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Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms are often overlooked, but they are perhaps one of the most important devices that will keep your home safe. Most dwelling fires happen at night when people are asleep. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 3 out of 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. As shocking as it is, fire casualties are usually caused by breathing in the smoke and toxic gases from the fire and not from being burned. Poisonous gases inhaled during a fire, like carbon monoxide, can rapidly cause a person to become confused and disoriented.

While performing home inspections in Kern County especially in Bakersfield, Ridgecrest and Kernville areas, professional home inspectors from Kern River Home Inspections notice that most homes don’t have enough smoke alarms and some have smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old. As you know, the purpose of a smoke alarm or a smoke detector is to warn your family of a fire in its early stages and to provide you with the extra time you need to escape safely. In this season where fire hazards are at its peak, it is crucial for every household in Kern County to make sure that your homes are safe. Knowing the following tips will drastically reduce the chances of a deadly fire in your home:

  • Make sure that your home has smoke alarms installed.  The California Building Code regulates the installation of smoke alarms in residences. Kern River Home Inspections recommends that one smoke alarm should be placed in every bedroom, in each hallway, and on every level of the home including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms. For paramount protection, install interconnected smoke alarms wherein when one sounds, all of them will sound and thus will be absolutely audible in every corner of your abode.
  • Know the types of smoke alarms. The two basic types of smoke detectors include ionization, which is better at detecting fast, flaming fires and photoelectric, which works best at detecting slow burning, smoldering types of fires. Either type of smoke alarm can provide your family with an early warning of fire, but your absolute safest bet is to purchase a dual sensor alarm that has both functionalities.
  • Test alarms at least once a month. It is very important to test ALL (yes, not just one!) smoke alarms on a monthly basis to see if it’s on a serviceable condition. All it takes is to push the “test” button. Testing smoke alarms also allows you and your family to know how exactly it does sound, so it’s practically hitting two birds in one stone.
  • Replace the batteries in ALL your smoke alarms at least once a year. To spare you from doing the work on a yearly basis, you can also opt to install smoke alarms with “long-life” (10-year lithium) batteries. If an alarm produces a “chirping” sound, it may be telling you that the battery is already low and thus needs to have it replaced. If the alarm is already 10 years old or if it doesn’t respond properly when tested, then it’s time to replace the entire alarm and not just the batteries.  If you’re quite skeptical on how to check the alarm or if how old the alarms are, schedule an inspection by calling Kern River Home Inspections right away.
  •  Keep it clean. Regularly vacuuming or dusting your smoke alarm can keep them working properly.

Smoke alarms may seem to be such a small part of your home but are extremely vital nonetheless. Schedule a home inspection at Kern River Home Inspections today to have your home inspected by the best home inspectors in Kern County to see if it has the appropriate number of smoke alarms, if they are properly located or if they are functioning properly or regularly maintained.  


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

Holiday Safety

The holidays are here! However, there are more than a few hazards lurking among your festive preparations. During the holidays, it is important to make sure that your home is safe and secure. It is crucial that homeowners in Kern County are aware of the fire and safety hazards that can be caused by festive lights and holiday decorations as well as the risk of burglary which is on the rise this season. Kern River Home Inspections would like to give you the following guidelines to make your holiday season safe and worry-free.

  • Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings. Before plugging the lights in, check for frayed wires, damaged sockets and gaps in the insulation.  If you find problems, don’t hesitate to toss the lights out and buy new ones instead. If you have any questions about electrical safety, feel free to ask our certified professional home inspectors at Kern River Home Inspections during your next scheduled inspection.
  • In buying and using holiday decorations, choose those made with non-flammable and non-combustible materials. Make sure to protect the cords of your holiday lights too. To avoid shock or fire hazards, make sure that the lights are never pinched by furniture, forced into small spaces such as doors and windows , located near heat sources, or attached by nails or staples. 
  • Never overload electrical outlets or extension cords. Overloaded electrical outlets are one of the common causes of holiday fires. Plug one appliance into each outlet at a time. For string of lights, never connect more than three strings to avoid blowing the fuse and eventually starting a fire.
  • If you prefer to use a freshly cut tree, make sure to water it daily for dry trees are a serious fire hazard. Also, keep your Christmas trees away from open candles, fireplaces, radiators or space heaters. On the other hand, only buy artificial trees that are labeled “fire resistant” or free from any metallic materials.
  •  Your kitchen will probably be the busiest part of your home this season, but according to National Fire Protection Association, unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the US.  Always keep your eyes on the range. With all the action happening in the kitchen, grease can be a mess and at the same time, a fire hazard. Always keep a fire extinguisher within reach and never use water on squelching grease flames. Baking soda or flour can be a great alternative.
  • Have your smoke alarms checked by a certified home inspector to make sure that it’s in a serviceable condition. If your home does not have smoke alarms, consider installing throughout the house.
  • Never discuss your holiday or travel plans with strangers or on social media. Be mindful on what you post and make sure you don’t have your location tagged (or at least until your trip is over).
  • Holidays are a prime time for burglaries, so make sure that your home’s burglar alarm system is activated. Homeowners can also opt to install security cameras to the home’s interior and exterior.
  • Don’t give burglars a leg out. Store ladders or bins away from the property. These can be used as means to gain access to your home.

