Electrical Safety Inspection

Posted on: July 8, 2016
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Electrician

Electrical Inspection Basics In Houston

An electrical inspection will be required not only when a new building is constructed, but in several other cases as well. Adding a new addition on to a building that will be serviced by electricity is another time when an inspection will need to take place. Some cities will also require an inspection if the electricity has been totally cut off from the building for a certain period of time.

To identify and address electrical safety issues, a thorough and professional electrical safety inspection is needed. In addition to the risks associated with the wonderful technology we call electricity, there are other reasons that an electrical safety inspection is a good idea.

Electrical Safety Inspections

Your electricity runs behind the scenes, inside the walls of your home, allowing you a great variety of modern creature comforts. However according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical problems are the largest cause of property damage in home structure fires across the U.S. In addition, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) identifies small appliances plugged into inadequate or improper home wring as the leading cause of accidental electrocutions. These safety hazards can be easily addressed and prevented with an electrical home inspection.

There are quite a few instances when it is recommended you get an electrical inspection done to make sure that your home’s wiring and other electrical components are in good working order and do not pose a hazard to you or your family

One of the most important investments that you can make for your family’s safety and well-being is obtaining a Toronto home inspection. Before you buy your dream home, consider this: you may not be able to detect one of the most common safety hazards in a property – electrical wiring.

In older homes, electrical systems employed knob and tube wiring throughout the property. Most homeowners remain in the dark about this type of wiring until they are alerted to its presence by a home inspector. This type of wiring not only poses a significant fire hazard due to poor insulation but also an enormous financial investment to replace. Before purchasing a property, it is therefore essential to determine the type of electrical wiring used and to determine if any repairs or upgrades need to be made. Knob and tube wiring also greatly limits the number of appliances you can operate concurrently as the risk of fire increases dramatically with every additional appliance.

An electrical home inspection will survey not only the type of electrical wiring present but also its integrity. If you happen to be the unsuspecting buyer of a former grow-op, you risk inheriting a property with tampered electrical wiring that is a disaster waiting to happen! Marijuana grow-ops require significant amounts of electricity to power them which is why its owners often reroute electrical wiring without paying attention to the dangerous consequences of doing so.

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. Read more.

What is an electrical home inspection?

An electrical inspection is an inspection, which will help ensure that all electrical systems and wires in a building meet legal safety standards. There is a national electric code, which many electrical inspectors will use when determining whether a certain electrical installation is acceptable. In some cases, an electrical inspection, or even multiple inspections, will be included with an electric permit, often required by local governments. Call us (713) 812-7070 for your home service and repair needs.

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