Electrical faults can be very challenging during the winter. Neglecting an electrical inspection will result in a time-consuming and expensive repair. It can also put your family in danger, as it could potentially cause a fire or electrical shocks. Timely repair, especially before the winter, should be highly prioritized.
Importance of Electrical Inspection
Electrical inspection, when properly done, can reveal and identify:
- Overloaded electrical circuits
- Degraded electrical wiring
- Lack of earthing
- Oversized fuses of breakers
- Potential electrical risks
When to do an Electrical Inspection?
You can do a visual electrical inspection by yourself. Ideally, check all your plugs especially before the winter as you’ll have more appliances running during the season.
For a much extensive assessment, hire an electrician when:
- Your home is more than 25 years old and hasn’t gone through an inspection
- Ideally, every 10 years, especially when there are newly-updated electrical options that you can use to improve their reliability
- When an appliance is erratically functioning
- If you are buying a new house
- If you had a major renovation
Electrical Inspection Checklist
Here are the things that you are required to look at if you are inspecting your home for electrical irregularities:
- Light Fixtures
- Circuit Breaker
- Residual-Current Device
- Grounding System
- Electrical System Insulation
- Distribution Panel
Once you have noticed any problem, make sure that you contact a licensed electrician to do the repair. Electrical repairs are serious and should be only done by someone who has gone through the appropriate training.