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Electrical Home Inspections 

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What Is an Electrical Home Inspection?

An electrical home inspection involves a thorough examination of your entire electrical system to ensure that all electrical wires, systems, and components meet legal safety standards. During the inspection, the National Electrical Code is used as a guideline. At the end of the inspection, D. Reed Electric, Inc. will provide a detailed, prioritized checklist including areas in need of immediate attention, recommendations for improvements, and potential upgrade possibilities. It is important to schedule an electrical home safety inspection when purchasing a home, adding an appliance, or when a home has had a major renovation. An inspection will ensure the safe operation of electrical components in your home, identify common electrical mistakes made by contractors and previous DIY homeowners, spot outdated wiring, and identify fire and safety hazards.



When Do You Need an Electrical Safety Inspection?

The Electrical Safety Foundation suggests that you schedule a home inspection under certain circumstances. For example, it is wise to have an inspection done when purchasing a home or if your home is more than 40 years old. Additionally, adding a new appliance or completing a major renovation in your home may also warrant an electrical home safety inspection. By taking these precautions, you can ensure that your home and family are safe from electrical hazards.

When Do You Need an Electrical Safety Inspection?

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, there are specific times when an inspection is recommended. These include when you're purchasing a home, when your home is over 40 years old, when you're adding an appliance, or when your home has undergone a major renovation. By scheduling an inspection during these times, you can ensure that your home's electrical system is safe and functioning properly.

Benefits of an Electrical Safety Inspection

Having a home electrical inspection is highly recommended for several reasons. Not only is it vital for the safety of your home and everyone in it, but it can also give you peace of mind. By having a professional check your home's electrical system, you can ensure that the electrical components are operating safely. Additionally, an inspection can help identify common electrical mistakes made by contractors and previous DIY homeowners. This will also help recognize outdated wiring such as aluminum or knob-and-tube, as well as identify electrical wiring and components that may have degraded over time. Oversized fuses or breakers that could lead to a fire can also be spotted and corrected. By allowing for the correction of fire and safety hazards, you can reduce costs and save energy. Meeting insurance risk assessment inspection requirements is also important, as well as knowing the electrical system in a new home is safe before you purchase it.

What Does an Electrical Home Safety Inspection Include?

D. Reed Electric, Inc. knows just what to look for when it comes to residential electrical hazards. An electrical home inspection from D. Reed Electric, Inc. covers:

  • Verification of proper light bulb wattage

  • Switch and wall outlet operation and condition

  • Shock or electrocution hazards

  • Verification that arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) are operating properly

  • A check of all safety and security lighting

  • Confirmation of grounding systems

  • Validation of appropriate surge protection

  • Verification of the proper placement of smoke detectors

  • Testing of smoke detectors

  • Testing of carbon monoxide detectors

  • Inspection of the electrical panel for appropriate labels, amps, and operation

  • An examination of outdoor electrical systems

  • A detailed, prioritized report on all areas of attention concerning the electrical system of your home

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