INCLUDING FIREWALL SEPARATION)



Auto-opener

3.2 GARAGE FLOOR



Manufacturer:

3.3 GARAGE DOOR (S)



3.4 OCCUPANT DOOR FROM GARAGE TO INSIDE HOME



3.5

GARAGE DOOR OPERATORS (Report whether or not doors will reverse when met
with resistance)

IN= Inspected, NI= Not Inspected, NP= Not Present, RR= Repair or Replace

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Garage Door Material:


IN NI NP RR

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4. Interiors
The home inspector shall observe: Walls, ceiling, and floors; Steps, stairways, balconies, and railings; Counters and a representative number of installed
cabinets; and A representative number of doors and windows. The home inspector shall: Operate a representative number of windows and interior doors;
and Report signs of abnormal or harmful water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components. The
home inspector is not required to observe: Paint, wallpaper, and other finish treatments on the interior walls, ceilings, and floors; Carpeting; or Draperies,
blinds, or other window treatments.

IN NI NP RR
4.0 CEILINGS



4.1 WALLS



4.2 FLOORS



Wall Material:
Drywall



4.3 STEPS, STAIRWAYS, BALCONIES AND RAILINGS

Styles & Materials

Floors:
Carpet
Self adhesive tile
Tile
Wood

4.4 COUNTERS AND A REPRESENTATIVE NUMBER OF CABINETS



Interior Doors:
Wood

4.5 DOORS (REPRESENTATIVE NUMBER)



Window Types:
Thermal/Insulated

4.6 WINDOWS (REPRESENTATIVE NUMBER)



Window Manufacturer:
mayfair

IN= Inspected, NI= Not Inspected, NP= Not Present, RR= Repair or Replace

IN NI NP RR

Cabinetry:
Wood
Countertop:
Granite
Ceiling Material:
Drywall

Comments:

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4.0 (1) There are signs of ceiling cracks in the (middle bedroom, hallway) of the home. These cracks appear to be just a
cosmetic concern at this point in time. However, I do recommend you monitor any cracks in the future for any further
movement. Any future concerns should be referred to a specialist. Repair as needed
(2) There are signs of past ceiling repairs in the (middle bedroom, left rear bedroom, rear den ) of the home. These repairs
appear to be cosmetic and not related to any visual problem that can be seen on this inspection. Recommend you monitor
these areas in the future to ensure there are no further problems. Repair as needed.
4.1 The tub tiles in the hall bathroom are not sealed well around the rear of the tub area. Recommend caulking and sealing
the grout line by the tub and tile. Repair as needed by a qualified person or contractor.

4.1 Item 1(Picture) recommend caulking tile and tub

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4.5 It is recommended that any exterior doors to the home have the locks replaced upon taking ownership in the home. This
is for the security of the home as many keys can be distributed to different people to this home. Replacing the locks ensures
no one has any keys to this home but the home owner. Repair as needed by a qualified lock smith.
There are a couple of small holes in the front door from what appears to have been from a door knocker that was removed.
Recommend installing the door knocker to fill the holes as needed . Repair by a qualified person.

4.6 Three windows in the (front living room, left side- 2 windows) of the home appears to have a broken thermal
seal. When the window seal is broken or compromised, the gases releases between the two glass panes. This can
also cause moisture or cloudiness between the panes of glass. The window no longer acts as an insulated window
and is now a double pane window. These seals can be repaired, however I suggest getting a cost as it may be
cheaper to replace the window. Repair as needed by a qualified window company.
The interior of the home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern,
some areas can go unnoticed. The inspection did not involve moving furniture and inspecting behind furniture, area rugs or areas obstructed from view.
Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be considered before purchase. It is
recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in this inspection report.

