LIST OF COMMON DEFICIENCIES

THIS LIST DOES NOT INCLUDE EVERYTHING AN INSPECTION MAY REVEAL AS DEFICIENT

SMOKE DETECTORS AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

  • SMOKE DETECTORS NOT INSTALLED IN REQUIRED LOCATIONS

  • SMOKE DETECTORS FAILED FUNCTION TEST

  • SMOKE DETECTORS HAVE EXPIRED

  • CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS NOT INSTALLED IN REQUIRED LOCATIONS

  • CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS FAILED FUNCTION TEST

  • CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS HAVE EXPIRED

DOORS AND WINDOWS

  • WEATHER STRIPPING ON DOOR DAMAGED OR MISSING

  • DOOR HANDLE LOOSE

  • DOOR HANDLE INSTALLED UPSIDE DOWN

  • DOOR LOCK DOES NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY

  • EGRESS DOOR REQUIRES KEY TO UNLOCK FROM INSIDE THE DWELLING

  • DOOR BINDS

  • DOOR OUT OF ALIGNMENT WITH ITS FRAME

  • LACK OF CAULKING AROUND DOORS

  • LACK OF CAULKING AROUND WINDOWS

  • WINDOW SCREEN MISSING

  • WINDOW SCREEN DAMAGED

  • WINDOW TOO HARD TO OPEN

  • WINDOW DOES NOT OPEN

  • WINDOW DOES NOT LATCH

  • WINDOW HAS LOST INSULATING PROPERTIES

  • WINDOW OPENING DOES NOT HAVE REQUIRED FALL PROTECTION

  • LACK OF SAFETY GLASS IN REQUIRED LOCATIONS

  • BURGLAR BARS REQUIRE KEY OR SPECIAL INSTRUCTION TO UNLOCK FROM INTERIOR

  • BASEMENT WINDOW WELL DOES NOT HAVE PERMANENT LADDER INSTALLED IN REQUIRED LOCATION

 

AUTOMATIC GARAGE DOOR

  • AUTOMATIC GARAGE DOOR FAILS TO RESPOND APPROPRIATELY TO OBJECTS

  • AUTOMATIC GARAGE DOOR HAS LOCK INSTALLED

  • INAPPROPRIATE USE OF EXTENSION CORD TO POWER AUTOMATIC GARAGE DOOR OPENER

 

GARAGE

  • GARAGE DOOR TO HOME DOES NOT MEET REQUIRED FIRE RATING

  • GARAGE FIRE RATING NOT INSTALLED OR MAINTAINED

  • ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS INSTALLED TOO CLOSE TO GARAGE FLOOR

 

STAIRS

  • NO REQUIRED LIGHT INSTALLED FOR STAIRWAY

  • STAIRWAY LIGHT SWITCH IS NOT INSTALLED IN CORRECT LOCATION(S)

  • TREAD DEPTH INAPPROPRIATE FOR STAIRWAY TYPE

  • RISER HEIGHT INAPPROPRIATE FOR STAIRWAY TYPE

  • NO HANDRAIL INSTALLED FOR STAIRWAY

  • HANDRAIL NOT SECURELY MOUNTED

  • HANDRAIL DOES NOT TERMINATE APPROPRIATELY

  • HANDRAIL IS OF INAPPROPRIATE SIZE

  • HANDRAIL DOES NOT MEET THE MINIMUM OR MAXIMUM HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS

  • INCORRECT SPACING OF HANDRAIL BALUSTERS

  • INAPPROPRIATE HEIGHT OF OPEN RISERS ON STAIRWAY

 

GUARDRAILS

  • GUARDRAIL NOT INSTALLED IN REQUIRED LOCATION

  • GUARDRAIL NOT PROPERLY SECURED

  • GUARDRAIL DOES NOT MEET THE MINIMUM OR MAXIMUM HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS

  • INCORRECT SPACING OF GUARDRAIL BALUSTERS

 

