Fire Safety

David Lorber is a veteran of the construction industry and owner of Superior Builders & Remodelers, a Diamond Certified company since 2002. He can be reached at (510) 854-6937 or by email.

Smoke and CO Alarm Tips

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

OAKLAND — Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors may be easy to ignore, but they can also potentially save your life. Fortunately, there are new models that are simple to use and further improve home safety.

One of the biggest advantages of new smoke detectors is the “hush button” feature. In the past, if you had a smoke alarm that was constantly triggered by cooking smoke or shower steam, the temptation was to simply remove the battery, which would render the unit useless. The new models reduce the nuisance of accidental alarms by allowing you to “hush” it with the touch of a button.

When purchasing a smoke or carbon monoxide detector, Read more

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Video: Updating Your Smoke Detectors

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

OAKLAND — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your home still has old, battery-powered smoke detectors, you should consider replacing them with updated models. Today we’re in Oakland with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor David Lorber of Superior Builders & Remodelers to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor David Lorber: Today I would like to talk to you about a very boring but very important subject, and that is smoke detectors. These could save your life one day. I’m going to recommend that if you haven’t replaced your units in the last few years, that you replace them with a unit that has a hush button on it which most of the old units didn’t have. Read more

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Home Addition Considerations

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

COTATI — When planning a home addition, even the most practical ideas can be complicated by issues regarding functional feasibility. Here are a couple aspects that can factor into the viability of your home addition project:

Roof line
One important consideration is whether your home’s roof can be properly adjusted to accommodate the new addition. Expanding or adding on to your home entails an extension of the roof line, and since one of a roof’s main functions is to divert water, it’s crucial to make sure this extension can be functionally incorporated into the roof’s overall design. Otherwise, you could end up with an expensive water trap.

Property line setbacks
Many homeowners think they can feasibly extend their homes to the utmost edges of their properties, Read more

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Video: Fire Code Compliance for Commercial Buildings

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you own or manage a commercial building, in order to avoid a fine, you’ll need to know some critical aspects of fire code compliance. To learn more, we’re in Mountain View with Cherie Anderson, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Harris Ginyard of STATCOMM Inc.

Cherie Anderson: So we have three tips for you today that will hopefully save you a lot of money.

First and foremost when you get your building painted, please be sure that you have the painters covering the sprinkler heads and the escutcheons completely. Fire code insists that if their is paint on a sprinkler head, Read more

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How to Optimize Fire Safety

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

MOUNTAIN VIEW — When it comes to fire safety, staying compliant with code requirements isn’t always as simple as it seems. Here are three tips to help you optimize fire safety in your home or office and avoid costly liability/compliance issues.

Paint smart. If you’re having your home or office painted, make sure the painters completely cover up all sprinkler heads and escutcheons (protective covers for electrical circuit breakers). According to fire code requirements, any sprinkler heads that get paint on them have to be replaced, which, if added up throughout an entire building, can result in a costly expense.

Check licensing. Fire safety protocol requires different licenses for testing different systems. Read more

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Video: Avoiding a Furnace Disaster

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CAMPBELL — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to home maintenance, you’ll need to know how to properly inspect and maintain your furnace. Today we’re with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Kent Penning of Cold Craft to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Kent Penning: Everyone wants to minimize their heating costs during the winter and keep their family safe. If you have a 10 year or older furnace, I recommend that you have that piece of equipment inspected on a yearly basis to protect your family.

We have a furnace that had an inspection performed on it with the latest and greatest tools. Visually, what the technician found on this piece of equipment is that it was overheating and getting excessively hot. Read more

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