The Importance of Electrical Safety Inspections
Because we use our electrical systems every day and for such a wide range of different tasks and activities, it’s easy to take electricity for granted. It’s important to remember, however, that electrical systems are extremely dangerous, so keeping them in great condition is extremely important to both the functionality and the safety of your home. Keeping your home’s electrical system well-maintained can go a long way toward prevent fires in your home, which is why electrical safety inspections are so important.
A periodic inspection will:
- Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.
- Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards.
- Identify any defective electrical work.
- Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.
Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe. A schedule of circuits is also provided, which is invaluable for a property.
Old or Outdated Wiring
Most electrical wiring systems can be expected to last for around 30 or 40 years, but about one-third of homes in the U.S. have had the same wiring for over 50 years. If your home’s electrical wiring is in need of an update, you may notice these signs:
- Fuses that frequently blow
- Circuit breaker trip repeatedly
- You use extension cords and surge protectors in several outlets
Extension cords, surge protectors, and switching circuits back on should all be temporary solutions to problems. If they become normal parts of your home life, you should have your electrical system inspected to ensure that it’s safe. Our electricians will help you determine whether your wiring needs to be replaced.
During the 1960s and 1970s, aluminum wiring was very widely used, but it is no longer recommended. Aluminum oxidizes very quickly, and that can cause it to corrode, which leads to dangerous problems. While aluminum wiring is safe to use for a short period of time, it has a short lifespan, and once it begins to corrode, it can put your home at risk of an electrical fire.
It’s possible that your entire home may need new wiring, but most of the time, you’ll only need to have it partially re-wired. During an electrical safety inspection, our professionals will be able to let you know whether the aluminum wiring in your home is safe for use.
With an eye for quality, look no further than Electrician Techs to ensure a proper electrical safety inspection. We deliver on time, we are under budget and have the most highly-trained, industry-certified master electricians with years of experience working for both commercial and residential clients, calling us will be the best choice you will ever make.