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Dear Robert; 

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 about!

And don't miss our Spot the Problem Puzzler this month. We found a real riddle for you!  


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Carbon Monoxide Detector Law

Spot the problem!

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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 law takes effect July 1, 2011 for single family homes. Apartment complexes must comply by Jan. 1, 2013.

Carbon Monoxide Detector and AlarmFailure 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.

What 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.

What your clients need to know:

All homes must comply, unless your clients live "all-electric" (no

Sleeping Child

Carbon Monoxide 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 alarm."
  • 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 Monoxide Detectors:
    • 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!  

Tankless Water Heater with a Problem

This installation looks great! What could be wrong?

 To find the answer, look below.


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Answer to "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.

Excess Flow Valve Close Up  Excess Flow Valve Placement 

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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