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Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) are electrical safety devices that look very similar to GFCIs (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) but have a completely different purpose. While GFCIs are designed to prevent homeowners from having an electrical shock, AFCIs are designed to detect potentially dangerous electrical arc faults causing electrical fires.  Arcing faults are one of the major causes of residential electrical fires. When arcing occurs, it generates high temperatures up to 10,000°F that can easily ignite combustible materials in the home such as wood, curtains, papers and carpets.

An arc fault is the flow of electricity over an unintended path. The main function of an AFCI is to detect, recognize and respond to changes in the electrical wave pattern. Once an AFCI detects hazardous arcing, which is characterized by unwanted changes in the wave pattern, it quickly turns off the circuit thus reducing the potential for a fire to occur.  

Arc faults arise in various situations which include improperly installed or damaged electrical wires, worn electrical insulation, loose electrical connections, wires or cords that are overheated and stressed and/or in contact with vibrating metal and so on.

Over the years, the National Electric Code (NEC) provides an ever-expanding list of dwelling areas in the home that require AFCI protection. This includes:


  • Bedrooms
  • Living Room
  • Dining Room
  • Rec Room/Family Room
  • Library
  • Hallways
  • Closets
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Area
  • Dens/Sun Room


Kern River Home Inspections strongly recommends homeowners in Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi, Delano, Lake Isabella and all of Kern County to consider having AFCI protection installed in the above-mentioned areas as a safety precaution. Ensuring high standards of safety is our absolute priority. If you would like to look for the presence of AFCI outlets in recommended locations or test if outlets are AFCI protected, consider hiring the best home inspection company in Kern County! Contact Kern River Home Inspections TODAY at or you can call or text 661-205-9172.

Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

A ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, is a life-saving device that is primarily designed to protect people from the deadly effects of electrical shock. Its function is to sense imbalances in the electrical current and turns off the power by tripping a relay within it in less than one second, eliminating shock hazard. GFCI protection is available as GFCI circuit breakers or as GFCI outlets. To explain it further, a GFCI is a special receptacle that detects the electrical current flowing to and from an outlet or an appliance. Ideally, these two should match each other. The slightest change will signal the GFCI to trip, shutting off the power. In short, GFCI protection is an important feature in every home and if installed properly, can save homeowners’ lives.

You might be asking yourselves now, where are GFCI outlets or receptacles required? GFCIs are usually installed in areas where water and electricity are in close proximity, such as bathrooms, kitchens and garages. It was first recommended in 1968 and at that time, they were only required as a method of protection for underwater swimming pool lights. Over the years, GFCI installation requirements were gradually added in more locations. During a home inspection, professional home inspectors in Kern River Home Inspections notice that older homes in Kern County, especially in Bakersfield, Ridgecrest and Kernville areas have some locations in the home where outlets are not GFCI protected. While it is true that GFCI protection may not have been required at the time the house was built, it is still highly recommended to upgrade the electrical system to include GFCI protection at required locations inside and outside your house. You might be surprised that even some newer homes in Kern County have some areas where outlets are not GFCI protected as required by today’s standards.

According to the National Electric Code (NEC), all 125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-amp receptacles shall have GFCI protection in the following locations:

  1. Bathrooms
  2. Garages and accessory buildings
  3. Outdoors
  4. Crawlspaces at or below grade level
  5. Unfinished basements
  6. Kitchens
  7. Laundry rooms
  8. Within 6 feet of all plumbing fixtures
  9. Boathouses

Kern River Home Inspections strongly recommends homeowners to consider having GFCI protection installed in the above-mentioned areas as a safety precaution. Ensuring high standards of safety is our absolute priority. If you would like to look for the presence of GFCI outlets in recommended locations or test if outlets are GFCI protected, consider hiring the best home inspection company in Kern County! Contact Kern River Home Inspections TODAY at or you can call or text 661-205-9172.


This article was created by Kern River Home Inspections, providing home inspections, commercial inspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield and all of Kern County.

Bathroom Ventilation

Bathroom Ventilation

Most of you probably wouldn’t agree, but the bathroom is actually the most important room in your home. Why do we say so? Because this is where we start and finish our day. If you want to have a break from the world that’s around you, or to simply meditate and be alone with your thoughts, this is the best place to go. With that being said, Kern River Home Inspections believes that it is just as important to make sure that our bathrooms are properly maintained and taken care of.  One of the ways to make sure that our bathrooms are in good condition is to maintain sufficient bathroom ventilation.

While performing Home Inspections on homes in Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi and Kern River Valley, one of the things that our Inspectors notice is that no exhaust fans were installed. Although the bathrooms have windows, it is not enough to promote effective ventilation.  Having a bathroom exhaust fan in every home is an absolute necessity.

Bathroom exhaust fans serve a lot of purpose. Most people think that its sole function is to get rid of smelly bathroom odors, but having a bathroom exhaust fan is actually more essential than we think. It exhausts or removes moist air caused by daily bathroom activities such as taking showers, flushing the toilet, and even brushing your teeth or washing your hands. Elevated moisture levels may cause a number of problems, such as deterioration of materials, like peeling of the wall paint or wallpaper and shower wall tile detachment. It can also promote growth of microbes such as mold fungi and other microorganisms like staphylococcus or streptococcus, which can be extremely dangerous for our overall health. High humidity levels can also make the air feel warm and sticky, and eventually, if not prevented, can mess up with the overall temperature of your home. By getting rid of moisture-laden air from the bathrooms, it will help reduce your air conditioner’s workload as well as keeping your cooling costs under control. Another important use of bathroom exhaust fans is to get rid of the fumes caused by various bathroom cleaners. We normally use bathroom cleaners with aggressive chemicals, which can be extremely hazardous when inhaled, especially by small children, the elderly, or those with lung conditions.