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5. Structural Components
The Home Inspector shall observe structural components including foundations, floors, walls, columns or piers, ceilings and roof. The home inspector shall
describe the type of Foundation, floor structure, wall structure, columns or piers, ceiling structure, roof structure. The home inspector shall: Probe structural
components where deterioration is suspected; Enter under floor crawl spaces, basements, and attic spaces except when access is obstructed, when entry
could damage the property, or when dangerous or adverse situations are suspected; Report the methods used to observe under floor crawl spaces and
attics; and Report signs of abnormal or harmful water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components.
The home inspector is not required to: Enter any area or perform any procedure that may damage the property or its components or be dangerous to or
adversely effect the health of the home inspector or other persons.

IN NI NP RR
FOUNDATIONS, BASEMENTS AND CRAWLSPACES (Report signs of abnormal or
5.0 harmful water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful
condensation on building components.)



5.1 WALLS (Structural)



Styles & Materials
Foundation:
Poured concrete
Method used to observe
Crawlspace:
No crawlspace



5.3 FLOORS (Structural)



Floor Structure:
Not visible
Concrete slab

5.4 CEILINGS (structural)



Wall Structure:
2 X 4 Wood

5.5 ROOF STRUCTURE AND ATTIC



Columns or Piers:
Supporting walls

5.2 COLUMNS OR PIERS

IN= Inspected, NI= Not Inspected, NP= Not Present, RR= Repair or Replace

IN NI NP RR

Ceiling Structure:
2X6
Roof Structure:
2 X 6 Rafters
tongue and groove
sheathing
Roof-Type:
Hip
Flat
Method used to observe
attic:
Walked
Attic info:
Pull Down stairs

Comments:

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5.0 (1) There is some minor cracking/spalling on the corner of the foundation walls at the (front and left rear). The cracking is
considered minor at this point in time, but should be monitored in the future to ensure no further movement. Any major
further movement should be referred to a foundation specialist. Repair as needed.

5.0 Item 1(Picture) corner spalling

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(2) An interior foundation survey was performed. This is a spot measurement and after allowing for different flooring material
heights, the total differential in this home was (1.2) inches. This is the differences in the highest point of the home (den) and
the lowest point in the home (front hallway). Based on the homes age,(most settlement in homes usual occurs in the first ten
years of the homes existence) further settlement should be minimal, but cannot be totally discounted. This differential
appears to be from construction tolerances and common settlement of the home. If there are any concerns with this
measurement, then I would recommend you consult a qualified licensed structural contractor or engineer as needed.
5.5 (1) There is several decking board that are broken or partially broken on the (front and right) side of the attic.
This damaged decking board could make this area weak if someone were to walk over the roof. Recommend securing a
board to the damaged area to add support until the roof is replace, which at that time the board should be removed and
replaced. Repair as needed by a qualified person or licensed contractor.

5.5 Item 1(Picture) broken decking baords

5.5 Item 2(Picture) broken decking board

(2) There is evidence of roof leak in the attic space on the right side of the attic. The stain appears to be old and from a
previous leak, however I do recommend that you monitor these areas to ensure there is no current leak. The damage is on
the roof rafter and decking material. Repair as needed.

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5.5 Item 3(Picture) moisture stains on rafter, decking,
repaired deck

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(3) There is various evidence in the attic of repairs made to the roof decking in areas of the attic. Repairs appear to be sound
repairs and no further repairs appear to be needed at this time.

5.5 Item 4(Picture) decking repairs
The structure of the home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern,
some areas can go unnoticed. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be
considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in
this inspection report.

