An All Electric House

Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

Yes its true, there are many all electric houses. No gas or oil to provide heat or hot water, which in Connecticut can be a very pricy way to run your home. For those who aren't aware Connecticut has some of the highest electric rates in the country.

A house on the cornerAs a home inspector in Connecticut inspecting the electric system is one part of the home inspection process. One of the most important parts of the electrical system in each and every house is of course the electric service panel. Typically the panel is located in some out of the way part of the house like the basement or garage. I know no one pays much mind to the electric panel, because I find them often obstructed by all manner of stuff. Sometimes I find the ugly panel inside a cabinet in attempt to "beautify" it.

Home inspectors must remove the cover of the electric panel during the inspection process. This is a job no home owner is every likely to do, nor do I recommend it. There is nothing inside an electric panel for an untrained novice but danger.

A mouse house in the electric panelThat is unless you're a rodent. Then the inside of the panel is apparently a nice place to call home. I took the cover off this large 200 amp panel to find an equally large and stinky mouse house in the bottom corner. The panel was missing one screw from, that's right the same the corner. There was a very small gap left by the absent fastener, but more than enough for a mouse to squeeze through to construct a house. Strangely I did not find any little electrocuted mousy bodies caught up in the wires. The mice in this house were wise enough to stay in their own little corner out of harms way.

Could this be the first all electric mouse house.


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James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
Former SNEC-ASHI President
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

hmm James, he must be grounded too those rubber soles!

May 20, 2012 09:50 PM #1
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi James,

It's kinda neat the stuff we find inspecting all the time.

The mice need a home too.

But like you i would recommend the mice be evicted and pronto. LOL

Have a good day in Massechusetts.

Best, Clint McKie

May 20, 2012 09:54 PM #2
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Jim, In my world it is all sparky. I am on the other spectrum of energy,  the lowest electricity in the country. Mice are universal everywhere ; )

May 21, 2012 02:38 AM #3
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jim, I can remember when Connecticut used to talk about nuclear power and how it was going to be "too cheap to meter."  Man they sure got that wrong.  It was "unintended consequences" on a nuclear scale :)

May 21, 2012 03:11 PM #4
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Production isn't the reason electric rates are so high there, but that's a different topic.

How often do we see stuff in panel boxes!?  Once I had one so full of termite mud and tunnels I couldn't see the wiring!

May 21, 2012 09:25 PM #5
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Ginny, A mouse with shoes, that would be a sight.

Clint, I think they were gone, but who knows for sure.

Don, Mice are one of those creatures I bet you can just about any where . 

Charlie, Yeah, that turned out not be the case. Now there are no nuke plants. 

Jay, Termites in the panel!? That's one I have not heard before. 

May 22, 2012 09:04 AM #6
Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Delivering the Unbiased Truth.

One more reason to cover those knockout holes :)

May 23, 2012 11:51 AM #7
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Reuben, Good point.

May 23, 2012 08:31 PM #8
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