Modern homes are inundated with all types of electrical fixtures, appliances, and tools. While you may not think about it, you rely on these things each day. Even though this is the case, you may not think about if the systems are working safely or properly. To make sure everything is working as it should, modern electricians rely on the standards set by the training they have received. While this is great, the only way it matters is by investing in an inspection. Do you know if your home would pass an electrical safety inspection? Keep reading to learn more.
The Most Common Electric Defects in Your Home
The code related to electrical components in any structure is strict. If it has been 10 years or more since you have had an inspection, there’s a good chance you need to invest in a few upgrades. Some of the most common issues that exist include:
- Wire overcrowding or wires that are in contact with other wires or insulation
- No GFCI outlets in your bathroom, kitchen, utility room, or the exterior of your home
- The presence of knob and tube wiring
- No dedicated outlets for major appliances
- Pull-chain lights rather than wall switches
- Incorrectly sized or outdated wiring
- New appliances plugged into older wiring systems
- Failed or outdated fire and smoke detectors
While this may seem like a lot, electricians know this list doesn’t really even scratch the surface. There are a large number of electrical safety requirements you need to stay aware of. Even though it may sound like a pain or frustrating, it’s crucial. The codes have been established to help keep your home safe, your family safe, and to help reduce the risks of property loss.
Is it Time to Schedule an Inspection?
It’s pretty clear that it would be almost impossible for you to check all these things on your own. So much of your home’s electrical system is under the floorboards, in the walls, or in other hard to reach locations that inspecting things on your own is almost impossible. There are a lot of things you can do on your own around your house, but electrical work isn’t one of these things.
Some of the top signs you need to call for an electrical inspection include:
- Too much time has passed
- Lights have started to flicker in your home
- Your breakers trip regularly
- There are outlets in your home that don’t work
Don’t Wait to Call an Electrician
If you have noticed any of the problems mentioned above, don’t wait to take action. Contact Fusion Electric to schedule an electrical safety inspection which will help ensure your home’s electrical system is safe and up to code. If it isn’t, we can recommend updates and repairs you need to make. This is the best way to protect your family and home from potential electric shock or electric fires. It will also help prevent inconveniences, such as outlets and switches that don’t work.