If your home is more than 40 years old, has been renovated or remodeled, or you are about to install a major new appliance, the Electrical Safety Foundation recommends having a licensed electrical perform an electrical inspection. Although you can do a simple checkup of your house’s electrical system, it’s wiser to consult with an experienced professional to ensure the safety of your family and home.
Inspect for Safety
Over 180,000 house fires between 2012 and 2016 were caused by an electrical malfunction or failure according to the National Fire Protection Agency. Even though an electrical inspection is not mandatory when purchasing or remodeling a residence, it will uncover electrical issues and fire hazards that otherwise may not have been found.
Check Power Sources
Every homeowner should regularly inspect and test light switches, outlets, appliance electrical cords, and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Loose outlets will require tightening or replacement. Black residue or heat around an outlet indicates a fire hazard that must be addressed immediately by a professional. Be aware of the dangers when hearing humming or arcing sounds made by lighting fixtures or outlets.
Replace Older Wiring
Homes built before 1950 may still have knob-and-tube wiring. Houses constructed from 1965 to 1973 may have aluminum wiring. Both types have substandard performance and safety qualities, making it more difficult to insure a home. Replacing aged wiring will not only improve safety, but it will increase your home’s resale value.
Wet Areas Outlet Inspection
GFCIs must be installed in all wet areas, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Light switches must also be located a safe distance away from sources of water. Exterior outlets also require GFCIs. Regular testing of GFCIs is recommended.
Examine Electrical Service Panel
Located in the basement or garage or around the exterior, an electrical service panel contains either circuit breakers or fuses. Electricians inspect them for wear and tear, corrosion, and smoky or black residues. If your panel is equipped with obsolete round fuses, hire a licensed electrician to replace them with circuit breakers. Rusty or damaged service panels should be completely replaced.
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