You use electricity every day and the truth is that you probably think nothing of it. It’s a part of our daily lives and that means it’s easily forgotten about. However, electrical safety in your home is EXTREMELY important. Maintaining a healthy electrical system in your home allows for more peace of mind that your home is protected. What better way to ensure that your home’s electrical is up to par than to have an electrical inspection? Let’s look at why having an annual electrical safety inspection can help you and your home stay safer.
The reality is that electrical inspections are often NOT required for homeowners. After all, you are in control of your home so it’s your choice to have your electrical inspected. It is however recommended you do this at least annually to ensure that everything is working as it should. An electrical safety inspection can help you identify areas of your home that may need repair or updating. Let’s look at what an electrical inspection is, what it often consists of, and why it can be so helpful to you.
What is an electrical inspection?
An electrical safety inspection refers to a thorough review of all your home’s electrical connections, wiring, and appliances. It’s completed by a certified electrician who is responsible for following a checklist that pertains to requirements from the National Electrical Code (NEC). It’s essentially like getting a check-up at the doctor but for your home’s electrical.
What to expect?
An electrical inspection on a standard home will usually take about 2-4 hours to complete. The inspector will walk through the house and assess your electrical installations. They will then give each one a pass/fail depending on whether they are up to code. They’ll also provide an overall report of your home’s electrical condition for your reference.
Why they matter
Electrical inspections are important for a lot of reasons. Let’s look at a list of benefits that having a regular electrical inspection can have.
- Protect your property from the hazard of fires. Homeowners reported losing millions of dollars in property damage to home fires in 2017, with electrical malfunctions being one of the leading causes of fire.
- Stay up to date with the local codes in your area. There may be local codes regarding your electrical wiring and capacity. Having an electrical inspection can help ensure that you are meeting all these codes.
- You want to be sure that you’re catching any issues if you’re living in a home with 40+-year-old wiring or moving into a brand new home.
- Save yourself the cost of major repairs. Having a regular electrical inspection can help to avoid surprise fixes that may require you to dish out large sums of money.
We hope that this blog has been helpful to you. Electrical inspections are important and can be incredibly important to the safety of your home. If you want to get an electrical inspection scheduled in your home call Miller’s Services. We are available to conduct electrical inspections in your home! Call (804) 758-4314 to schedule your inspection today!