Home Owners: Consumer Alerts
Different cities have variations of rules on installation of carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. The Oregon Smoke alarm law since states ‘some local ordinances have additional requirements.' Be aware that may be the case in your city. This is true in the City of Portland. Here is some information on these rules.
Monitor government recall lists. These lists are massive and they change daily. If you are interested, you can check www.cpsc.gov/recalls or www.recalls.gov for past recalls.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulates the cleanup of underground heating oil spills and the removal of uncertified woodstoves upon the sale of homes. Woodstoves without an EPA sticker are deemed uncertified and must be removed when a home is sold. These stoves were typically sold before about 1991.
Court ordered and manufacturer recalls for defective items such as roofing, siding, electric heaters, plumbing, etc. usually have an expiration date, beyond which the manufacturer is no longer obligated to make restitution. It is important to have a home inspector with enough local knowledge to identify these defective components that are still in use after the expiration of the recall.
Not all defective or dangerous components are listed on a public recall list and it is important that your home inspector be able to identify these components and understand the danger and risks. Since many of this items are not publicly listed, an inspector may be unaware of the danger. Membership in OREIA allows inspectors to interact and exchange information on a professional level, that would otherwise not be available. This is one reason why OREIA inspectors are able to provide a high level of service.