KITCHEN

  • CAULK MISSING

  • GROUT MISSING

  • COUNTER TOP SURFACES ARE BROKEN

  • COUNTER TOP SURFACES ARE NOT SEALED

  • COUNTER TOP SURFACES ARE NOT SECURELY SUPPORTED

  • ABSORBENT SURFACES NOT PROTECTED

  • FIXTURE LOOSE

  • FIXTURE DOES NOT WORK

  • FIXTURE LEAKS

  • FIXTURE HAS HOT / COLD WATER REVERSED

  • DRAIN STOP MISSING

  • DRAIN STOP DOES NOT HOLD WATER

  • SINK SPRAY NOZZLE EXTENDS BELOW SINK RIM LEVEL AND WON'T SELF RETRACT ABOVE RIM LEVEL

  • SINK DISPOSAL IS NOT SECURELY MOUNTED

  • SINK DISPOSAL DOES NOT WORK

  • DISHWASHER NOT SECURELY MOUNTED

  • DISHWASHER DOES NOT WORK

  • DISHWASHER SOAP DOOR DOESN'T CLOSE

  • DISHWASHER DOES NOT HAVE BACK FLOW PREVENTION

  • DISHWASHER LEAKS

  • INAPPROPRIATE MATERIAL USED FOR RANGE VENT

  • COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS TOO CLOSE TO RANGE

  • INAPPROPRIATE GAS CONNECTOR FOR RANGE

  • GAS LEAK AT RANGE

  • RANGE CONTROLS ARE NOT CHILD PROOF

  • RANGE DISPLAY DOES NOT WORK

  • INAPPROPRIATE GAS CONNECTOR FOR OVEN

  • GAS LEAK AT OVEN

  • OVEN TEMPERATURE DOES NOT MEET STANDARDS

BATHROOM

  • CAULK MISSING

  • GROUT MISSING

  • COUNTER TOP SURFACES ARE BROKEN

  • COUNTER TOP SURFACES ARE NOT SEALED

  • COUNTER TOP SURFACES ARE NOT SECURELY SUPPORTED

  • ABSORBENT SURFACES NOT PROTECTED

  • FIXTURE LOOSE

  • FIXTURE DOES NOT WORK

  • FIXTURE LEAKS

  • FIXTURE HAS HOT / COLD WATER REVERSED

  • DRAIN MISSING

  • DRAIN STOP DOES NOT HOLD WATER

  • SHOWER SPRAY HEAD EXTENDS BELOW TUB RIM LEVEL

  • TOILET CROSS CONNECTION

  • TOILET LEVEL TOO HIGH

  • TOILET NOT SECURELY MOUNTED

  • BATHROOM VENTILATION INADEQUATE

  • BATHROOM VENTILATION DOES NOT TERMINATE OUTSIDE

  • SAFETY GLASS NOT INSTALLED IN REQUIRED AREAS

  • GFCI OUTLETS NOT INSTALLED IN REQUIRED AREAS

  • UNABLE TO ACCESS HYDROTHERAPY TUB EQUIPMENT

  • HYDROTHERAPY TUB PUMP NOT BONDED

LAUNDRY ROOM

  • LAUNDRY VENT CLOGGED

  • LAUNDRY VENT WON'T SELF CLOSE

  • LAUNDRY VENT SCREENED

  • LACK OF GFCI OUTLETS IN REQUIRED LOCATION

INTERIOR MISC

  • INTERIOR FINISH IS DAMAGED

  • EVIDENCE OF SETTLEMENT OR EVIDENCE OF INCORRECT INSTALLATION OF INTERIOR FINISH (NAIL POPS OR DRYWALL TAPE EXPOSED)

  • EVIDENCE OF WATER PENETRATION

  • CABINETS AND / OR CABINET DOORS ARE NOT SECURELY MOUNTED

  • TRIP HAZARDS PRESENT

  • LACK OF SAFETY GLASS IN REQUIRED LOCATIONS

  • CLOSET LIGHTS INSTALLED IN INAPPROPRIATE LOCATION

  • CEILING FAN REQUIRES ADJUSTMENT / BALANCING

FIREPLACE

  • PERMANENT SCREEN NOT INSTALLED FOR FIREPLACE

  • COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS INSTALLED TOO CLOSE TO FIREPLACE

