SECTION 535.229. Standards of Practice: Minimum Inspection Requirements for Electrical Systems  

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  • (a) Service entrance and panels.

    (1) The inspector shall report as Deficient:

    (A) a drop, weatherhead or mast that is not securely fastened to the building;

    (B) the absence of or deficiencies in the grounding electrode system;

    (C) missing or damaged dead fronts or covers plates;

    (D) conductors not protected from the edges of electrical cabinets, gutters, or cutout boxes;

    (E) electrical cabinets and panel boards not appropriate for their location; such as a clothes closet, bathrooms or where they are exposed to physical damage;

    (F) electrical cabinets and panel boards that are not accessible or do not have a minimum of 36-inches of clearance in front of them;

    (G) deficiencies in:

    (i) electrical cabinets, gutters, cutout boxes, and panel boards;

    (ii) the insulation of the service entrance conductors, drip loop, separation of conductors at weatherheads, and clearances;

    (iii) the compatibility of overcurrent devices and conductors;

    (iv) the overcurrent device and circuit for labeled and listed 240 volt appliances;

    (v) bonding and grounding;

    (vi) conductors;

    (vii) the operation of installed ground-fault or arc-fault circuit interrupter devices; and

    (H) the absence of:

    (i) trip ties on 240 volt overcurrent devices or multi-wire branch circuit;

    (ii) appropriate connections;

    (iii) anti-oxidants on aluminum conductor terminations;

    (iv) a main disconnecting means.

    (2) The inspector is not required to:

    (A) determine present or future sufficiency of service capacity amperage, voltage, or the capacity of the electrical system;

    (B) test arc-fault circuit interrupter devices when the property is occupied or damage to personal property may result, in the inspector's reasonable judgment;

    (C) conduct voltage drop calculations;

    (D) determine the accuracy of overcurrent device labeling;

    (E) remove covers where hazardous as judged by the inspector;

    (F) verify the effectiveness of overcurrent devices; or

    (G) operate overcurrent devices.

    (b) Branch circuits, connected devices, and fixtures.

    (1) The inspector shall:

    (A) manually test the installed and accessible smoke and carbon monoxide alarms;

    (B) report the type of branch circuit conductors;

    (C) report as Deficient:

    (i) the absence of ground-fault circuit interrupter protection in all:

    (I) bathroom receptacles;

    (II) garage receptacles;

    (III) outdoor receptacles;

    (IV) crawl space receptacles;

    (V) unfinished basement receptacles;

    (VI) kitchen countertop receptacles; and

    (VII) receptacles that are located within six feet of the outside edge of a sink;

    (ii) the failure of operation of ground-fault circuit interrupter protection devices;

    (iii) missing or damaged receptacle, switch or junction box covers;

    (iv) the absence of:

    (I) equipment disconnects;

    (II) appropriate connections, such as copper/aluminum approved devices, if branch circuit aluminum conductors are discovered in the main or sub-panel based on a random sampling of accessible receptacles and switches;

    (v) deficiencies in:

    (I) receptacles;

    (II) switches;

    (III) bonding or grounding;

    (IV) wiring, wiring terminations, junction boxes, devices, and fixtures, including improper location;

    (V) doorbell and chime components;

    (VI) smoke and carbon monoxide alarms;

    (vi) improper use of extension cords;

    (vii) deficiencies in or absences of conduit, where applicable; and

    (vii) the absence of smoke alarms:

    (I) in each sleeping room;

    (II) outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the sleeping rooms; and

    (III) in the living space of each story of the dwelling.

    (2) The inspector is not required to:

    (A) inspect low voltage wiring;

    (B) disassemble mechanical appliances;

    (C) verify the effectiveness of smoke alarms;

    (D) verify interconnectivity of smoke alarms;

    (E) activate smoke or carbon monoxide alarms that are or may be monitored or require the use of codes;

    (F) verify that smoke alarms are suitable for the hearing-impaired; or

    (G) remove the covers of junction, fixture, receptacle or switch boxes unless specifically required by these standards.

Source Note: The provisions of this §535.229 adopted to be effective January 1, 2014, 38 TexReg 3350; amended to be effective September 7, 2016, 41 TexReg 6742