Electrical System Scan

You get more by choosing SacPro Home Inspections.
We include electrical scans for free with each home inspections.

Why do we do this?

Because our home inspectors found the electrical system scans to be so useful in identifying hidden issues, that we decided it was ethically appropriate to automatically include this service for free.

Sure, it takes us a little longer. But these electrical scans finds things that would not otherwise be found through a normal home inspection.

Plus, the benefits to our customers are tremendous. So the business decision was an easy one. We are all about building long lasting relationships with our clients — one great home inspection at a time.

(Terrible GFCI Tester)

What do the other home inspectors do? They plug in a cheap GFCI Tester. But GFCI outlets can be intentionally wired to fake a “correct” reading on the cheap testers. The cheap GFCI testers fail to identify “bootleg” grounds, measure what the computer chip in the GFCI is doing, how fast the GFCI circuit interrupter responds, or if the GFCI still responds within proper specifications.

If you see your home inspector using one of these cheap GFCI testers, smack it out of their hand.
You will be doing them (and yourself) a favor.

What do our electrical scans find?

Our specialized computer equipment measures:
1) Voltage Drop (Vd) under load
2) Amperage currently on the circuit
3) True Root Mean Squared (RMS) sinusoidal wave quality of the electricity
4) Specific Voltage as measured between Hot and Neutral wires,
and the Neutral and Ground wires
5) Digital Frequency (Hertz) of the electrical supply
6) Impedance as effective resistance and opposition to alternative current
7) Trip time of a GFCI to determine leaked current between conductors
8) and more…

With our electrical scans we are able to tell if a GFCI outlet (electrical receptacle) is wired correctly and trips within a safe amount of time according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Because of this, during our home inspections we have been able to identify the need to replace GFCI outlets that would have appeared ‘normal’ using those terrible cheap GFCI testers. (Those GFCI outlets failed to provide the safety protection against electrocution that they were designed to provide.)

With our electrical scans we have been able to identify when there was high resistance on an electrical branch circuit. High resistance can result in excessive heat and a potential fire hazard. It turned out the home seller had performed DIY electrical modifications, using too long of a wire run using with wire gauge that was too thin, and had loose connections that were hidden from view. Because the wiring is hidden in the walls, that fire hazard would have been missed through a standard home inspection.

Who can say? Maybe a future fire caused by overheated and loose wiring was prevented as a result of us using our free electrical system scan.

The safety of our clients is of paramount importance. So now you see why we felt we feel compelled to include the electrical system scans with every home inspection. The decision was an easy one.

If you would like a great home inspection, then we welcome you to contact a team member at (916) 333-0540 or use our online reservation system. We would be pleased to provide you with an excellent home inspection!