Posted on: November 2, 2016
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Electrician
An electrical home inspection provides a thorough examination of your entire electrical system, ensuring all electrical wires, systems, and components, such as appliances in your home, meet legal safety standards. The National Electrical Code (NEC) is the code that all electricians operate under when examining your home, and defines the parameters for minimum standards across the United States.
This video is not intended to be instructional but to illustrate some of the processes undertaken when inspecting and testing an industrial electrical installation.
Most electrical permits require three inspections: cover, service, and final.
Cover inspection. Schedule this inspection when all new circuits are wired (boxes installed, wires run, grounding conductor connected or made up, nail plates installed in areas as needed). Don’t cover your work with insulation, receptacles, or wall switches until the inspector has approved it. Cover inspections also include underground installations. Don’t cover trenches, ditches, or slabs until the inspector has approved them.
Service and feeder inspection. Schedule this inspection when the service electrical mast, meter base, service panels, grounding electrode conductors, and branch circuits (if possible) have been installed.
Final inspections. Schedule this inspection when the electrical work has been completed. Make sure panel boxes are covered, circuits are labeled in the right spaces on the box, and all cover plates are installed. You must have all of equipment and appliances installed, grounded, and energized for final inspection.
The Electrical Safety Foundation recommends electrical home inspections:
When purchasing a home.
When a home is 40 years or older.
When adding an appliance.
When a home has had a major renovation.
An electrical home inspection is important for the safety of your home, offering peace of mind by:
Ensuring the safe operation of electrical components in your home.
Identifying common electrical mistakes made by contractors and previous DIY homeowners.
Recognizing outdated wiring such as aluminum or knob and tube.
Identifying electrical wiring and components that may have degraded over time.
Spotting oversized fuses or breakers that could lead to fire.
Allowing for the correction of fire and safety hazards.
Helping you save energy and reduce costs.
Meeting insurance risk assessment inspections requirements.
Letting you know the electrical in a new home is safe before you purchase it.
Electrical inspection is required to avoid any kind of unexpected accidents. A minor damage or ignorance can lead to harmful consequences. Electrical accidents are unpredictable. It can make small injuries and can also be life threatening. There are different kinds of electrical accidents, namely, electrical shock and electrical burns. Shocks are something that can create a sensation in the body and also can stop breathing. Burns can be lighter and also can be so deeper that it might require surgeries. Call (713) 812-7070 us for your home service and repair needs.
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