Can your home pass an electrical inspection? As spring starts to turn to summer, you’ll be relying on your home’s power system even more. You don’t want to blow a fuse, which can leave you in darkness for hours if you don’t know how to reset it. You also don’t want to risk causing a power outage. Old electrical systems are dangerous and will need some updating. Here’s what you should think about to make sure your home is good to go.
First of all, bad or faulty wiring can cause your home to fail an electrical inspection. Homes built before the 1970s are more likely to have bad wires than any other homes that were built more recently. That’s because these older homes used aluminum wiring that has more than likely expired and needs to be replaced with more modern, energy-efficient materials. Frayed wires that are out in the open are more likely to be damaged. Even if they are hidden in the walls, the wires can still cause a fire. Endpoints and connections also need to be maintained, or else they can cause you to fail the inspection as well. That’s because they’re potentially dangerous to all of the inhabitants inside the house.
Next, you’ll need to make sure that there aren’t any damaged electrical panels in your home. This means that they shouldn’t look damaged, and they should be easy to reach. The inspector will take a look at all of the associated wiring to make sure that it’s all still in good condition. Frayed ends and exposed metal coils can lead to a failure. All of the switches need to work too, or else that could fail you.
Not Enough Power
Homes from earlier decades might not have the electrical components in place to keep up with all of our modern gadgets and devices. The answer to this problem is simple: they need more amperage. Without the necessary repairs, your home won’t be able to pass an electrical inspection for this reason. WiFi connections, TVs, computers, video games and appliances all consume more energy than you think they might. Upgrading your power supply could be all you need to do to avoid another inspection failure.
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