Moving To A New Home In Atlanta? Make Sure You Get An Electrical Inspection
When was the last time your home’s electrical system was inspected?
The Electrical Safety Foundation recommends homeowners perform an electrical inspection of their homes when:
- A major appliance is added
- When a home is renovated
- If a home is 40 years or older
- When you purchase a home
If you’re in the process of purchasing a new-to-you home in the Atlanta area, having a licensed electrician inspect all components of your electrical system will give you peace of mind. When a reputable electrical technician enters your home, they will look for:
Every home utilizes an electrical panel for connecting power. You’ll usually find it in the basement, in the garage, or on the exterior of the home. The panel is wired with fuses or circuit breakers that control power to individual areas or regions in your home. A technician will look for wear and tear, any signs of age or smoky residue, dark spots, or rusty or worn circuits or fuses.
How old is your home? Homes built in the 1950s and before often are powered with a knob-and-tube wiring. Homes built in the 1960s and 1970s may contain aluminum wiring. Either of these can present problems and may be considered a safety hazard by today’s standards.
All interior outlets, light switches, appliance cords, and GFCIs must be routinely inspected and tested to ensure they are operating effectively. Loose outlets must be tightened. If you have an outlet that is warm to the touch, or has smoke or black marks around it, they all are indicators of problems. A licensed electrician should inspect any humming noises or switching sounds that occur in outlets or lighting sources.
Wet areas – bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchen, outdoor entertaining areas – must all have ground fault circuit interrupters installed. They should be installed in any area where water may be present. You should test these periodically to ensure they are functioning correctly.
With thousands of home fires occurring each year due to electrical failure or malfunction, it’s important that you start out the right way from the moment you purchase your new home. Ask for an electrical inspection before you sign on the dotted line to make sure your Atlanta home is in perfect condition for your family.