The holidays are indeed the most wonderful time of the year, as long as you take precautions to fully enjoy the season. In behalf of Kern River Home Inspections, we wish you all a happy holiday season. Cheers!


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

Garage Safety

A typical garage is a place where we house our cars for protection and for safety, but nowadays, it has become one of the most versatile rooms in a house. You can convert it into almost anything. While performing home inspections in Bakersfield and Tehachapi, inspectors from Kern River Home Inspections notice that homeowners convert it into storage rooms or workshops, where they place sharp, heavy and incendiary objects which are extremely dangerous, even life-threatening, especially for children, who are more vulnerable to these potential hazards. While it is every homeowner’s interest to prevent possible threats caused by household hazards, it is sometimes the largest ones that they overlook – for example, the garage. Kern River Home Inspections would like to give emphasis on practicing garage safety. Here are some tips that you should take note on:


  • You would be totally surprised to know that one of the leading causes of garage injuries is lack of organization. Always make sure to clear the ground; keep all the potentially dangerous items, such as flammable and sharp objects out of children’s reach. You can use cabinets, hooks, racks and shelves to store your goods. You can also opt to label stored items for easy access when needed.
  •  Never allow your children to play with the garage door and its operating system.  To ensure safety, keep the control buttons or remote out of children’s reach.
  • Never, ever stand, run or walk beneath the garage door while it is in motion. Make certain to keep your fingers and hands away from door sections while trying to open or close the garage door to avoid injury.
  • Our inspectors have noticed that some garages have inadequate lighting. Imagine all the possible threats that can happen in a garage, all the more if it’s dim, or worse, dark. Replace bulbs if necessary. If your garage has only one light fixture, consider installing more. Besides, a garage should really be one of the brightest rooms in your home. Also, to prevent possible electrical hazards, make certain that electrical outlets are covered.
  • Ultimately, maintaining your garage door is one of the best ways to prevent potential perils found in the garage.  The garage door is one of the heaviest moving equipment in a home. Look for springs, cables, pulleys and rollers and check if there are any signs of damage. Do not attempt to repair it yourself. You can call a professional home inspector to have it further inspected and to provide you professional advice on what needs to be done. Homeowners can also check the auto-reverse function on your automatic garage door to see if it’s in working condition.


Your safety, especially your children’s, are of paramount importance. To free yourself from any worries, you can call a certified home inspector in Kern River Home Inspections to have your garage inspected.



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

Deck Safety

Deck Safety

Having a deck is, without a doubt, an excellent focal point in every outdoor space. It does not only add value and beauty to your home, but it also serves as a great entertaining space for gatherings and parties, as well as a space for some relaxation. On the other hand, decks are not exempt from deterioration and defects. Decks are exposed to various weather conditions all year round, so it is very important for it to be included in a home inspection. Even decks that appear to be in excellent condition may have defects that can cause their collapse, leading to accidents and injuries. In 2015, 8 university students in Ohio were injured when a second-floor deck collapsed while they were having a get-together celebration, while 24 people of an extended family were injured when they fell about 10 feet to the ground from a collapsed deck as they posed for a photo at a North Carolina beachfront home, also of the same year.

