Three Common Issues that will be Flagged in your next Home Inspection!
Episode 10 of "Home Inspections from A to Z"
Junction boxes are responsible for enclosing the electrical connections throughout your home. Helping to protect electrical wiring from weather and preventing safety hazards. However, if not secured properly, a junction box could be an item flagged in your next home inspection. In this episode we take a look at the many reasons why your junction box might be flagged and how to avoid this from happening!
A familiar flag seen is a connected or spliced Romex wire laying loose, something that is often found in the attic or garage. It is important that this wiring connection is placed inside of a junction box to avoid electric arcing resulting in potential fire, electric shocks, and other safety hazards. A double-sided box is best used for this so that the electrical unit is properly enclosed while still allowing the Romex wire to extend down the line as needed.
Another issue we find is a junction box with a receptacle but no covering. With modern plugs and switches, especially in newer homes, this can cause your home inspector to wonder if the work was completed by a licensed contractor. In which case, the work would most likely be done properly from the start. Also, leading to the indication that there may be a number of other flags throughout your home. To avoid these issues altogether, it is important that the job is completed by a licensed contractor. Also, make sure that drywall fully covers the Romex wiring running up the wall, if your junction box is on a wall, and that a cover is placed on the receptacle to avoid flags in this area.
Lastly, your exterior junction box, commonly used for outside lighting and power tools, should always sit at least 6 inches above the ground. Using an exterior approved stake or post will help to keep your junction box elevated, secure and avoid other issues. Also, always make sure to have approved weather-resistant covers for any exterior junction box.