Electrical Systems Inspections by Home Health Inspections LLC
The integrity of the electrical system in your home is an important step to ensure the safety of a home you are planning to purchase, or put on the market.
According to the National Fire Prevention association, faulty electrical connections are the fourth leading cause of fires in a home. Considering the other top three causes of home fires are caused by equipment, or activities caused directly by inhabitants of the home, this is a scary stat. To put it in simpler terms, faulty electrical components are the number one cause of home fires, that you do not have direct control over. This makes ensuring the safety of the whole system that much more important.
How can an electrical inspection prevent these issues?
Your lender may already request that you carry out an electrical inspection if you try to re-finance your home. It is also advisable to get an annual inspection of your electrical systems considering their minimal cost.
An inspection carried out by a certified home inspector is the best way to ensure that unseen issues are managed before they cause a safety hazard. The low expense of one of these inspections is well worth the peace of mind offered by simply knowing your electrical components are operating as they should be.
Issues most commonly found during an electrical system inspection include:
– Exposed wiring
– Outlets without a proper ground
– Over-utilized circuit breakers (double-tapping)
– Outdated wiring (knob and tube wiring)
– Aluminum wiring (found most commonly in homes built between 1965 and 1973)
How do I know if my home is at risk?
Chances are, if your home was built within the last 10 years you don’t have much to worry about. On the contrary, if your home meets any of these three criteria, it is in your best interest to have your electrical systems looked at by a certified home inspector as soon as possible:
– If your home is over 40 years old, and has not had a recent inspection
– If you have made major renovations to your home, and not had the systems inspected.
– If you have added any major appliances to your electrical load in the last 10 years.
What you can expect from your electrical inspection:
As a certified home inspector, we adhere to rather strict guidelines to ensure your home is safe, and up to legal standards in your area. During your inspection we will ensure the integrity of the major service connections and components coming from the public electric infrastructure. This includes your service drops, entrance conductors, cables and raceways, main service equipment and disconnects, as well as service grounding.
During the inspection we will also be taking a look at internal components of your electrical systems. This includes interior panels, and sub-panels, conductors, over-current protection devices, a representative amount of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles, and circuit interrupters.
We will also be checking, and reporting the amperage rating of your service, the location of main disconnects, presence (or lack thereof) of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and the predominant branch wiring method in your home.
Contact us today for more information, or to schedule your home inspection!