A modern home has all the latest appliances and fixtures. We use them every day, but do we ever stop to consider whether or not our systems are operating correctly and or safely.
In order to ensure their safety and efficacy , electricians use the standards set by the NEC electrical code.
But you have to actually get an inspection for it to matter!
So would your home pass an inspection?
Let's find out the most common causes for an inspection failure.
Modern appliances installed into older wiring or systems
Lack of GFCIs in kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms, home exteriors.
Outdated smoke and fire detectors
Lack of dedicated outlets for major appliances
Pull-chain lights instead of wall switches
Knob and tube wiring present
Outdated or incorrectly sized wiring,
Wire overcrowding, or wiring in contact with insulation or other wires
This isn't all. There are tons of electrical safety requirements you need to keep up with! But while this may feel overwhelming, it’s very important.
These codes have been setup to keep your home and family safe, and to reduce the risk of property loss.
This is where a certified electrician steps in to make the job easier for you.
So how do you know when you need an inspection? There are some simple signs to watch out for!
It’s been too long-Inspections should be performed every five years for a business, and every 10 years for a home.
Lights are flickering in your home-This indicates outdated or aging wiring.
Breakers trip all the time -Breaker trips can be annoying, but they often indicate when something is going wrong. If your breakers trip all the time you might need electrical repair, or at least an inspection.
You have outlets that don’t work-When outlets don’t supply power when you plug something in, are a sign of a big issue somewhere in your home.