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This Confidential Report Prepared for the Exclusive Use of Fred and Betty Wilson.
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Observations and Recommendations

The readily visible supply piping system appears to be in functional condition.

The readily visible drain piping system appears to be in functional condition.

Water was run through all fixtures and drains. Functional flow was observed. Functional drainage was observed.

Valves and fixtures were operated. All fixtures were functional.

Showers are typically lined with a waterproofing material placed beneath the floor tile. This material is called a pan. The tile and grout are not completely water proof. The pan captures and diverts water into the floor drain. Older pans often develop leaks. Often small leaks that are very difficult to detect are present. This is especially true if the shower is not in daily use. Although care is taken in the inspection, the report is not an assurance that future repairs will not be needed

No evidence of leakage on floors or baseboards adjacent to the shower.

Hot water was present The gas heater was operated using normal controls and found to be functional. Flue draft appeared adequate. The flame appeared normal.

Hot water temperature is within the safe range. Be aware of the risk of scalding from water temperatures above 120 F. The risk is especially acute for infants, children, and the elderly. Water temperatures should never be set higher than 120 F. Newer water supply valves contain anti-scalding mechanisms to prevent scalding. These can be retrofitted. Note that higher water temperatures are not necessary for modern dishwashers which heat the water.

The temperature pressure relief valve on the water heater should be tested upon moving in and on a regular basis thereafter. This is an important safety device that prevents the water heater from exploding in the rare event of a defect in the built in operating and safety controls.

Minor Repair The pump house is very poorly constructed and is not very stable. I recommend building a more substantial shelter for the pump and pressure tank. Take care to properly insulate the pipes for winter.

Safety Concern The lines and regulators from the propane tank are partially obscured by bushes at the back west corner of the building. The bushes and weeds need to be trimmed away from these lines and caution used in this area when doing yard work. Damage to one of the lines could have serious consequences.
Wells, septic systems, sewer lines, and water treatment equipment are not inspected and are expressly excluded from the inspection and report. If a well is present, it is recommended that well water be tested by local health authorities. No water testing of any type is performed.

If the house has a septic system, inspection and pumping by a septic tank contractor should be done before closing. Septic tanks need regular pumping. Evaluation of the system can be made at that time. Reliable evaluation of the septic system cannot be made during a visual inspection.
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