Electrical inspections are visual and operational. Inspectors operate all normal switches, test a representative number of outlets and observe visible lines.
- Location, type(s) of over-current protection devices and rating(s) of the main service panel(s) are reported.
- Inspectors remove cover panels so the main service panel wiring can be inspected. Present day systems should be a minimum of 100 amps. Systems should be inspected for double tapping, loose and bare wiring, aluminum branch wiring and wiring compatibility with over-current protection devices.
- The type and location of the grounding system should be inspected and reported. Undetermined or inadequate grounding should be reported.
- Newer homes require ground fault circuit interrupters. These safety devices are required in areas where water may be present, such as kitchens, bathrooms, exterior regions, garages, and basements. Older homes should consider updating an electrical system with these devices.
- The rating of the main service wire conductor, main over-current device and the main service panel should be compatible and used to help determine the amperage rating of the electrical service.
- Wiring beyond the main service panel box is examined for compatibility, proper over-current protection, and improper wiring conditions.