Benefits of Having an Electrical Safety Inspection

Replacement of 400 amp main service. The existing service shown here, has been partially removed. The building was without power for only 6 hours while service was replaced.

Your home is your safe spot where you rest from taking on the rest of the world for a few hours (or days).  In order to keep it safe and comfortable, however, you need to make sure that you keep up to date on your electrical safety inspections.

This should always be a routine check when you’re looking at protecting your home from harm and damage.  Electrical problems can occur after any kind of storm or damage or renovation without you knowing it, so bringing in a professional to do a check can help you make sure that you are always protecting your home from damage.

When do you need to do an electrical safety inspection?

First thing’s first – when should an inspection take place?  You’ll want to get an electrical safety inspection done before you’ve first purchased the home.  This will alert you to any potential weaknesses or hazards before you buy. Usually this is something that the home inspection will cover in general, but not the kind of detail that a licensed electrician would do.

If you’ve owned your home for an extended period of time, it’s best to do a safety inspection after 10-20 years, depending upon the age for your home, just on general principle.

As well, you’ll want to do a check after you’ve done any renovations as well as after any major storm or flooding.  If your electrical outlets, breaker box or electrical panels are covered by water for any period of time, it’s always a good idea to get a check done then.

On general principle, a home should be inspected for electrical safety every ten years that you are living on the property, as circuits and wiring can weaken or be chewed by pests in this time.  As mentioned, it should also be done after even a minor renovation to make sure that nothing was potentially compromised without you knowing it during the work.

What kinds of things are checked?

Throughout the inspection, there are a variety of safety features checked including grounding and bonding, checking to make sure a particular circuit isn’t overloaded, the strength and health of the outlets and sockets, as well as the wiring within the walls.

You’ll also get an external inspection that will spot anything that could have potentially weakened the electrical circuits outside such as wind damage or weather conditions.

Why is this important?

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Simply put, having an inspection done at regular intervals or after home damage/renovation is critical for safety.  If there is a weakness or potential breakage in your electrical circuits, you could be dealing with a fire hazard or mild to serious electrical shock.  Electrical fires are a lot more common than you would think, and they often occur when proper maintenance and checks don’t happen.

When you bring in an electrical professional, such as West End Electric, who is properly licensed, you are ensuring that you can keep your home safe and comfortable for many years to come.  Taking the time and effort to get regular electrical safety inspections done at the suggested times above will help you make sure that you are always taking proper care of yourself, your loved ones, and your home.

Contact West End Electric with any questions about your electrical wiring, components, breaker boxes and the like. We have been in business for over 30 years and all of our electricians have current Texas licenses and carry them so you can see the license if you want to. We are client focused with quality and your safety as our utmost priority.

13 thoughts on “Benefits of Having an Electrical Safety Inspection

  1. I’m glad you pointed out that electrical fires are more common than you would think, and can be caused by something as simple as a weakness or breakage in your home’s electrical circuits. My husband and I recently purchased a new home, so I’ve been researching tips for maintenance and upkeep. I didn’t realize a regular electrical inspection could protect us from the risk of electrical fires, so thanks for mentioning that!

  2. My sister moved into a new apartment and she wants to make sure that the electrical system is good condition. It was explained here that she needs to have the place inspected for an electrical safety inspection. Furthermore, it’s recommended to hire a professional electrician for quality services.

  3. People often overlook these important things like damaged electrical wiring, faulty fire alarms or dirty smoke detectors and put their lives at great risk. It is very important to conduct a full inspection of your home to ensure safety at home or workplace to check if there is any faulty or damaged wiring, outlets or other appliances.

  4. Everything is very open with a very clear explanation of the issues.
    It was definitely informative. Your website is very useful.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. That is interesting that grounding and bonding are checked during safety inspections. Maybe it would be good to get my electrical checked soon. It would be good to know if I needed a new breaker panel installed anytime soon.

  6. I really liked how you said to have a safety inspection every 10-20 years. This would be really helpful for my house because it hasn’t been checked in about 15 years or so and I’ve been suspicious of something wrong in the wiring for a while. It would be really helpful to have a professional come by and check up on our electricity.

  7. That is interesting that if your electrical outlets are covered by water, it would be good to get an electrical inspection. It would be nice to have a contractor who knows and loves what they do. If I were an electrical contractor, it would be good to get a license extension to show clients how much I love the job.

  8. Thanks for helping me learn more about electrical safety inspections. it’s good to know that you should have an inspection after ten or twenty years. I’m interested to learn if you should get an inspection more often if you moved into an older home or right as you move in.

  9. I’ve heard that my sister has purchased a home so I might recommend her to get an electrical inspection done. Thanks for adding that I should get an inspection done as well because my home has been with me for 10 years. If having an inspection is important for my safety, I’ll make sure to hire someone for the job to do that.

  10. I love your tip about getting an electrician. My wires are all screwed up in my home. I’ll have to consider getting an electrician to sort them all out.

  11. It was helpful that you said having an inspection done at regular intervals after a renovation can be very important for safety. I recently renovated my kitchen and I haven’t even thought of how the electrical could be different from what I’m used to. I should get in touch with electrician services in the Winnipeg area to make sure I’m not at risk.

  12. My sister will be moving into her new apartment soon and she wants to make sure that the electrical system is intact for safety. It was explained here that it’s best to do a home safety electrical inspection by a licensed electrician. Having said that, it’s recommended to hire professionals when in need of quality electrical services.

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