Question from Mary R., Marietta, GA: Tree root in a grassy area. It is high enough to be a tripping hazard but not on a walkway. Does this have to be covered or corrected in any way?
Answer: This is not a trip hazard, but it is Level 3 erosion, as the soil has eroded to the level where using it would be considered to be hazardous. The area should be covered with dirt to correct the eroded materials.
Question from Matt D from Pfister and Company: Have a couple questions for you, in a maintenance shop there are some plywood walls, Do they need to be painted? And in the same shop there is foam insulation nailed to the rafters, should there be drywall up or is the foam insulation ok?
Answer: Regarding your question about plywood walls: In any room, regardless of use or location, only drywall/sheetrock needs to be painted. Now, regarding the question about the open rafters: This would apply to any location: there is no requirement to have finished walls anywhere in the building. If there is evidence that the walls were finished and the drywall is "missing" then it would be cited as a hole. But if it never had it, then you are ok. ;
Question from Barb from Irvine, CA: I have a retaining wall that is in very poor condition and I have limited time and budget before my REAC Inspection, should I just ignore it or will patching with concrete or some other material have any benefit?
Answer: If you patch the damaged wall and secure it to the level that the wall is "damaged but still functional and not presenting a hazard", then the deficiency will be reduced from Level 3 to Level 1, which on a REAC inspection will reduce the overall penalty by 75%. So, to be brief, there is an inherent benefit to removing the hazardous condition, as it will reduce the overall penalty and, of course, make the property safer as well
Question from Matt in Indianapolis: The REAC Compilation Bulletin states that systems that are monitoring by a third party, like the call for aide cords and fire alarms, do not need to be inspected? Does that mean that if a cord is tied up; it's not a deficiency?
Answer: That is what the language used in the REAC Compilation Bulletin states,"the inspector does not need to individual components." However, in practice, this statement has been interpreted to mean "the inspector does not need to TEST the individual components." As in, the inspector does not need to pull the cord, but they should still look at it. The cord needs to be "not blocked, touching the floor, not coiled up, and have the ability to be pulled from the intended position of use" is how we instruct people.