Getting an electrical inspection completed at your house involves at least one checklist. These lists are used in order to ensure your inspector and electrician don’t miss any of the small, yet important details. It may seem to take a long time for your inspector to get through the list, but it’s the best way to ensure your home’s functioning and safety.
When you hire an electrician to complete a residential inspection, you are working toward a major life event. Maybe you are buying a new house, or renovating your current home. Home sellers and landlords also rely on inspections to make sure a house is ready for new residents. Want to know what’s on those lists?
Here’s what you can expect to see on a residential electrical inspection checklist:
Your kitchen appliances can draw a lot of power. That’s why it’s common for electrical codes to call for two 20-amp receptacles in each kitchen. Another 20-amp receptacle has to be installed in each bathroom and laundry room. These higher-capacity plugs allow refrigerators, ovens, microwaves, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and other large appliances to operate without interruption.
A separate high-capacity circuit must be installed to power the home’s HVAC equipment. Furnaces and air conditioners draw a ton of power on a seasonal basis. Keeping this equipment on its own circuit means it won’t have to compete with other appliances or devices for power to draw.
Not long ago, it was common to see ungrounded plugs in living spaces and bedrooms. Three-prong grounded outlets were reserved for rooms most likely to have water present, such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and patios. However, current electrical code requires grounded outlets be installed throughout a home. In addition, no point along a wall should be more than six feet from a grounded receptacle. Kitchen countertops need a receptacle installed every two feet.
Current electrical code mandates that there be a grounded outlet installed on the front and back of a home. Your deck and patio plugs must have weatherproof covers to protect cords and plugs from rain or irrigation moisture. These covers are typically latchable plastic doors attached to the outlet housing.
Grounding devices are designed to protect homes in the event of a power surge. These metal poles dissipate a tremendous electrical charge underground. Every home must have at least one grounding device, depending on the layout of the property. Power surges can be dissipated using underground metal water pipes, metal house framing, concrete-encased electrodes, or other underground structures.
Breaker Boxes and Electrical Fixtures
All electric receptacles and breaker boxes must be rigidly attached to the home structure. Loose boxes or sloppy wire connections will prevent you from passing an inspection. Ceiling fan fixtures that also serve as the weight support for the fan must be installed securely and labeled clearly. These fixtures cannot support fans that weigh more than 70 pounds.
All junction boxes must be easily accessible. Working on these boxes and the wires inside should not require a technician to tear down any drywall. Easy access will make future repairs easier for your electrician and more affordable for you.
How to Get Your Atlanta Home Inspected
Whether you are buying, selling, or renovating a house, an electrical inspector is probably in order. An electrical inspection checklist could be the deciding factor on whether you can secure financing to buy a new house. It could give your potential buyers the peace of mind they need to know they are making the right decision. Or, it could reassure you that your new addition is wired properly and safely.
The best way to make sure your inspection is done right is to contact a certified electrician. If you have a technician you know and trust, start by calling him. If you don’t have an electrician on your speed dial, Arc Angel Electric is here to help. For 16 years, our team of trained professionals has fulfilled Atlanta’s electrical needs. From minor repairs to complete home rewiring, we know how to get the job done right.
Call Arc Angel Electric Today
We are a family owned and operated business with extensive roots in the Atlanta area. Our team members know the local weather patterns, electrical systems, and the most common issues residents face in the city. We hope you will join your friends and neighbors in the Arc Angel family. For your next electrical inspection or for questions about checklists, call Arc Angel Electric at 770.889.9243.