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Home Inspector

We are home inspectors in Marriottsville, Maryland.

In addition, we work with the real estate agents also in the surrounding counties to help home sellers and buyers.

Utilize Our Expertise to Take the Stress out of Buying a Home With a Complete Home Inspection

Buying a home is probably the largest investment you’ll ever make.

How can you know exactly what you’re buying?

A home inspection, from a trusted home inspector, could save you thousands of dollars by uncovering potential issues with the home — before they become your problem.

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Have Questions?

For questions regarding your inspection or services we provide, feel free to give us a call or email us. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

☎ (410) 236-3027

Sample Report

See what you’ll be getting with a sample home inspection report. Our reports are detailed, easy to read, and include photos.
Does the Home You Want to Buy Have an Aging Electrical System?

When inspecting older homes or other buildings we often come across inadequate, obsolete, damaged, modified, extended, or otherwise unsafe electrical system components including service entry wiring, electrical panels, overcurrent protection, and electrical devices such as switches, light fixtures, electrical receptacles.

Proper Electrical Grounding and System Capacity

Older buildings often have electrical receptacles and fixtures that are frequently ungrounded (2 slot receptacles), and many local codes do not require that they be rewired to provide electrical grounding. These days, a lot of modern electronic devices require grounded receptacles, and an older home may have electrical service that is inadequate or even unsafe.  It can be a little confusing, but if you see 2 slot receptacles with both slots the same size, it might be time to replace it even if the local codes do not require it. This is especially true if you notice the receptacle or electrical cord is warm to the touch.

It is recommended that at the very least there should be one grounded receptacle per room. The ideal solution is to change out the old two-wire circuit with a three-wire circuit. The third wire is a ground wire that goes back to the electrical panel but that is expensive and involves cutting holes in drywall to replace the wiring. The easiest and most cost-effective solution available would be to add a GFCI protected outlet on the first outlet in this circuit.  GFCI stands for “Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter”. These outlets are considered safe to install on an un-grounded circuit and replaces those inconvenient 2 prong outlets. If you are unsure about your home’s wiring, have a certified electrician check it out.

Your inspector will also check the electrical panels overall capacity and recommend upgrades if needed. If the building wiring is incorrect, damaged, or obsolete, the combination of those conditions with insufficient incoming building amperage may increase the risk of fire. If your building has been wired correctly, the circuit breakers or fuses should protect the building from a fire due to overloaded circuits, and what will remain is an inconvenience: having to replace fuses or re-set circuit breakers.

Other Signs of an Out-of-Date Electrical System

Knob-and-tube wiring has indicated wiring that is between 80 and 100+ years old and should be designated by your inspector as a defect, it is mostly because it is outdated and may not essentially be a safety hazard. Knob-and-tube wiring is largely misunderstood and has served homeowners very well over the years.

Your inspector should also check for solid aluminum branch circuit wiring which was common in homes built or updated from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s because of a copper shortage. We see this about once a month and about 1/3 of the time we see scorched wires in the panel. Homeowners will tell you that the wiring has been that way for years and neve posed a problem. When this happens, it is recommended that a certified electrician be called on to evaluate and advise.

Federal Pacific Stab-Lok Panels were installed from the 1950s up until the mid-1980s and were popular with builders because they were a lower in than other electrical panels. The problem is they were found to have a high rate of failure. When a breaker is overloaded, the unit should trip on its own to prevent electrical hazards. FPE breakers that fail to trip have been the cause of thousands of housefires over that last several decades. There are no federal mandates banning Federal Pacific Stab-Lok Panels, but if a home inspector finds one they should label it as a defect.

Gain peace of mind with your investment and ease the process of buying your new home. Schedule an inspection or get in touch with us at (410) 236-3027.