The Inspectify Report

Cover Plates Missing

Mar 10, 2021 12:17:08 PM / by Inspectify

What it is:

Cover plates on electrical outlets aren’t just there so you don’t have to stare at a big hole in the wall. They’re actually meant to prevent electrical shock & contain fires that could result from exposed or faulty wires.


Missing faceplates can also cause unnecessary damage to the electrical box, which could require more expensive repairs.


What it means:

With time, receptacle faceplates can crack or chip. When this happens, some people will remove the cover plate altogether with the intention of replacing it with a new one “when they get around to it.”


Because exposed electrical boxes & wires can be deadly, it’s important to replace any chipped, cracked, or missing faceplates immediately.


How to fix it:

New cover plates cost anywhere from $0.50 to $5.00 and can usually be installed in 60 seconds or less.



13.6% of home inspections report missing receptacle cover plates


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