Importance of Electrical Inspections
An electrical inspection will guarantee that the wiring and other electrical components in your house or company are in excellent operating condition and do not pose a risk to you or your family.
A thorough electrical check may include the following:
- Identifying any electrical dangers
- Examining for exposed permanent wiring
- Examining any exposed wires
- Examining for obsolete wiring
- Safety switch testing
- Examining the power supply
- Examining safety switches
- Power outlets and illumination should be tested.
- Assessing the quality of electrical service
- Determining whether the house has any do-it-yourself wiring
- Making a note of the placement of smoke alarms and testing them
- Examining any electrical equipment that does not meet current government rules
Knowing when you need an electrical inspection on your house can be difficult, which is why we’ve compiled a list of situations in which you may require an electrician to come and evaluate your electrical system.
BEFORE COMMITTING TO BUYING A HOUSE
Prior to buying a home, an electrical inspection should be performed to discover any harmful electrical problems that may be very expensive to fix once the property has been acquired. If you discover any flaws in the home, an electrical examination might help you negotiate a cheaper price.
An electrical examination may be included in the entire pre-purchase home inspection report (or building inspection), which will include things like plumbing, heating, kitchen appliances, fire safety, foundations, and more – but you should double-check this.
Understanding the plumbing system in the house is especially crucial, therefore if the property inspection does not include this, you will need to hire a plumber to check it. They may provide a full plumbing assessment and ensure that any water systems are isolated from electrical systems to prevent electrocutions, blackouts, and other costly damages.
WHEN YOUR HOUSE IS OLD AND AT RISK
if you have been experiencing electrical issues such as frequent power outages or tripped circuit breakers, you should consider having an electrical inspection performed to discover any electrical safety issues or flaws. It should indicate whether any electrical circuits or appliances are overloaded, if any defective work has been performed, or if there are any earthing issues.
Storm damage and floods may have a significant impact on your home’s electrical system. Any electrical problems that may have been triggered by a storm pose a serious threat to your safety and that of your family. It’s critical to take all required steps to keep your home safe in the lead-up to a storm, as well as to schedule an electrical assessment if your property has been severely damaged by the storm.
AFTER BUYING A HOUSE
Even if you’ve lived in your house for a long time, electrical inspections are still required. You may not be aware that Australian residents have a legal obligation to maintain a safe environment. This covers the safe use of power. Although the requirements may differ significantly from state to state, the NSW Government of Fair Trading recommends these five guidelines for people to follow in order to fulfil their legal safety obligations. These are some of them:
Maintain Regular Routine Maintenance
It is critical to ensure that your appliances, fixtures, electrical wiring, earthing connections, and switchboard are all in excellent working condition – especially if your home is more than 25 years old. If you suspect an issue, always have a qualified electrician inspect the premises.
If Electrical Work Is Being Done On The Property
If you have any electrical work done on your property, the electrician should provide you with a unique numbered ‘Certificate of Compliance Electrical Work’ as confirmation that the work has been inspected and reviewed to ensure compliance with the standards. This is true in all states, and it is critical to keep track of these for future electrical work.
Installing Safety Switches
If you haven’t already, try adding a Residual Current Device (RCD). RCDs, often known as safety switches, monitor current flow and safeguard you from defective wiring and appliances by cutting power quickly in troubled circumstances. Because electrical hazards are sometimes difficult to detect, RCDs are critical devices that may protect you and your family from concealed risks, serious injury, or death.
If You Notice Any Electrical Concerns, Contact Your Landlord Right Away
If you rent your home, notify any electrical problems to your landlord or real estate agent right away. Electrical repairs should be prioritised since landlords are legally required to keep all electrical fittings and installations properly maintained and in safe operating condition.
Any electrical accident that requires medical attention is required by law to be reported to your power supplier. Any electrical incidents at work should also be reported to your state’s relevant work safety arrangement.
USE A LICENSED ELECTRICIAN AT ALL TIMES
When it comes to electricity, always err on the side of caution and follow these instructions, since a delayed inspection might have disastrous effects. Always have an electrical examination performed by a competent and experienced electrician. If you have any queries about when you should have an electrical inspection performed on your home, please contact us at 0402 900 686 to talk with a professional electrician.