Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nashville Home Inspection - Settlement Issues

Nashville Home Inspection - Settlement Issues

When completing home inspections in the Nashville area, HABITEC Home and Building Inspectors check the service entrance conductors for proper attachment to the exterior meter panel or main panel. Look at the pic below. What's wrong?

HINT: Settling soil can be a powerful force.

ANSWER: Settlement around the foundation can do a lot of damage. In this case, settlement of the soil at the foundation wall has pulled the service conductor conduit down and out of the electrical panel to which it was originally attached. Now the cable is exposed and it should not be. This needs to be fixed. And yes, the open knockout on the right panel should be closed as well.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections Blog and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one.

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