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6. Plumbing System
The home inspector shall observe: Interior water supply and distribution system, including: piping materials, supports, and insulation; fixtures and faucets;
functional flow; leaks; and cross connections; Interior drain, waste, and vent system, including: traps; drain, waste, and vent piping; piping supports and pipe
insulation; leaks; and functional drainage; Hot water systems including: water heating equipment; normal operating controls; automatic safety controls; and
chimneys, flues, and vents; Fuel storage and distribution systems including: interior fuel storage equipment, supply piping, venting, and supports; leaks; and
Sump pumps. The home inspector shall describe: Water supply and distribution piping materials; Drain, waste, and vent piping materials; Water heating
equipment; and Location of main water supply shutoff device. The home inspector shall operate all plumbing fixtures, including their faucets and all exterior
faucets attached to the house, except where the flow end of the faucet is connected to an appliance. The home inspector is not required to: State the
effectiveness of anti-siphon devices; Determine whether water supply and waste disposal systems are public or private; Operate automatic safety controls;
Operate any valve except water closet flush valves, fixture faucets, and hose faucets; Observe: Water conditioning systems; Fire and lawn sprinkler
systems; On-site water supply quantity and quality; On-site waste disposal systems; Foundation irrigation systems; Spas, except as to functional flow and
functional drainage; Swimming pools; Solar water heating equipment; or Observe the system for proper sizing, design, or use of proper materials.

IN NI NP RR

Styles & Materials

6.0 PLUMBING DRAIN, WASTE AND VENT SYSTEMS



Water Source:
Public

6.1 PLUMBING WATER SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS AND FIXTURES



Water Filters:
None

6.2 HOT WATER SYSTEMS, CONTROLS, CHIMNEYS, FLUES AND VENTS



Plumbing Water Supply

6.3 MAIN WATER SHUT-OFF DEVICE (Describe location)



(into home):
Copper

6.4

FUEL STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (Interior fuel storage, piping,
venting, supports, leaks)

6.5 MAIN FUEL SHUT OFF (Describe Location)
6.6 SUMP PUMP
IN= Inspected, NI= Not Inspected, NP= Not Present, RR= Repair or Replace



Plumbing Water
Distribution (inside home):
Copper



IN NI NP RR

Washer Drain Size:
1 1/2"
Drain/ Waste/ Vent:
PVC
Water Heater Power
Source:
Electric
Water Heater Size:
80 Gallon (plenty)
Manufacturer:
RHEEM

Comments:

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6.0 There were no leaks observed on any interior plumbing drains at the time of this inspection.
6.1 There were no leaks visible at plumbing fixtures visible during this inspection. Water pressure and drainage also appear
to be good.
6.2 (1) Water heater maintenance - It is recommended that you properly drain the water heater(s) once per year to remove
sediments in the heater. The supply valve should be shut closed, and any power or gas to the unit turned off. Once this is
done, drain with a hose to safe location. Close and re-fill the water heater. Once the water heater is full, turn back on the
power source. Once again this is to maintain and extend the life of the water heaters. Complete as needed by a qualified
person or licensed plumber.
(2) The water heater was tested and found to be functional at the time of this inspection. Your water heater is approximately
(6) years old.
6.3 The main shut off is the lever located outside on the left side of the home. This is for your information.
6.5 The main fuel shut off is at gas meter outside on the left side of the home. The main gas shut off is buried
underground. I would recommend this shut off valve is made accessible for emergency purposes. You want to have
accessible access to all utility shut offs. Repair as needed.

6.5 Item 1(Picture) main gas shut off
valve is buried.
The plumbing in the home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern,
some areas can go unnoticed. Washing machine drain line for example cannot be checked for leaks or the ability to handle the volume during drain cycle.
Older homes with galvanized supply lines or cast iron drain lines can be obstructed and barely working during an inspection but then fails under heavy use.
If the water is turned off or not used for periods of time (like a vacant home waiting for closing) rust or deposits within the pipes can further clog the piping
system. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be considered before purchase.
It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in this inspection report.

