Solar Inspections – Why You Need Them
Solar inspection is a very important part of being a solar energy inspector. This is because it is the only way to know if you are doing a good job or not. Solar inspectors should be able to understand and use the solar code requirements. If the inspectors have no idea about what these codes mean then it will be difficult for them to understand why something is wrong with their installation. The Solar Inspection should always begin by having a thorough written report review of the property. The Solar Inspector wants to be able to read the regulations and blueprints so that they have an accurate reference point for any potential determinations.
Many Solar Inspectors will start with an electrical system inspection
The purpose of this inspection is to determine the overall safety of the home buyers. A Solar Inspector should look at the main circuit breaker and the load distribution, the lighting in the home, and the attic insulation. The Solar Inspector may also want to inspect the attic and any cavities or voids where plumbing pipes enter the house. Any electrical systems that require protection from the weather should be thoroughly inspected.
A complete residential report
should contain a detailed site-specific review, with each item in the area being inspected individually. For example, a Solar Inspector might check to see that the main set-up of the home has good insulation. He will then move on to check the attic for adequate ventilation and venting. Then he will check the condition of the home’s main plumbing line, to make sure it is in good working order. He might even check the condition of the residential generator or the backup generators. If all of these items are OK, the residential report will then contain a recommendation to the home buyer as to how to further insulate the walls, attic, and basement, and even install new windows, doors, and insulation.
Of course, other things go into solar inspections
besides inspecting the systems themselves. Solar inspectors will usually visit the site in which the solar system is installed. In this way, he can get a better look at what he feels is necessary to do to protect the equipment during normal use. He can check for damage, condensation, leaks, and the like. It’s important to note that home inspectors don’t generally approve of putting wires inside the walls, as it can create safety issues for the homeowner.
Installation inspections are usually not required by state law.
Utility companies are the ones that typically have the final say when it comes to whether or not a home inspection is warranted. However, many state inspectors do recommend a regular inspection be carried out by the homeowner, just to be on the safe side. This is so important because failure to have an inspection can result in thousands of dollars worth of damage being done before the warranty on the system ends. The last thing a homeowner needs is to discover that their system wasn’t properly installed by a professional.
All in all, solar inspections
are really quite simple and they can provide a wealth of peace of mind for the homeowner. By ensuring that the installation is sound and performing at its best, a solar inspection is going to help the new homeowner avoid many problems that could have been avoided. For existing homeowners, the inspection is an easy process that can help them save money by having a professional inspector look at the installation and identify areas that could benefit from some routine maintenance. These inspections should be performed not only by professionals but by anyone capable of providing a quality inspection. Whether you choose to do your own installation or you have someone else do it, getting post-installation inspections is essential.