Consumer alerts

Most home inspectors do not regularly 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 Qauality (DEQ) regulates the cleanup of underground heating oil spills and the removal of uncertified woodstoves. You can access them at www.deq.state.or.us .

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 professinal level, that would otherwise not be available. This is one reason why OREIA inspectors are able to provide a high level of service.