Electricals and wiring never fail to be scary! Unless you’re either a trained electrician or a 1-year-old, you will know better than to mess with those colourful, zapping wires.
So, what do you do when you’re buying a new house, remodelling, want to add a power-consuming appliance, or simply suspect your electricity bills don’t quite match up? You do the wise thing and hire a professional electrical service that can wrap their (helmet-wearing, adept) heads around the rainbow-y wire bundles.
But then how do you find whom to hire, and how to tell if your electrician is doing the inspection job right?
Here’s a quick and complete guide to the most important things an electrician will thoroughly do if they’re professional enough:
- Check the electric meter socket: They both form the prime pathway through which a vast amount of energy comes into your system and measures the amount to bill you, making it important to check on these.
- Stability of your power input and the condition of the service cables: Unstable power supply and leaking service cables can damage or ruin your equipment, while also fluctuating the bill badly.
- Capacity of the circuit breaker: In case of a power surge or lightning arrester failure, only a high-functioning circuit-breaker could save you, your home, and the equipment in it.
- The Grounding System and GFCIs (Ground fault circuit interrupters): Grounding is an essential safeguard against electrical leakage and power surges.
- Overall check for fraying or damage of the wires (or electricity leak inspection): Frayed and damaged wires are equally energy-wasting and tenfold hazardous as bad wiring or bad grounding, making this an extremely important check. The AFCIs or arc fault circuit interrupters would come right under the microscope at this point too.
- Ensuring that there are no threats from outside the electrical system: These threats, direct or indirect, can arise because of anything from plumbing mistakes or damages to the elements outdoors. Although some electricians may not have the eye for such potential threats, a trained and keen pair of eyes will catch them from pure logic.
- Security system and emergency lighting: Your electric/electronic security system is not only the first target for an intruder, but is also prone to frays and damage from the elements. A mistake or lack of power supply to the system can prove to be lethal, meaning this is an important check from a true professional.
- Power backup check: Just as important as any other check, your electrical inspection personnel needs to make sure your power backup is literally full and on.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: These are one of the few, but crucial elements of your electrical system that needs extra attention, as you never check on them casually. But in an emergency, these systems need to function perfectly, or you won’t like what comes next. (A very important check that you should never skip.)
- Verify the labels on panels: Although this might not seem as crucial, it tells you something very important about your electrical service if this is not on their checklist. You see, even if they are not the ones that need to read these labels, later on, it is a very responsible thing to leave the right labels where necessary.
- Rounding the service up with switch, lighting, and equipment inspection: Last, but not in any way the least, your electrician will ensure everything is in place by checking the part of the system that comes to you – the switches and wall outlets.
- Hand you a report: Ideally, the report is as abridged or elaborated as you want, but your perfect electrician will have standards that will surpass your expectations. You can expect the report to mention all the damages, wear and tear, poor wiring, incompatible combinations of circuits and equipment, etc., indicating the overall condition of your electrical system. It should suggest to you all the repairs, replacements, and overall changes that may be required at both different parts and levels of the system. It would also be a good idea to take your electrician’s word on how urgent or postponable each of the restorative works would be.
Through these steps, your electrician will
- rule out the chances for any electric shock risks and fire hazards
- let you know if any of your equipment and circuits are not compatible in terms of electric load
- find out if your system needs a repair/ restorative work like earthing or bonding
- test the system in parts and as a whole to completely ensure safety and prevent power wastage
- And much more!
The moral is, that the right professional electrician on an inspection would do everything from checking the functioning of the electric meter (energy meter) to something as trivial as verifying the rightness of the light bulb wattages; that takes to ensure your safety and smaller utility bills.
For your home or business, reach out to reliable and trustworthy electrical service providers like Arta Electric. Professional electrical companies like them can provide you a high level of residential and electrical repair services regardless of its size and they can help you do an extensive electrical inspection flawlessly.