What Is An Electrical Safety Inspection and How Often Should I Have One?

The National Fire Protection Association warns homeowners that electrical problems are the leading cause of residential fires in the U.S. Improper wiring is also the leading cause of most electrocutions that happen in the home. A safety inspection is an effective way to avoid these terrible events.

What Is an Electrical Safety Inspection?

Electrical safety inspections are performed by companies that specialize in electrical services as well as electrical safety standards. The goal is to perform a thorough assessment of the complete system. Through that examination, the inspector can identify potential issues and outdated equipment as well as any component not up to modern safety standards, including local building codes. Each inspection is unique since it has to be tailored to the home, but they often involve:

  • Inspection of the electrical panel
  • Surge protection verification
  • Assessment of grounding systems
  • Verification of arc fault circuit interrupters
  • Testing of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

When Should an Inspection Be Performed?

If you do not know the last time you had your home inspected, then a good time is now. An electrical company in Charlottesville can come to your home at your convenience to conduct the inspection. The industry standards recommend that you should always schedule an inspection when:

  • You purchase a home
  • Your home turns 40
  • Adding a major appliance
  • Planning a major renovation

How Often Should an Inspection Be Scheduled?

Many industry experts recommend scheduling an inspection every three to five years. This is particularly true if you live in an older home. However, it is also very important if you have many appliances, are adding appliances or are noticing issues such as fuses blowing and circuit breakers tripping.

Contact the Electrical Pros

Beck Cohen has been performing electrical safety inspections in Charlottesville and throughout the surrounding areas for more than 60 years. We also offer a full range of heating, cooling and plumbing services. Contact us at your earliest convenience with any questions and to schedule your inspection.