Years ago there weren’t many electrical appliances or outlets in the bedrooms or kitchens.
Most appliances were gas powered.
Now days are different. We have microwave oven, toaster ovens, etc.
It is our job to inspect the electrical systems, especially to look at the really old systems but also the newer ones.
Electrical codes have changed a lot, so it important, more than anything else, to make sure the electrical system is safe.
Older systems can be safe as far as safety standards but don’t have the upgrades such as the safety GFCI protections around kitchens, bathrooms or outdoor outlets.
It’s important that the electrical system inspected be properly inspected for not only the old wiring systems but also the newer standards that help protect not only the wiring but the people living there.
Points Of Electrical Inspection
Main Service Panel
Here in Texas, we have a main service panel typically located outside by the incoming electrical service from the power company.
This panel handles the large electrical appliances, such as the A/C Unit, kitchen stove or an electrical water heater.
All of these circuits are observed for problems and some code problems. The main concern is that we look for potential or active issues.
Garage Service Panel
There is also a circuit that is typically located in the garage that services the outlets and light in the house.
They are checked to see if they trip correctly. If not, then they may have to be replaced.
GFCI outlets are located in the kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor outlets and in garages for safety around potentially wet areas, to help protect people from getting electrocuted.
They are also required around swimming pools, spas, and now required at the garage door opener.
These breakers are new and are being installed on garage service panels on newer homes. When inspected, they are now required in newer homes as a safety code for loose wiring to help prevent the possibility of fires.
Smoke alarms are being checked now because newer systems are wired into the house current.
In addition, they are also wired together so if one goes off they all go off. So the inspection will make sure they’re tested for general performance as well as location.
Smoke alarms are required to be located in bedrooms and hallways. Older homes can easily be upgraded with the newer smoke alarms that have Wi-Fi connection, where if one alarm is tripped, then all of them are tripped.
Babcock Home Inspections offers professional home inspection services throughout San Antonio, Texas.
If you are buying or selling your home and need someone to inspect it, call us today at 210-325-2106!