One of the items on our checklist is to make sure the jumper cable over the water meter is present and secured to the water pipes.
In this photo you can see the water meter is removed.
This is the purpose of this cable. When it comes time for the water to be installed, the electrical voltage on both side will be the same. If there is a difference in potential, the person who touches both side of these pipes will become the conductor to equal the voltage. This can actually kill someone. And for a $2.00 wire and a couple of clamps secured to pipes, I believe it should be present.
Charles is a home inspector and a home inspector trainer. He started as a professional home inspector in 1993. He works for Chicagoland Home Inspectors, Inc. and Bellman Group, Inc. He has earned the title of Certified Master Inspector (CMI) from the Master Inspector Certification Board. He earned the title Certified Property Inspector (CPI) from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. He earned the title ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI) from the American Society of Home Inspectors. He served as a Director and Officer of the American Society of Home Inspectors. He hs a tremendous passion about the home inspection profession and prides himself on helping his clients with the biggest purchase of their lives.