The inspection of the electrical system includes:
- Electrical service equipment, grounding equipment, main over current device, and interiors of panel board enclosures unless unsafe conditions are reported
- The operation of a representative number of installed ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles located inside the house, garage and on the 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
- Smoke detectors and installed carbon monoxide alarms
The inspection report will provide information about and descriptions of the:
- Electrical service amperage and voltage
- Electrical service entry conductor materials
- The electrical service type as being overhead or underground
- The location of main and distribution panels
- The presence of any readily accessible single strand aluminum branch circuit wiring
- The presence or absence of smoke detectors and installed carbon monoxide alarms in any homes with fireplaces, fuel fired appliances or attached garages
During the inspection process the home inspector will:
- Perform at his highest level to uncover the defects and concerns present with the home to help you make an informed decision.
- Remove the covers from all electrical panels to inspect the internal condition of the panels and their wiring.
- Use a plug-in tester to inspect all GFCI receptacles at the interior and exterior of the home and a representative number of receptacles in the living areas.
It is important to understand that there are several things that are NOT included in a home inspection, some of the most common items we are often asked about are:
Low voltage systems such as security systems, telephone, cable TV, intercoms or built-in vacuums, backup generators, automotive charging systems
See the NCHILB SOP for a complete list of what is and what is not included in a home inspection.