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What is GFCI Protection?

By |2023-02-07T21:44:02-08:00September 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 |2023-02-07T21:45:11-08:00August 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 |2023-02-07T21:46:04-08:00July 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 |2023-02-07T21:46:45-08:00July 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 |2023-02-07T21:47:26-08:00June 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 [...]

Ultra-High Efficient Toilets

By |2023-02-07T21:49:38-08:00May 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 |2023-02-07T21:50:12-08:00February 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 |2023-02-07T21:51:03-08:00January 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 |2019-10-11T08:25:29-08:00September 26th, 2013|Building Inspections Blog|

(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 level. After all, if your ducts are cleaner, all [...]

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