Purchasing your first home is an exciting time and something you've worked hard for throughout the years. While your lender will likely require that you have a home inspection that generally involves examining the electrical system, it may not be thorough enough. In order to spot underlying problems that could have dangerous consequences, hiring an electrician to take a deeper look into the electrical components of the home is important. Here are some reasons why you should call a licensed electrician and what they might check for.
Poor Internal Wiring
One of the biggest causes of electrical fires each year is poor internal wiring. This is not something that can be seen with a quick walk-through inspection. The electrician will test the entire wiring system and check for dried out and frail wires. Making sure that voltage is reaching the proper paths throughout the home will be tested and recorded. Any wiring that is frayed or faulty must be replaced as soon as possible. Left unfixed, it could lead to a spark and pose a fire hazard should the wires become overworked.
Overwired Electrical Panel
Even with a newer electrical panel that is under 10 years old, there are some things that only a further electrical inspection may indicate. One being that the box is taking up more circuits than what it can handle. This can cause breakers to shut off because of sudden surges in electricity. While the risk for fire is low, the flow of electricity can easily be interrupted and this can cause appliances to not work properly or over work—leading to failure.
Lack Of GFCIs
Most modern homes and homes with newer electrical systems will likely have the proper GFCIs installed. This stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. This allows the outlet or device to shut off the electrical circuit as soon as it detects that current is flowing through the wrong path—such as a human or water. An electrician will check every outlet thoroughly to test for GFCIs. This will prevent accidental electrocution should someone come in contact with a hot wire.
If the home doesn't have enough outlets, it generally poses to be more of a nuisance than an actual problem. It could become concerning should the outlet be overused by extension cords with multiple plugs drawing electricity at the same time. This could lead to a blown fuse and cause some electrical items to become overworked—such as a hair dryer or microwave. Adding more outlets is a safer solution for the entire household.
Make your home buying experience successful by having the proper electrical home inspection before you close on the property. Call a residential electrician today.Share