One of your inspector’s initial inspection points will be the service drop and service entrance. The service drop is the point where the electrical wire from a utility pole connects to the service entrance (your home’s external electrical panels, wiring, meters, and conductors). This is your home’s main source of electricity from your electric company.
Your inspector is going to check that all meters are both functioning and grounded, identify the type of wiring used, and be on the lookout for any observable deficiencies in insulation or wiring.
Service height clearance is also important to note for both safety and functional reasons. The service mast (the conduit between the service drop and service entrance) must be in line with local residential regulations. For example, the service mast minimum height requirement for Seattle is 12’ above the ground.
The inspector will also identify the amperage of your circuit breaker or other service disconnect switch. These devices are normally located in a basement, a garage, or by the main service entrance meters. Your inspector will also be looking for any visible aluminum branch circuit wiring, a type of wiring that is prone to connection issues.
Your inspector will also check your outlets, switches, and light fixtures, checking that each is functioning optimally. This is especially important in the case of an outlet; improperly installed or malfunctioning outlets may present potential fire and shock hazards.
The last thing your inspector will check is for the presence of functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. In accordance with Washington State laws RCW 48.48.140 and RCW 19.27.530, all homes are required to have present smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors installed.