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About Paul Barraza

Paul Barraza has been a property inspector since 2007. He is an ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI), a Master CREIA Inspector (MCI), and an ICC Certified California Residential Combination Inspector.

SB407 – What You Need to Know

By |2019-06-21T10:17:35-08:00December 22nd, 2016|Building Inspections Blog|

Senate Bill 407 (SB407) was signed in 2009, and this law will have a big impact on California home owners starting January 1, 2017.  In short, this law requires the installation of water conserving plumbing fixtures in all single family homes built prior to 1994.  This is not a time-of-sale requirement, it applies to all [...]

Earthquake Retrofitting Basics Video

By |2017-10-03T06:20:22-08:00October 15th, 2016|Building Inspections Blog|

I created a video to go over the basics of earthquake retrofitting a simple home.  Using a layered SketchUp model, I will walk you through the basic elements of an earthquake (seismic) retrofit.  Many of these standard details come from "Plan Set A" which can be found HERE.  Enjoy the video and please let me [...]

What is GFCI Protection?

By |2020-02-20T10:52:55-08:00September 29th, 2016|Building Inspections Blog|

GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protection is a modern safety feature designed to help prevent shock hazards and electrocution. GFCI breakers and receptacles (outlets) de-energize a circuit or a portion of a circuit when a hazardous condition exists. GFCI protection is inexpensive and can provide a substantially increased margin of safety. Where to Install GFCI protection [...]

Flushing Your Tankless Water Heater

By |2017-10-03T06:20:22-08:00August 1st, 2016|Building Inspections Blog|

Tankless water heater manufacturers recommend flushing every 6-12 months.  This is especially important in areas with hard water, as minerals can buildup inside the heat exchanger and cause performance problems.  I'll run down the basics and I've collected the descaling instructions from the three main manufacturers of tankless water heaters: Takagi (sometimes labeled A.O. Smith), [...]

Garage Door Photoelectric Sensors

By |2017-10-03T06:20:22-08:00July 25th, 2016|Building Inspections Blog|

Since 1993,  photoelectric sensors (aka photo-eyes) have been required on garage door openers.  The CPSC recommend this change to "reduce the number of deaths to children who become entrapped under garage doors with automatic openers."  I'm not saying it's a coincidence, but after watching Indiana Jones roll under that temple door in 1981, it pretty much [...]

Is Your Gas Meter Too Small?

By |2021-03-24T11:22:24-08:00July 18th, 2016|Building Inspections Blog|

While it is commonplace for property inspectors to note the electrical service size and often the size of the main water supply, the size of the gas meter is frequently overlooked.  If a gas meter is undersized, the attached gas appliances could be starved for gas - especially when the major appliances are running at the same time. [...]

JMC Welcomes Lee Parsons

By |2016-06-06T15:26:51-08:00June 6th, 2016|Building Inspections Blog|

JMC Building Inspections is proud to announce our newest inspector, Lee Parsons.  While many of you have already met Lee over the last few months, many of you have not yet had the pleasure.  Read below to learn more about Lee, and if you have any questions, he can be reached directly by email at lee@jmcinspections.com. Lee [...]

John McComas Update

By |2020-03-05T10:51:25-08:00January 14th, 2016|Building Inspections Blog|

John McComas, who founded JMC Building Inspections in 1982, is now semi-retired.   After doing residential and commercial inspections for 31 years, he will now only be doing hourly consultations, walkthroughs, and Berkeley E3 Inspections.  If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call or email as the he is no longer using the [...]

Ultra-High Efficient Toilets

By |2018-12-20T11:13:42-08:00May 27th, 2015|Building Inspections Blog|

Until the early 1980s, most toilets used 5-7 gallons per flush. Toilet technology has progressed (with a few mis-steps) to the point where ultra-high efficient toilets are available today that use only .8 gallons per flush. That may look like a typo, but companies such as Niagara Conservation have developed toilets that conserve water and [...]

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