Common Electrical Problems found during an inspection – October 27, 2014

Common Electrical Problems found during an inspection – October 27, 2014

Common electrical problems called out in an inspection report should always be repaired.  However, not all electrical items called out in an inspection require a qualified electrician.

Many Electrical problems can easily be addressed by a handyman or a proficient do-it-yourselfer.  Other problems such as a double-tapped main should only be addressed by a well-qualified electrician.

We find most of our infractions in older homes or homes that have had DIY projects completed without a code inspection.  The National Electrical Code (NEC) is updated every three years.  However many municipalities do not implement the new changes for as many as 10 years.   We use nationally accepted standards for our inspections because local enforcement varies so widely.

Some of the more common electrical problems we find are;

More serious electrical problems that may require the use of a licensed electrician include;

 As we move through the inspection process we will note these electrical problems;

  • any of the items listed above
  • lights and receptacles that are not operating properly
  • noisy vent fans and ceiling fans
  • any three-prong receptacles with open grounds or false grounds
  • suggest areas where GFCI receptacles should be installed
  • any other normal and customary deficiencies

Electrical codes are constantly changing as new electrical problems and solutions are identified.  Generally speaking, most changes are not required unless changes are made to the electrical system.   One exception to this general rule is GFCI protection.  GFCI protection is relatively easy and inexpensive to implement.  Therefore most municipalities are requiring this upgrade when properties change hands.

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