Wiring inspections are something no homeowner should ever overlook. The fact is that no matter how secure a home looks from the outside, there are elements that may not be visible but that are vitally important to a safe home. One of these is the electrical wires running through the house.
Here are some of the reasons why wiring inspections are necessary:
Over time, electrical wires can deteriorate and start to fray around the edges. When this happens, there’s a chance that a fire could start, or that someone could unintentionally touch the wires and get electrocuted. The goal of an inspection is to detect these problems before they occur, and identify damaged wiring to replace.
Appliances and lighting require the correct amount of power to perform safely and efficiently. Wiring issues can affect the flow of power, which can damage any attached appliances and lead to additional expenses. On the other hand, a proper wiring plan could save appliances from trouble, and save homeowners money on electricity bills.
House hunters are very particular, and often want a house to be “move-in ready.” It’s not surprising that some hire an electrician to inspect the electrical system. With regular wiring inspections and updates, a seller can prove that the electrical is in good condition, and can therefore set a higher asking price.
Electrical wiring regulations change from time to time as authorities increase the level of protection necessary. It is important that homeowners periodically have their wiring checked to ensure that it still complies with the regulations. Even more importantly, regulations are designed to provide maximum protection, so in complying with these rules, homeowners are also serving themselves.
Keep in mind that the most important thing when it comes to wiring inspections is the inspector. They must be thorough with the house, reviewing it with a fine-tooth comb in order to find any wiring irregularities. Never attempt to personally perform these inspections, no matter what your knowledge level is. Electricity is serious business and must be dealt with by electrical professionals only.