If you’re one of the many people who like older properties and prefer to buy this type rather than a new build then it makes sense to have a home electrical evaluation for complete peace of mind. After all the wiring may have been in place for over 70 years and could pose a dangerous threat to you and your family.
The way that electrical services are grounded has changed numerous times over the past few years and this fact alone is sufficient reason to check out the property’s electrical system to make sure it complies with the latest codes and regulations. As well as a change in the way circuits are grounded the outlets themselves have changed too. The introduction of the GFCI or ground-fault circuit interrupter was to protect people from electric shocks and less than 25 years after its introduction the number of accidental electrocutions in the home was reduced almost by 50%. When you consider that the use of electricity had almost doubled in the same period you can understand how vital these outlets are.
Now that you understand a little more the importance of having your property’s electrical system checked, let’s discuss what you can expect to take place during inspection. One of our trusted technicians will walk around the outside and inside of your property with a standard 80 point check-list in hand to ensure that absolutely nothing is overlooked. He may check out your panel with a tool known as a thermal scanner to disclose any weak breakers. He’ll also check for faulty or worn out wiring using polarity and tension testing. Being extensively versed with the current electrical codes, he’ll be able to identify any electrical defects or potential safety hazards.
As the technician continues with his inspection he may well take photographs of any safety problems. These images will be kept confidential and will form part of the written report. Contained within the report will be a clear explanation of any code defects as well as indicating any wiring which has been incorrectly installed. He’ll also advise of any areas which could benefit from up-grading and although this is not compulsory, it’s advice that we recommend in order for you to avoid any future problems with your home’s electrical system.
All electrical systems deteriorate with use and age which is why it’s important that you have your system checked on a regular basis, and right away if you have just moved into an older property. To ignore regular inspections could prove fatal. If you’d like to know more about our home evaluation service or to arrange for a technician to call, then don’t hesitate to ring us on 0429 139 039.