Originally Posted By: hgordon
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You have touched on a very important subject...one that we HI's go out of our way to get across to our clients, this is not a Code Inspection but a Visual Inspection, however, in many cases you will be confronted by the all knowing GC or Builder who will try to say that they build to code...Here you will need to be able to know wether the "call" you are making is a "code" call where the builder and/or GC failed to comply, since they will try to discredit you.
I must strongly advise you to know what you are "calling out" and be able to back up your call. To state that there is no GFCI in the bathroom when the home is 40 years old may not be the wrong call IF the bathroom has been substantially renovated in the last 30 years...but if not, it would simply be a "suggested improvement".
Those who discuss codes here do it as "education" and to be sure that they are making valid "calls".
I stand with the NACHI SOP's when it states that a HI is not required to cite Codes. Remember that you are conducting a VISUAL inspection, not a CODE COMPLIANCE inspection!
Realize that when you create your report based on codes you may one day have to stand before the Judge hear "but you were stating code on the GFCI's, how did you not call out the code violation that caused...."
As far as citing "code"...do as suggested...JUST SAY NO!! But know your code as it relates to your "call".
SE Florida NACHI Chapter - President