Service Panel Working Space Depth Diagram – Home Inspection Sarasota FL | Direct Inspections


This image shows the recommended working space depth around an electrical panel in a residential home. The purpose of keeping accessible open space is so that the breakers can be accessed safely. Additionally an electrician or a home inspector may need to open the panel which requires safe clearances. Your electrical panel may also have ground-fault protected breakers which will need to be accessed if they trip. For safety’s sake, it is recommended to maintain these clearances. We highly recommend against storing any sort of furniture or shelving across the front of the panel which often is the case. The electrical panel is a critical component in your home and should be accessible if needed.
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S-Trap vs P-Trap Diagram – Home Inspection Sarasota FL | Direct Inspections


This image shows s-trap vs p-trap. The problem with an S-trap is that they have the tendency to siphon. This will result in an open airway from the sewer lines up through your sink which will allow noxious sewer gases to enter your home. The design of a P-trap will keep the required amount of water is sitting in the trap which act as a barrier to the sewer gases. Even if you have P-traps installed, the water in the trap can dry out over time if the sink is not used. It is recommended to run all plumbing fixtures at least monthly in order to make sure that there traps remain full of water.
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Service Wire Clearances Diagram 1 – Home Inspection Sarasota FL | Direct Inspections


This image shows the recommended service wire clearances above a residential home. The purpose of maintaining proper service wire clearances is so that the wiring does not become damaged or contacted by the homes residents. If the wiring around your house begins to dip below these recommended heights, contact an electrician or your electrical service provider to adjust the wiring as needed.
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Service Wire Clearances Diagram 2 – Home Inspection Sarasota FL | Direct Inspections


This image shows the recommended service wire clearances above a residential home. The purpose of maintaining proper service wire clearances is so that the wiring does not become damaged or contacted by the homes residents. If the wiring around your house begins to dip below these recommended heights, contact an electrician or your electrical service provider to adjust the wiring as needed.
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Service Wire Clearances Diagram 3 – Home Inspection Sarasota FL | Direct Inspections


This image shows the recommended service wire clearances above a residential home. The purpose of maintaining proper service wire clearances is so that the wiring does not become damaged or contacted by the homes residents. If the wiring around your house begins to dip below these recommended heights, contact an electrician or your electrical service provider to adjust the wiring as needed.
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Older Water Heaters – Home Inspection Sarasota FL | Direct Inspections


When is a water heater old enough to proactively replace?

A lot of my home inspection customers are worried about their water heaters rightly so. Water heaters can be in good shape visually but the internal components may be failing due to age. The first step is to find out how old the water heater is. Some water heaters will clearly state their age on the label, while others hide information within a code. Buildingcenter.org can be very helpful in determining the age of coded mechanical equipment such as water heaters and HVAC equipment.
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