Concerned About Your Electrical Wiring?
We provide thorough electrical home inspections. Many home inspectors lack the background and training of what to look for during a proper electrical inspection. Our licensed electricians will look specifically for faulty wiring, dangerous conditions, and potential fire risks.
Once our professional electrician finishes the inspection, they will review their findings and leave you with a written report. The report will include recommendations on how to make the home safer. If you are looking to purchase a home, our report can provide peace of mind and a negotiating tool on the property.
Reasons for an Electrical Home Inspection
One of the top leading causes of residential fires is electrical malfunctions. (Source FEMA)
If you live in a house that is thirty years or older, it is a good idea to get an electrical inspection. If your home is fifty years or older and you are experiencing electrical problems, it is critical. Some other reasons include the following:
• Adding Appliances
• Older Homes
• Purchasing a Home
• Purchasing Insurance
• Protect Your Family
What Our Inspection Includes
Our electrical home inspections are thorough and include not just visible inspections but actual electrical readings and testing of your home’s electrical systems. Below are some of the specific things we inspect.
• Electrical Panel
• Loose Breakers
• Wiring Damage
• Burn Marks by Wiring
• Smoke Detectors
• Carbon Monoxide Detectors
• Confirmation of Grounding System
• Light Bulb Wattage
• Two-pronged Outlets
• Wall Outlets
• GFCI Outlets
• Electrocution Hazards
• Surge Protectors
• Safety & Security Lighting
• Aluminum Wiring
• Outdoor Electrical Examination
The use of aluminum wiring was most predominant in the ’60s and ’70s. Just because you have aluminum wiring shouldn’t be a huge concern. Where we see issues is when the wiring is older than forty years old. Aluminum is not as durable as copper wiring and will need to be updated. Some homeowner insurance companies won’t accept older homes with aluminum wiring.
What should you do if you have aluminum wiring? Give us a call to set up a home electrical inspection. We can evaluate the condition of your wiring and provide the necessary recommendations if needed.
Federal Pacific Electrical Panels
If your home is anywhere from 25-65 years old, you may want to check your breaker panel. One of the most common breaker panels installed was a Federal Pacific Electric Panel. Back in the eighties, a study found that one in four of the Stab-Lok breakers were defective. The defect was severe, and breakers would not trip, which became a fire danger.
If you have a Federal Pacific panel, it is a good idea to get it inspected and possibly replaced.
Knob & Tube Wiring
In the ’50s through the ’70s, knob and tube wiring were common. Outlets in a home with knob and tube will have two prongs instead of three prongs. Without that third prong, there is no ground wire, which helps in the event of a short. Another huge problem is the insulation of the wiring, which uses rubber instead of plastic. Over time rubber breaks down and exposes the wiring, which then becomes a fire risk.
A proper electrical inspection will be able to evaluate the condition of your knob and tube wiring.
Contact us today to schedule your home electrical inspection. We serve from Palm Springs to Corona and all cities in between, including Riverside, Corona, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and San Bernardino.