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Electrical Inspection Overview

Our electrical inspections cover a comprehensive range of components crucial for safety and compliance before you purchase a home. Here’s what we examine.

Power Line Service

We inspect the service drop or underground lateral for exposed wires, overhead connections, and attachment points. We ensure power lines have proper clearances—14.5 feet above residential areas and 12 feet above driveways. For pools and hot tubs, the minimum clearance from the water surface is 22.5 feet.

Service Entrance

Includes checking the service head, gooseneck, drip loops, service mast, conduit, and raceway masthead for any signs of damage or improper installation.

Electric Meter Base

We look for secure attachment and check the condition of the service entrance conductors and their protective sheath.

Main Service Disconnect

We evaluate the main service disconnect for damage and verify its amperage rating, essential for safely disconnecting the building from the utility supply.

Wiring and Circuits

Focus on identifying any use of aluminum wiring—common from 1960 to the mid-1970s and considered high-risk by insurers—and inspection of other potentially risky wiring like various types of cloth-covered insulated wires. We also look for wiring defects such as improper connections, arcing, or exposed live wires.

Panel-boards and Breakers

Inspection of main and sub-panel boards for issues like open knockouts, incorrect screws, double taps, and recalled panel boxes. We check that grounds and neutrals are appropriately separated in sub-panels.

Service Grounds and Bonding

Checking for the presence of grounding conductors, bonding, and ground rods.

Grounding electrode conductor

AFCI and GFCI Outlets

We verify the presence and proper installation of AFCI and GFCI outlets, essential for modern electrical safety standards.

Electrical Defect Report

Upon completion, all findings, including any electrical defects, will be detailed and reported to our client.