Electrical problems are one of the main causes of residential fires in the United States. In addition, inadequate or old electrical wiring and the improper use of outlets and switches are among the leading causes of accidental electrocutions.
Thankfully, these safety hazards can be avoided by conducting a home electrical inspection.
A home electrical inspection is an exhaustive examination of your home’s electrical wiring system. It aims to ensure that all parts of your electrical system, including your appliances, meets legal safety standards. It helps reduce the risk of electrical issues that can lead to serious accidents or even death.
What a home electrical inspection covers
- Checking all safety and security lighting
- Looking for electrocution or shock hazards
- Checking the condition of all switches and outlets
- Checking proper light bulb wattage
- Verifying the condition of AFCI outlets
- Validating the presence of GFCI protection
- Making sure all safety devices are functioning properly
- Confirming appropriate surge protection
- Checking grounding systems
- Inspecting outdoor electrical systems
- Examining the electrical panel for proper labels and operation
- Visually inspecting breaker condition
- Verifying the proper location of smoke detectors
- Testing carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors
- Checking the attic for possible hazards and code violations
- Checking the basement or crawl space for possible hazards and code violations
After the inspection, you will be given a detailed report on the parts of your home electrical system that need attention, as well an estimate for the work that needs to be done.
When do you need a home electrical inspection?
Experts recommend a home electrical inspection when:
- You’re considering buying a new house
- You’re considering adding an appliance to your home
- Your home is undergoing a major renovation
- Your home is 40 years old or older
If one of the conditions above is true for your home, schedule a home electrical inspection as soon as possible for your peace of mind.