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7. Electrical System
The home inspector shall observe: Service entrance conductors; Service equipment, grounding equipment, main over current device, and main and
distribution panels; Amperage and voltage ratings of the service; Branch circuit conductors, their over current devices, and the compatibility of their
ampacities and voltages; The operation of a representative number of installed ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles located inside the
house, garage, and on the dwelling's exterior walls; The polarity and grounding of all receptacles within six feet of interior plumbing fixtures, and all
receptacles in the garage or carport, and on the exterior of inspected structures; The operation of ground fault circuit interrupters; and Smoke detectors. The
home inspector shall describe: Service amperage and voltage; Service entry conductor materials; Service type as being overhead or underground; and
Location of main and distribution panels. The home inspector shall report any observed aluminum branch circuit wiring. The home inspector shall report on
presence or absence of smoke detectors, and operate their test function, if accessible, except when detectors are part of a central system. The home
inspector is not required to: Insert any tool, probe, or testing device inside the panels; Test or operate any over current device except ground fault circuit
interrupters; Dismantle any electrical device or control other than to remove the covers of the main and auxiliary distribution panels; or Observe: Low
voltage systems; Security system devices, heat detectors, or carbon monoxide detectors; Telephone, security, cable TV, intercoms, or other ancillary wiring
that is not a part of the primary electrical distribution system; or Built-in vacuum equipment.

IN NI NP RR
7.0 SERVICE ENTRANCE CONDUCTORS



SERVICE AND GROUNDING EQUIPMENT, MAIN OVERCURRENT DEVICE, MAIN
7.1
AND DISTRIBUTION PANELS



7.2

BRANCH CIRCUIT CONDUCTORS, OVERCURRENT DEVICES AND
COMPATIBILITY OF THEIR AMPERAGE AND VOLTAGE



CONNECTED DEVICES AND FIXTURES (Observed from a representative number
7.3 operation of ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles located inside the
house, garage, and on the dwelling's exterior walls)



POLARITY AND GROUNDING OF RECEPTACLES WITHIN 6 FEET OF INTERIOR
7.4 PLUMBING FIXTURES, AND ALL RECEPTACLES IN GARAGE, CARPORT,
EXTERIOR WALLS OF INSPECTED STRUCTURE



7.5 OPERATION OF GFCI (GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTERS)



7.6 LOCATION OF MAIN AND DISTRIBUTION PANELS



7.7 SMOKE DETECTORS



7.8 CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS



IN= Inspected, NI= Not Inspected, NP= Not Present, RR= Repair or Replace

Styles & Materials
Electrical Service
Conductors:
Overhead service
Copper
120/240 V - Single Phase
Panel Capacity:
100 AMP
Panel Type:
Circuit breakers
Electric Panel

IN NI NP RR

Manufacturer:
SQUARE D
Branch wire 15 and 20
AMP:
Copper
Wiring Methods:
Romex
Is panel grounded:
Yes
Ground Rod
Ground Fault Circuit
Interrupters present:
Hall Bathroom
Arc Fault Circuit
Interrupters Present:
None Visible

Comments:

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7.1 (1) The main service to the home is an 100 amp service. This is rather small to today's standards, as most homes
today are wired with 200 amps. The home has mostly gas appliances and may not be drawing heavy amps. If you need to
increase the service size to the home in the future, a qualified licensed electrician can do that for you. This is only for your
information.

7.1 Item 1(Picture) ground to main panel

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(2) There is some old cloth wiring present in this home. This may be the original wiring and does not contain a
ground wire. Older wiring is should be routinely inspected for safety by a qualified licensed electrician for safety.

7.1 Item 2(Picture) old cloth wiring

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7.3 (1) Various outlets in the den and bedrooms) of the home are not grounded. These outlets function as a two prong outlet
would and are not grounded. I recommend installing Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter breakers on all ungrounded outlet circuits.
This will add some safety protection to the residents, however it still might not cover the electronics. I recommend a qualified
licensed electrician inspect and repair as needed.
(2) There is a missing switch plate cover in the (hall closet) of the home. Recommend replacing this cover for your safety.
Repair as needed.
(3) There is some open wiring in the (right side attic) of the home. Any wires that are spliced and are not in a closed
junction box are considered open wiring and a electrical hazard. I recommend a qualified licensed electrician inspect all
open wiring and repair as needed.

