Electrical panels and circuitry tend to not be top of mind until a home or business owner realizes there is constant electrical tripping or something isn’t working. As the owner you are definitely not required to understand the intricacies of electricity so that is why it is important to hire a licensed electrician help with an inspection. It is also important to be proactive.
Electricity is about safety and efficiencies so make sure you get the most out of your electrician when they arrive to assess your concerns. Here are our suggestions:
1) Ask your electrician whether your electrical circuitry is in compliance with your city’s codes. With both old and new homes, you could be overloading the circuits or that the amperage and wire gauge don’t match, creating a fire hazard. By not being vigilant you may be putting your family’s and worker’s safety at risk. And of course the legal risk is something to take into consideration as well.
2) Ask your electrician if your electrical panels and circuitry are properly insulated to reduce the risk of shocks. It is extremely important that they are not installed in areas that are damp or wet.
3) Ask for assistance in understanding the current and voltage that flows through your home or business. To avoid short-circuits, and constant voltage fluctuations it is important to ensure that all electrical appliances (televisions, computers, chargers, space heaters, washers and dryers) that consume a lot of electricity are connected correctly.
4) Document the process. Once the inspection is complete, ask your electrician to put a proposal in writing, essentially a comprehensive inspection report of what they are planning to accomplish. Once the necessary repairs are complete save your receipts for the repairs completed for tax purposes.
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