As a licensed home inspector, I've found single strand aluminum wiring in older homes located in Pensacola, FL. Single strand aluminum wiring was typically used in homes built between 1965 to 1973. Copper wiring was replaced with aluminum during this time mainly because it was cheaper. Years after it was introduced as a new, less expensive product, electricians began to notice the aluminum metal, when exposed to the elements, became brittle, causing the homes electrical system to overheat and in some cases, cause fires. Many insurance companies will not cover homes with single strand aluminum wiring. This can be problematic for both sellers and buyers. As a home inspector, I instruct my clients to consult with their insurance company first to determine if they will cover the home, if in fact aluminum wiring is found during the inspection. The client should also consult with a licensed electrical contractor who is an expert on this matter to further evaluate and correct problem.
Home Inspection; Electrical
Having a home inspection preformed on your new home purchase in Navarre, FL can make anyone feel nervous about potentially killing the deal over costly repairs or worse, safety issues that could be found during the inspection. This is ok, it's not the last home left on earth and you certainly don't want to live in a home with issues that could put you and your family in danger right?
As an inspector, when I think about safety issues in a home, electricity comes to mind, especially when talking about older homes 20 years or older. Over a period of time, homeowners sometimes take it upon themselves to add or repair electrical components in their home in hopes of saving money rather than hiring a licensed electrical contractor to preform the work. Doing this kind of work yourself could put you or any future homeowner in danger.
Amateur electrical work could have the potential of causing fires from short circuits or electrical overloading and better yet, electrocution.
A home inspection is limited and non-evasive. We can't see through walls, concrete foundations or attic insulation. Much of the electrical wiring/components during the inspection will be unseen by the inspector. Here's what we are able to inspect;