Electrical Home Safety Inspection
A comprehensive electrical home inspection is an extremely valuable service and is an essential element to ensuring the safety and security of your family and property. It helps keeps you and your home safe from electrical malfunction and can also save you money by making your electrical system more energy efficient.
Main Electrical Panel
The main electrical panel is the heart of your entire electrical system. Electrical panels serve as the distribution center for electricity as they push the electricity through wires or circuits to different electrical systems in your home to keep it powered on. The main panel should be thoroughly inspected every year to make sure the wire connections are properly tightened and the breakers are properly connected to the buss bars, which are metallic strips or bars that conduct electricity within the main panel.
also use an infrared heat scan of your electrical panel to insure there aren’t any problematic hot spots developing. Without a highly reliable and functioning electrical panel, nothing will work the way it’s supposed to. That is why it’s important to have a Master Electrician perform annual inspections and maintenance on your main electrical panel.
A GFCI device protects us from receiving electric shocks from faults in the electrical devices we use in our home. It works by comparing the input current on the hot side to the output current on the neutral side. A GFCI acts as a circuit breaker of sorts, shutting off power to the outlet and devices in use when a ground fault is detected. GFCI outlets should be tested once a month for safety reasons and every year by a professional electrician. They should be installed in the kitchen, bathrooms, and all outdoor outlets.
Your smoke detector’s primary function is to notify you of any suspicious smoke inside your house. This includes everything from burnt cooking, improperly extinguished cigarettes, and electrical fires. Your smoke alarm will sound at the first sign of trouble warning you of a fire before the flames get out of control.
Existing Fluorescent and Incandescent Lighting
Both types of lighting can be retrofitted with LED fixtures. Many LEDs have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours, which is approximately 50 times longer than a typical incandescent bulb and 8-10 times longer than a CFL bulb. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, electricity used for artificial lighting in the U.S. could be cut by nearly half by 2030 through the adoption of high efficiency LEDs.
ELECTRICAL HOME SAFETY INSPECTION
Have you recently moved into your home and wonder about the safety of your electrical system?
Do you know of numerous electrical problems, annoyances, and issues requiring inspection and repair before selling your home?
Do you live in an older home and want to feel reassured that your electrical is not only working but safe too?
Do you need a home safety inspection for insurance reasons?
Residential electrical fires result from broken wiring, defective cable insulation, electrical malfunctions, and short circuit arc. If you’re concerned about electrical issues in your home, we want to help.
Your home safety is essential for you and your family, so let us assure you that your electrical home system is operating correctly and that there are NO concerning problems.
lectrical home safety inspector thoroughly evaluates and reports on your whole home. This includes your home electrical panel, receptacles, GFI circuits, switches, breakers, bath fans, smoke detectors, fixtures, exposed wiring, and code violations.
Fill out the form on this page or give us a call and speak to one of our trained experts about your concerns and goals, and whether a whole home electrical inspection is right for you.
Home Electrical Inspection Checklist
Prevent expensive electrical headaches by keeping an eye out for these early warning signs. This quick electrical checklist will give you a few pointers on catching problems while they’re small — and when it’s time for a professional home electrical inspection.
Garage Electrical Inspection Checklist
For some homes, your electrical panel will be located in the garage. Because it is often exposed to weather, your garage could be at risk for problems related to moisture and heat that affect electrical service panels.
Rusty electrical panels
Frequently tripped circuit breakers
Older electrical system
Rusty Electrical Service Panels
If your fuse box is showing signs of moisture, mold, and/or rust, there’s a good chance that your wiring connections could be deteriorating. You should call your electrician to have your service panel or wires replaced before you’re left in the dark
Frequently Tripped Circuit Breakers
Another good sign that an electrical problem is on the horizon is if your circuit breakers are tripping frequently. If you brace yourself when turning on your favorite kitchen appliance because you know the breaker might trip, chances are you’ll need to call an electrician.
The Kitchen Electrical Inspection Checklist
It is often believed that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s also the place where most of your major appliances will be used. Therefore, it’s important to inspect your kitchen carefully for potential electrical hazards.
Modern homes are now being equipped with GFCI outlets in rooms where a large number of appliances are expected, like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. If you’re unfamiliar with GFCI outlets, these are the outlets that have one or two buttons in between the plugs that can pop out from time to time. A GFCI outlet is designed to trip whenever there’s a risk for electric shock.
Why Should I Get An Electrical Safety Inspection?
When you are looking to buy a new home an electrical safety inspection can help you make the most informed decision. When you are buying a new home, a home inspection is one of the many requirements. The home inspector will go through the home to make sure everything is in order. The home must pass inspection before your settlement can take place. However, this inspection is limited.
AN ELECTRICIAN’S ROLE IN THE BUYING OR SELLING PROCESS
As an electrician, I am often asked to perform electrical inspections and/or to fix the items on the home inspection report. Although a home inspector is trained to inspect homes and help buyers find any issues in the home before they go to settlement, many do not have a good electrical background and are apt to miss important details.
Also, most home inspectors don’t have the ability or the authority to fix the electrical problems they do come across.
In addition, while a home inspector may be able to tell you that the home is up to code, in many instances what they are telling you is that it is up to code for the time period in which it is built. This is because houses are grandfathered in to the year the house was built and are not required to be up to code. However, there is a reason behind the updates to code
Most often it is because of safety. This is why it is a good idea to have a separate electrican safety inspection performed by a master electrician before settlement. We recommend that you have an inspection for safety, an inspection that doesn’t just tell you whether your home is up to code but whether you home is actually safe.
In some instances the home is simply aging, wires have heated up over the years, connections of loosened and rust is setting in. However, the bigger issue we find is the trend towards DIY home improvements over the past decade. While many people are capable of making some minor changes, such as adding a fan or changing an outlet, some have bitten off more than they can chew.
BASIC ELECTRICAL SAFETY INSPECTION
Our basic electrical safety inspection is a service in which we make sure your safety devices meet current standards. This inspection includes checking your smoke detectors to make sure that they are not expired and are working correctly. If your smoke detectors are more than 10 years old they should be replaced. We can do this for you.
Electrical Safety Inspections
Conducting Home Inspections to Ensure Your Family’s Safety
For home buyers or recent home renovations, you will likely undergo an electrical safety inspection. These inspections review your home’s entire electrical system to make sure it is properly installed and operating to code. Keeping your family safe is the priority of these inspections.
Certified Triad-Area Electricians Performing all Inspections to Code
The electricity in your home is governed by a strict set of county regulations. We have an in-depth knowledge of these codes, as we have served the area for more than 30 years. If your home does not meet certain requirements, we give expert advice and guidance for righting the problem to give you a better chance of passing the final safety inspection.
During a safety inspection, the following items can be reviewed:
Wattage of your light bulbs in all lighting and appliances.
Waterproofing and safety for outdoor electrical systems.
Installation of surge protectors for necessary outlets, especially those in use by computers or other valuable electronic equipment.
Verification that all outlets are appropriately grounded.
Condition of your wiring system, making sure it is up-to-date and secure.
Age of the fuse box and condition of its parts.
Checking all sockets and fittings for lighting and appliances.
For swimming pools, review of control box and heating connections.
Planning for more outlets if necessary, per the demands of your home.
Smoke detector updates, making sure batteries are to date and the units are working.