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EBMUD sewer lateral ordinance explained

February 13, 2012

Alex Hardy of Pipespy, Inc. spoke at our office today about the newly effective Private Sewer Lateral (PSL) Ordinance. Under the PSL Program, most residential sales in Oakland, Piedmont, and Emeryville will trigger mandatory inspection—and in many cases, replacement—of a property’s sewer lateral. The ordinance was adopted to combat rainwater infiltration of the sewer system, […]

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New law on CO detectors

July 6, 2011

Effective July 1st, SB 183 (aka the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act) requires CO detectors to be installed in California residences with an attached garage or fossil fuel source—gas stove or furnace, etc. Carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas, is a toxic indoor pollutant. Exposure to it in enclosed spaces can lead to mild […]

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New EPA regulation re lead-based paint

May 12, 2010

Effective last month on April 22, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. This is a major development in the industry, given the age of our area’s housing stock. If your home was built pre-1978, then it most likely […]

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