About Paul Barraza

Paul Barraza has been a property inspector since 2007.

Photoelectric vs. Ionization Smoke Alarms

By |2019-06-21T08:27:37-08:00May 18th, 2012|Building Inspections Blog|

Those white smoke alarms hanging from your ceiling may all look alike, but there are significant differences in the two kinds of sensor technology.  The older and more common type uses an ionization sensor.  More than 90% of smoke alarms installed in the US are ionization type (keep this in mind as you keep reading). [...]

Federal Pacific Panels

By |2017-10-03T06:20:23-08:00May 5th, 2012|Building Inspections Blog|

When a home inspector mentions a Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) brand electrical panel, generally there are two responses.  Either a blank stare or "oh no!"  If you find yourself in the "blank stare" category read on. The Hazard A recent story by NBC 4 New York highlighted the problems with these panels.  Here are some [...]

AFCI Protection Primer

By |2020-03-05T10:38:49-08:00February 7th, 2012|Building Inspections Blog|

What is an AFCI breaker is? Perhaps a home inspector or electrician recommended one, or perhaps you've heard about it on the news.  Simply stated, an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) is a type of breaker or outlet that is designed to detect arc faults in your home's wiring and trip before the arc faults [...]

ReCallChek is Here!!

By |2019-03-10T11:32:10-08:00January 18th, 2012|Building Inspections Blog|

Okay, so what is RecallChek you might ask! This is a new service we can provide on most inspections we perform.  During our inspection, we gather information about the appliances typically found in a home, then submit that information to a national data base.  The data base is set up to compare your appliance information [...]

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