Electrical Inspection

ElectricalElectrical Inspection in Grand Rapids

One of the most crucial components of a home is its electrical system, which may pose some safety hazards if not properly maintained.

There are many specific deficiencies that may be encountered during the inspection of an electrical system. The following are some of the more common concerns:

  • Open junction boxes All junction boxes must be properly covered.
  • Exposed wires outside the junction boxes. All terminations of electrical wiring must be made inside an approved junction box.
  • Improperly spliced wire. All connections must be made inside a junction box or in a panel box. Exception: knob and tube wire that has been soldered and taped. Splices, which are in the panel, are only allowed to extend a wire.
  • Improperly wired outlets. We note any defects, such as reversed polarity, open ground, etc.
  • Improperly hung or secured electrical wires.
  • Lack of GFCI control devices. Current code requires that all exterior circuits, bathrooms, kitchens within 6′ of sink, garages and basements must be protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. Check with the authorities in your area for local requirements.
  • Extension cord wiring. Extension cord wiring is considered temporary, and should not be used as permanent wiring.
  • Frayed, brittle or fragile wiring insulation or other deterioration that could create a hazard.
  • A lack of sufficient outlets. This is typical in older homes and it may not be a problem or a situation that can be enforced.
Our inspectors shall:

inspect:

  • service drop.
  • service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways.
  • service equipment and main disconnects.
  • service grounding.
  • interior components of service panels and sub panels.
  • conductors.
  • over-current protection devices.
  • a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles.
  • ground fault circuits interrupters.
describe:
  • amperage and voltage rating of the service.
  • location of main disconnect(s) and sub panels.
  • presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring.
  • presence or absence of smoke detectors.
  • wiring methods.

Our inspectors are not required to:

inspect:

  • remote control devices.
  • alarm systems and components.
  • low voltage wiring system and components.
  • ancillary wiring systems and components not a part of the primary electrical power distribution system.
  • measure amperage, voltage, or impedance.

Some common defects found:

  • Aluminum single conductor wiring on 120-volt circuits
  • Broken fixtures or devices
  • Loose or inoperative ceiling fans
  • Double tapped circuits in service or distribution panels
  • Permanently installed extension cords or temporary wiring
  • Frayed, deteriorated or melted insulation
  • Missing or inoperative ground fault circuits interrupters
  • Grounds loose, wire connections/clamps corroded or not properly connected
  • Improper junctions or splices
  • Improper main disconnect
  • Improper exterior wiring
  • Loose outlets and switches
  • Knob and tube wiring with age and condition concerns
  • Lights not functional
  • Missing cover plates
  • Outlets with open grounds
  • Inadequate overhead cable clearances
  • Over-sized breakers or fuses
  • Inoperative smoke detectors
  • Reversed polarity at outlets
  • Unsecured or inadequately secured electrical cables
  • Sub-panel grounds and neutrals not separated
  • Missing knock out in panel/boxes
  • Bath lights or refrigerators on ground fault circuits interrupters circuits