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What We Inspect - Hawaii Inspection List

Structure Inspection

The structure of a home is its skeleton, including the foundation and footings, the roof and the framework - the floor, wall and ceiling structures.

Objective:
To identify deficiencies in the condition of structural members which affect their load bearing capacity and deficiencies in the structural assembly.

Inspection Observation:

  • Foundation
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Columns
  • Ceilings
  • Roofs

Actions:

  • Probe structural components where deterioration is suspected
  • Enter underfloor crawl spaces and attic spaces exept when access is obstructed
  • Report signs of water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal condensation on building components
  • Report the presence or absence of seismic anchoring and bracing

Roof Inspection

Objective:
To identify deficiencies in the condition of the roofing system

Inspection Observation:

  • Roof coverings and type
  • Roof drainage systems
  • Flashings
  • Skylights and roof penetrations
  • Signs of leaks or abnormal condensation on building components

Action:

  • To walk on the roof if it does not cause property damage or unsafe to inspector
  • To report the methods used to observe the roofing

Exterior Inspection

Objective:
To identify deficiencies in the condition of exterior components

Inspection Observation:

  • Exterior walls, flashings and trim
  • Entry doors and windows
  • Garage door and operator
  • Decks, balconies, porches, steps and railings
  • Eaves, soffits and fascias
  • Vegetation, grading, drainage, driveways, patios, walkways, and retaining walls

Action:

  • To walk the property to inspect above observations and utilize inspections tools to conduct the inspection

Electrical Inspection

Objective:
To identify deficiencies in the electrical system

Inspection Observation:

  • Service entrance conductors (overhead or underground)
  • Service equipment, grounding equipment, main disconnect device, and distribution panels
  • Amperage and voltage rating of service
  • Branch circuit conductors
  • Polarity and grounding of all receptacles within 6 feet of interior plumbing fixtures, garage or carport, and on the exterior of inspected structures
  • Location of main and distribution panels

Action:

  • Operate installed lighting fixtures, switches and outlets
  • Operate and test GFCIs
  • Report any observed aluminum branch circuit wiring

Plumbing Inspection

Objective:
To identify deficiencies in the interior plumbing system

Inspection Observation:

Interior water supply and distribution system

  • Piping materials
  • Fixtures and faucets
  • Functional flow and leaks
  • Cross-connections: when a direct link between drinking water and sewage water exists in the homes plumbing lines

Interior drain, waist and vent system

  • Traps
  • Drain, waist, and vent piping
  • Piping supports
  • Leaks and functional drainage

Hot water systems

  • Water heating equipment
  • Normal operating controls

Action:

  • Operate all plumbing fixtures

Interior Inspection

Objective:
To identify deficiencies in the condition of the interior living structure, including walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors

Inspection Observation:

  • Walls, ceilings, floors
  • Steps, stairways, railings
  • Counters and cabinets
  • Doors and windows
  • Safety glazing in locations subject to human impact

Action:

  • Operate windows and interior doors
  • Report signs of water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal condensation on building components

Cooling - A/C Inspection

Objective:
To identify deficiencies in the air conditioning system

Inspection Observation:

  • Air conditioning system
  • Cooling and air handling equipment
  • Normal operating controls
  • Distributions systems: fans, ducts, and piping
  • Not required to inspect window air conditioners

Action:

  • Operate the system using normal operating controls
  • Open readily openable access panels

Insulation and Ventilation

Objective:
To identify if insulation is present and if so to perform an inspection to identify any deficiencies in the installation and to identify any deficiencies in the ventilation systems

Inspection Observation:

  • Identify type of insulation found
  • Measure insulation thickness and provide an opinion on its adequacy
  • Inspect the condition of insulation
  • If possible, confirm the presence of a vapor barrier
  • Ventilation of attics and foundation areas
  • Kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room venting systems

Action:

  • To inspect and report the above observed actions, if any, when access available
  • To utilize inspection tools to conduct the inspection

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