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How to Ensure Your Home Is Up to Code

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Maintaining your home regularly can help you keep it up to code. When a house for sale in Irvine meets the most current codes of building safety, efficiency, and other similar parameters, it is considered up to code. Here are some expert tips on how to keep your property up to code as per the current standard.

Check and Install Smoke Alarms

Adding smoke alarms is something all homeowners should consider. When choosing the type of alarm, look for those that are hard-wired. While battery-operated smoke alarms are the most commonly used ones, it is better to choose the hard-wired ones. According to building codes, homeowners should consider installing smoke alarms in every room and hallway. Aside from installing one near the family room and kitchen, add alarms in all the bedrooms as well.

Install a Circuit Interrupter

Most homeowners neglect to add a circuit interrupter somewhere on their property. In case of an instance of electrocution, an interrupter can protect your family from hazardous accidents such as electrical fires and sparks. Choose a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GCFI) with a receptacle for maximum benefits.

Purchase an Anti-Scald Shower Valve

It is common to experience a sudden increase in hot water pressure when someone flushes the toilet. To prevent hot water scalds, choose an anti-scald shower valve that controls the pressure of hot water.

Choose Safety Glazed Glass for Windows Near Stairs and Showers

According to the present building codes, it is mandatory to install tempered or safety glazed glass for windows near showers and stairs. If you haven’t yet done so, consider replacing the window glass now to keep your home up to code.

Change the Toilet to a Low-Flow Model

Each time you flush, a regular water-guzzling toilet releases up to five gallons of water. To avoid wasting water and to keep your home up to code, install low-flow models, which release only a gallon of water when you flush. Plus, newer models with a dual-flush feature release less than a gallon when flushing liquids.

Make the Home More Energy Efficient

To make your home more energy efficient, install double pane windows. The maximum amount of energy loss occurs through windows. By replacing single pane windows, you can save energy, lower your energy bill, and block out outdoor noise. Another way to make your home more energy efficient is by checking the insulation. A well-insulated home stays cooler in summer and hotter in winter due to minimal energy loss. As per the newest building codes, new homes should have R38 insulation in ceilings and R13 in walls. Check with your builder or consult with a home inspector to see if your home insulation is up to code.

If you want to purchase a home that is already up to code but are unsure what to look for, make sure to find a realtor in Irvine who can help you find the right property. Reach out to the trusted agents at OC Residential. Give us a call at 714-454-6304 today to begin the search for your dream home.

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