Tag Archives: electrical inspection

Electrical Inspection Assessment

Electrical Inspection Assessment

Electrical Inspection Assessment

Do you need an Electrical Inspection Assessment for your home? Homeowners sometimes perceive any type of inspection with trepidation. In this case the information is for their benefit and safety.

An Electrical Inspection Assessment, completed by a certified electrician, is important to every homeowner.

General Home Inspection vs Electrical Inspection Assessment

There is a significant difference between a general Home Inspection and an Electrical Inspection Assessment completed by a certified electrician.

Training to become a licensed home inspector consists of approximately 6 weeks of academic and on-site training. This training will provide the home inspector with basic knowledge of most components of your home such as heating, cooling and ventilation, roofing, the exterior and interior of the structure, plumbing and electrical.  Because of limited knowledge, a home inspector is unable to inspect most of the electrical in the home. A home inspection report provides a very basic overview of all the various systems of the home.

A certified electrician receives a minimum of 40 weeks of academic training in addition to 6000 hours of jobsite training. This education takes approximately 4 years to complete. An Electrical Safety Assessment is a thorough and detailed inspection of the entire electrical system specifically. A certified electrician will check the health of the entire electrical system from the incoming BC Hydro connection point, to the main service, grounding, wiring and throughout all levels of the home’s interior and exterior. A standardized Risk Rating is the most important part of the reporting process as it informs the homeowner of the potential for accidental fire caused by the electrical system.

*Most insurance providers will not accept an electrical inspection report without a corresponding Risk Rating.

Value of an Electrical Safety Assessment

The following are reasons for when an electrical safety assessment is important:

  • Provides a thorough understanding of the condition of the entire electrical system in an existing home or a potential home purchase.
  • Identifies potential concerns before they become major repairs.
  • Provides valuable information needed when planning future changes, major renovations or adding electrical load demand like an air conditioner or a hot tub to the electrical system.
  • Satisfies the requirements of an insurance provider for renewal or a new policy.
  • Provides peace of mind in determining that the electrical system in an older home is operating safely. This is especially important if no electrical maintenance has been done in several years.

Like any piece of equipment, your electrical system requires periodic inspection and maintenance. As electrical components deteriorate from wear, or Code changes identify improved safety in methods or products, an electrical inspection will keep homeowners informed of available safety options. (Our technicians still come across homes that do not have grounded circuits or GFCI protection). We recommend that a thorough electrical assessment be done approximately every 10 years. For real peace of mind regarding your home’s electrical system, call Blue Crest Electric to schedule your Electrical Power Safety Check Assessment with Risk Rating.

Insurance Concerns with Aluminum Wiring - Blue Crest Electric

Insurance Concerns with Aluminum Wiring

Owners and perspective buyers of older homes often face insurance concerns with aluminum wiring. New policy applications, or the renewal of existing policies, may require an electrical inspection to confirm the presence of aluminum wiring in the home. Insurance companies consider aluminum wiring in the home to be a greater risk than copper wiring. Aluminum wiring was used extensively in homes built between 1965 and 1980. As electrical concerns arose from the use of aluminum wiring, industry changes were made. Copper wiring is now the most commonly used wiring for branch circuits.

Insurance Concerns with Aluminum Wiring In The Home

  • Higher risk of fire. Sources claim homes with aluminum wiring are 55 times more likely to have a fire hazard condition.
  • Higher electrical resistance resulting in damaged wiring and devices due to overheating.
  • Oxidation on aluminum wiring when exposed to oxygen, resulting in failure of connections.

BC homeowners have three ESA approved options for addressing the concerns of aluminum wiring in the home: CO/ALR or AL/CU Devices, Copper Pigtails, or a Complete Home Rewire using copper wiring. For more information on these options, click here.

Only a trained and certified electrical contractor should complete any of these methods and ensure that proper installation procedures are strictly followed. Depending on the circumstances, a Blue Crest Electric technician may recommend one or a combination of Code approved options.

Symptoms That May Indicate Aluminum Wiring Problems

  • Flickering lights that cannot be traced to a failing bulb or other external cause
  • Plugs that do not work, even with the circuit energized
  • Unusual static on the radio, TV or computer
  • Switch plates and receptacle covers that are warped, discolored or warm to the touch
  • Circuit breakers or fuses that trip for no apparent reason
  • Strange odor similar to that of burning plastic around switches and receptacles
  • Smoke or sparking around electrical devices

If you notice any of these problems, it is important to have a certified, electrical contractor check the electrical system as soon as possible. If your insurance provider has never requested an electrical inspection, it is very likely that this will happen sooner rather than later. Like you, your insurance provider wants the assurance that your home is safe.

Our Blue Crest Electric technicians would be happy to address all your aluminum wiring needs.