Home Inspection in Vista, Ca – Federal Pacific Circuit Breakers

On a recent home inspection in Vista, Ca, I came across a Federal Pacific electrical panel.  Federal Pacific circuit breakers are a potential fire risk.  Although they are a fire risk, there has never been an official recall. Federal Pacific “Stab-Lok” breakers were installed in homes constructed prior to 1990.  The concern is that there has been independent testing confirming that many of the Federal Pacific Stab-Lok breakers do not trip, leading to the potential for a surge of electricity to overheat the wire, melt the insulation and start a house fire.  This is precisely the condition that the installation […]

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California Home Inspection Laws

California Home Inspection Laws By Keith Silvas, Owner of Red Rock Home Inspections in Vista, Ca. California home inspection laws are addressed under the Business and Professions Code under sections 7195-7199.  Sections 7195 defines a home inspection in California as a noninvasive, physical examination performed for a fee in connection with a transfer of real property (real estate).  The home inspection should include an examination of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural and other essential components of a residential dwelling of up to four units and is intended to identify material defects in the aforementioned systems. Section 7195 goes on to define a […]

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How to Inspect for Termites

How to Inspect for Termites If you’re like most homeowners, you want to learn how to identify and prevent wood destroying insects such as termites to prevent damage to your property, which can result in costly repairs.  It is estimated that upwards of 80% of Southern California homes are infested with termites.  In learning how to identify evidence of a termite infestation, it is important to understand that there are two different species of termites commonly associated with Southern California and the San Diego region, namely subterranean termites and drywood termites. Subterranean Termites As the name implies, subterranean termites live […]

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What is Defensible Space?

One of the most common questions we receive is, what is defensible space?  This topic comes up frequently in the wake of the various Southern California wildfires.  This article explains what defensible space is and how you can mitigate wildfire impact and save not only your home, but the lives as well. Defensible space can be thought of as a fire break around the property that helps to inhibit the spread of fire in populated regions.  The area around a property that is cleared of over grown and dead vegetation and combustible material and chemicals is commonly referred to as […]

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Safety Guidelines for Home Pools

Swimming pools should always be happy places. Unfortunately, each year thousands of American families confront swimming pool tragedies, drownings and near-drownings of young children. At InterNACHI, we want to prevent these tragedies. These are guidelines for pool barriers that can help prevent most submersion incidents involving young children. These guidelines are not intended as the sole method to minimize pool drowning of young children, but include helpful safety tips for safer pools. Each year, hundreds of young children die and thousands come close to death due to submersion in residential swimming pools. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has estimated that each […]

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How Agents Can Limit Their Liability with Regard to Home Inspections

In a world where litigation is the preferred method of resolving even the most minor conflicts, it should come as no surprise to real estate agents that they are increasingly finding themselves named as defendants in lawsuits wherein purchasers of residential real estate are claiming damages as the result of the alleged fraud and/or negligence of one or more of the participants in the transaction. Aggrieved purchasers of residential real estate are operating in a target-rich environment and have a remarkable array of potentially responsible parties from which to seek financial redress for their claimed grievances.  In lawsuit after lawsuit, […]

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