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 are required on each level of the home, including the basement, and outside each sleeping area.
- 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
- Carbon monoxide detectors are required within 10 feet of all sleeping rooms.
- Carbon monoxide detectors may be battery operated or electrical plug-in. Replace batteries or detector if inoperable.
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: Certification required
- 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.
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.
Problem: Open drain (missing trap)
Problem: Leaky toilet
Problem: Open sewer line (broken or missing cover)
Problem: Missing floor drain cleanout plug
Problem: Missing backflow preventer/anti-siphon device
- This is required on lawn irrigation systems and boilers.
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.