Whether you’re selling your home or moving into a new one, it’s important to have a qualified residential electrician inspect your house. Many people don’t think a home electrical inspection is important, but it’s always a good idea to have a home inspected when purchased, if it’s 40 years or older, you’re adding an appliance, or your home has had a major renovation. These inspections ensure your home’s electrical components are properly grounded, wired, and bonded. It’s also important to make sure the electrical system meets local building codes. Some electrical issues are not easy to find but our experienced electricians can find these issues before they become larger problems. A home safety inspection also ensure your home (or your future home) is safe for you and your loved ones.
If you’re moving to a new home or are unsure of your home’s electrical integrity, call Main Stream Electric. Our qualified home safety inspectors can answer any questions you may have and schedule an electrical inspection for your home. After we complete the electrical inspection, we will provide a documented report of your home’s electrical system. Call our Sacramento office at (916) 439-5253 or San Jose office at (408) 422-8730 today.
What do you inspect and test during a home safety inspection?
At every home safety inspection, our electricians:
- Remove and test a select number of outlets and switches. If we find a problem, we check the remaining outlets and switches and repair the problems.
- Check your ground fault interrupters (GFIs) for proper functioning and, if needed, recommend GFIs that meet code.
- Check wiring for proper installation.
- Check cable, phone, and internet connections.
- Check for driven ground rod installation and connection.
- Check main and sub-panels.
- Check for open grounds and proper polarity.
- Inspect corrosion of any grounds or bonding.
- Check for overloaded outlets.
- Inspect carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and replace batteries.
What are some warning signs that my home’s electrical wiring might be compromised?
The following are warning signs that might indicate probable electrical problems:
- Lights flicker or dim.
- When you touch an electrical appliance or metal enclosed device, you notice a tingling feeling.
- Wall outlets are discolored, warm, or spark when used.
- Your circuit breakers repeatedly trip or you have blown fuses.
- A burning smell is coming from an area of the house or an appliance.
If you have any of these electrical issues in your home, it’s important to have a qualified residential electrician check them out. Ignoring these warning signs puts your home at risk of a fire. Our residential safety electricians will check the integrity of your home’s wiring system, trace the problem to its source, and correct the electrical issue.
I’ve already had a general inspection done on my new home. Why should I have an electrical inspection done as well?
Many house fires are caused by faulty wiring. Electrical issues are not always easy to detect. When you have an electrical home inspection, you can have peace of mind knowing your home is electrically sound. A home safety inspection:
- Identifies common electrical mistakes made by DIY homeowners and contractors.
- Ensures your home’s electrical components are operating safely.
- Detects outdated wiring and components that may have corroded over time.
- Discovers oversized fuses or breakers that could lead to fire.
- Helps save energy and reduce costs.
- And much more!