Inspecting electrial systems in a home can be a lot of fun. Fun? Yes, you do you know why? This is where our inspectors can see some very creative (and very scary) DIY electrical jobs.
Today's world requires more energy than ever to power our electronic gadgets and appliances that we use on a daily basis. Many older homes were just not wired to handle today's electrical needs. Some homeowners have rigged all sorts of extremely creative ways to get more electricity into their living rooms and kitchens. While these DIY solutions may work in the short term, they are a disaster just waiting to happen.
As part of our home inspection, we look at where outlets are located, how they were set up and whether they are safe. Having an electrical outlet right beside your kitchen sink without proper grounding is extremely dangerous. The inspector's report will let you know about your outlets and whether there is any reason to be concerned.
We also look at things like the type of wiring being used in the home. Does it still have aluminum wiring? If so, you need to understand that because it is not acceptable wiring.
For many older homes, the electrical panel hasn't been updated since the home was built. Knowing that an older electrical panel exists can be an important factor when deciding to purchase new appliances. Let's face it, we have many more gadgets and applicances these days than they had 50 years ago. An older house needs to have an updated electrical panel so you don't have to deal with blown fuses.
We also look for unsafe wiring that may have been chewed by wild animals or even the previous family pets that lived in the house. If the house has electric baseboard heating, we will inspect it to see that it works properly and was installed correctly.
You will have a very thorough report that gives you a complete picture of the electrical situation in the house.