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Electrical Inspection Standards

The inspector should:
• inspect the service drop
• inspect the service entrance conductors, cables, raceways
• inspect the service equipment, main disconnects
• inspect the service grounding
• inspect the interior of service panels, subpanels
• inspect the conductors
• inspect the overcurrent protection devices (breakers, fuses)
• inspect a representative number of light fixtures, switches, receptacles
• inspect any ground fault circuit interrupters
• inspect any arc fault circuit interrupters
• describe the amperage rating of service
• describe the location of main disconnects, subpanels
• describe the presence or absence of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms

The inspector is not obligated to:
• inspect remote control devices
• test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, security systems
• inspect low voltage wiring systems
• inspect ancillary wiring systems
• inspect solar, geothermal, wind, other renewable energy systems
• measure amperage, voltage, impedance
• determine the age and type of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Checklist of Electrical Issues
 Loose electrical outlets
 Exterior electrical outlets without weather protective covers
 GFCI outlets that do not trip when tested
 Electrical outlet covers missing
 Light switch covers missing
 Corroding wires inside load centers (circuit panel box)
 Ungrounded electrical outlets
 Electrical outlets with reverse polarity
 Abandoned electrical wiring in crawl spaces and attics
 Electrical splices outside of junction boxes
 Double tapped circuit breakers
 Openings in circuit panel boxes at locations without breakers
 Inoperative light fixtures (usually burned out bulbs)
 Inadequate lighting at stairways
 Inoperative bath fans
 Loose electrical meter boxes
 Loose exterior light fixtures
 Interior grade light fixtures used in outdoor locations
 Electrical splices outside of junction boxes
 Electrical junction boxes without covers
 Electrical wires in finished spaces or garages outside of conduit
 Electrical wire clamps missing at mechanical equipment
 Electrical connections for mechanical equipment outside of the cabinet or junction box
 Exposed electrical wires inside disconnect boxes located near exterior heating and cooling units
 Exterior wiring not protected by electrical conduit
 Electrical wires running across the crawl space dirt floor
 Missing fire and/or carbon dioxide alarms

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