Why Don’t Home Inspectors Mention Code?
- 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’. AFCIs help to prevent fires. As home inspectors we often call these issues ‘construction defects’, but why not call a spade a spade? It’s a code violation. . It’s always a judgement call Since 2003, the National Electric Code has required arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) for bedroom circuits
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