Re: Useful Life of breaker
Termite and septic tank inspections may be performed by specia1ists, but the electrical wiring is usually handled in the inspection by the general home inspector.
Originally Posted by JLMCDANIEL
The home inspector is going to note anything that is a definite hazard: missing electrical plates, wiring installed in an obviously safe manner, the presence of old electrical devices, etc. They should note the lack of GFCI in areas where they are required (within 6' of a sink, etc.). At this point, however, I see it as unlikely that the inspector will make a note of the lack of AFCI breakers in an otherwise well-installed electrical panel. Some will, but probably most won't.
Most people that live in houses have become educated on GFCI protection (especially since hair dryers and curling irons all come with GFCI built in to the plug), but I think that few know of and understand the need for AFCI protection.
At some point in the future, as buyers, lenders, and insurers become aware of the issues and begin to request it, inspectors will note the presence or lack of AFCI protection. Like any service provider, the services of a home inspector are determined by the marketplace.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.