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So What is There to Inspect?

Electrical

The inspection of the electrical system is a visual observation of the various components of this system. Electrical panels will be inspected externally and internally and all light switches, unused receptacles, and fixtures will be tested. Faceplates on receptacles, switches and others are not required to be removed unless aluminum wiring is noted. If any item is deemed unsafe for testing, it is reported as such and is typically recommended for further review by a licensed electrician.

GFCI and AFCI

Per Texas Real Estate Commission Standards, we are required to point out the current requirements for GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) and AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) protection, even if a house predates the newest electrical requirements. As a result, comments concerning this protection will typically show up on all reports.

GFCI protection is required at all wet/damp areas or where contact with water is likely (i.e. kitchen countertops, exterior, garage, bathrooms, near sinks, etc). This protection when present results in a reduced likelihood of electrical shock to the user. AFCI protection is now required in most living spaces on the inside of the house where GFCI protection is not required or the circuit is dedicated for an appliance. AFCI type breakers protect against conditions which are likely to produce an arcing of current (spark) from a hot conductor to neutral or ground or damage to a hot conductor itself.

Common electrical items of interest:

  • Aluminum wiring
  • Older (out of date) electrical panels and wiring
  • Unsafe wiring practice
  • Lack of grounding/bonding of the system and metal components
  • Potential fire hazards.

Plumbing

The inspection of the plumbing system includes a visual observation of the various components as well as an operating test of all fixtures. Water heater installation will be observed and tested, whether it is a gas model or electric. Water softeners, filters, and other auxiliary components will not be part of this general inspection, but will be examined for leakage.

Older homes potentially have issues that may not afflict newer homes, such as cast iron, galvanized, and/or lead piping. If these plumbing pipe types are observed during the inspection, an explanatory note will be included in the report to inform the buyer of some of the issues associated with them. The buyer should be aware that these items may be still in use at the time of purchase.

Please note that shutoff valves under sinks, toilets, or other, will not be operated due to the high risk of issues involved with operating such valves. Valves that are not operated daily can break down or leak which could cause damage to the surrounding areas.

    

    

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