Home Inspection Tour 2
home inspection tour

Continue The Tour Through The Electrical, Plumbing, Heating And Air-conditioning Components

The Electrical Inspection

The home inspector will test a representative number of electrical switches and outlets to be sure that there are no wiring defects; ground fault circuits will also be tested. The home inspector will remove the cover from the electrical service panel to determine the size and capacity of the electrical service, the type and condition of wiring, and determine if there are any wiring defects or hazards in the panel and whether there is any aluminum wiring in the house. The home inspection engineer will show you where the main electrical switch is located.

The Plumbing Inspection

The home inspection engineer will determine the type and condition of plumbing pipes in the house and whether there are any lead water supply pipes. The home inspector will determine if the water pressure and water flow rate are satisfactory and will determine the condition of the plumbing fixtures, faucets, and vanities. The home inspector will determine if the drainage, waste, and vent pipe system is proper. The home inspector will look for evidence of past sanitary waste backups. If there is gas service in the house, the gas supply pipes and connections will be tested for gas leaks. The home inspector will show you where the  main water and gas valves are located. If the house is served via a private well, the home inspector will determine if the system is functioning properly. If the house is served via a private sanitary waste disposal system, the home inspector will conduct a functional flow test on the system to test the proper operation.

The Kitchen And Laundry

The home inspector will evaluate the kitchen and laundry appliances as well as the kitchen and laundry cabinets. The home inspector will not determine if your clothes will launder whiter than white, but will test the machines for basic functions.

Heating System

The home inspector will determine the type and condition of the heating system, and will determine if heat is being distributed to all habitable areas of the home and whether there are any safety problems; the home inspector will show you how to turn off the heating system in an emergency. The home inspector will check for carbon monoxide emission, and will determine whether there are any opportunities for energy conservation.

Air-conditioning System

The home inspector will determine the type and condition of the air-conditioning system, and will determine if cool air is being distributed to all habitable areas of the home and whether there are any safety problems.

Termite Report

The home inspector will check for evidence of wood destroying insect infestation such as termites, carpenter ants, powder post beetles, etc.

The Inspection Is Complete

When the inspection is complete, the home inspection engineer will provide a verbal report. The report can range from, the house is in such great condition that your biggest problem will be how to keep the house in great condition, to its a money pit. Listen carefully to the home inspection engineer’s verbal report; when you receive the home inspection report read it carefully and write down any questions you may have.

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