New laws for smoke alarms in California beginning January 1, 2014. Smoke detectors save lives. But where are Smoke alarms required, and when did the requirements take place?
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During a home inspection, the inspector’s primary concern is the health and safety of the client. Our home inspectors will search for and report on dangers in the home including amateur wiring which could lead to a fire, absence of smoke detectors, presence of security bars over windows, condition of the fire-wall, and condition of the fireplace among others. The inspector will also inspect and report on any poorly installed gas appliances such as furnaces and water heaters that could present a Carbon Monoxide hazard.
There are three main types of circuit breakers in a modern home, each with a unique purpose. Learn about what circuit breakers do and the difference between fuses, circuit breakers, GFCI’s and AFCI’s.
Water heaters can explode. Never cap or remove a TPR valve. Watch this video to see why.
New California law SB 183 requires the installation of Carbon Monoxide detectors in all houses, and mandates new disclosure requirements in houses being sold. Home inspectors will be adding this as an inspection item. Carbon Monoxide Requirements in Ca.
Horizontal furnaces manufactured by Consolidated Industries and sold under the Premiere brand, among others, were the subject of a major recall. These recalled furnaces are not safe and should be replaced immediately.
Defensible space refers to the area surrounding a building that is mitigated to protect it from wildfires. Along with the quality of a building’s roofing material, adequate defensible space is one of the most important factors in fire prevention.
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was used in millions of building and construction applications throughout the 20th century. Asbestos was praised for its heat resistance, strength, flexibility and insulating properties. Many homes and buildings built prior to 1980 have the highest likelihood of containing asbestos, but it still can out there hiding in schools,… Read more »