Keeping your home up to code protects both you and your neighbors. If you are buying a new home, you can save yourself time and money by making sure that everything is up to code, including the electrical appliances. If you plan on selling or merely wish to maintain your home, it is your responsibility to make sure all the wires are where they should be, and that everything is also up to date.
A visit from the inspector is commonplace, especially when you’re building a home from scratch or adding additional wiring. When such changes are made, an inspector will visit your home at least twice.
The first time he/she visits is called the rough inspection. This is usually done once all of the wires and boxes have been installed, but before the insulation and walls are put up. This way, the inspector can check on all the cables and boxes and how they’re connected, and to what they’re connected.
The second visit happens once the house has been entirely built, but before you are cleared to move in. This is when the inspector checks whether all circuits are functioning like the lights. This should be the final inspection, and if everything works well, then you’re in the clear.
What to Pay Attention to
Wires and other power lines have a lifespan that you should pay attention to. Faulty cables can cause power outages at best, or start a fire at worst. Handling wires and electricity is dangerous, which is why it’s best to hire professionals to install, replace, or maintain the wiring as a safety precaution.
If you’ve got an inspector scheduled to stop by, here are a few things to consider, and maybe fix, before the inspector arrives.
- Check for any defects – If you hired a trustworthy electrical company to work on your house, there’s not much else for you to do. It is recommended, however, that you familiarize yourself with where the wires lead to. That way, should anything occur, you’ll know where the problem might be originating.
- Inspect the house room by room – Whether it’s a new house or an old one, you’ll need to ensure that all the wires are working correctly and are in peak condition. One blinking light could mean more than it is.
- Replace what needs to be replaced – When it comes to anything electrical in your home, prevention is better than the cure. Replace anything that looks remotely old or faulty.
Trust is Key
When you hire someone to work on one of your home’s most essential features, you have to hire one that is trustworthy and will provide you with quality service every time.
Legendary Electric values quality and integrity above all else. As a third-generation company, we promise and deliver quality electrical services for your safety and peace of mind.
Whether you’re building everything from scratch or you just need to install some holiday lighting, we’ve got you covered. With us, you’ll pass your electrical safety inspection with ease.