Before finalizing a home purchase, a buyer typically has a standard home inspection to check for structural issues as well as electrical, plumbing, and mechanical defects. An in-depth inspection by an electrician will identify any electrical problems overlooked in a standard inspection. An outlet inspection is just one item on an electrical inspection checklist. Below are some areas you should have inspected by a licensed electrician.
An electrician will look for discolored, loose, or damaged switch plates. He will also look for GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) outlets in kitchens and bathrooms. Next, he will test all wall switches for reversed polarity and ungrounded circuits.
Outside wires are inspected for frays or other damage. An electrician also will look for unprotected wires anywhere inside the home, especially in attics, basements, and other, more out-of-the-way areas. If any are found, he or she will address the issue and ensure that the wires are replaced or tended to as needed.
Circuit breakers prevent electrical current from exceeding safe levels. An electrician will check for insufficient clearance, improperly-sized circuit breakers, oxidation or corrosion, overheated components, and the presence of moisture. Consequently, breakers can be fixed with two wires. This is called “double tapping” and should be fixed.
Keeping things up to (electrical) code protect you and your property. Electrical codes are based on the National Electrical Code, a document that explains the required practices for all aspects of residential and commercial electrical installation. Any new construction in a home should meet current electrical codes. An electrician of good standing will ensure coding standards for your location are followed.
Tim Kyle Electrical Services
Tim Kyle Electric, a residential electrician in Carroll County, can assist you with an electrical inspection of your new home. We will perform all of the safety checks and assist you with any repairs, rewiring, new installation, or panel upgrades. Contact Tim Kyle today.