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.

Defective ABS Piping

By |2022-10-27T07:54:11-08:00September 27th, 2022|Building Inspections Blog|

Certain brands of drain piping, manufactured between 1984-1990, have a history of failure. The type of drain piping is a black plastic material known as ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene). While ABS is still a common material used for drain piping, a few manufacturers in the mid-to-late 1980s had what amounted to a few years [...]

Seana Camping, Our Receptionist

By |2023-02-07T21:27:06-08:00July 28th, 2022|Building Inspections Blog|

If you are looking for fast, friendly, and professional service, give us a call! Customer service skills comes naturally, having helped out at her family's bakery in Berkeley as soon as she could reach the counters. She also attended City College of San Francisco and Gupton Jones in Decatur, GA. Seana has lived all [...]

Find Earthquake Faults with Temblor

By |2023-02-07T21:28:02-08:00July 18th, 2022|Building Inspections Blog|

While looking at houses in the Bay Area you may be curious if you are near an earthquake fault, as several major faults run through our region. Temblor is an app (and website) that makes finding them easy. The app is especially helpful as you can use location services to find your address without having [...]

JMC Welcomes Jeffery Spellman

By |2023-02-07T21:28:40-08:00April 22nd, 2022|Building Inspections Blog|

After patiently waiting through the pandemic to add another rock star inspector to our team, we hired Jeff Spellman! After graduating from American Home Inspectors Training (AHIT), and passing the National Home Inspectors Exam, Jeff started training with JMC Inspections in July of 2021. He is an ASHI Inspector and a member of the local chapter: [...]

Piedmont Now Requires Home Energy Score at Time of Sale

By |2023-02-07T21:29:10-08:00March 16th, 2021|Building Inspections Blog|

During its February, 2021 meeting, the Piedmont City Council adopted new energy code amendments, which are designed to meet the Piedmont's Climate Action goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and natural gas usage in residential buildings. Ordinance 751 N.S. requires a Home Energy Score assessment at time of sales as of March 3, 2021 What [...]

Where to Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms

By |2023-02-07T21:29:45-08:00December 1st, 2019|Building Inspections Blog|

Most people know that carbon monoxide alarms are important and save lives, but many are confused about where they should be installed. It can be tricky, since the manufacturer’s recommendations, state, and local requirements often don’t agree. The advice given here is based upon the California Residential Code (CRC). Required Locations Since 2011, the State [...]

Where to Install Smoke Alarms

By |2023-02-07T21:32:18-08:00June 21st, 2019|Building Inspections Blog|

Everyone knows that smoke alarms are important and save lives, but many are confused about where they should be installed. It can be tricky, since the manufacturer's recommendations, state, and local requirements often don't agree. The advice given here is based upon the California Residential Code (CRC). Before buying your smoke alarms, please read THIS [...]

What is a Sediment Trap?

By |2023-02-07T21:33:35-08:00December 20th, 2018|Building Inspections Blog|

Sediment traps have been required on gas piping systems for many years, but there is a lot of confusion about them. Read on to learn what they really are, where to install them, and how to configure them properly. Sediment Trap vs. Drip Leg"Drip leg" and "sediment trap" are often used interchangeably, but they are [...]

What is a Master CREIA Inspector?

By |2023-02-07T21:34:12-08:00June 15th, 2018|Building Inspections Blog|

Professional achievements and their designations can quickly become an alphabet soup. For home inspectors, you will see such designations as ACI, CCI, MCI (and many others) - but what do they mean? ACI stands for ASHI Certified Inspector, CCI stands for CREIA Certified Inspector, and MCI stands for Master CREIA Inspector. ACI and CCI are [...]

What is Carbon Monoxide?

By |2023-02-07T21:34:37-08:00March 22nd, 2017|Building Inspections Blog|

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas. You can’t see it - you can’t smell it - but it can poison or kill you. Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning resemble those of the flu – headaches, dizziness and nausea. Ongoing symptoms can be headaches, tiredness, memory impairment, difficulty in concentrating, difficulty in sleeping, and [...]

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