Hiring qualified electricians with the proper credentials to work on your home or business is one of the easiest ways to avoid any problems down the road. For many people, this concern only tends to come up when construction or home improvement projects are on the agenda. Through years of experience in the industry, Piper Electric has learned that it is important to maintain and routinely check electrical systems that are already in place. Here are a few tips to follow when it comes to routine inspections at residential and commercial properties.
Always start with common sense. Older electrical systems that have been in place for years or decades should always warrant closer attention and more frequent inspection than newer ones. If you live in an older home, routine inspections should be done more often. Buildings that have been constructed using more recent code standards are less likely to present problems.
For newer homes that are more likely to be up to code, an inspection once a decade is most often sufficient. For older homes, cutting that time period in half is probably a good bet, or even once every three years. Always be sure to hire a certified electrician for your inspections, as they will be able to point out any areas that are not up to building codes or local laws.
One of the easiest ways to make inspections more effective and quicker for you and your electrician is to keep a log of any potential problems. A homeowner’s log is a great way to keep a record of construction and maintenance done on your home, making it easier to remember routine services. When electrical issues do come up, make a note of them so that your electrician can assess potential issues come inspection time. Loose outlets, dead bulbs, frayed wires or blown fuses are often indicators of larger problems.
Inspections also serve an important role when upgrading energy infrastructure. Today, more and more homeowners are proactive when it comes to green energy solutions and electric vehicles. Anytime the energy demands of your household change significantly, a general inspection is a good idea. This will ensure that your building’s infrastructure will be able to handle upgrades you may be interested in making. This includes purchasing appliances that draw large amounts of electric power like ovens, as well as washers and dryers.
If you’re in the Denver metro area and believe your home’s electrical system needs inspection, or if you have any electrical-related questions, please contact our experts.