A home inspection report is usually required to determine the condition and safety of home when purchasing a property. But an inspection report is just a generic overview of the properties condition and is generally conducted by an unlicensed electrician. Lauterborn Electric recommends that you hire an electrician for a more detailed view of the homes electrical system. Here are six things to look for when purchasing a home.
Note: Many homes in Philadelphia and surrounding areas are older homes and some are still powered up by the original service sometimes 40 or 50 years old.
- Condition and age of internal wiring:
Note: Older homes still have the original wiring including knob and tube (ungrounded wiring), metal clad, or older cloth wiring that with time the insulation becomes brittle to the point of having exposed live wires.
- Updated GFCI protection in areas where the potential of shock hazard exists:
Note: GFCI protection is necessary in kitchen counters, bathrooms, unfinished basements, garages, and exterior receptacles. Many older homes lack GFCI protection in these areas where exposure to electric and water exists and if a defective appliance is leaking current a GFCI would detect and shut the circuit down to avoid a shock hazard.
- Lack of smoke detectors in a home:
Note: Many older homes were not wired with smoke detectors. These homes lack adequate warning of a possible fire hazard. Smoke detectors should be installed in all bedrooms and at each level of a home
- Double tapped breakers in main electrical panel:
Note: We see this condition the most often, where an unqualified electrician installs a second wire on a breaker that is rated for one causing a potential overheating condition and potential hazard
- A grounded devices where no ground Exists:
Note: This is also a condition we often see. Many do it your self home owners will install a grounded device where no ground exists. This creates a potential shock hazard as well as exposing your electronic equipment to surges or lighting strikes.
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