Residential Electrical Inspection & Preventative Maintenance
No matter what type of dwelling you live in, ensuring that all systems are working safely and efficiently is vital. Residential electrical inspections help diagnose any electrical issues, identify where improvements can be made, and prevent future failures before they occur.
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Why Residential Electrical Inspections Are Important
Electrical systems are extremely dangerous, so keeping them in great condition is important to both the functionality and the safety of your home. Residential electrical inspection professionals use a series of tests and inspections in order to evaluate the condition of your system and rectify any issues.
Older buildings and homes may have out-dated wiring or electrical systems. A residential electrical inspection can also help identify what components can be upgraded in order to keep systems running, improve home value, and ensure that occupants remain safe.
Some examples of what occurs during a typical inspection include:
- Testing if any electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded
- Finding any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards
- Identifying any defective electrical work
- Evaluating the safety of fixed electrical equipment
- Highlighting any lack of grounding or bonding
Preventive maintenance is a systematic inspection of equipment, in order to detect where potential problems may occur and correct them in order to prevent equipment failure before it happens. Depending on the operation and type of electrical system, the exact preventative maintenance required will vary.
Preventive maintenance includes much more than simply performing routine inspections on equipment. It also involves creating accurate records, following appropriate procedures, and making informed decisions about issues. Only personnel that are properly trained for the specific equipment can perform appropriate maintenance and testing.
Concise and Complete
A clear record-keeping system will help keep the program on track, and ensure that all the work is being done when it is supposed to be. Tracking of test results is beneficial to communication and effectiveness between inspections, and the technicians administering them.
Electrical preventive maintenance is cost-effective in several different ways. First, it is cheaper to make repairs to equipment before it fails, rather than waiting for breakdowns that can cause damage to other components in the system.
Second, an effective electrical preventative maintenance program will improve equipment efficiency and reduce utility bills.
Investigating your electrical systems can often uncover aging equipment that is less efficient than newer systems.
Avoid Costly Electrical Problems
Although electricians can’t predict the future, regular residential electrical inspections can prevent negative incidents from occurring. By proactively seeking out system flaws before they develop into major problems, your home and equipment can avoid any unnecessary downtime associated with a complete failure.
With daily checks to conduct, weekly inspections, monthly tests or yearly examinations, planned electrical maintenance programs reveal defects and track them as they develop. To avoid future downtime, residential electrical inspection plans involve searching for the smallest defect so that it can be addressed then and there, not when the damage has grown and spread.
Some common examples of equipment evaluations include:
- Identifying neglected or aging electrical devices
- Avoiding equipment downtime that affects daily family life or people who work from home
- Fixing equipment breakdowns before significant damage is beyond repair
- Removing hazards that could cause overheating and the potential for an arc flash explosion
- Evaluating the effects of weather, corrosion and wear
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Downtime is disruptive and can be expensive, with potential lost opportunity in work-from-home jobs. It causes disruption by pulling resources to fix a problem that may have been avoided by preventative maintenance schedules.
By contrast, planned proactive work is provisioned, unrushed and executed during normal hours. In order to target the appropriate electrical systems, a number of residential electrical inspections are used.
Maintenance Contracts and Programs
Many property managers and homeowners enter into preventive maintenance and service contracts on equipment and electrical systems so they can have the peace of mind their electrical systems are optimal. Having a monthly or annual maintenance program in place can help avoid costly repairs, especially in an emergency situation, so preventing large repairs can be highly cost-effective and help you sleep better knowing you're in good hands.