What does a home electrical inspection service involve?
Identify potential electrical hazards
Do you have enough of the right circuit breakers for your electrical usage? Is your electrical panel wired correctly? Are your outlets secure and grounded? Do you have arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) to help protect against electrical fires? Are there ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) in locations like the bathroom and kitchen where the outlet might come into contact with water?
Uncover electrical issues from past homeowners
Especially if you have an older home, it’s likely there have been a few DIY electrical projects or unqualified electricians making adjustments that, ultimately, are dangerous for current residents. An electrical inspector will identify any unsafe wiring to outlets, inside your electrical panel, and more.
Determine if your home is up to modern safety code
The National Electrical Code (NEC) updates every three years, and state and local electrical codes update regularly, too. Unless your home is very new or you know who’s worked on your electrical system, there’s a good chance it doesn’t meet modern standards. On occasion, a home is old enough that some elements of its wiring are grandfathered into an older set of code. In general, though, if your home doesn’t meet modern code standards, it’s bound to cause electrical problems. These standards change frequently in order to meet the demand of modern technology and new safety practices.
We’ll provide a thorough inspection of your home’s electrical systems, including:
- Electrical wiring in homes, including:
- New constructions
- Homes you are considering purchasing
- Newly purchased homes
- Before, during, and after major renovations
- Fire, carbon monoxide, and other alarm systems
- Energy efficiency of current electrical system
- Electrical outlets and switches, including:
- GFCI outlets
- Grounding systems
- Other electrical components
Electrical inspections prevent unnecessary accidents
Your home’s wiring is complicated, and if it’s faulty or behind on code, you’re at a greater risk of serious electrical issues in the future. If you’re preparing to buy or have bought a new home, or if you’re about to have a large renovation, it’s a great time to have an electrical home inspector pay a visit. At worst, you’re now aware of electrical repairs you need to make (or that you may be able to ask a home seller to make).
Why Work with Rytec?
We’re confident about what we do because we have hundreds of successful projects under our belt. Our clientele see the quality of our work, too. Most of our new customers come from referrals by friends and family who have already used our services.
Prepared for Anything
No one wants to be without electricity for any longer than they need to be. We’re going to arrive at your property on time, and our vans will already be fully stocked with everything we need for the inspection.
Every one of our electricians is licensed, which means they have years of experience. We have meetings every week to continue training and improving our skills. It keeps us sharp and capable of quickly finding solutions for all kinds of problems.
We can handle every part of a project. We’ll communicate with your electric company, secure necessary permits, show up on time for every job, and so much more. We clean up after ourselves before we leave, and we work with you to prevent too much disruption to your routine.
20 Years of experience
We’ve got two decades of experience in serving our community. We’re not afraid to say we’re good at what we do, and we put our money where our mouth is: All of our electrical work has a one-year labor guarantee.
What are our customers saying about our work?
GREAT TO WORK WITH
“These people are great to work with, showed up when they said they they would, very professional yonung man DAVID, went above and beyond my expectations. If I need anything in the future, they will be my only call, excellent customer service!”
– Danny H.
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“Fantastic, on-time, professional service!!! Recommend to anyone reading this!! Will use for future projects!”
– Ron B.
“First company I called were not able to schedule until weeks out. Rytec was my next call and they were available the next week. Clinton came out and did a great job! Thanks, Rytec. You will be my first call next time.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an electrical home inspection?
An electrical home inspection is a comprehensive assessment of all electrical systems in your home. It’s designed to identify any loose-fitting outlets, fuse box or circuit issues, and potential hazards or code violations.
How long does an electrical home inspection take?
Generally, electrical home inspections take between two and four hours. All this depends on the size of your home, how many electrical outlets there are, how many floors there are, and more.
How often should you have an electrical inspection?
The frequency of an electrical inspection generally depends on the age of your building and whether you’re about to make any big changes. There are a few common groups you might fall into:
- If your home is newer, you should have an inspection every 10 years.
- If your home is over 25 years old, you should have an inspection every 3-5 years.
- If you are a landlord or own a rental property, you should have an inspection every 3-5 years, as well as between tenants.
- Ideally, before you purchase a home; otherwise, once you’ve moved into a new home.
- If you are undertaking large renovations.
- If your appliances were installed more than 10 years ago, or if you’re about to install new appliances.
You might also choose to have an electrical inspection to meet requirements for your insurance policy or because of new electrical issues that have popped up.
How do you pass an electrical inspection?
To pass an electrical inspection, all electrical systems must meet safety and building code regulations. An inspection checks for the following criteria:
- There are no shock or electrocution hazards
- Circuit breakers and fuse boxes function correctly
- Unused openings in the breaker box must be closed
- Breakers and wires must be labeled
- There is proper grounding throughout the electrical system
- Outlets and lights switch are at the correct heights
- There is no discoloration of any outlets or light switches
- There is wire anchoring and intact insulation
- All appliances and wiring must be functioning at the highest level
How much does a home electrical inspection cost?
The cost of a home electrical inspection depends on the electrician you choose. Rytec Electric provides electrical home inspections for a $199 flat fee. Contact us to learn more.
What if my home fails the electrical safety inspection?
If your home fails the electrical safety inspection, then the issues will be outlined in a detailed report with the necessary actions to fix them. Rytec Electric offers free quotes for these repairs.
What can I do myself to get rid of fire hazards in my home?
Many fires start because of the improper use of an outlet or cord. Some quick ways to improve your home’s fire safety include:
- Not putting cords under carpets or rugs
- Only plugging in cords that fit into a given outlet
- Using light bulbs with the correct wattage for a light fixture
- Using extension cords on a temporary basis only – if you’ve used an extension cord long-term, then you might need to invest in an additional outlet for your home.
- Only plugging in one heat producing appliance in an outlet at a time (for example, your toaster or microwave, but not both)
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