How often do homeowners think about electricity? When all is running smoothly, probably never. But when the A/C fails in July due to faulty wiring, a Harry Potter marathon is interrupted by a faulty outlet, or the new oven won’t stay lit because your ancient electrical panel is insufficient.…odds are, it’ll cross your mind.

While under-baked cookies are one thing, the truth is that electrical issues are the largest cause of property damage in home structure fires across the United States. Safety hazards can be easily addressed and prevented with an electrical home inspection. Having a professional check for problems or defects could save your home from potential fires—and you and your loved ones from shock or electrocution.

When should I get an electrical home inspection?
If you’re building a new home, purchasing an older home, adding an appliance, or have completed a renovation, an electrical inspection is important to the safety of your home and everyone in it.

What exactly is an electrical home inspection?
An electrical home inspection provides a thorough examination of your entire electrical system, ensuring all electrical wires, systems, and components (such as appliances) meet legal safety standards. A licensed electrician will be armed with a comprehensive checklist with important items like:

Wiring hazards: Aside from checking for outdated wiring (like knob and tube), a pro will make sure the house doesn’t contain any exposed wires, or obvious hazards like overloaded power strips or improperly used extension cords.

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: The casualty rate drops by half in homes with working smoke detectors. It’s imperative they’re located properly and stay updated.

Electrical panel/breakers: Is your home more than 20 years old? It might be time to upgrade your electrical panel to make sure it’s up to the task of creature comforts like air conditioning or snazzy new appliances.

GFCI outlets: Often found around areas where water is present — bathrooms, kitchens, pools — ground fault circuit interrupters are specialized outlets with a critical job: Preventing you from getting electrocuted. GFCI outlets can last as long as 15 years, but they often fail much sooner, so it’s important they’re checked.

Why do I need an electrical inspection?
Three words: Peace. Of. Mind. Like most issues that pop up in your home, electrical issues do not get better with time. (Sadly, they’re not wine.) Get on a regular inspection schedule with your electrician—you’ll avoid major problems and keep yourself and your family safe. Just Call Burton at (402) 343-0011 to schedule an inspection!