Having a bathroom exhaust fan is absolutely an excellent investment. If there’s no exhaust fans installed in your bathrooms, Kern River Home Inspections suggests for you to consider installing one. It increases the lifespan of your bathrooms, saving you from tons of dollars’ worth of repairs and renovations in the future, as well as preventing you from possible health problems.


This article was created by Kern River HomeInspections, providing home inspections, commercial inspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield and all of Kern County.


Carpeted Bathrooms

Carpeted bathrooms is an ongoing trend in some areas of Kern County. While some people like to think that carpets belong in the bedroom, some find comfort,security and style by installing wall-to-wall carpets on their bathroom floors
instead of the usual vinyl or tiles. Carpets are way easier to install than tiles and other concrete materials usually used for floorings (vinyl,wood, etc)
For peopleof Bakersfield and other neighboring cities, warmth must rate as thenumber one pro in having a carpeted bathroom. People enjoy the comfort it giveswhen you step out of the shower especially in a cold morning. Even during pre-shower, carpets feel great in comparison to the feeling of cold hard tile.
Since a lot of fatal accidents occur in bathrooms, Kern River Home Inspectionsalso sees installing these as a way to minimize potential harm especially to children and elderlies who could slip and go out of balance on slippery concrete floorings and/or rugs. Another reason for most of the homes in Bakersfield toinstall carpets on their bathroom floors is it adds a touch of style especially when their bathroom is larger than the average. It can help homes to appear nicer, inviting and more luxurious as long as it is not wet and straggly.
The wet factor though may rank as the number one con in installing these beauties in your bathroom. Damp carpet obviously promotes bacteria growth that would lead to rapid deterioration of bathroom soft furnishings. Moisture is the
number one enemy of a carpeted bathroom; hence, you need to pick out a material that would dry out easily.
Carpets need maintenance, just like any flooring. When spills and overflows happen, you need to take care of the extra moisture to prevent mildew. Mold in the house can cause several respiratory ailments especially to those with health problems. If this is the case in your home, Kern River Home Inspections (and other inspectors in your area) has a special moisture meter to determine if there is excessive moisture beneath your carpet.
This article was created by Kern River Home Inspections, providing home inspections, commercial inspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield and all of Kern County.


Hantavirus is no longer a stranger to the people of Bakersfield. Thoughsome people are not aware of this pathogen and it’s causes, it is better to learn how to keep your familysafe from this deadly virus.
Hantavirus causes a rare deadlydisease known as HPS or Hantavirus Cardiopulmonary Syndrome. There are several forms of this virus, most of which are not a threat, but a fraction of these viruses can be pretty fatal.
Hantavirus’ primary mode of contact is inhalation which is scary because this virus is present in rodent’s feces, urine and saliva that is common in homes. Ordinarily, rodents are attracted to spaces that are most undisturbed by humans. Hence, a crawlspace is the most common area where this virus is encountered. Also, homes that have been vacant for long periods of time are most likely to have hantavirus contamination because of heavy rodent infestations. A lot of houses in Kern County that are of an older model and are most likely to have these.
Kern River Home Inspections took a closer look at what should be expected from this harmful virus:
Hantavirus can be transmitted to a person when fresh rodent droppings and urine are
disturbed. The transmission occur when the aerosolized droplets of Hantavirus are inhaled. It can also be transmitted if you touch your nose or mouth after touching anything contaminated by the virus, eating food contaminated by rodents and if you are bitten by an infected rodent. The virus can rapidly spread in areas that lack sunlight but it cannot be transferred from one human to another.
Symptoms of HPS may include but not limited to fever, fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dizziness and chills. After a couple of days, the infected person may find it hard to breathe as their lungs are starting to fill with fluid. Coughing is one of the mostcommon symptoms of the later stages.
Kern River Home Inspections makes sure that we protect our clients from these kinds of harmful viruses. Having killed 30-40% of the people infected, this virus is really something worth looking into, especially for the people of Bakersfield.
This article was created by Kern River HomeInspections, providing home inspections, commercial inspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield and all of Kern County.


Homeowners in most parts of Kern county, especially in Bakersfied, use a generator to supply electricity to their home in case of a power outage. Kern River Home Inspections make it a point that we check for potential hazards involving home generators.
There are two types of generators—Standby and portable.
Standby generators remain fixed outside the home and work with a manual or automatic transfer switch which automatically detects interruption in power supply. The transfer switch will stop input of electricity the moment it senses that supply has resumed.
A qualified technician and a permit is needed to install standby generators. This type of generator may be relatively expensive than the other type.They maybe turned on manually but can also be programmed to switch on automatically. Power supply can be maintained for long periods of time even for hard-wired systems. A routine maintenance is always advisable to keep the unit at its best condition.
Furthermore, portable generators are highly versatile. They may be used at home and be brought to remote locations, hence, does not require installation. Since they are less expensive than standby generators,they are relatively smaller in size and have lesser power capacity. It wont be able to power your homes hard-wired electrical system, thus, this type is not popular to the people in Bakersfield.
There are some downsides in having a generator at home, may it be a standby or a portable one. These things emit carbon monoxide which is very dangerous to your health. Generators, especially those that arpowered by gasoline are highly flammable. It can cause fire in case ooverloading. Rest assured, Kern River Home Inspections will include your generators during the thorough general inspection to eliminate the possibility of your family being exposed to the risk of electrical shock and any dangerouback feed due to faulty installation.
This article was created by Kern River Home Inspections, providing home inspections, commercial inspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield and all of Kern County.

Evaporative coolers - common issues and requirements

Evaporative coolers are common in the dryer areas of Kern County.  We see them on homes in Ridgecrest, Kernville, Lake Isabella, and Taft.  Here is a quick video about evaporative coolers:




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