Who says this circuit can’t “support” 50A 220V….

This inspection photo shows a 50A, 220V circuit that serviced the homes Range, Dryer and the Air conditioner, yes, all three appliances on one breaker. The junction box was hanging in mid air, was missing grommets. You may also notice limestone basement walls and a dirt floor. You can’t even begin to list all the reasons this is wrong and unsafe.

Dangers Of A Vacated Electrical Enclosure Space At A Rochester MN Home Inspection

In older homes it is common to have an old electrical panel vacated and a new one installed at a nearby location.. At this particular home inspection I came across a door in the stairwell. The original panel had been removed from the enclosure space.

Rochester MN Home Inspection Company Discusses Knob and Tube Wiring

On many of the home inspections I do on older homes, I come across knob and tube wiring that is still live but should be removed and replaced. Unfortunately, over the years, this type of system is prone to problems due to age, damage, improper alterations and deterioration.

Rochester MN Home Inspector Shares Tips On Keeping Your Family And Home Fire Safe

Home fires are dangerous and devastating. Each year fires cost nearly 347 billion in the United States. Costs can include medical treatment, property loss and damage, fire department costs, and lawsuits, just to name a few.

Home Inspector Detects Unsafe Exterior Electrical Outlet

This home inspection video shows an improper exterior electrical installation. The past homeowner needed electrical power to the outside, so he went ahead and drilled a hole through a basement window frame and ran a wire through it.

Home inspection finds Power Strip On A Wet Copper Line.

During a recent home inspection I came across a power strip that was being used as permanent wiring. The power strip was twist tied and duct taped to a water line supplying an external hose faucet. The home owner was watering the lawn that day, the Air Conditioning was off and it was moderately humid.

Rochester MN Home Inspector Explains Drainage Around Home

Most home inspections find that the dampness in basements can usually be traced back to lack of gutters and downspouts and/or poor drainage at the foundation. By correcting above-ground problems you can help to prevent structural damage to your home, as well as dry up those basement damp spots.

Home Inspection Exposes Unprotected Electrical Garage Wiring

As a Home Inspector I frequently find exposed garage wiring that is subject to damage. You can protect wiring by placing a 1x3 board in front of them or by finishing garage walls with sheetrock or plywood. It's never a good idea to use wiring at a method of storing or hanging items in a garage.

Home Inspector Finds Beach Outlets While On Vacation

Home inspector finds outlet on beach while on vacation

Home inspector finds outlet on beach while on vacation

Even when the Home Inspector is on vacation in the Mayan Riviera, he's checking things out.  Here is an example of a public beach electrical system. About half way from the edge of the jungle to the water I came across this electrical outlet in the sand. Who knows what the code is in his particular area of the Yucatan Peninsula!

Home Inspector Divulges Need For Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, (GFCI), sometimes called a Ground Fault Interrupter, (GFI) is an important electrical safety device in your home. GFCI's should be installed in Kitchens, Bathrooms, and any other room with a sink, like a Laundry area, as well as Garages, Exterior Outlets, and near Pools or Hot Tubs.

Home Inspection Sniffs Out Burning Odor From Electrical Fixture

If a light fixture gives off a burning smell, disconnect the fixture until you have determined the source of the odor.

Overheating electrical wires and devices often emit a burning smell. Don't use the fixture again until a professional has inspected and repaired it. A fluorescent fixture may have a ballast that has failed and is spilling tar. For typical incandescent light fixtures, the burning smell may occur if you're using an oversized bulb. Check the rating of the fixture and the wattage of the bulb. The rating will be inside the fixture, near the bulb. Never exceed the wattage recommended.

You might also have a loose electrical connection at the splice or in the outlet box, or a loose screw or lamp base. A loose connection can create excessive resistance to electrical flow, and the resistance causes heat. Excessive heat makes metal connections expand and contract, loosening them further. This heat can damage insulation and even start a fire. Sometimes, when such excessive heat melts plastic, the problem area emits a misleading "dead animal" smell.

If you notice any strong smells near outlets, electrical boxes, or light fixtures, they may be due to an electrical problem. Call an electrician to evaluate and fix the problem. In the meantime, do not use electrical power in that area.