Knox Inspection Services, Inc.
1410 South Terrace Drive
[1 block west of 15th and Lewis]
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Phone: 918.744.8128
Fax: 918.744.5669
Toll Free: 800.875.5474


Consumer Notice for Recognized Hazards in Homes

Each year, in Oklahoma and Arkansas, people are unnecessarily injured and property losses occur from hazardous
conditions in homes from items listed below.  In recognition of various studies and recommendations from nationally
renowned organizations such as the U. S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (U.S. CPSC), we at Knox Inspection
Services, Inc. have adopted a policy of encouraging our Inspectors to bring hazardous conditions observed at the
inspection(s) to the attention of our Customer.

In the majority of cases the observed hazardous conditions may be in violation of one or more national building codes,
mortgage underwriters’ requirements, utility company requirements, municipal building codes, hazard insurance company
requirements, manufacturers installation requirements, or other standards as may apply to a particular situation. The
conditions described below may not violate one or more of the standards and often may be considered acceptable
because they are “Grandfathered” since they were present prior the adoption of standards of construction which now
prohibit such methods of installation or use of certain materials.

The effect of our decision is to disclose the conditions when they are observed, and not to necessarily mandate that
these conditions be remedied. Please note that every possible hazard may not be identified or reported. We attempt to
insure that the inspection Customer, (usually the buyer), be made aware of the well established hazards when they are
identified in the inspection report.  Once notified of these conditions, the Customer can decide whether or not they are a
priority or of importance to the Customer.  Any decision as to whether the condition is to be corrected or brought up to a
current standard, or whose responsibility it is to correct the condition, is left to the negotiation between the parties of the
real estate transaction and not the Inspector.

The purpose if this policy is simply to make the Customer aware of potentially hazardous conditions so that the Customer
can make a safer environment for their family and those to be living in the home.  We do not intend to complicate the
transaction with facts that may cause disharmony.  We are quite confident the Professional sales associate wants the
buyer’s family to have a safe and dependable home too!

The Building Codes regulating the installation and/or capacity requirements for the following items may have
changed in existing homes since construction.  These items may shown as ”normal working order”  on the
inspection report but require upgrades if they require repair or modification during the Buyers ownership of the
home.  This is not necessarily a complete list.


 

  • water heaters and furnaces not installed 18” above the floor (ignition from combustible gas);
  • clearances between appliances and their respective enclosures;
  • exterior doors with keyed locks on the inside (if locked, no exit in emergency);
  • water heaters installed with substandard temperature and pressure safety release drain lines;
  • natural gas lines made of copper, or improper flexible lines;
  • single wall natural gas flues;
  • improperly installed, missing, or simply the lack of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI);
  • electric garage door openers that do not have a safety reverse;
  • missing or inadequate handrails or guard rails at interior or exterior stairs over 3 steps high;
  • air ducts installed below the finish exterior grade line, (subject to moisture infiltration);
  • the amperage capacity of the primary electrical service panel, (less than 100 amps);
  • inadequate vertical clearance in crawl spaces for purposes of inspection or repair;
  • multiple roof surfaces in excess of two layers (long term weight load causes deflection);
  • antiquated and still functioning Knob & Tube or B-X Cable electrical wiring for circuitry;
  • un-vented natural gas heating appliances and cooking appliances;
  • ungrounded electrical receptacles at individual points of use;
  • nonspecific (unlabled) plastic piping used for hot and cold pressure lines;
  • overhead exterior electrical service entrance lines too low for safe clearance;
  • electrical circuits incorporating aluminum wiring within the property;
  • and extension cords used to power permanently installed appliances.

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