When and Why Do I Need an Electrical Inspection?
Electricity usually operates "behind-the-scenes" in your home, but without proper inspection and maintenance, underlying issues can quickly become front and center. A home electrical inspection is a surefire way to protect your home and family from dormant electrical problems. Check out David Gray's insight on when and why you should schedule a home electrical inspection.
For those who have never witnessed an electrical inspection, the procedure can seem vague. Simply put, a home electrical inspection is a thorough examination of your entire electrical system, including wires, systems, components and electrical appliances.
During an inspection, a technician will create a detailed checklist that prioritizes any area of your home that needs service or attention. This checklist will also include important recommendations for improvements and upgrades you should consider making to increase the safety and security of your electrical system.
When to Seek Out a Home Electrical Inspection
Electrical codes are continuously being updated to improve home safety and prevent defective electrical wiring. This is why electrical home inspections are strongly recommended when:
- a home is 40 years or older (annually),
- adding an appliance to a home,
- a home is undergoing major renovations,
- a home is being bought or sold.
Why You Should Invest in an Electrical Inspection
According to the National Fire Protection Association, local fire departments respond to an estimated average of almost 45,000 home fires due to electrical failure or malfunction. Countless accidents like these can be prevented by a home electrical inspection.
As the saying goes, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." An inspection can uncover critical issues within a home before they become a bigger problem, especially in older homes. Inspections are also incredibly helpful to those who are buying or selling their home. They not only protect the homebuyers from hidden electrical issues, but also protect the seller. The technician's list of issues or recommendations helps guard the seller from post-sale requests to fix problems within the home.