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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