When it comes to electrical there are a few common things that come up in home inspections. Understand most electrical call outs are going to have the “Safety Hazard’ label on them because even simple repairs for electrical items can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. Here is a list of some common call outs on homes for electrical issues.
Missing/Damaged cover plate on receptacle – This is a simple fix but will be called a safety hazard because if you don’t know what you are doing you can be shocked in the process.
Improperly wired receptacle – Again this will be a safety hazard because it can cause items plugged in at this receptacle to short out and the repairs require a professional.
Improper/Open wiring - Wiring in attics and under cabinets when updated in a handyman fashion often aren’t properly placed in a junction box at the splices. Just capping or tapping off these connections is not a safe fix. This is a safety hazard and needs to be repaired by a professional.
Distribution boxes with no interior cover plate - These are common around exterior HVAC or Pool mechanical areas. No interior cover plate is a shock issue and therefor is listed as a safety hazard until properly fixed by a professional.
Old known problematic distribution/breaker panels – There are several breaker panels that are known to be problematic in the industry that will be listed as a safety hazard and recommended that they are replaced by a professional. The most common of these are the Federal Pacific Stab-Lok panels.
These are just a few of the common electrical issues that can be found on an inspection in a home. Never try to repair electrical issues in your home if you are not familiar with these types of repairs. Doing so can result in electric shock or worse.
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