Maryville TN Home Inspection Reveals Electrical Hazard

May 30, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Last week I was called to do a Maryville TN home inspection for a couple buying a house from an estate.  In these situations, hiring a professional Maryville home inspector is especially important because the sellers are no longer around to answer important questions for buyers.  And family members often live in other parts of the country, and may have limited information about the house anyway.

After removing the cover from the electrical breaker panel in the garage, I noticed some discoloration and bubbled insulation on the neutral service entrance cable.  I expected to see evidence of a loose connection between the neutral lug and the stranded cable.  Then I noticed a drywall screw wedged behind the neutral lug, with evidence of overheating in the immediate area.  I advised my client about this hazard when he arrived, and recommended evaluation and repair by a licensed electrician.  He said he had some experience with household wiring and felt he might be able to take care of the problem himself.  What he didn’t realize is that to make this repair, the electric meter would have to be pulled.  In most jurisdictions, this requires a licensed electrician to pull an electrical work permit with the local codes department before making the repair.

By having this house professionally inspected before closing, my client was able to determine which repairs he could safely do himself and which ones would require a licensed tradesman.  And if he negotiated these repairs with the sellers before closing, he very likely got back the home inspection fee many times over.  Get the peace of mind you deserve!  You can trust your Maryville TN home inspection to The House Scout. 

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