Don’t Forget To Get an Electrical Inspection Before Purchasing a Home

Electrical Inspection For Dallas Homeowners

If you are thinking of buying a house you’ve probably called in the building surveyor to give the house a quick once over to make sure that everything is structurally sound; but what about the electrics? It might not be the first think you consider, but having an electrical inspection can highlight any major electrical faults – which if let could present health and safety hazards as well as a hefty bill at the end of it.

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Do An Electrical Inspection Before You Buy A Home

Specific areas to watch are bathrooms, kitchens, basements, garages, and outdoor outlets. Any of these areas could be wet or damp and are required to have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) installed. Kitchens require many special outlets and circuits to supply the vast number of kitchen appliances in them.

There are plenty of common electrical mistakes that people make. Along with that, you may be wondering if the old wiring is safe? Another concern may be whether your home has aluminum wiring. You can check for incorrect electrical wiring and save yourself a big headache later. After all, this is the home you are thinking about purchasing and you don’t want surprises or large expenses later to repair problem areas. Then, you may have had a previous owner that overloaded a circuit. This can be evident when examining the basement or attic areas for signs of overloaded circuits.

Electrical wiring has a certain safe lifespan, just like everything else. Knob and tube wiring was state of the art in its day, but of course now, it’s outdated and lacks a ground wire. As you can see, what is good today doesn’t mean that you can trust the wiring for hundreds of years. Just like the electrical switches and outlets wear out and need to be replaced from time to time, the wiring takes a beating over the years.

You should have an electrical service that is large enough to supply the home and have room for future expansion.  The wiring should be grounded and in good working order.  The switches and outlets should be inspected to ensure they are in good working order and of the right type. Make sure that the home is up to safety standards as required by the National Electrical Code. These specific electrical codes were developed by professionals in the electrical field to help keep you and your family safe. By implementing the electrical codes, your home will be electrically safe for your family.

Be sure to check lighting for safety as well. Look in areas like basements, hallways, staircases, and garages. These areas should have sufficient lighting to ensure safety while passing through each. check outdoor lighting also to see if the lighting is sufficient to enter and enter your home. 

Importance Of Having An Electrical Inspection

Periodic inspection and testing are necessary because all electrical installations deteriorate due to a number of factors such as damage, wear and tear, corrosion, excessive electrical loading, aging and environmental influences. Electricity can be seen as an ‘invisible danger’ that can cause people to have shocks, burns or even death, as well as severe damage to properties, fire and explosions. Call (214) 238-8353 us for your home service and repair needs.

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