The electrical inspection it is part of the home inspection

We do not perform electrical inspections outside the “scope of home inspection”. We recommend hiring a licensed electrical contractor for “dedicated electrical inspections” or ” by the code inspections”

The electrical inspection is one of the major components of a home inspection checklist.

Per Standards of practice:

The home inspector shall observe: Service entrance conductors; Service equipment, grounding equipment, main over current device, and main and distribution panels; Amperage and voltage ratings of the service; Branch circuit conductors, their over current devices, and the compatibility of their ampacities and voltages; The operation of a representative number of installed ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles located inside the house, garage, and on the dwelling’s exterior walls; The polarity and grounding of all receptacles within six feet of interior plumbing fixtures, and all receptacles in the garage or carport, and on the exterior of inspected structures; The operation of ground fault circuit interrupters; and Smoke detectors. The home inspector shall describe: Service amperage and voltage; Service entry conductor materials; Service type as being overhead or underground; and Location of main and distribution panels. The home inspector shall report any observed aluminum branch circuit wiring. The home inspector shall report on presence or absence of smoke detectors, and operate their test function, if accessible, except when detectors are part of a central system. The home inspector IS NOT required to: Insert any tool, probe, or testing device inside the panels; Test or operate any over current device except ground fault circuit interrupters; Dismantle any electrical device or control other than to remove the covers of the main and auxiliary distribution panels; or Observe: Low voltage systems; Security system devices, heat detectors, or carbon monoxide detectors; Telephone, security, cable TV, intercoms, or other ancillary wiring that is not a part of the primary electrical distribution system; or Built-in vacuum equipment.

Houston Jacob Home Inspection LLC will perform an inspection of all components of the electrical system of the house.

All electrical installations should be inspected to meet the electrical safety requirements.

 

The electrical system of the home should be inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern, some areas can go unnoticed. Outlets were not removed, and the inspection was only visual. Any outlet not accessible (behind the refrigerator for example) was not inspected or accessible. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in the home inspection report should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors or licensed electrical contractors should be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in the inspection report.

 

We do not perform electrical inspection by the “code”. If you need a dedicated electrical inspection, (outside of scope of the home inspection), we recommend hiring a licensed electrical contractor.

Through INTERNACHI Electrical Inspection Certification, the home inspector is fully trained to perform “Electrical Inspections”.

Items Covered in the Electrical Inspection:

  • The electrical service lines

  • Grounding and bonding

  • Service panel and distribution panel

  • The presence of GFCI and AFCI circuit breakers

  • Testing of electrical power outlets

Houston City Home Inspection: Why you need electrical professionals

 

So you have you mind set on the perfect home that you’d love to purchase, but there’s one thing standing in your way. What is that one thing? If you said electrical issues then you’re not alone! I’ve visited many properties for a Houston City home inspection and electrical issues are one of the most common problems I’ve noticed. This common flaw often spotted during a routine Houston City Home Inspection is entirely avoidable, but is does mean paying a professional electrician. Here’s why it’s important to have a professional electrician do your work.

Defect spotted during a Houston City home inspection: Poor electrical work.

Why you need a professional electrician:  Keep in mind any decent Houston City home inspection will always include checking up on all your electrical work. A professional electrician can tell if you have many common problems such as blown fuses or incorrect voltage running to appliances. Improperly installed and maintained electrical work can cause sparks and even fires! Fixing these problems can be very dangerous to those not trained and shouldn’t be attempted as a DIY project. For safety, any dangerous wiring issues should only be handled by a professional electrician. Always make sure to check up on the people you hire to confirm that they are licensed and insured. When you hire a good professional you can have a guarantee on the work completed. If they can’t guarantee their work, shop elsewhere.

Getting the right electrician worth their salt might seem costly at first, but the burden of having to replace bad wiring or re-wire the entire home would be much more costly. It’s worth it to spring for a good electrician. As your Houston City home inspection expert, I hope you know how sincere this message is to you. A home is an important part of anyone’s life, so taking the extra steps to ensure safety for you, your family and your home is worth it right?

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