Originally Posted By: rcloyd
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From the NACHI SOP, please note item O.
II. The inspector is not required to:
A. Inspect or operate screens, storm windows, shutters, awnings, fences, outbuildings, or exterior accent lighting.
B. Inspect items, including window and door flashings, which are not visible or readily accessible from the ground.
C. Inspect geological, geotechnical, or hydrological conditions.
D. Inspect recreational facilities.
E. Inspect seawalls, break-walls and docks.
F. Inspect erosion control and earth stabilization measures.
G. Inspect for safety type glass.
H. Inspect underground utilities.
I. Inspect underground items.
J. Inspect wells or springs.
K. Inspect solar systems.
L. Inspect swimming pools or spas.
M. Inspect septic systems or cesspools.
N. Inspect playground equipment.
O. Inspect sprinkler systems.
P. Inspect drain fields or drywells.
Q. Determine the integrity of the thermal window seals or damaged glass.
As HI's we are providing generalist inspections and recommendations. Delving into fire suppression systems requires a specialist. Having said that, I do have a great deal of experience inspecting and testing the type of system that you describe. If the installed system is not an anti-freeze or Dry type which is ok to be exposed in the attic, the pipes should not be exposed due to the potential of freezing and breaking.
As a home inspector, I would simply note the presence of the system and exposed pipes in my report and refer the buyer to the installation contractor (Most systems have a data plate with contact info on them at the riser) for proper maintenance of the system.
Hope this helps,
Russell G. Cloyd
Intra-Spec Home Inspections
& Code Consulting, LLC