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INFORMATIONAL WEBSITES
 
American Society of Home Inspectors:  www.ashi.org
 
Arizona Board of Technical Registration:  www.btr.state.az.us
 
Aluminum Wiring:  http://www.inspect-ny.com/aluminum/aluminum.htm
 
ARC Fault (Blue Button) Circuit Breaker Recall:  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml05/05035.html
 
Federal Pacific:  http://www.inspect-ny.com/fpe/fpepanel.htm
 
Fire Sprinkler Replacement:  http://www.sprinklerreplacement.com
 
Journal of Light Construction:  www.jlconline.com
 
Polybutelene Plumbing:  www.pbpipe.com
 
EPA R-22 Refrigerant Phase Out: http://www.epa.gov/Ozone/title6/phaseout/22phaseout.html
 
 
 
SAFETY CHECKS
 
GFCI Outlets.   These electrical outlets are designed for your protection and will trip if working when a ground fault is present.
Example: a blender falls in the sink and you are touching water. Without a properly functioning GFCI, the electricity will try to get to ground and will use you for the path resulting in shock or death. 
They are placed around the exterior and in garages, in kitchens, bathrooms, toilets and laundry rooms. If there is an electrical 110v outlet that is not dedicated and is within 6' of water, it is currently required to be GFCI protected. Installation by a qualified electrician is recommended. Monthly testing is your responsibility. Push the test button and the outlet should shut the power off. If it does not, there could be a problem. Consult a qualified electrician to repair.
A good web site for basic knowledge, click Wikipedia link below.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GFCI#Rules_and_regulations
 
ARC Fault Circuit Breakers.   These circuit breakers are located in your main electrical panel and provide arc fault protection for the 15amp circuits in bedrooms and more recently for smoke detectors. 
If working properly, the ARC fault circuit breakers will prevent arcing between conductors by sensing the fault, trip the circuit breaker and shut the power off. Monthly testing is your responsibility. In the main electrical panel, usually located on an exterior wall or a sub panel inside. You will need to press the green, blue, white or yellow buttons. The lever should move to the center position. You will have to move it to the off position, then on. If it does not, there could be a problem and a qualified electrician should be consulted to repair.
A good web site for basic knowledge, click Wikipedia link below.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc-fault_circuit_interrupter
 
Smoke Detectors.   Smoke detectors should be installed according to manufactures specifications including a minimum of one per story and basement. Also each sleeping room and adjoining area for new construction and remodels requiring a permit. They should be hard wired with battery backup to sound an audible alert to the whole house if smoke is detected in any one room. The requirements state the system should be "tested often". Most manufactures recommend the test be performed monthly. This is your responsibility and we recommend you have the instruction manual handy to troubleshoot if the system does not work properly during your monthly testing.
A good web site for basic knowledge, click Wikipedia link below.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke_detector
 
Carbon Monoxide Detectors.   Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in homes with gas appliances. They will alert you through an audible alarm if the CO levels exceed maximum allowable tolerances. These should be installed and testing performed as stated by the manufacture. Failure to do so could have serious effects ranging from dizziness, nausea, vomiting or more serious effects including death.
A good web site for basic knowledge, click Wikipedia link below.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_monoxide_detector
 
Temperature Pressure Relief Valve.   Or TPRV as more commonly known on water heaters are the only backup safety device should the normal operating safety controls fail to operate. The problems with this installation range from not initially testing the valve, not testing bi-annually and reverse slope of the drain line if installed on the top of the water heater. Recent reports of the water heater blowing out the side of a garage in 2009 on a 1 year old home is continued proof of the need to test this system regularly. Roofs have been blown off in other cases nationwide. If you're are not comfortable doing this test we recommend having a qualified professional assisting you.
A good web site for basic knowledge, click Wikipedia link below.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safety_valve
 
Automatic Garage Door Openers.   An average of 4 child deaths a year have been reported due to missing or non functioning safety features of automatic garage door openers. New installations regularly have to be corrected in order to provide the necessary safety functions. You should check your doors monthly or as stated by the manufacturer on the safety sticker on the doors. If the sticker is missing, contact the installer, as safety instructions are mandatory to be visible to the home owner. There are several tests that must be performed. We highly recommend a qualified professional to assist you in learning the techniques because damage to the door will occur if it is not adjusted properly upon installation.  Protect your loved ones!!!
A good web site for basic knowledge, click Wikipedia link below.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garage_door_opener#cite_note-4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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