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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.

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Summer Electrical Maintenance

Summer Electrical Maintenance

With summer in full swing, some homeowners may be noticing higher electrical bills. When the weather gets warmer, air conditioners or fans are used to keep homes cooler. Having a summer electrical maintenance routine will help to beat the heat and keep your electrical costs down.

The following is a checklist of some summer electrical maintenance tasks that every homeowner should know.

Summer Electrical Maintenance Items To Help Save Energy

  • Use your barbecue to avoid using heat generating appliances inside
  • Use a microwave to cook to avoid generating heat and use less wattage
  • Air dry laundry to avoid using the dryer as much as possible
  • Have your AC system checked to ensure it is working efficiently
  • Use ceiling fans on slow speed to keep air circulating and add a slight breeze
  • Have an electrician inspect and tighten all major electrical connections
  • Install programmable thermostats which control temperature more accurately than older technology.
  • Upgrade your lighting to energy efficient LED
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room
  • If possible, unplug appliances, devices and chargers when they are not in use. Even when turned off, some devices will still draw power
  • Change your furnace/air conditioning filter every three months. Dust and dirt on the filter  will slow the airflow and make the unit work harder
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed during the hot days to help keep the heat out

Other Summer Electrical Maintenance

  • Test all smoke/CO alarms monthly. Replace back-up batteries if required
  • Make sure all outdoor outlets are GFCI protected and have weather-proof covers. For more information on GFCI protection, click here
  • Check all power tool cords for damage before use
  • Use extension cords rated for outdoor use and properly sized for the task. Check the cords for frays or plug damage. A damaged cord should never be used

Our electricians would be happy to assist you with all your summer electrical maintenance repairs. Regular maintenance of your electrical system may identify minor concerns before they become expensive repairs.

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GFCI Protection When In The Water

GFCI Protection While In The Water

With summer fast approaching, many homeowners are already spending time out on the water. Keep in mind that GFCI protection when in the water is very important. Whether swimming in a lake, near a dock or boat, in a pool or just relaxing in a hot tub, GFCI protection when in the water can save lives. Electrical wiring around swimming pools, hot tubs, boats and docks should be inspected annually for safety.

Everyone knows that electricity and water is a dangerous combination. The risk of personal injury or electrocution is a real possibility when electricity escapes from an unprotected circuit. The electrical term for this is a ‘fault’. Some examples of a fault are when a wire is damaged during renovations or wires are chewed by rodents. Using damaged appliances or electrical cords can also cause a fault. The electrical current now has a means by which to leave the circuit and it will immediately seek the easiest and most direct route to the earth. If this route happens to be through a person in contact with any part of the circuit, the potential for serious personal injury is obvious. Missing or damaged GFCI devices, corrosion and deteriorated bonding and grounding connections can expose swimmers to shock and electrocution hazards. For more information on GFCI Protection click Here

Important Reason For GFCI Protection When In The Water

Most people don’t think about the possibility of electric shock drowning. This can easily happen when electrical currents enter the water and electrify it. If a swimmer enters the water, the electricity can paralyze their muscles, causing possible drowning. An electrical current passing through water is completely invisible. Depending on the level of the electrical current, the swimmer may sense tingling or lose control of all muscles. Correctly installed Ground Fault Protection will sense a fault and cut off the power to prevent injury.

Warning

  • Never have a pool located under or near overhead electrical wiring.
  • Never hang string lights over a pool even if they are plugged into a GFCI receptacle.

 

Electrical safety should always be a priority when in or around water. Contact Blue Crest Electric for any concerns about GFCI protection.