7.3 Item 1(Picture) open junction boxes in attic

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7.4 There was no GFCI outlet (ground fault circuit interrupter) found in the front porch, rear patio, master bathroom,
and kitchen of the home. It is recommended that any exterior outlet and any interior outlet within six feet of a water
source be protected by a GFCI outlet or GFCI circuit breaker. This is for your safety. Repairs should be made only
by a qualified licensed electrician.
7.6 The main panel box is located on the (laundry room) of the home. To kill all power to the home, simply flip the top main
breaker (100) amps into the off position.

7.6 Item 1(Picture) main electrical disconnect
7.7 (1) The smoke detector should be tested at common hallway to bedrooms upon moving in to home. This should
be inspected routinely (every three months) to ensure proper operation of all smoke detectors in the home.
(2) It is recommended that each bedroom of the home has a functioning hard wired smoke detector installed for
safety. Today, the requirements call for one in each bedroom and any hallway to the bedrooms. This is for your
safety and should be installed by a qualified licensed electrician.
(3) The smoke detectors that are within reach are tested by the testing button. This test button is only testing power
to the detector. We do not smoke test the detectors to ensure proper functioning. This should be properly inspected
on a semi-annual basis by a qualified licensed electrician. Repair as needed.
The electrical system of the home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of
concern, some areas can go unnoticed. Outlets were not removed and the inspection was only visual. Any outlet not accessible (behind the refrigerator for
example) was not inspected or accessible. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report
should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the
comments in this inspection report.

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8. Heating / Central Air Conditioning
The home inspector shall observe permanently installed heating and cooling systems including: Heating equipment; Cooling Equipment that is central to
home; Normal operating controls; Automatic safety controls; Chimneys, flues, and vents, where readily visible; Solid fuel heating devices; Heat distribution
systems including fans, pumps, ducts and piping, with supports, insulation, air filters, registers, radiators, fan coil units, convectors; and the presence of an
installed heat source in each room. The home inspector shall describe: Energy source; and Heating equipment and distribution type. The home inspector
shall operate the systems using normal operating controls. The home inspector shall open readily openable access panels provided by the manufacturer or
installer for routine homeowner maintenance. The home inspector is not required to: Operate heating systems when weather conditions or other
circumstances may cause equipment damage; Operate automatic safety controls; Ignite or extinguish solid fuel fires; or Observe: The interior of flues;
Fireplace insert flue connections; Humidifiers; Electronic air filters; or The uniformity or adequacy of heat supply to the various rooms.

IN NI NP RR

Styles & Materials

8.0

HEATING EQUIPMENT



Heat Type:
Forced Air

8.1

NORMAL OPERATING CONTROLS



Energy Source:
Gas

8.2

AUTOMATIC SAFETY CONTROLS



Number of Heat Systems

8.3

DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (including fans, pumps, ducts and piping, with supports,
insulation, air filters, registers, radiators, fan coil units and convectors)



(excluding wood):
One

8.4

PRESENCE OF INSTALLED HEAT SOURCE IN EACH ROOM



8.5

CHIMNEYS, FLUES AND VENTS (for fireplaces, gas water heaters or heat
systems)

Ductwork:
Insulated
Flex Ducts



8.6

SOLID FUEL HEATING DEVICES (Fireplaces, Woodstove)



8.7

GAS/LP FIRELOGS AND FIREPLACES



8.8

COOLING AND AIR HANDLER EQUIPMENT



8.9

NORMAL OPERATING CONTROLS



8.10 PRESENCE OF INSTALLED COOLING SOURCE IN EACH ROOM
IN= Inspected, NI= Not Inspected, NP= Not Present, RR= Repair or Replace

Filter Type:
Disposable


IN NI NP RR

Filter sizes:
20x30
Types of Fireplaces:
None
Operable Fireplaces:
None
Number of Woodstoves:
None
Cooling Equipment Type:
Air conditioner unit
Cooling Equipment Energy
Source:
Electricity
Central Air Manufacturer:
TRANE
Number of AC Only Units:
One
Heat System
Manufacturer:
Ducane

