Spring is here, and you have spring cleaning on your mind. You have plans to deep clean and reorganize your home. Along with your normal spring cleaning tasks, you will want to add an electrical inspection to your spring cleaning checklist for the following reasons.
An electrical inspection can help you avoid serious hazards such as an electrical fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments responded to approximately 32,160 electrical fires between 2015 and 2019. So you do not become a statistic, it is best to schedule an electrical inspection each year. Spring is the best time to schedule this inspection because you will not have to compete since contractors are not as busy as during the summer. During the inspection, the electrician will check if there is any damage to the components of your electrical system. Some of the components that the electrician will inspect are wires, outlets and breaker panel. If the electrician finds any hazards, he or she will notify you and work with you to get them fixed before they become more serious.
Local authorities and insurance companies require that your home meet specific electrical codes. An electrical inspection can assist you in meeting all necessary regulations. If the electrician finds that your home electric system is not in compliance with local building codes, he or she will notify you and provide you with solutions to meet building codes. By doing this, you can avoid fines and loss of insurance coverage.
An electrical inspection can identify any areas of your electrical system that may be inefficient. If the electrician finds any deficiencies, you both can work together to correct them. Then, your electrical system will run at peak performance which will enable you to save on utility bills.
Perhaps, you are inadvertently overloading electrical circuits by trying to make outlets handle more than what they are designed. Many homeowners who live in older homes do this by plugging outlet adapters and power strips into one outlet. Some even go as far as daisy chaining power strips by plugging one power strip into another power strip which can be dangerous. By daisy chaining power strips, one power strip can become overloaded, melt and potentially catch fire. An inspection will enable you to identify circuits you may be overloading, so you can stop this practice. The electrician may even recommend more outlets and additional circuits be installed to accommodate your needs.
If it has been longer than a year since you had your home electrical system inspected, now is the time to get it done. In Rochester, MN, Paxton Electric offers electrical services and inspections, so give us a call today.