The great news is that, homeowners from Kern County, especially in Ridgecrest, Bakersfield, Tehachapi, and Kern River Valley are in good hands knowing that you can certainly count on Certified Deck Inspectors on a top home inspection company like Kern River Home Inspections to have your decks inspected, if possible, on a yearly basis. Before you consider inviting your friends and neighbors for a barbecue, Kern River Home Inspections would like to give you some of the warning signs for you to determine whether or not your existing deck needs to be further inspected.

  • Check if fasteners or connectors are loose or corroded. These items hold the deck together, and if they’re rusted or otherwise in bad condition, it could contribute to wood deterioration and deck failure.
  • Look at the condition of the deck boards and see if there are cracks, splits or decaying wood. Check for soft spots as well, especially on areas that tend to stay moist or damp.
  • Pay close attention to the deck railings and see if they are loose. Check the deck stairway if railings are present as well as if they’re secure enough for leaning and grasping. Rails are an essential feature on every deck and we need to make sure that it’s always in excellent condition.
  • Watch out for a widened gap between the house and the ledger board, which serves as the deck’s connection to the house. Most deck failures are caused by faulty or loose attachment of the deck to the house.

These are just some of the basic areas of inspection. For a complete check of your deck, a professional deck inspection is yours for the taking! You can contact the best home inspector in 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

Aluminum Wiring

Aluminum Wiring


Kern River Home Inspections strongly believes that electrical safety in your home shouldn’t be something to be brushed aside. Just the smallest lapse and turning a blind eye can put your household and your loved ones at risk. One of the electrical hazards that homeowners in Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi and Kern River Valley should keep an eye on would be Aluminum Wiring. Between 1960s and 1970s, aluminum wiring was considered a standard and was oftentimes substituted for copper wiring due to its cheaper price. However, because of its innate characteristics, aluminum wiring can be unsafe to your home.


According to US Consumer Product Safety Commission, multiple cases of electrical fires and even deaths were linked to the use of aluminum in home electrical wiring systems. Although properly maintained aluminum wiring is acceptable, aluminum corrodes and oxidizes more easily than copper. These qualities lead to loose connections, where the wires handle current very poorly; resulting in overheating and eventually, electrical fires.

Here are some tips on how homeowners can potentially determine aluminum electrical wiring in their homes. First, it is very important to know when the house was built. Houses built, expanded or re-wired between 1965 and 1973 are more likely to have aluminum wiring. You can also check the wirings if the word “Aluminum” or initials “AL” is either printed or embossed on the wire cover. Some aluminum wires have specific brand names such as “Kaiser” or “Alcan” on the plastic wire jacket. Other warning signs are identified in a Home Inspection, but if you have recognized these basic and obvious signs, DO NOT attempt to open, touch, or do repairs yourself. Working with electricity is definitely a major life safety hazard. We strongly suggest to only have a professional Home Inspector or Electrician to look into this for you.


Fortunately, Inspectors from a reputable Home Inspection Company like Kern River Home Inspections are highly qualified to further identify such cases.



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

Swim safely!

Pool Drain Hazard

Pool drains come standard in swimming pools, hot tubs and wading pools. They appear harmless but can also cause harm usually to swimmers and children. Families from Bakersfield, Oildale, Taft and all the other cities nearby may not realize the danger until a family member experiences an accident. Kern River Home Inspections makes it a point that you don't have to face pool-related problems in your own home. 


In 2007, a 6-year-old girl from Minnesota was swimming with her family at their local pool complained that her stomach hurt. No blood was seen but doctors thought there was a rectal tear. After surgery, doctors confirmed that her small intestine was ripped from her body by the pressure of suction from an uncovered pool drain. She died nine months later. 


Accidents caused by pool drains can often be gruesome but they can definitely be prevented. Fortunately, there are no reported pool drain accidents in the city of Bakersfield for years now.  Inspectors from Kern River Home Inspections make sure that something like this never happens to any member of your family. Here are some things that you need to remember: 


1. Older pools only have one drain, which only means it has greater suction.


2. Always be aware where the actual pool pump is located so you can quickly shut it off to stop the drain in case of emergency. 


3. If you have a pool at home, make sure that the drain covers are installed properly. It is best to install a safety vacuum release system that will sense when a drain is being blocked and will shut the whole system off.  


4. When you frequent a public pool/spa and you don't know if their drains get regularly inspected, always remind your children to stay away from drains and openings. 


5. Swim safely. There's nothing wrong with inspecting the drains before you and your child get in the water.


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

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