When is an electrical inspection necessary?December 29, 2020
An electrical inspection will confirm that your home or business wiring and other electrical components are in good working order and don’t pose a danger to you or your family.
A comprehensive electrical inspection may involve the following:
- Determine any electrical hazards
- Check bare permanent wiring
- Check exposed wires
- Check obsolete wiring
- Safety switch test
- Main box review
- Checking safety switches
- Lighting and power point test
- Evaluate the level of electrical service
- Assess whether the house includes any DIY wiring
- Observing the location of smoke alarms and testing them
- Scanning of any electrical item that does not comply with current government regulations
Knowing exactly once you need an electrical inspection on your home are often tricky, which is why we’ve compiled a list of times once you need an electrician to come and look at your home or office electrical system.
1. BEFORE BUYING A HOUSE
An electrical inspection before buying a home is important to identify any dangerous electrical situations that can be very expensive to repair once the property has been purchased. An electrical inspection can also help you negotiate a lower price if you find fault with the property.
Sometimes an electrical inspection can be included in the general pre-purchase property inspection (or building inspection) report, which will cover details such as plumbing, heating, kitchen appliances, fire safety, foundation, and more, but you should verify that this is the case.
The inspection guide explains that a building inspector won’t normally inspect electrical wiring and smoke alarms, but this stuff is extremely important and will be checked before you commit to buying a home. If your building inspection does not cover the electrical aspects, it is recommended that you hire an electrician to look at the wiring, test the electrical outlets, check the electrical panel, observe the smoke alarms, and test the ground fault circuit interrupters. No matter what state you’re in, it is important to make sure your building inspector is licensed together with your relevant state body. You will also need to ensure that the building inspection service has full professional indemnity insurance.
2. IF YOUR HOUSE IS OLD OR YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS
If you’ve had electrical issues, such as regular power outages or tripped circuit breakers, you should consider conducting an electrical inspection as it can identify any electrical safety issues or deficiencies. It should reveal if any electrical circuits or devices are overloaded, if any faulty work has been done, or if there is a problem with the ground.
Other reasons to perform an electrical inspection include:
- If the home is over 25 years old.
- If you have old wiring.
- If any DIY work has been administered.
3. AFTER A BIG STORM
Storm and flood damage can have a severe impact on your home’s electricity. Any power failure that may have been caused by a storm can pose a great risk to your safety and the safety of your family. It is essential that you take all necessary precautions to keep your home safe before a storm, and that you arrange an electrical inspection if your home has been affected by extensive storm damage.
PREPARATION BEFORE A STORM
There are several precautions you can take to make sure your home is prepared for a major storm:
- Make sure safety switches are installed on all circuits in the switchboard and test them to make sure they are working properly.
- Turn off and unplug all critical devices that you don’t need to use.
- Consider installing a surge protector to reduce damage from electrical spikes and help with power surges in general, this will protect your home appliances such as expensive televisions, A / C units, and computers.
- Stay away from all electrical wires, lights, appliances, landlines, or any conductive material during a storm.
AFTER A STORM
After a storm, you should take the following actions if your home has been affected by storm damage:
- If your property has been flooded and affected outlets, electrical cables, or any other electrical installation, such as switchboards, hire a licensed electrician to check the installations as soon as the water goes down. Do not try to touch or disconnect any device in the meantime.
- If any appliance was affected by water during the storm, have it checked by a licensed electrician before use.
- If your electricity was disconnected during the flood, you will need a test certificate from a licensed electrician before the power company will reconnect the power.
4. AFTER BUYING A HOUSE
Even if it has been in your home for some time, you still need electrical inspections. You may not know that homeowners in Australia actually have a legal responsibility to have a safe home. This includes using electricity safely. The rules may vary slightly between Autonomous Communities, but we also provide these five rules for people to remember in order to comply with their legal security responsibilities. These include:
PERFORM REGULAR MAINTENANCE
It is essential to ensure that your appliances, fixtures, electrical wiring, grounding, and the switchboard are in good working order, especially if your property is more than 25 years old. If you ever suspect an issue, always contact a licensed electrician to try and do a facility check.
OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE IF ELECTRICAL WORK IS CARRIED OUT ON THE PROPERTY
If you do any electrical work on the property, your electrician should offer you a numbered Electrical Installation Certificate as proof that the work has been tested and verified, making sure it complies with regulations. This is the case in all the Autonomous Communities and it is important to keep a record of these for future electrical work.
CONSIDER INSTALLING SAFETY SWITCHES
If you haven’t already, seriously consider installing a residual current device (RCD). RCDs, more commonly known as safety switches, monitor current flow and protect you from faulty cables and appliances by providing a quick power outage in troublesome situations. Since electrical hazards are often difficult to identify, RCDs are crucial devices that can protect you and your family from hidden dangers, serious injury, or death.
CONTACT YOUR LANDLORD IMMEDIATELY IF THERE ARE ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS
If you rent your property, report any electrical problems to your real estate agent or landlord immediately. Electrical repairs should be considered a priority as homeowners are legally bound to ensure that all electrical fixtures and fittings are properly maintained and kept in safe operating condition.
INFORM YOUR POWER COMPANY IF AN ELECTRICAL ACCIDENT OCCURS THAT REQUIRES MEDICAL ATTENTION
Any electrical accident that need medical treatment is required must be reported by law to any of your electrical companies. Any work-related electrical accident should also be reported to the relevant work safety agreement in your state.
ALWAYS HIRE A LICENSED ELECTRICIAN Follow these steps and always exercise caution when it comes to electricity, as a delayed inspection can have dangerous consequences. Remember, an electrical inspection should always be performed by a qualified and experienced electrician. If you ever have any questions regarding when an electrical inspection should be performed on your property, feel free to give us a call and speak to one of our licensed electricians for advice.
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