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Not All Smoke Alarms are Created Equal

Did you know there are two types smoke alarms, and one is considered safer than the other? There are two types of smoke alarm sensors used:  Photoelectric and Ionization.  Photoelectric smoke alarms sense particles in the air using a small light.  Ionization smoke...

What should you know about Fuse Panels?

In the San Francisco Bay Area, we see a lot of old buildings with fuse panels.  The question of whether they are safe to have or if they should be replaced is a common question we get during home inspections.  Here is what you need to know about fuse panels. Quick...

How Long do Different Roof Systems Last?

When deciding if it is time to replace your roof there are several factors that will affect the life expectancy of your roof in the San Francisco Bay Area. Factors to Consider for Estimating Roof Life Span The style of your roof?.  Flat vs Sloped Type and...

Why is there Gravel on My Roof?

You may be wondering why some buildings have gravel on the roof.  Simple, it protects the tar from the sun.    UV rays can break down and dry out the tar membrane causing the tar to crack (some describe it as “alligatoring”).  The light color rocks reflect...