NBI will be adding a check for Carbon Monoxide
Detectors/Alarms to its list starting in July. Sellers must disclose
their existence, though a lack of one will not stop the deal. Add
this to that long list of things you must educate your clients
And don't miss our Spot the Problem Puzzler this
month. We found a real riddle for you!
Starting in July: SFRs must have CO detectors unless
they are "all electric."
In May 2010, California passed the Carbon Monoxide
Poison Prevention Act. This
law requires all homes that burn any form of fossil fuel to install
and maintain working carbon monoxide detectors. The
effect July 1, 2011 for single family homes. Apartment
complexes must comply by Jan. 1, 2013.
to install these devices can cost the owner a maximum of $200 per
offense, though he or she will have 30 days to rectify the error
before the fines are imposed.
does this mean for our agents? Please remind any
client that a seller
must disclose whether working detectors are installed in the
property. From July 1 on, NBI will inspect for and
report on the presence of these detectors in every residential
property we inspect in California.
clients need to know:
All homes must comply, unless your clients live
is most dangerous during sleep.
fireplace, a detached garage, no barbeque grill.)
- They must install a
"carbon monoxide device" that is designed to detect
carbon monoxide and produce a "distinct, audible
- The device may be
battery-powered, a plug in, or hard-wired with a battery backup.
It may be combined with a smoke detector, but, it must emit
"an alarm or voice warning in a manner that clearly
differentiates between a carbon monoxide alarm warning and a
smoke detector warning."
- The devices must be
models certified by the State Fire Marshall.
- Where to place Carbon
- Place devices in
hallways within 10-15 feet of all bedrooms
- Waist to head-height
locations will be most effective (carbon monoxide does not rise
to the ceiling as smoke does)
- Do not place devices
in any humid areas like bathrooms or kitchens
- Furniture or drapes
should never cover the detectors
For more information about the law, click here.
For more information about carbon monoxide poisoning, click here. This flyer can also serve as your
client information piece.
Spot the Problem!
Tankless water heaters are booming in
popularity. Not surprisingly, some are installed
incorrectly. What is wrong with the installation of
this tankless water heater? Neither the plumbing contractor nor the
City Inspector caught the error!
looks great! What could be wrong?
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"Spot the Problem"
This tankless water heater, along with all other gas
appliances in this home, includes a gas excess flow safety valve
designed to protect the home from fire/explosions in the event of a gas
line rupture. It works by detecting an excessive amount of gas
flowing through the valve, more so than the appliance should draw,
and shuts off; much like a circuit breaker in an electrical panel.
The problem is the excess flow valve was installed at the wrong side of the
flexible gas line (the one most prone to failure).
According to the manufacturer, the gas excess flow safety valve
should be installed
between the shutoff valve and flexible gas line.
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