Inspections for electrical and home safety are some of the least things that cross a homeowner’s mind. It’s often neglected until it becomes mandatory.
Electrical and home safety inspections are a requirement when:
- You want to buy or sell a home.
- After an electrical work which requires a permit
- You live in an old home.
- You are installing a new appliance.
- You want to ensure a safe electrical system.
After an electrical work which required a permit
Whether you are building a new home or completing a remodeling project, you would require permits and inspections that follow. The inspections are to ensure that your work is safe and complies with current electrical codes. It takes two phases which are the rough-in phase and the final inspection phase.
The rough-in inspection always comes first and is carried out after all the installations are complete, but the walls are not closed up yet and the insulation has not been installed. This gives the inspector a clear view of the work done, and if you pass this rough-in stage, you can close up the wall and move on to the final inspection.
The second and final inspection takes place when the house is complete and before you can proceed to live in the home. With everything properly installed and finished, the inspector can check for any mistakes and go on to approve the work if it’s in order.
To ensure you pass the final inspection, double-check that all the fixtures are working properly, the circuits are well-connected and functional, and so on.
It’s easier to pass these inspections when;
- Your electrical contractor is a professional electrician or technician the inspector knows and recognizes for good work.
- You have asked for the inspector’s preferences prior to the inspection.
If your electrical work was DIYed, then you can expect critical observation.
The inspector will look for the following and more during inspections;
- GFCI and AFCI protection
- The proper number of circuits and installations
- Attachment of cables and wires
- Electrical boxes
- Appropriate box height
- Surge protection
- Proper wire labeling
Other reasons for electrical and home safety inspections
While your electrical system might seem indestructible, it can develop faults or get worn out with use. Ensuring that your system stays safe with time is vital for your protection or intentions to add new appliances. Regular inspections by a professional electrician can help you;
- Save money on repairs
- Discover potential problems
- Confirm that your system can accommodate new appliances and prevent accidents.
- Boost the value of your home.
Inspections carried out before you buy or sell a home can save you from nasty and costly surprises. Regular inspections can be done every few years, after a storm, when you notice an electrical problem, or when you need to add a new appliance.