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If You Have These Smoke Alarms, Get Rid Of Them! There are two types of smoke alarms, photoelectric and ionization. Which one should you use? Ionization alarms respond marginally faster to an open or “fast-flame” fire than a photoelectric smoke alarm. On average, ionization alarms will react abou...
After personally completing thousands of home inspections over the past eight years, I've narrowed it down to the three most common write-ups at a home inspection. Since the cost to correct all three items is only $15.00, it makes me wonder why I see them so often. A homeowner can easily fix thes...
May I Get You Some Carbon Monoxide?-  There's nothing like a little carbon monoxide to give you a good night's sleep! Actually, it takes just a little bit and you'll be sleeping like a baby! Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless toxic gas produced by incomplete combustion in fu...
La Jolla Home Inspector Offers Tips On Buying A Foreclosure-  I just inspected a 6900 square foot home on a hillside overlooking the ocean in La Jolla, CA. The bank foreclosed on this home halfway through construction- it seems the builder skipped town! I was told there was $1.2 million just in c...
Home Inspection Tech Tips: How To Clean Your Rain Gutters-  Roofs cover a lot of square footage which means they catch a lot of rain water. If all that water is allowed to run off the edge of the roof, it could cause some serious problems for the home and it's foundation. Rain gutters should be m...
  Vacant Homes: Turning Utilities On- San Diego Home Inspector-  Currently, the majority of the properties for sale here in San Diego County are short sales or bank-owned homes. By the time a property sells and I arrive to conduct the home inspection, it has likely been vacant for several months...
Sharp-Tipped Screws Are A Hazard To A Home Inspector!- Thank God I'm still alive! I just finished conducting a Poway home inspection that could have finished me! I look into the face of danger every day in the form of vicious dogs, high rooftops, 150-degree attics and so on, but at this particula...
Dan Edward Phillips of Eureka, CA wrote an important article I wanted to pass on regarding ice maker water lines. Many of them I see during home inspections are poorly installed. Thanks for the great article, Dan!Does your refrigerator have an Ice Maker?  Does it have a ‘water shut off valve'?  D...
San Diego Home Inspector Goes North- My wife and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary, so she convinced me to take a mini-break from home inspections by going north to Santa Barbara for a few days. It was actually my first visit to Santa Barbara, and I was impressed with it's scenic bea...
Have You Checked Your Egress Windows?- Encinitas Home Inspector It's midnight and you've just drifted off to sleep. All of a sudden, the smoke alarms in your home begin to blast. You changed all the detector batteries just two weeks ago! This must be the real deal! You forgot to turn off the drye...

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