Modern conveniences are made possible by the electricity that operates behind the scenes. Nevertheless, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical issues are the leading cause of property damage in residential structure fires across the United States. In addition, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) identifies inadequate or improper wiring of small appliances as the leading cause of accidental electrocution. An electrical home inspection can easily address and prevent these safety hazards.
What Does a Home Electrical Inspection Entail?
A thorough electrical home inspection ensures that all electrical wires, systems, and components (such as appliances) adhere to legal safety requirements. The National Electrical Code (NEC) is the code that all electricians must follow when inspecting your home, and it establishes the minimum national standards.
Upon completion of your electrical home inspection, Vetter’s Electric will provide you with a detailed, prioritized checklist that includes areas requiring immediate attention, recommended improvements, and potential upgrade options.
When is an Electrical Safety Inspection Required?
When should a homeowner schedule an electrical home safety inspection? The Electrical Safety Foundation advises homeowners to schedule an electrical home inspection at the following times:
- When purchasing a home • When a home is at least 40 years old • When adding an appliance • When a major renovation has been completed
Electrical Safety Inspection Advantages
Electrical home inspections are crucial for ensuring the safety of your home and its inhabitants. A professional inspection of your home’s electrical system will provide you with peace of mind by: • Ensuring the safe operation of your home’s electrical components • Identifying common electrical mistakes made by contractors and previous do-it-yourself homeowners • Recognizing outdated wiring, such as aluminum or knob-and-tube
- Identifying electrical wiring and components that may have degraded over time; • Detecting oversized fuses or breakers that could cause a fire; • Permitting the correction of fire and safety hazards; • Assisting you in conserving energy and reducing costs;
- Meeting inspection requirements for insurance risk assessment
- Informing you that the electrical system in a new home is safe prior to your purchase.
What is included in an electrical home safety inspection?
Vetter’s Electric knows exactly where to look for residential electrical hazards.
- Verification of proper light bulb wattage • Switch and wall outlet operation and condition • Shock or electrocution hazards • Verification that arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) are functioning properly • A check of all safety and security lighting
- Verification of grounding systems • Validation of appropriate surge protection • Verification of the proper placement of smoke detectors • Testing of smoke detectors • Testing of carbon monoxide detectors • Inspection of the electrical panel for proper labels, amps, and operation • An examination of outdoor electrical systems
A comprehensive, prioritized report of all areas requiring attention in your home’s electrical system.
Schedule Your Home’s Electrical Safety Inspection Today The professionals at Vetter’s Electric include electrical safety inspections at no additional cost with every service call. Contact us immediately to ensure the safety of your family and home with an electrical home inspection.
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