Comments:

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8.0 The heating system was tested and found to be functional at the time of this inspection. Your gas heating system is
approximately (13) years old.
8.3 (1) Your disposable filter size is (20x30) and should be changed once per month during heavy use periods. This will help
keep your cooling coils clean and produce the best cooling results as possible. Replace as needed.
It appears the air vents have had the dampers and chains removed from them at some point in the past. These dampers
allow you to close off a vent or decrease air flow through the vent at the register as needed. So now all the vents are wide
open and there is not control of air flow. This is just for your information. Repair as needed by a qualified licensed HVAC
contractor.

(2) The air return in the home are not is not sealed. Today construction calls for the returns to be sealed with sheetrock or
insulation board but sealed completely. Older construction typically left the return open to the wall framing. This can bring in
warmer air from the wall cavity and attic space through cracks. This can affect the cooling of the unit. This is just for your
information and repair as needed by a qualified licensed HVAC contractor.
8.5 The chimney liner was not inspected by our company as it mainly is not visible. I recommend a qualified chimney
sweep inspect for safety and cleaning. Fireplaces should be frequently cleaned depending on use as they can be a fire
hazard if creosote builds up. Repair as needed.
8.8 (1) The ambient air test was performed by using thermometers on the air handler of Air conditioner to determine if the
difference in temperatures of the supply and return air are between 14 degrees and 22 degrees which indicates that the unit
is cooling as intended. The supply air temperature on your system read 62 degrees, and the return air temperature was 74
degrees. This indicates that the unit is not cooling properly and a licensed Heat/Air contractor should inspect for
cause or problem.
(2) The outside condenser is approximately (6) years old and has (3) tons of cooling capacity.
(3) It is recommended that you pour two cups of white vinegar down the condensation drain line of the air
conditioning drain every couple months. This will help clean the drain and stop build up inside the drain pipe. This
is a maintenance item and should be performed by the home owner. Repair as needed.
(4) Yearly service and inspection of the heating and cooling systems are recommended. This can help extend the
life of the units and ensure proper operation of these systems. If this system has not been serviced in the last year,
service is recommended prior to closing on this home. This should be performed by a qualified licensed HVAC
contractor as needed.

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(5) There is some fungus growth on the air conditioning equipment in the (attic space) of the home. This is a
common area to see fungus growth due to moisture and condensation from the unit. We do not test or comment on
any potential health concerns on this inspection. Further testing can be done by a qualified licensed mold inspector
as needed or desired. I would recommend wiping down the unit and tape with aluminum tape any corners that may
be leaking any air. Repair as needed.

8.8 Item 1(Picture) clean and tape corners
The heating and cooling system of this home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all
areas of concern, some areas can go unnoticed. The inspection is not meant to be technically exhaustive. The inspection does not involve removal and
inspection behind service door or dismantling that would otherwise reveal something only a licensed heat contractor would discover. Please be aware that
the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that
qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in this inspection report.

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9. Insulation and Ventilation
The home inspector shall observe: Insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces; Ventilation of attics and foundation areas; Kitchen, bathroom, and
laundry venting systems; and the operation of any readily accessible attic ventilation fan, and, when temperature permits, the operation of any readily
accessible thermostatic control. The home inspector shall describe: Insulation in unfinished spaces; and Absence of insulation in unfinished space at
conditioned surfaces. The home inspector shall: Move insulation where readily visible evidence indicates the need to do so; and Move insulation where
chimneys penetrate roofs, where plumbing drain/waste pipes penetrate floors, adjacent to earth filled stoops or porches, and at exterior doors. The home
inspector is not required to report on: Concealed insulation and vapor retarders; or Venting equipment that is integral with household appliances.

