What Is An Electrical Inspection And Why Would I Need It?
An electrical inspection of your home is actually a safety inspection to ensure there are no problems with your home’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 an electrical inspection 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 electrocutions 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.
What Does An Electrical Inspector Check?
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.