One of the greatest fire threats to your home is your electrical system. We sleep good at night knowing we are doing all we can to protect all of those we have had the opportunity to serve.
When is the last time you removed your electrical panel to check for over-heating wires or crawled through the attic to identify dangerous electrical wiring? Have you ever verified that your outlets were wired correctly? Our goal is to protect our clients from any potential safety hazards or unforeseen risks related to potential defects in the electrical system.
The electrical system is a major part of this home inspection. We will first identify the condition of the main electrical service line as it enters the home. It is important that tree branches as well as other vegetation is not obstructing the power lines. The service poles should not be bent and the mast head covers should not be rusted or compromised. We will remove the main electrical panel cover plate so that we may observe the electrical wires as they are fed into the main service panel. Some examples of the concerns in the main electrical panel are listed below.
*Verifying that there is proper grounding in the electrical panel.
*Identifying where over fusing of the circuit breakers have taken place.
* Report on any indications in which the electrical wires may have over heated in the past.
*Not all circuit breakers are rated for double tapping and we will identify when those conditions exist.
These are just an example of some safety concerns that could arise inside an electrical panel. Ultimately, our desire is to alert each home buyer of any deficiencies or potential safety concerns that may exist within this electrical system. We will also inspect the electrical wires that were visible while we were performing our inspections in both the attic and the crawl space. Compromised wires or indications of handyman electrical wiring will be reported. A representation of outlets will be tested to identify if proper polarity exists as well as to identify outlets that may not be properly grounded. Each ground fault circuit interrupting outlet will be tested where we do not risk the chance of compromising the current homeowner’s personal belongings.
We are not licensed electricians and this is only a visual inspection. Some conditions could exist that are outside the scope of our visual home inspection.