While sitting in the car, listening to the radio and waiting for my next client to arrive I received an email.
It said, "Jay, not sure if you remember us, but you inspected our home about one year ago. I hope all is well. Do you have an electrician you could refer to us? The electrical outlets in the kitchen are all out :( Lulu Belle"
Well, that could be any of many things. So I probed a bit. This began a string of emails.
"All of them? How long has this been so?"
"A couple of days ago one side of the kitchen went out. So we moved all the appliances to the side that worked and now, today, that side is out."
"Lulu, this sounds like your GFI outlets have tripped. Your kitchen should have two of the outlets with the push buttons. Push in both of the red (or stuck-out) buttons hard, or until they snap. Then try the outlets for power."
"You must have overloaded one side while using the appliances one day. By moving them to the other side you probably overloaded it too. The next time just look to see if one of the buttons has popped out and push it in."
"Thanks Jay! I called around to electricians and you probably just saved us $300! U ROCK!"
Another day of doing good and doing right! Just then my client arrived and I was off to save Lil' Nell from SNIDELY FLIPLASH!
My recommendation: when you have a problem, don't be embarrassed to call your home inspector for advice! The solution to your problem may be easier than you think!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560