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4. STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS

4.1  The Inspector shall:
A.  inspect:
  1. structural components including visible foundation and framing.

  2. by probing a sample of structural components where deterioration is suspected or where clear indications of possible deterioration exist. Probing is NOT required when probing would damage any finished surface or where no deterioration is visible.

B.  describe: 
  1. foundation(s).
  2. roof structure(s).
  3. ceiling structure(s).
  4. wall structure(s).
  5. floor structure(s).
C.  report: 
  1. on conditions limiting access to structural components.
  2. methods used to inspect the under-floor crawl space
  3. methods used to inspect the attic(s).
4.2  The inspector is NOT required to:
A.  provide any engineering service or architectural service.
B.  offer an opinion as to the adequacy of any structural system or component.

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