Electrical safety is a serious concern for many homeowners. Not only does a faulty electrical system pose a threat to your home's occupants, but it can also cause extensive property damage if not handled properly. Fortunately, there are several ways to ensure that your home's electrical systems are working correctly. One of the most important steps is scheduling an electrical safety inspection before closing on your home or performing any significant renovations. In this blog, we'll explore some key reasons why these inspections are vital and what happens during one!
Why are electrical safety inspections necessary?
An electrical safety inspection thoroughly assesses the condition of your home's wiring and other electrical components. Depending on the age and type of materials used for your wiring, an inspector may recommend that you replace old wiring. This can be more complicated than it sounds—there are different types of circuits, and each circuit needs to be inspected separately.
Electrical safety inspections are important because they protect homeowners from fire hazards that could cause damage to their property or even injure them. Inspections also ensure that all required safety features are up-to-date, including smoke detectors/alarms and carbon monoxide detectors/alarms (if applicable).
What happens during an electrical safety inspection?
If you’re a new homeowner, you may be wondering what happens during an electrical safety inspection. The purpose of the inspection is to ensure that any electrical work being done is up to code and safe for use. It will also ensure that the systems are performing well and working as they should, energy-wise.
Electrical inspectors check:
That each circuit has been installed according to current codes
That all circuits have sufficient overcurrent protection (circuits with large loads need more than those with small loads)
That no overloaded wires are in any panelboards is a sure sign of poor wiring practices!
That lighting fixtures are properly connected and fused properly; lamps do not exceed their recommended wattage rating; GFCI outlets are present where necessary; etcetera.
The list can go on depending on the home's needs. Typically inspections are thorough to ensure that no potential hazards are unaccounted for before assessing potential repairs.
Taking care of your electrical systems will keep you safe.
The first and most important thing is to ensure you have an electrical inspection when building anything new or upgrading your home. Even if it's just adding a new light switch, it's still essential. While it may seem tedious to get an inspection for small appliance installations, you will be kicking yourself when a fuse blows out or a panel is overloaded because poor wiring was not detected.
Another thing that helps keep people safe is taking care of their electrical systems. If they don't get inspected regularly (and often), they might develop problems that could cause fires or other hazards in the home or workplace. If your system hasn't been checked in a while, it may need some repairs before the next time something goes wrong with it so that something doesn't happen at all!
At All Electric Services we know a thing or two about electrical systems, so if you ever need a hand, give us a call today at (407) 890-7782.