Originally Posted By: mcyr
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That is probable because it was wired to an internal fire alarm system or alert system that is not normally installed in a residence of the standard size.
Most new homes have smoke alarms hard wired and are individually isolated from each other and can be tested individually.
My best recommendation would be to follow NACHI's SOP on code checks and code compliance.
Knowing the code is a plus, but when inspecting older homes, it is best to quote code compliance items that may come into play when the home gets renovated to about 10-15% of the value of the home, where most Towns and City's will recommend that it become Code Compliant.
Most homes in Maine have a smoke alarm directly outside the door of bedrooms, hallways, basementsand sometimes family rooms.
Most detectors are battery operated or hard wired on a dedicated circuit and labled as such in the electrical panel.
Bottom line is, we are Home Inspectors to establish the condition of the Home, and not Code Enforcement like some would like to be.
If Code Enforcement is your element of Inspection, become one, other than that, note what you see and report what is.
Consult with your AHJ, and in most cases, this will tell you what is required in most areas.
Hope this helps, I realize other States may differ.