Why Don’t Home Inspectors Mention Code?
- . AFCIs help to prevent fires. It’s always a judgement call Since 2003, the National Electric Code has required arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) for bedroom circuits. As home inspectors we often call these issues ‘construction defects’, but why not call a spade a spade? It’s a code violation. Does the lack of an AFCI breaker in a home built before this requirement constitute an unsafe condition? In other words, should a home inspector bring up this topic for homes built before this requirement, and recommend having AFCIs installed? What about new construction homes? If a home inspector doesn’t answer ‘yes’ to the last two questions or ‘no’ to the last two questions, they’re basing their answer on ‘code’, not ‘unsafe conditions’
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