Garage Door and Garage Door Opener Inspection

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This garage door opener has been properly installed and has been wired to a direct dedicated outlet.

Garage garage door opener

This garage door opener has been wired using a extension cord.  We recommend that garage door openers be wired to a dedicated outlet.


Always check both sides of a garage door for damage. (New Home)


This photo is listed because so many people don’t know how to use these older Sears garage door opener buttons.  To operate you have to push both buttons at once to open and close the door, very easy but different.


This garage door opener spring is broken, we always recommend to have a professional repairs garage doors.  These can be a real safety hazard. (Possible FHA Concern)


This electronic garage door eye has been properly installed under 6″ to the ground.

garage door opener

Electronic eyes should be no more than 6″ off the ground for safety. (Safety Hazard)


These garage door safety sensors have been attached to the ceiling of a garage. (Safety hazard)


Garage Ceiling Inspection


Evidence of heavy ice build up where the house and the garage come together. When you see this make sure you look close at the interior of the garage and the interior of the home on the floor and the wall. (New Home)


This water stain is where the house and the garage come together, this is a very common area to find water stains in a garage.  If you find this it is important if all possible to get into the garage attic, and also on the other side of the garage wall in the interior of the home for water stains or damage. (New Home)


Water stains on the interior of the garage wall where the house and the garage come together.


Garage Structure Inspection

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This cable that the arrows are pointing to has been installed to re support the garage, it most likely leaning off to one side or the other.


When ever you look at a garage always look close at the sill plate, the sill is the 2 x 4 that lays on the concrete and the 2 x 4 studs walls are built on top of them.  This is a common area for find wood rot and termites in a garage.


The arrows are pointing a garage sill plate that has been replaced with non treated lumber, this is functional but should have been replaced with treated wood.


Fire Safety Barrier Inspection


One hour Fire Safe Metal door in between the house and the garage.


The wall that is in between the home and the garage was installed with 5/8 fire barrier drywall but you still need to tape and mud drywall line to be complete.


Attic access with no fire safe covering over it this is considered a safety hazard.  We recommend to have a 5/8 section of drywall installed over the opening garage attic opening.


This is a opening between the house and the garage that should have stayed closed because of a fire barrier.

Garage Heat run

Heat vents can be very dangerous when installed inside garage because of the possibility of carbon monoxide  getting into the home. (Safety hazard)


Garage Electrical Outlets, Wires and Light Fixtures Inspection:


This is a electrical outlet tester with a GFCI test trip button on it.  The trip button is the large black one near the outlet, when you push this button the power should turn off at the outlet.


We recommend that all garage outlets are GFCI protected for safety.  Even is the outlet does not have a reset button on it like this one does above it doesn’t mean it is not GFCI protected, one of the only ways you can test it is to use a electrical outlet tester like the one in the picture to the left.