Electrical Inspections: Do You Really Need One?

Finding a new home is an exciting time in your life, full of possibilities. But along with the excitement of looking for a home comes the dreaded inspections. Inspections get a bad rap because it can be frustrating to find the home of your dreams, only to learn that it has some issues. However, getting a full electrical inspection is one of the best things that you can do for your home and for the safety of you and your family.

The Benefits of an Electrical Inspection

Scheduling an electrical inspection conducted by a professional should be at the top of your to-do list before you buy a home. An electrical inspection can be done by either a county or city inspector or an electrical contractor. The benefits of an electrical inspection are numerous and far outweigh the temporary inconvenience of scheduling and paying for an electrical inspection. 

Here are just a few of the many benefits of getting an electrical inspection.

  • Safety. Living in a home with faulty wiring can be dangerous, and without a comprehensive electrical inspection, you might not be aware of the dangers lurking in your home. Dangers include fires, overloading, and electrical shocks. An electrical inspector will check all of the receptacles (most commonly known as outlets) in your home and look for common electrical mistakes.
  • Making sure your home is up to code. An inspector will make sure that the wiring in your home is compliant with government electrical standards. These codes are revised and updated every three years. 
  • Disaster avoidance and money saved. Sure, it might seem inconvenient to get in inspection now, and what you don’t know can’t hurt you, right? Wrong. Don’t let blissful ignorance convince you to not get an electrical inspection before you buy. By finding issues before they cause big problems like a house fire or frying your new laptop, you will be able to fix the problems before it causes real damage.

You should not only get an inspection before you buy your home but also annually. As mentioned above, the electrical standards are updated and revised every three years. What was once considered safe three years ago, might now be known as a danger to your home. A good tip is to include the cost of an electrical inspection as a part of your annual household budget. This way, it is a planned expense and won’t catch you off-guard.

What does an electrical inspector look for?

Inspectors are looking for a lot of things, but mainly looking at safety and repair aspects of the existing electrical system. They will be looking at your home’s outlets, wiring, faulty points, and electrical panels.

  • Outlets.  Your inspector will make sure that your outlets are properly grounded, and look for cracks and other physical issues. They will also check that the outlets are suitable for the room they are in. For instance, outlets in your kitchen or bathroom and more likely to get wet or damp. These outlets are required to have ground fault circuit interrupters installed.
  • Wiring. Does your home have old wiring or aluminum wiring? Your inspector will check and let you know. Both types of wiring are known to cause fires and lead to costly repairs later on. It is best to know now before you find yourself in an expensive situation.
  • Faulty Points. Power surges most commonly occur during a storm, but can also happen seemingly unprovoked. Power surges can ruin your appliances and cause short-circuits and short circuits are often the cause of fire breakout. Short circuits are caused by faulty points in your wiring. Your inspector will locate these faulty points, and let you know what you can do to fix them.
  • Electrical Panels. When your inspector looks at the electrical panel, they will inspect every single wire and connection. The panel will give your inspector a good idea about the state of the wiring in your home, and also let them know if the electrical work was done by an unlicensed electrician.

Do you need an electrical inspection? Contact Complete Electrical.

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