What is Electrical Inspections and Why Would I need it?
Electrical inspections are an examination of a property’s electrical system. This inspection is conducted by a qualified electrician and is designed to ensure that the system is up to code and functioning safely. Electrical inspections are often required when properties are being sold or leased. They may also be necessary after major renovations or concerns about the property’s electrical system.
Gigawatts Electric has licensed electricians who are qualified to do a top to bottom inspection of your electrical system and correct any problems found.
The Electrical Safety Foundation recommends you get electrical inspections done when
- you buy a new home
- your home is over 40 years old
- you’ve had a major renovation done
- you’ve added a new appliance
Electrical failures or malfunctions caused an estimated 144,000 house fires between 2007 and 2011, according to the National Fire Protection Agency.
The leading cause of accidental electrocution is small appliances plugged into improper or inadequate wiring, according to the U.S. Consumer Protection Commission.
A thorough electrical inspection can reveal inadequate wiring, faulty or incorrect outlets, bad breakers, and other potentially hazardous electrical problems in your home. Finding and correcting these problems will make your home safer and prevent accidents or fires.
As a homeowner or business owner, it’s important to be familiar with the different types of inspections that can be conducted on properties. One type of inspection that you may not be familiar with is an electrical inspection. Electrical inspections are examinations of a property’s electrical system that are conducted by qualified electricians. These inspections are often required when properties are being sold or leased, after major renovations, or if there are concerns about the property’s electrical system.
If you find yourself in one of these situations, don’t hesitate to contact the professional electricians from Gigawatts Electric to schedule an inspection for your property.
All electricians operate under the National Electrical Code (NEC) when examining your home. This code defines the minimum standards for electrical systems across the United States.
Gigawatts Electric will perform a thorough inspection of your electrical system.
- We inspect your electrical service panel, including the fuses or breakers, for signs of age or wear and tear.
- We check breakers and fuses for proper amperage for the wiring they serve.
- We ensure wet areas, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor areas, all have the required GFCI outlets and that light switches are the appropriate distance from water.
- We check that your electrical system is properly grounded.
- We check for loose outlets that must be tightened or replaced so cords fit snugly.
- We inspect outlets for signs of soot and ensure they are cool to the touch.
- We verify that arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) function properly.
- We look for incorrect wiring done by contractors or previous DIY homeowners.
- We verify that light bulb wattage is correct for the light fixtures.
- We verify your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
We give you a detailed report on the electrical inspection, pointing out any hazards that should be immediately handled and indicating any other areas that need improvement or upgrading to make your electrical system safe and function properly.
Our licensed electricians can repair any hazards found, providing you with a safe electrical system.
Gigawatts Electric Services St. Charles County
Wherever you may reside in St. Charles County, Gigawatts Electric is ready to do an electrical inspection for you. Call us at (314) 447-9444 to talk to one of our professionals about a home electrical inspection.