What your Home Inspector will look for at the time of the electrical inspection.
A home Inspector is responsible for visually examining your electrical system while doing your home inspection. The home Inspector will certainly have a fundamental knowledge about the electrical system of a home; however they are not required to perform a code inspection at the home.
Safety is always the most important issue every home inspector will make note of while doing the inspection. There are lots of things that the home inspector investigates throughout the inspection which will be listed within the home inspection report that may result in negotiations and probably will not get fixed or repaired.
Home Inspectors are likely to recommend any kind of repairs get done before house deal closes, despite the fact that often it doesn’t happen this way. Being a home inspector we highly recommend all problems listed in the report be evaluated by a trained electrician.
List of problems that shall be red flagged
o Exposed as well as unprotected wiring anywhere; these are usually located in crawl spaces, attics or basements
o Outlets with an open or missing ground
o GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) not positioned in the correct areas; GFCI protected outlets are usually needed in the kitchens along the counters, bathroom plugs, unfinished Basements, Garage area plugs as well as outlets on the outside of the home.
o GFCI outlets that aren’t working properly will be written up in order to be replaced or repaired
o Solid aluminum branch electric wiring is going to be reported on and also cloth covered wires
o Open junction boxes or exposed wire splices
o Any unsafe condition will be flagged as being a basic safety matter
o Any unsupported electrical wires inside of crawl spaces as well as attics and basements
o Problems much like; handyman wiring, incorrect use of extension cords as well as any unsafe conditions
Issues that really needs to be reported on and therefore outlined in your property Inspection Report
o Check the amperage of the property and report on the condition of it
o Check and report on the electrical service entry wires of the property and their overall condition
o The inspector must check out a representative amount of the electric fixtures outside and inside of the home
o The electrical service panel and additionally all sub-panels needs to be looked over and reported on when it can be achieved safely
o We check to see if the box is properly grounded
o We check to see if there are any double tapped breakers
o We check to see if there is room in the panel to add more breakers
o We check to see if the wire gage is correct for the size of the breakers
o The types of wiring needs to be reported on, and in a case any kind of defects exist that a home inspector will need to report on them and recommend to get them evaluated by a qualified electrician
o If smoke detectors & Carbon Monoxide detectors are present
o The condition and kind of grounding system of the electric utility service
o The location for the primary power disconnect to your electrical system
o Any hazardous condition that restricts your home inspector with accomplishing your inspection really should be detailed within the home inspection report
Electrical items that will not be recommended to be examined and documented on
o Voltage and / or impedance or measure the amperage
o Remote control equipment inside of the home
o Low voltage wiring is not required to be examined and reported on
o Any electrically powered equipment existing that is not a part of the main electricity supply to the house
o The home inspector is not recommended to inspect something that could be unsafe