Andreas Fault Property Services


It's The Law. Make Sure Your Property Is Ready.

These State Requirements Must Be Met With The Sale Of Every Home

Give us a call and we'll be happy to provide you with a retrofit inspection

Earthquake Shut-Off Valve

Any commercial or residential building containing fuel gas piping shall require the installation of an EQSO Valve.

Ordinance 171,874 - Effective February 5, 1998
Ordinance 171,874 - Effective February 5, 1998

An Earthquake Valve is designed to automatically shut off the gas service to a home at the gas meter in the event of a magnitude 5.4 or greater earthquake.

Low Flow Shower Heads

Reduces flow from the shower to 3.5 gallons per minute or less.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Required by a new state law in every home with a fuel burning appliance (gas stove, furnace) and for any home with an attached garage. They are installed in each hallway adjacent to sleeping areas and on each floor.

Water Heater Strapping

A 40 gallon water heater can weigh over 400 lbs when full of water. Seismic straps are required to secure the tank in the event of an earthquake. A toppled water heater can break gas and water lines leading to fire, explosion, water damage, injury or death.

Metal Bars

Metal Bars, Grills, Grates, Security Roll-Down Shutters, And Similar Devices Installed Over Emergency Escape.

Section 91.1029 L.A.M.C. requires that every sleeping room below the fourth story shall have at least one operable window or door approved for emergency escape or rescue that shall open directly into a public street, public alley, yard or exit court. The emergency door or window shall be operable from the inside to provide a full, clear opening without the use of separate tools. Bars, grilles, grates, security roll down shutters or similar devices may be installed on emergency escape or rescue windows or doors, provided (1) The devices are equipped with approved release mechanisms that are openable from the inside without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort; and (2) The building is equipped with hard-wired or battery operated smoke detectors install in accordance with section 91.907.2.11 (Section 91.1029.4 L.A.M.C.)

Low Flush Toilets

Any commercial or residential building containing plumbing fixtures shall comply with the City's Water Conservation Ordinance. This program is administered by the Department of Water and Power. Please see Water Conservation Ordinance and Compliance L.A.M.C. Ordinance No. 172075, Effective January 1, 1999

DWP Certificate Of Compliance signed off by a licensed contractor or certified retrofit inspector or broker is required.

Replace all no-water conserving showerheads with low flow heads.

Low Flush toilets utilize about a third of the water per flush (1.6 gallons) compared to old standard toilets (5 gallons per flush). Newer models are available that flush on 1.28 GPF.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke Detectors shall be mounted on the ceiling or wall of each existing room used for sleeping purposes and at a point centrally located on the wall or ceiling of the existing corridor or area giving access to these rooms. Where a dwelling unit has more than one story or where a dwelling unit has a basement.

Smoke detectors may be battery operated in Single Family Dwellings only. Smoke Detectors in two family dwellings, condominiums and apartments shall be hardwired and be equipped with a battery back-up (hardwired detectors installed prior to May 11, 1999 do not require batter back-up). Please refer to the code section listed below and all manufacturer requirements for location and type of smoke detector required.

Section 91.86.9 L.A.M.C. - Effective August 1, 1980

Required to be installed in every bedroom, every hallway adjacent to sleeping areas and on each floor. Must be hardwired with battery back-up in multi-units or new construction. Can be battery operated in older single family homes.

Impact Safety Glazing

Existing glass in every sliding glass panel of sliding-type doors, other than wardrobe doors, bathroom shower doors and French-type wooden doors shall be impact hazard glazing (tempered) or an approved fill may be installed on the glass.

Section 91.2406.7 L.A.M.C. - Effective May 24, 1986

If a sliding glass door is not already tempered, a safety film can be applied to help prevent glass pieces (razor sharp shards) from falling should the glass break. Only the sliding portion of the door is required by law or on any pane which is 4" or closer to the ground or on a stair well.

LADBS Ordinance

City Of Los Angeles, Department Of Building And Safety (LADBS). Instructions for completing the application for report of residential property records and pending special assessment liens.


Let us keep your house running safely for your family