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Shocking Truths: Common Electrical Problems an Inspector Might Find during a Home Inspection

Electrical issues can be dangerous and costly to repair. During a home inspection, an inspector will examine the electrical system and look for any issues.

Here are five common electrical issues that may be found during a home inspection:


  • Double-tapped breakers: This occurs when two wires are connected to a single circuit breaker terminal. It can cause overheating and poor connections.

  • Overloaded circuits: An overloaded circuit occurs when too many devices are drawing power from a single circuit. This can cause overheating and potentially start a fire.

  • Faulty wiring: Wiring that is damaged or improperly installed can pose a fire hazard.

  • Non-GFCI outlets: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets protect against electrical shocks in wet areas like garages, exterior, bathrooms and kitchens.

  • Outdated electrical panel: An outdated panel may not be able to handle the electrical demands of modern devices.

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