  • NO DISCERNIBLE HEARTH EXTENSION FOR FIREPLACE

  • CRACKED REFRACTORY BRICK AND / OR MISSING MORTAR IN FIREPLACE

  • FABRICATED FIREPLACE DAMAGED

  • FIREPLACE DAMPER FAILS TO CLOSE PROPERLY

  • DAMPER CLAMP NOT INSTALLED ON GAS FUELED FIREPLACE

  • INAPPROPRIATE THICKNESS OF CREOSOTE PRESENT INSIDE CHIMNEY FLUE

  • LACK OF FIRE BLOCKING

  • CHIMNEY LEANING

  • NO SPARK ARRESTOR INSTALLED ON CHIMNEY

  • NO RAIN CAP INSTALLED ON CHIMNEY

GRADING AND DRAINAGE

  • GUTTER DOWN SPOUTS INCORRECTLY INSTALLED

  • INAPPROPRIATE DRAINAGE PROVIDED FOR FOUNDATION

  • EROSION OF SOIL AROUND HOUSE

  • LACK OF DRAINAGE TILES ON RETAINING WALLS

  • INAPPROPRIATE DRAINAGE TILE SIZE FOR RETAINING WALLS

  • INAPPROPRIATE DRAINAGE TILE SPACING FOR RETAINING WALLS

  • SOIL TOO CLOSE TO EXTERIOR SIDING

 

ROOF

  • MISSING / DAMAGED ROOF COVERINGS

  • DEBRIS LOCATED ON ROOF

  • CLADDING TOO CLOSE TO ROOF COVERING

  • ROOF FLASHING MISSING

  • ROOF FLASHING INSTALLED INCORRECTLY

  • ROOF FLASHING MATERIAL DAMAGED

  • ROOF FLASHING MATERIAL INAPPROPRIATE

  • NO BIRD STOPS INSTALLED ON TILE ROOFS

  • GUTTERS CONTAIN DEBRIS

 

EXTERIOR MISC

  • EXPOSED FOUNDATION REINFORCEMENT

  • VEGETATION TOUCHING HOUSE

  • MECHANICAL DAMAGE FROM VEGETATION OR OTHER OBJECT

  • SPALLING ON MASONRY CLADDING

  • NO WEEP SCREED ON STUUCO FINISH

  • ROTTEN WOOD

  • MISSING MORTAR

  • PAINT ON EXTERIOR

  • CAULKING

  • NO BACK FLOW PREVENTION INSTALLED ON HOSE BIB

  • HOSE BIB FAILS TO DELIVER WATER

  • EXTERIOR ELECTRICAL OUTLET COVERS INAPPROPRIATE

  • GAS APPLIANCE INSTALLED IN INAPPROPRIATE LOCATION

  • OPEN PIT FIREPLACE INSTALLED IN INAPPROPRIATE LOCATION

POOL / HOT TUB

  • POOL BARRIER DOES NOT MEET REQUIREMENTS

  • POOL GATE IS NOT SELF CLOSING AND SELF LATCHING

  • POOL GATE LATCHES ARE NOT AT THE REQUIRED HEIGHT

  • POOL GATE LATCHES ARE NOT CHILD RESISTANT

WATER HEATER (CONVENTIONAL / GAS)

