Electrical inspections are performed by licensed, bonded and insured electricians to make sure that residential and commercial wiring is safe. Specific checklists vary by state, but there are some of the more common things electricians must check off their electrical inspection check list.
General Circuit Requirements
In residential homes, every 25-volt, 15-20 amp receptacle is required to be listed as tamper resistant. Also, all branch circuits that provide electricity to 125-volt, 15 and 20 ampere outlets in rooms such as living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, hallways, and closets are required to be protected by a combination type arc fault circuit interrupter (requirements taken from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry 2008 Residential Electrical Inspection Checklist).
Service panels must be properly labeled, and all conductors should be protected against over current problems with appropriately sized breakers. Specific service drop clearances must be met according to state standards, and ground rods must be properly installed (requirements taken from the Gaston County, North Carolina, Building Inspections Residential Electrical Final Inspection Checklist, 2009).
A kitchen should be outfitted with a minimum of two 20-amp small appliance branch circuits, and a wall-switched lighting outlet must be available. Properly sized circuits should have been installed for large appliances like dishwasher, refrigerators, and stoves (requirements taken from the Miami Dade County Inspection Guidelines, 2009).
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
All electrical outlets in bedrooms must be AFCI protected. Closet light fixtures must be checked to make sure that their bulbs are fully covered and far enough away from shelves to meet state requirements. There shouldn’t be any electrical receptacles in showers or tubs, and an electrician should make sure that any fixtures over a tub are safe for use (requirements taken from the Marion County, Oregon, Public Works Building Inspection Division Inspection Checklist, 2009).
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