Your Simple Guide to Electrical Inspections

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Planning some electrical work on your home or office? If so, you need to know that there’s a process to be followed. Relevant electrical permits have to be obtained from the authorities, and electrical inspections are conducted by them. Furthermore, it’s your responsibility to obtain these permits prior to commencing any electrical work, as well as scheduling the mandatory inspections. If you’re a bit unsure on how to go about it, we at EVSOL Energy are on hand to help. As Master Electricians in the BC area for over a decade, we have ample experience with these matters. But why do you need an electrical permit and electrical inspections anyway? Let us explain.

Electrical Inspections Help Keep You Safe

The major purpose of electrical inspections is to keep everyone safe. Electricity is a dangerous force to be reckoned with, and whilst 110v or 120v may seem relatively tame, the fact is there have been many domestic accidents and fires that have started due to faulty electrical wiring or sub-standard electrical work. That’s why there are electrical codes that must be followed by all qualified electricians when performing any electrical work in a building.

Electrical inspections also help you detect potential hazards before they become life-threatening. This is particularly helpful if you’re looking to buy a home or office premises. An electrical inspection can reveal the condition of the wiring, fixtures and electrical wall panel as well as determine if any components require upgrading to suit your current and future needs. We at EVSOL Energy are experts in all these areas, and if you require a consultation, give us a call.

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What Do Electrical Inspectors Look Out For?

Would you like to know what electrical inspectors may look out for during an inspection? Here are a few of the things that they pay particular attention to.

Proper Circuits

They check the cables and wires in terms of condition to ensure that the cables are in good condition and that insulation has not been compromised. A common case of compromised insulation occurs when pests such as rodents enter the walls and chomp down on the wires. Compromised insulation may lead to live or hot wires contacting neutral or earth wires and making the entire system unsafe. In addition, inspectors also check for proper clamping of cables into boxes, ensuring that there is at least eight inches of usable wire length extending from the box. This is to relieve tension on the cable, as well as accommodate for future trimming if necessary. Finally, the appropriate gauge of wire should be used for the circuit – 14 gauge is used for 15-ampere circuits, whilst the heavier duty 20-ampere circuits call for 12-gauge wire.

Electrical Boxes Heights & Conditions

Inspectors look at electrical boxes to make sure that they are installed flush with the wall, and not too close to the floor level. Electrical outlets must be at least 12 inches from the floor, and switches should be at least 48 inches from the floor. They ensure that boxes offer enough space for work to be conducted and are securely fastened to the wall.

Proper Wire Labelling

Whilst not mandatory, inspectors appreciate if wiring is appropriately labelled so that the circuit can easily be traced back to the relevant breaker in the electrical wall panel. Labelling of wires for this purpose is usually the mark of a good electrician who has planned for future fault diagnosis and repair appropriately.

Surge Protection

Inspectors also look out for and recommend isolated ground receptacles and surge protectors for sensitive electronic devices such as computer equipment, sound systems, TVs and digital devices. This adds an extra layer of protection against surges and electrical interference that can cause damage to these devices.

GFCI and AFCI Circuit Protection

The GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) and/or AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) are critical pieces of equipment that the inspector will definitely look at. Newer homes may have AFCIs, whilst older homes with GFCIs are still approved as long as the GFCI functions as intended. Whilst existing GFCI installations do not need to be upgraded to AFCI if they are working properly, any new additions or upgrades to the electrical system require AFCIs to be installed.

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Inspectors usually use checklists to conduct their inspections, and you can find such checklists online to download as well. Downloading and understanding such checklists helps you understand what an inspector will be looking for, as well as conduct cursory inspections yourself.

Of course, you shouldn’t go poking around at your house or office’s electrical wiring and boxes, but if you find your GFCI or AFCI tripping frequently, you will at least know which pieces of equipment could be the cause, and thus isolate them whilst you seek professional assistance.

Speak with the Experts @ EVSOL Energy

Electrical matters are no joke, and ideally should be dealt with by a professional. We at EVSOL Energy have a extensive experience across a broad gamut of electrical topics, from upgrading electrical wall panels, to installing Level 2 EV Chargers. We’ve designed and installed brand-new electrical systems at homes and offices too, as well as rooftop solar solutions. No job is too big or too small for us.

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Sign up below or call us at 778 318 2070 & our expert electricians will provide you with a complimentary 1-hour in-home electrical inspection.

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