  • WATER HEATER INSTALLED IN INAPPROPRIATE LOCATION

  • COMBUSTIBLES IN MECHANICAL CLOSET

  • FLEXIBLE GAS CONNECTOR INSTALLED THROUGH WALL

  • INCORRECT COLOR HANDLE ON GAS PIPE

  • NO SEDIMENT TRAP INSTALLED ON GAS HARD PIPE

  • INAPPROPRIATE MATERIAL USED FOR FLEXIBLE GAS CONNECTOR

  • COMBUSTION AIR FROM INAPPROPRIATE SOURCE

  • INAPPROPRIATE MATERIAL FOR FLUE VENT

  • NO DRAIN PAN INSTALLED IN REQUIRED LOCATION

  • VALVE LOCATED ON HOT WATER SUPPLY LINE

  • CORROSION PRESENT ON WATER LINES

  • SOLDERED CONNECTIONS ON WATER LINES

  • TPRV DISCHARGE PIPE DOES NOT TERMINATE IN APPROPRIATE LOCATION

  • TPRV DISCHARGE PIPE THREADED

  • TPRV DISCHARGE PIPE HAS VALVE INSTALLED

  • TPRV DISCHARGE PIPE NOT LARGE ENOUGH DIAMETER

ELECTRICAL

  • BROKEN OUTLETS

  • OUTLETS ARE PAINTED

  • BROKEN OUTLET COVERS

  • MISSING OUTLET COVERS

  • POLARITY REVERSED ON OUTLETS

  • OUTLETS UNGROUNDED

  • LACK OF GFCI PROTECTED OUTLETS IN REQUIRED LOCATIONS

  • LACK OF AFCI PROTECTED OUTLETS IN REQUIRED LOCATIONS

  • CEILING FANS OUT-OF-BALANCE

  • NO ISOLATING LINKS ON CEILING FANS

  • INAPPROPRIATE SWITCH USED FOR CEILING FAN

  • INAPPROPRIATE USE OF EXTENSION CORDS

  • BURNED OUT LIGHTBULBS

  • UNPROTECTED LIGHT BULBS

  • DOOR BELL FAILS TO OPERATE

  • ELECTRICAL SERVICE DANGEROUS

  • ELECTRICAL SERVICE CLEARANCES

  • NEUTRAL WIRES DOUBLE TAPPED IN SERVICE PANEL

  • NEUTRAL AND GROUND WIRES COMINGLED ON SAME BUS

  • INAPPROPRIATE COMBINATION OF WIRE SIZE, CIRCUIT BREAKER, AND /OR OUTLET TYPE

  • INAPPROPRIATE CONNECTIONS ALUMINUM WIRING

  • INAPPROPRITE OUTLET USED FOR ALUMINUM WIRING

  • LACK OF BOND ON CSST PIPING

  • OPEN CONNECTIONS

  • INSULATION CLEARANCES FOR RECESSED LIGHTS

  • LIGHT FIXTURES TOO CLOSE TO CLOSET SHELVING

  • IMPROPER, OR LACK OF, SUPPORT FOR WIRES

HVAC (GAS FURNACE & ELECTRIC AC)

  • GAS FURNACE INSTALLED IN INAPPROPRIATE LOCATION

  • COMBUSTIBLES IN MECHANICAL CLOSET

  • FLEXIBLE GAS CONNECTOR INSTALLED THROUGH WALL

  • INCORRECT COLOR HANDLE ON GAS PIPE

  • NO SEDIMENT TRAP INSTALLED ON GAS HARD PIPE

  • INAPPROPRIATE MATERIAL USED FOR FLEXIBLE GAS CONNECTOR

  • COMBUSTION AIR FROM INAPPROPRIATE SOURCE

  • INAPPROPRIATE MATERIAL FOR FLUE VENT

  • AIR FILTER DIRTY

  • DIRTY AIR REGISTERS

  • MAIN CONDENSATE DRAIN NOT TRAPPED

  • MAIN CONDENSATE DRAIN DISCHARGES TO INAPPROPRIATE RECEPTOR

  • WATER PRESENT IN AUXILIARY DRAIN PAN

  • AUXILIARY DRAIN PAN HAS RUST

  • AUXILIARY DRAIN PAN DISCHARGES TO INAPPROPRIATE RECEPTOR

  • CONDENSER COIL NOT LEVEL

  • CONDENSER COIL FINS DAMAGED

  • INSULATION MISSING ON SUCTION LINE

  • HVAC INSTALLED IN INAPPROPRIATE LOCATION

  • CLOTHES DRYER VENT TOO CLOSE

  • INAPPROPRIATE MATERIAL SUPPORTING DUCTS

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