IN NI NP RR
9.0 INSULATION IN ATTIC

Styles & Materials
Attic Insulation:
Batt



9.1 INSULATION UNDER FLOOR SYSTEM



9.2 VAPOR RETARDERS (ON GROUND IN CRAWLSPACE OR BASEMENT)



Ventilation:
Soffit Vents
Turbines
Power Ventilator

9.3 VENTILATION OF ATTIC AND FOUNDATION AREAS



Exhaust Fans:
Fan/Heat/Light

9.4 VENTING SYSTEMS (Kitchens, baths and laundry)



9.5 VENTILATION FANS AND THERMOSTATIC CONTROLS (ATTIC)



Dryer Power Source:
220 Electric

IN= Inspected, NI= Not Inspected, NP= Not Present, RR= Repair or Replace

IN NI NP RR

Dryer Vent:
Metal
Floor System Insulation:
NONE
Vapor Barrier:
Yes

Comments:
9.0 There were some areas in the attic space where the insulation was not correctly installed. The batt insulation has a craft
paper the should face the interior living space of the ceiling. Then more batt insulation was added on top of this. This craft
paper on the insulation was facing up at the roof decking. The craft paper on the extra insulation should be removed. This
can cause a moisture lock between the craft papers. Recommend repair as needed.
9.4 The (bathrooms) vent to the attic space. This vent should vent to the outside air either through the roof decking or
soffit panel. The vent if left alone could potentially add moisture to the attic space. Repair as needed.
The insulation and ventilation of the home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all
areas of concern, some areas can go unnoticed. Venting of exhaust fans or clothes dryer cannot be fully inspected and bends or obstructions can occur
without being accessible or visible (behind wall and ceiling coverings). Only insulation that is visible was inspected. Please be aware that the inspector has
your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be
used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in this inspection report.

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10. Built-In Kitchen Appliances
The home inspector shall observe and operate the basic functions of the following kitchen appliances: Permanently installed dishwasher, through its normal
cycle; Range, cook top, and permanently installed oven; Trash compactor; Garbage disposal; Ventilation equipment or range hood; and Permanently
installed microwave oven. The home inspector is not required to observe: Clocks, timers, self-cleaning oven function, or thermostats for calibration or
automatic operation; Non built-in appliances; or Refrigeration units. The home inspector is not required to operate: Appliances in use; or Any appliance that
is shut down or otherwise inoperable.

IN NI NP RR

Styles & Materials

10.0 DISHWASHER



Dishwasher:
MAYTAG

10.1 RANGES/OVENS/COOKTOPS



Disposer Brand:
IN SINK ERATOR

10.2 RANGE HOOD



Exhaust/Range hood:
SAMSUNG



10.3 TRASH COMPACTOR
10.4 FOOD WASTE DISPOSER



10.5 MICROWAVE COOKING EQUIPMENT



10.6 Refrigerator



IN= Inspected, NI= Not Inspected, NP= Not Present, RR= Repair or Replace

IN NI NP RR

Range/Oven:
GENERAL ELECTRIC
Built in Microwave:
SAMSUNG
Trash Compactors:
NONE
Refrigerator:
GENERAL ELECTRIC

Comments:

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10.1 The control knob on the right rear burner of the cooktop is broken and this burner cannot be turned on with the
broken knob. I would recommend replacing this knob in order to function this burner. Repair as needed.
10.2 The vent over the cooktop in the attic space does not fit into the roof vent jack in the decking. This vent is falling short
and not venting properly to the exterior. Recommend extending the vent as needed to fit it into the roof jack. Repair by a
qualified licensed contractor.

10.2 Item 1(Picture) vent not reaching roof jack,
insulation installed improperly
The built-in appliances of the home were inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of
concern, some areas can go unnoticed. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should
be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments
in this inspection report.

