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Thinking Outside The Box - The Electric Meter Box

Thinking outside the box - the electric meter box.

While the electric meter is owned by the electric company, it still must be inspected during a home inspection.  Lots of things can be happening.  This is one that stuck out!

The legal seal was broken.  The electric company does not like that!  That can be considered mischief, and some companies charge a hefty fine.

Often seen, as the soil has settled around the house the conduit containing the buried electric service cables has been pulled down as well.  Water that can get in there is not welcome.

And, similarly, as the soil has settled it has pulled the box off the house.

Again, it should be fitted tightly against the siding.

But the only way to do that is to open the box!

Only the electric company can do that, and they will, IF they are called about the problem.

Since the basement was recently finished in this house, contractors are always suspect when the legal seal is broken.  So this broken legal seal finding must go on the report, including a dated photo!  My clients don't want to begin their new electric account with a fine!

My recommendation:  be sure the electric meter is thoroughly examined during a home inspection.  The home inspector has no juice as to what happens thereafter, but reporting anything unusual is important.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 9 commentsJay Markanich • May 02 2016 02:45AM

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Good morning Jay,

I know they look at the service and now wonder if they are also checking the lock; something to keep in mind for the future.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 3 years ago

I see a broken legal seal about once a month, Raymond.  There was a lot to see with this box!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

This is very good advice for home buyers and their agents.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 3 years ago

Looks like there was some shenanigans going on there!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

It is, Roy.

Fred - perhaps!  The electric company no like-o.  Perfect Spanish.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

My spider senses are tingling.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 3 years ago

Mine positively screamed when I saw the newly-finished basement, Stephen!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Jay, I've seen a lot of pipes disconnected from the meter in this area. Builders are building too fast and compacting too little. We do put slip collars on them today, but in 40+ years of no slip collars, I have never had one separate. I really think it's boiling down the speed at which earth gets removed and replaced without proper compacting. Of course, I've seen a lot of electricians not use any glue on the joints too, but your pictures shows a threaded pipe. Do you think they only put a thread in there? Maybe two?

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 3 years ago

The slip joints are the way to go Mike, and I see them alot.  Had a new build just today without a slip joint though!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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