Electrical Safety Inspection – Why It’s Needed Now
They say home is where the heart is. Well, so is the rest of our mind, body and spirit until further notice. That means everything you were doing outside the home before Social Distancing guidelines went in place have been brought to the house. E-Learning, Working Remotely, Social Streaming… the list goes on. And, so does the power bill! Which begs the questions, how ready is your home to handle the workload? I mean, about to work some serious overtime… think Christmas Break on steroids. That’s why NOW is the time to make sure your home is prepared. Banks Quarles is here to make sure it’s running efficiently and safely.
Why it’s important to have a Banks Quarles Electrical Safety Inspection?
Less chance of electrical shocks.
While we can’t keep your child from sticking a hair pin in an outlet, having an inspection can reduce the chances of minor shocks happening to you or your loved ones. Electrical overloading, faulty outlets, wiring, or another electrical issues can all be the culprit behind the shock and it is crucial to try and catch these issues before someone is injured.
Less chance of an electrical fire.
Our home is our haven and we want it to feel safe. Faulty or outdated wiring is one of the leading causes of home fires across the country. Home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year and also account for around 1.3 billion in property damage. An electrical safety inspection can help reduce the chances of an electrical fire.
You are up to date with the latest electrical codes.
Technology is always improving and that means changes to our electrical codes also. An electrical inspection will make sure your home is operating at the highest level of safety according to the professionals. Making sure you stay on top of these changes can also save you a headache and money in the future if you ever need to have major electrical work done or you are looking to sell your home.
What is included in a Banks Quarles Electrical Safety Inspection?
Our professionals will inspect your main electrical panel, utilities, branch circuit wiring, and also inspect the safety equipment that includes smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. This comes with the peace of mind that knowing your family is safe and that your home can handle the demands your energy use is putting on it!
Signs of Electrical Issues in Your Home
Warm or Sparking Outlets, Switches, and Ceiling Fans
While the sparking seems like a no brainer that you need a professional inspection, you may not notice that your switches are warmer when you touch them. Take a minute to check switches and outlets to see how warm they are to the touch. As difficult as it may be to check the area around your ceiling fan, it’s a good thing to do. Possible issues with warm around a ceiling fan are insufficient insulation or exceeding bulb wattages. Both pose fire hazards in your home.
Buzzing sounds or flickering lights
Outlets and switches should operate silently. Buzzing, cracking or sizzling sounds are red alerts for problems and should be turned off immediately and addressed by a professional. In the same manner, flickering lights usually indicate a power surge. These surges are more than likely coming from demands of your larger appliances. They can take a toll over time on both appliances and electrical fixtures. It may be time to upgrade your wiring.
When electricity veers off its intended path an arc fault occurs. If you have ever seen one, they are scary! These should be addressed ASAP as they are a frequent cause of electrical fires. Arc Faults can be prevented by the installation of an ACFI (arc fault circuit interrupter) These are especially important in older homes prone to wire degradation.
Counterfeit Electrical Products
It is so tempting when you find that a great deal at the flea market on those extension cords or power strips at ridiculously low prices. There is a reason they are so cheap, and it is because they are cheaply and unsafely made! (Our government and industry standards are very high on these!) These counterfeit electrical items pose a dangerous threat to your home. Never settle on your family’s safety. (If you are worried you have a counterfeit product, look for the Underwriter’s Laboratory Seal on the product. All the details can be found here.)
Broken light switches and loose outlets
If you have an outlet or switch that does not work at all or only works randomly, these are potential fire hazards. They also have a higher chance of shocking you!
Unusual or Funny Odors
New appliances often have a different smell when first installed but if you find unusual smells coming from an outlet, that is bad news! Unplug it immediately and call a professional. The same applies to breakers and fuse boxes.
Yep its gross enough to see rat and mice droppings in your home but to know they may be nibbling on your wiring causing electrical issues is too much. Look for droppings in your attic, basement, or around electrical issues and then check the wiring. If you are worried about a rodent infestation, call our friends at Terminix to help you treat the problem.
Circuit Breaker Problems
Circuit breakers are designed to trip when a circuit is overloaded. This prevents overheating and eliminates fire hazards. While occasional tripping indicates a simple overload, repeated tripping needs to be addressed.
These are trying times and Banks Quarles is here to help! Taking the time to have an electrical safety inspection can ensure one of the few things we can control right now… feeling safe in our own home. Contact us today to get it scheduled.
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