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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 |2017-10-03T06:20:22-08:00January 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 [...]

Guardrail Post Connections

By |2017-10-03T06:20:23-08:00February 8th, 2015|Building Inspections Blog|

The guardrail / deck connection is a critical element of deck design, but until relatively recently, the design of this important connection was left up to the whims of the contractor.  Why is this important?  When people gather on decks, they inevitably congregate along the guardrail, to enjoy the view, take some weight off, or [...]

What is Water Heater Backdrafting?

By |2016-08-01T09:28:03-08:00January 6th, 2015|Building Inspections Blog|

When you learn that a water heater is backdrafting, it may not be self-evident what that means.  I must admit that home inspectors can be guilty of using overly-technical language at times, and in the spirit of clarification, here is a description of water heater backdrafting and what it means to you. The basics The draft [...]

Duct Cleaning: A Solution in Search of a Problem?

By |2017-10-03T06:20:23-08:00September 26th, 2013|Building Inspections Blog|

Duct Cleaning: A Solution in Search of a Problem? (From CHECKBOOK Update, Fall 2013)   If you or someone in your family suffers from asthma or allergies, you may be considering getting your home’s heating and cooling ducts cleaned. Even if you have no special health concerns, duct cleaning may appeal to you at an intuitive [...]

Photoelectric vs. Ionization Smoke Alarms

By |2015-01-05T22:57:02-08:00May 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). [...]

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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 [...]