Home Inspectors- Inspecting the Electrical
What’s important during an Electrical Inspection?
Home Inspectors need to identify safety concerns. Your homes electrical wiring is arguably the most dangerous system. We give it the special attention it requires during a home inspection.
It is possible that home insurance companies may refuse to insure your home under certain conditions.
We will make sure smoke detectors are interconnected and operating properly.
Older homes mat contain a;aluminum wiring. These are just some of the things we check for.
Common defects found during an Electrical Inspection…
- Aluminum wiring in older homes
- Lack of GFCI or AFCI protection
- Incomplete system grounding and bonding
- Reversed polarity at outlets
- 60 AMP services
- Incomplete or improper grounding and bonding
- Overloads circuit breakers
- Missing or Damaged cover plates or junction box covers
- Poor workmanship
- Poor maintenance
So, how do we inspect the Electrical?
I am a Certified Journeyman/ Master Electrician, I have wired many houses and apartment buildings. During a home inspection we can easily identify if the electrical work has been done by an electrician or a handyman/ homeowner.
Removing the electrical panel and getting into the detail of the wiring is not something most home inspectors do not do. At PRO Home Inspectors this is done at every home inspection. This is a sure way to tell if you have aluminum wiring, double tapped circuits, water or rust from your overhead service lines, ect. When we remove the electrical panel cover, we look for burn marks, excessive heat, loose wires, water intrusion and signs of poor workmanship.
Our Home inspectors use many tools during the electrical portion of a home inspection. Including the a use of multi meter, voltage indicator, outlet tester and GFCI tester.
These are just some of the things we check for.