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Can a home inspector tell me if the wiring in a home is safe?
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Not really, not 100%. Home inspectors have plenty of training to recognize visible defects in the wiring, but the majority of wiring in a home is concealed and cannot be fully evaluated. So an inspector can tell you about the condition of the areas of the electrical system that can be seen and, to an extent, use electronic circuit testers to check the wiring. But what the test devices can find is also limited.
One thing an inspector can definitely tell you is that, if the visible areas of the wiring have multiple defects, then there are likely to be more problems in the areas that can’t be seen. So the wiring mess shown above means there’s probably plenty of other electrical problems in concealed areas of that home.
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