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?
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.