Evans Inspection Service
              InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors
                  Inspection Standards


Standards for Inspecting the Electrical System:

I. The inspector shall inspect:
  •   The service drop/lateral.
  •   The meter socket enclosures.
  •   The means for disconnecting the service main.
  •   And determine the rating of the service amperage.
  •   Panelboards and overcurrent devices (breakers and fuses).
  •   And report on any unused circuit breaker panel openings that are not filled.
  •   The service grounding and bonding.
  •   A representative number of switches, receptacles, lighting fixtures, AFCI protected
    receptacles.
  •   And test all Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) receptacles and GFCI circuit breakers
    observed and deemed to be GFCI's during the inspection using a GFCI tester where possible.
  •   And report the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring if readily visible.
  •   And report on any tested tested receptacles in which power was not present, polarity is
    incorrect, is not secured to the wall, the cover is not in place, the ground fault circuit
    interrupter devices are not properly installed or do not operate properly, evidence of arcing
    or excessive heat is present, or where the receptacle is not grounded or is not secured to the
    wall.
  •   The service entrance conductors and the condition of the conductor insulation.
  •   And describe the amperage rating of the service.
  •   And report the absence of smoke detectors.
  •   Service entrance cables and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the integrity of the
    insulation, drip loop, or separation of conductors at weatherheads and clearances from grade
    or rooftops.

II. The inspector is not required to:
  •   Operate electrical systems that are shut down.
  •   Remove panelboard cabinet covers or dead front covers if they are not readily accessible.
  •   Operate non-accessible smoke detectors.
  •   Measure or determine the amperage or voltage of the main service equipment if not visibly
    labeled.
  •   Inspect the alarm system and components.
  •   Inspect low voltage systems, electrical de-icing tapes, swimming pool wiring or any time-
    controlled devices.
  •   Inspect private or emergency electrical supply sources, including but not limited to
    generators, windmills, photovoltaic solar collectors, or battery or electrical storage facility.
  •   Inspect spark or lightning arrestors.
  •   Test de-icing equipment.
  •   Conduct voltage drop calculations.
  •   Determine the accuracy of labeling.
  •   Inspect exterior accent lighting.


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