Non-Grounded GFCI?!

As I head out the door for the day I thought I would post this question with hopes that their will be a number of great answers apon my return.
Scenario: A home built in 1949, with updated bathrooms as well as electrical. Although the GFCI’s in the Bathrooms and Kitchen still show “Non-grounded” and they do not trip when tested with a receptacle tester. Although they do trip with the Test button, as well as Reset with no issue.
Question: What is the correct action to take as a home inspector? Will I let the client know they are Non-grounded receptacle and recommend they label them as “No Equipment Ground”, or do I tell them to have it further evaluated by a licensed electrical contractor? The problem with having it put onto a Escrow repair list is that someone might just add a “bootleg” and call it good… What is the RIGHT course of action as a home inspector?:roll:

If the GFCI test OK with its self test button you are fine.

The only thing missing is the sticker that indicates no equiplent ground to be applied to teh outlet face.

Your little gfci tester needs a grounded pin to function.

How they repair it isn’t your problem. You didn’t tell them to wire it with a bootleg ground.

It doesn’t need repair just the no equipment ground sticker…which You’ll prolly only see on rare occasions…

Isn’t basic stuff like this covered in the training materials? If not it certainly should be.

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Just the preponderance of the same basic questions over and over. It just does not seem like some have a solid foundation to build on.

I agree.
With all the resources available at NACHI you have to wonder.

I have never seen what training is available to a new HI so I was wondering. If the basics are not covered this is certainly a disservice to the HI and the industry.

Tell us more about this please.

There is no repair needed since a GFCI does not need a ground to operate. Just knowledge, via the sticker, about the receptacle being ungrounded.
Also, you don’t need to have something evaluated by a professional. You just did that…that’s what your client paid you to do. Recommend repair of ******** by qualified ********* contractor.


Thank you for the majority of the responses, they were great! Very helpful. As for Jim Port, why are you on this thread. Go do something to yourself!

Jim makes fair point.

I find him more helpful than not.

Grow some skin fella.


Wow, eight posts and already trying to win friends. Sorry that you appear to feel threatened by your lack of knowledge.

However, in some states, such as California, which does not license its home inspectors, evaluation that goes too far into the realm of licensed industry can be subject to civil and possibly criminal penalties. Thus, for some of us, it is very prudent to recommend further evaluation by a licensed _____________.