Protect Your Investment by Reviewing Its Electrical System
The Hampton Roads region is brimming with beautiful old homes and commercial spaces that will spring to life with the right owner and opportunity. But, behind those old walls could be any number of unwanted surprises.
Knob-and-tube wiring, aluminum wiring, or faulty wiring could all be lurking unseen, creating serious risks of electrical fires. Overloaded circuits and seemingly pointless switches are far less dangerous but still create major inconveniences.
MorLite’s licensed technicians conduct thorough electrical safety checks to gauge the safety and health of your electrical system. Ideally, we can run our battery of tests before your closing so you can negotiate the price or repairs with the seller. Even if that’s not an option, our electrical checks let new property owners develop a plan of action to make needed improvements.
As part of our electrical review, we conduct multiple checks and tests on every breaker panel, outlet, smoke alarm and switch. Afterward, we’ll present you with our findings and offer recommendations. These may call for specific upgrades that can range from urgent repairs to long-term improvements.
What Does an Electrical Inspection Entail?
An electrical inspection is no doubt a key aspect of maintaining the safety and functionality of your home’s electrical system. Conducted by a licensed electrical inspector or a certified electrician, a comprehensive electrical safety inspection involves a detailed assessment of the entire electrical system — from the electrical panel to individual electrical components like circuit breakers, wiring, light fixtures, and more.
The primary goal of an electrical inspection is to ensure that the electrical system is operating properly and in compliance with local regulations and the National Electric Code and to identify any potential electrical hazards or safety issues.
What Problems Can an Electrical Inspection Uncover?
One important benefit of an electrical inspection that should not be overlooked is the early detection and prevention of electrical problems. An inspector can uncover various problems like faulty wiring, loose connections, oversized fuses, outdated wiring, and non-compliant electrical circuits.
Identifying these problems early on can prevent fires, property damage, and even electric shocks. By ensuring that your home’s electrical system is up to code and operating securely, an electrical inspection acts as a crucial preventive measure that safeguards your home and family from potential safety hazards.
The Potential Dangers of Ignoring an Electrical Inspection
Ignoring the importance of an electrical inspection can lead to unnecessary risks and electrical hazards. Over time, power systems can degrade due to wear and tear, and without regular inspections, these issues can go unnoticed. Electrical problems can escalate into major concerns when left unchecked, including sparking fires — causing extensive property damage, and posing a threat to lives.
Failing to pass inspection or disregarding the recommended repairs following an inspection can also lead to legal issues if your electrical system does not comply with local regulations. As a result, the potential dangers and risks of ignoring an electrical inspection cannot be overstated — it’s an extremely important step in maintaining a safe and code-compliant system, whether for routine maintenance or before a major renovation or property sale.
We Offer Electrical Inspection and Safety Services in the Following Locations:
- Bethel Manor
- Isle of Wight
- Benns Church
Make sure you’re informed about your new property’s electrical system before moving in. Our electrical checks can arm you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about your new home’s or office’s electrical safety and capabilities. To book an inspection, message us through our website or call 757.992.8748.
While some minor electrical repairs may be within the capabilities of a knowledgeable homeowner, it is generally recommended to enlist the services of a licensed electrician for any work beyond changing light bulbs or basic tasks. Safety is of utmost importance when dealing with electricity, and professionals have the expertise to ensure your repairs are done correctly, minimizing the risk of accidents or fire hazards.
Attempting complex electrical wiring projects without the proper training can lead to serious safety issues and potential code violations. It’s essential to prioritize both your safety and the safety of your home by consulting with a qualified electrician for any work you may need.
The frequency of electrical inspections or home electrical safety inspections largely depends on the age of your home and the condition of your electrical system. As a general guideline, it’s a good idea to schedule an electrical safety inspection every 5 to 10 years for older homes or those with outdated wiring. However, if you experience frequent electrical problems, notice unusual behavior in your electrical system, or are planning significant renovations, you should consider more frequent electrical inspections.
Additionally, when buying or selling a property, a comprehensive electrical inspection is often recommended to ensure code compliance and safety. By consulting with qualified electrical inspectors or licensed electricians can help determine the optimal schedule for your specific circumstances — ensuring ongoing electrical safety and peace of mind.