Common Repair/Replace Orders

Items marked repair/replace on your Truth-In-Housing Disclosure Report must be fixed before you can close on the sale of your property. Some of the most common items in this category are listed below.

Smoke Detectors

Problem: Missing

  • Smoke detectors are required on each level of the home, including the basement, and outside each sleeping area.

Problem: Inoperable

  • All smoke detectors must be operable. Replace batteries.

Problem: Improperly located

  • Smoke detectors are not allowed in kitchens, garages, or other spaces where the temperature can fall below 32°F or exceed 100°F.
  • In basements they should be located near the stairway leading to the floor above.
  • See Smoke Alarms for correct placement.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Problem: Missing

  • Carbon monoxide detectors are required within 10 feet of all sleeping rooms.

Problem: Inoperable

  • Carbon monoxide detectors may be battery operated or electrical plug-in. Replace batteries or detector if inoperable.

Electrical System

Problem: Extension cords in lieu of permanent wiring

  • Installing an outlet requires an electrical permit

Problem: Open junction box

Problem: Missing knock outs

Problem: Uncapped wiring

Problem: Missing or broken switch or outlet cover plates

Problem: Inoperable/non-functioning Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet

  • Replace GFCI outlet

Heating System

Problem: Inspection required

  • Heating Venting and Cooling Inspection Form
    You will need to contact a licensed contractor to test the heating system. The furnace may show signs of leakage or cracks in the combustion chamber. The contractor is required to obtain a permit if there is a new furnace installation.

Problem: Improper venting

Problem: Not enough clearance to combustibles

  • A one inch air gap is required between vents and studs. Use either copper pipe or electrical conduit to separate the stud and sheet metal across the studs.

Water Heater

Problem: Missing temperature and pressure relief valve

Problem: Undersized or improper height of relief drain piping

  • Relief valve piping is required to extend no less than 6 and no more than 18 inches from the floor. No permit required.

Problem: Improper venting

  • Vents must be continuously venting upward and proper size.

Problem: Back spillage at draft hood

  • A licensed contractor must test the water heater and verify that it is no longer back drafting. The contractor is required to obtain a permit if there is a new water heater installation.

Plumbing System

Problem: Open drain (missing trap)

Floor drain cleanout diagram

Problem: Leaky toilet

Problem: Open sewer line (broken or missing cover)

Problem: Missing floor drain cleanout plug

Problem: Missing backflow preventer/anti-siphon device

toilet tank elements
  • This is required on lawn irrigation systems and boilers.

Problem: Toilet missing 1” air gap between critical water level and flush valve

  • Install clip on fill tube or lower water level to achieve required 1” air gap.  

Gas Lines

Problem: Uncapped gas line

  • Capping a gas line does not require a permit. To install gas piping requires a permit.

Problem: Flexible gas line to appliance

  • This is not allowed unless AGA approved. There will be an AGA tag on it.


  • Electrical Permits
    Doug Torvund,
    Electrical Inspector
    7 - 8:30 am, Mon - Fri
  • Building, Mechanical, and Plumbing Permits
    City of Hopkins Inspections
    8 am - 4:30 pm, Mon - Fri
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    Evaluator listed on the report

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