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General Summary
DTM Building Inspection Serv.,LLC
4217 Lake Trail Dr
Kenner, La. 70065
Customer
Ms. Clara Moraga
Address
905 Smith Drive
Metairie La. 70005
The following items or discoveries indicate that these systems or components do not function as intended or adversely
affects the habitability of the dwelling; or warrants further investigation by a specialist, or requires subsequent
observation. This summary shall not contain recommendations for routine upkeep of a system or component to keep it in
proper functioning condition or recommendations to upgrade or enhance the function or efficiency of the home. This
Summary is not the entire report. The complete report may include additional information of concern to the customer. It is
recommended that the customer read the complete report.

1. Roofing
1.3

ROOF DRAINAGE SYSTEMS
The gutters have some debris in areas and needs to be cleaned. The debris in gutters can also conceal rust,
deterioration or leaks that are not visible until cleaned, and I am unable to determine if such conditions exist. Gutter
debris can lead to moisture damage to the eaves and promote wood destroying insect activity. Clean the gutter cans
as needed on a regular basis by a qualified person.

1.3 Item 1(Picture) gutter debris on front

8. Heating / Central Air Conditioning
8.5

CHIMNEYS, FLUES AND VENTS (for fireplaces, gas water heaters or heat systems)

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Inspected
The chimney liner was not inspected by our company as it mainly is not visible. I recommend a qualified chimney
sweep inspect for safety and cleaning. Fireplaces should be frequently cleaned depending on use as they can be a
fire hazard if creosote builds up. Repair as needed.

Home inspectors are not required to report on the following: Life expectancy of any component or system; The causes of the
need for a repair; The methods, materials, and costs of corrections; The suitability of the property for any specialized use;
Compliance or non-compliance with codes, ordinances, statutes, regulatory requirements or restrictions; The market value of
the property or its marketability; The advisability or inadvisability of purchase of the property; Any component or system that
was not observed; The presence or absence of pests such as wood damaging organisms, rodents, or insects; or Cosmetic
items, underground items, or items not permanently installed. Home inspectors are not required to: Offer warranties or
guarantees of any kind; Calculate the strength, adequacy, or efficiency of any system or component; Enter any area or
perform any procedure that may damage the property or its components or be dangerous to the home inspector or other
persons; Operate any system or component that is shut down or otherwise inoperable; Operate any system or component
that does not respond to normal operating controls; Disturb insulation, move personal items, panels, furniture, equipment,
plant life, soil, snow, ice, or debris that obstructs access or visibility; Determine the presence or absence of any suspected
adverse environmental condition or hazardous substance, including but not limited to mold, toxins, carcinogens, noise,
contaminants in the building or in soil, water, and air; Determine the effectiveness of any system installed to control or
remove suspected hazardous substances; Predict future condition, including but not limited to failure of components; Since
this report is provided for the specific benefit of the customer(s), secondary readers of this information should hire a licensed
inspector to perform an inspection to meet their specific needs and to obtain current information concerning this property.
Prepared Using HomeGauge http://www.HomeGauge.com : Licensed To Daniel Maloney

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INVOICE
DTM Building Inspection Serv.,LLC
4217 Lake Trail Dr
Kenner, La. 70065
Inspected By: Daniel Maloney

Inspection Date: 7/26/2017
Report ID: 03774

Customer Info:

Inspection Property:

Ms. Clara Moraga

905 Smith Drive
Metairie La. 70005

803 Turtlecreek Ct.
Bel Air MD 21014

Customer's Real Estate Professional:
Jeri Wheeler
Inspection Fee:
Service
Home Inspection

Price

Amount

Sub-Total

285.00

1

285.00

Tax $0.00
Total Price $285.00
Payment Method: Check #5807
Payment Status: Paid At Time Of Inspection
Note:

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DTM Building Inspection Serv.,LLC
4217 Lake Trail Dr
Kenner, La. 70065

Report Attachments
ATTENTION: This inspection report is incomplete without reading the information included herein at
these links/attachments. Note If you received a printed version of this page and did not receive a copy
of the report through the internet please contact your inspector for a printed copy of the attachments.
Standards of Practice
Inspection Agreement

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