So I get a call a few weeks back from a customer we did an inspection for about 3 months ago on a 1982 build (New Hampshire for those wondering). The week prior, the lights on the second floor started flickering, and then the smoke detectors went off and one of their surge protectors started smoking. The customer happened to be home. They knew to immediately shut off the main breaker and call an electrician. The electrician claimed it appeared to be an issue with the utility line coming to the house (buried line from the pole to the meter). Utility company gets involved and they said the ground wire corroded, wore out and accepted responsibility for the repairs to the home and is replacing a number of appliances that got fried in the process. The customer asked them why it happened, and states the technician told them it happens, as the lines get worn out at about 30 years. Now the customer and agent seem to think this is gross negligence on behalf of the utility company… Anyway, fast forward to today - the agent reaches out with a few questions because she didn’t exactly understand what happened. Now the agent (and the customer) wants to know why we (agents and home inspectors) are not advising customers as to this potential concern if a house is more than 30 years old (good grief, InterNACHI really needs to develop a crystal ball here!). Has anyone seen or heard of this happening before? This is the first I’ve heard of it (power lines wearing out) and can’t seem to find the right phrase to ask the nice people over at Google about it, so I figured maybe some of you have seen this happen? Obviously WAY beyond the SOP, but want to expand my knowledge. TIA!