When to do electrical inspection of your house and why?

When to do electrical inspection of your house and why?

When to do electrical inspection of your house and why?

We all know that it is important to conduct an electrical inspection of our house. Today we will walk you through that when an electrical inspection should be done and why.

Our electricians at professional electrical and controls do electrical inspection of residential as well as commercial buildings but for this article we will focus on residential inspection.

We will follow the logical life cycle of a house to understand the various electrical inspection stages and requirements.

During Construction

When to inspect:

There are plenty of times when a house electrical systems is inspected during construction phase. All these systems are installed and inspected in various stages before they go live.

Why to inspect:

This inspection is primarily to ensure that the construction is following all the code requirements, efficiency standards and of-course, safety standards. This type of electrical inspection is usually done by the construction specialists appointed by city. In general the home owner is not directly concerned during this inspection so our electricians hardly participate in this type of electrical inspection.

Electrical Inspection of Completed Construction

When to inspect:

It is a good idea to inspect all the electrical systems of a new house immediately after the certificate of completion is granted. It can surly help builders to find issues right in the beginning if any, and they can avoid heavy damages or warranty issues later. The electrical inspection is highly recommended before you buy and take possession of a new house. You as an owner of a new house may or may not get affected financially by the electrical issues in the house but you will certainly be dissatisfied and unhappy if there are any big issues found and affected your general household later.

Why to inspect:

Usually we think that it is a new house and there are no issues? Are we right in thinking so? Well, data says otherwise! New houses can have electrical issues as well. Reason? It is simply workmanship that can be affected by many factors such as material, time, method, weather, mood, tools, money etc.

Regular Electrical Inspection of a house

When to inspect:

All essential parts of the electrical system of a house should be inspected yearly.

Why to inspect:

There are many reasons to yearly inspect the electrical components of a house. It is good to have valued and add savings in insurance by doing the regular electrical inspection. Another reason is that when the house is inspected yearly, you will find the damaged or loose connections, receptacles, plugs, switches etc. that may have issues. The normal wear and tear will be pointed out. The electrician doing inspection should also be able to point out any code upgrades that are introduced with time and you will have an opportunity to keep your house up-to-date with the latest electrical code. Another reason to do yearly inspection is to find out the low efficiency electrical components that me increase your electricity bill and work on them.

Electrical inspection when buying or selling a house

When to inspect:

Immediately before buying or selling a house.

Why to inspect:

An electrical inspection aids greatly at the time of selling or buying a house. A buyer can have an utmost confidence if he/she sees the focused electrical inspection reports. If there are any electrical issues in the house that are found during the inspection, a seller can fix them before the house is formally inspected for selling.

Major electrical upgrading

When to inspect:

Immediately after conducting the major electrical upgrading in a house. If you have added new circuits, breakers or upgraded service panel, it is a good idea to conduct electrical inspection at the time.

Why to inspect:

An electrical inspection is necessary to certify the completion of a major electrical upgrading work. The inspection will be done for safety, workmanship and any other issues that might have stepped in during the work. Also if you have done any major remodelling or reconstruction of the house, electrical inspection should be carried out for safety reasons.

Electrical troubleshooting

When to inspect:

There are a whole lot of reasons that you may need electrical troubleshooting in your house. Flickering lights, regular breaker trips, appliances not working, black receptacle or switch covers, burning smell, arching, hot switches etc.

Why to inspect:

Any electrical issue in a house can lead to a safety hazard very quickly. This is the reason why an electrical inspection should be done if there are any electrical troubleshooting activities carried out in a house and specially if troubleshooting has to be done repeatedly. The age of the house also becomes important and if your house is 20 years or older, it is good to thoroughly inspect all electrical components of the house that might be causing issues and repeated troubleshooting calls.

Electrical inspection due to external reasons

When to inspect:

Any factor that are not in your direct control such as any large scale neighborhood construction, weather storms, pet, other animals or rodent damages, fire, fallen trees, fallen electrical poles, water introduction in electrical panel due to any reason, basement flooding etc.

Why to inspect:

In such cases, inspection is mainly done to access and limit the damage to the electrical components of the house.

Our electricians at professional electrical are fully trained to carry out electrical inspections of your house. If you are looking for one, give us a call today at 780-476-1413.

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