10 Oct What is an Electrical Inspection?(Last Updated On: October 10, 2018)
What is an electrical inspection?
An electrical inspection provides a comprehensive review and checkup of the electrical connections and wiring installed in a home.
Additionally, electrical inspections help prevent fire damage, which cause many deaths, injuries and property damage every year. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
- Almost 45,000 home fires occur annually.
- Home fires cause almost 450 deaths and 1,650 injuries.
- About $1.5 billion in home property damage each year.
Finally, roughly 50% of these home fires caused by electrical failures are due to malfunctions in electrical distribution or lighting equipment.
“The good news is that many home electrical fires can be prevented if you are able to recognize the warning signs your home may be showing. The most important step you can take is to learn about your home’s electrical system. Once you are familiar with your system and how it works, you will be better able to identify potential hazards.”
Why are electrical inspections important?
Most homeowners understand the importance of preventative maintenance, which includes annual inspections of many home services. For example, many homeowner contact heating contractors during the fall and schedule a winter tune-up. In fact, annual inspections are so popular, most reliable home service companies offer annual maintenance plans.
However, these annual tune-ups typically skip the home electrical system. And why does this matter?
“The National Electrical Code® (NEC) is the nationally recognized electrical-safety standard. The wide majority of building-inspection authorities at state and local levels adopted the NEC. Work with licensed electrical contractors or and contractor’s employees, in the jurisdiction of your project. This means that the contractor fully understands and complies with the NEC and inspects the work under the standard, resulting in a safe installation. Reliability means knowing that the installed electrical systems continue their performance for a long period of time and as designed. Make sure the people who install your electrical work are adequately trained to.”
What are the benefits of an electrical inspection?
First and foremost, safety!
For example, inadequate or outdated electrical wiring pose a potential fire hazard. Therefore, a professional electrical inspection all of the wiring in your home once a year helps prevent problems and provides peace of mind.
“Overtime, electrical wirings would start to deteriorate and fray around the edges. When this happens, there’s a chance that homeowners would “brush” these wirings and get electrocuted or perhaps trigger an uncontrollable fire. The goal of an inspection would be to detect these problems before they occur and replace wiring for safety.”
Additionally, electrical inspections particularly help homeowners that own an older house or recently completely some renovations.
- If your home has undergone a renovation or if you’ve added new appliances.
- If your home was previously owned.
- Your lights flicker or dim more than occasionally.
- If your circuit breakers or fuses trip or blow often.
- Discolored outlets and light switch faceplates.
- Extension cords and multiple power strips in permanent use around your home.
- Incorrect labels on the electrical panels or unsecure labels on mounting surfaces.
- Rust, corrosion or water exposure in electrical panel.
- Invisible ground rod.
Any electrical issues require your prompt attention because they potentially present an immediate danger to you and your family.
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For any electrical inspections (or really any electrical work) please work with the right electrical professional that meets your needs.
The safety, energy efficiency and management of the electricity usage in your home depends on experienced electricians diagnosing issues, repairing problems and installing or upgrading electrical services.
We think it’s SolvIt because we employ Connecticut’s best electricians and provide professional electrical installations and repairs along with our excellent customer service. SolvIt is here to fulfill your emergency electric needs 24/7.
For any questions or electrical needs, contact us today!