One of the most critical phases of any professional home inspection is an examination of your electrical system. Electrical problems cause more than 53,000 fires each year, as well as a billion dollars of damage to homes. Before you buy a new home, it is imperative that you determine whether the home’s electrical system meets all standard codes and regulations.
Exterior Electrical Inspection
The electrical portion of your home inspection will identify and examine the service entrance cable that supplies power to the residence, checking splices, supports, and clearances. The inspector will also determine whether the service cable position meets the minimum overhead height requirement over walkways and lawns.
Electrical Panel Inspection
Your home inspector will closely examine all the electrical panel components, carefully inspecting every wire and connection for issues. The panel openings, voltage and current ratings, labeling, and general condition of the electrical panel are all assessed and noted on the report. If the home has any subpanels, these are inspected meticulously, as well. This is one of the more dangerous aspects of a home inspection because each electrical panel houses exposed 240-volt wires. Irregularities found in the electrical panels may indicate that prior electrical work was performed by an untrained or inattentive electrician. Improper workmanship that does not meet safety standards poses a major fire hazard.
Inspecting the Grounding
The professional home inspector also confirms that the house is properly grounded. Grounding ensures the stability of the structure and the safety of the inhabitants. All fixtures, receptacles, and electrical panels should be grounded and tied to a common point, which can be a water pipe, a ground rod, or part of the building ground.
Complete Pre-Purchase Inspection
When you enlist our team at All Jersey Home Inspection for a pre-purchase home inspection, we will thoroughly examine not just the electrical system but also all aspects of the home. Our inspection includes an audit of the structural components, like the framing, foundation, and siding. We will also complete an inspection of the home’s plumbing and HVAC systems, and we will check for evidence of any water damage. We can also perform mold inspection or asbestos testing for an additional fee.
At All Jersey Home Inspection, we strive to give you all the information you need to make an educated decision about your future investment. Each home inspection includes a complete report, which outlines any defects or repairs needed. We want you to be completely confident with your home purchase. Our company is a proud member of the National Association of Home Inspectors, Inc., an exclusive professional organization limited to experienced home inspectors. So, you can be sure that when you turn to us for your home inspection, you are getting a professional assessment. If you are considering investing in a new home, call us at All Jersey Home Inspection for an expert home inspection today.