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Aluminum Wiring

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.

Mobile Home Re-certification

Mobile Home Re-certification

Mobile Home Re-certification

Mobile home living is providing new and affordable opportunities for home ownership in BC. With the high cost of real estate throughout the Lower Mainland, home buyers have discovered that a mobile/manufactured home can offer very affordable options. Some mobile or manufactured home parks offer seniors only, or family oriented communities, complete with club house, community swimming pool and tennis courts or play ground. These are attractive features for anyone looking for affordable housing.

Mobile Home Re-certification Required

Everyone deserves to live in a safe home and a safe electrical system is the focus of the Silver Label requirement. If the manufacturer’s CSA label can not be found on the unit itself, the re-certification application begins with an electrical inspection by a licensed electrical contractor. Please note that the CSA number recorded on documentation only is not sufficient as the label must be physically attached to the unit. The electrical inspection includes testing of the electrical circuits and reporting the test results as required by Technical Safety BC. If there are any electrical repairs needed, or Code violations to be corrected, these are addressed at this time before the home can transfer ownership. Therefore, mobile home re-certification is the responsibility of the seller.

Mobile Home Re-certification Provides Peace Of Mind

New homeowners have the peace of mind in knowing that a licensed professional electrician has already inspected the home, tested the electrical system and corrected any existing Electrical Code violations. A local Technical Safety BC Electrical Inspector has also inspected the home and applied the required Silver Label to the electrical panel. This Silver label is specific to this particular home and is not transferable as if references a Silver Label electrical permit as well as the specifications of the home.

Mobile Home Re-certification Can Be Lost

If subsequent regulated electrical changes are made in the home by the new homeowner (without an electrical permit), the existing mobile home re-certification will be compromised and the Silver Label will become void. The homeowner will then be required to re-apply for mobile home re-certification before selling the home again. Depending on the situation, this can be a costly, but completely avoidable, oversight. The solution is to hire an electrical contractor to complete any regulated work under an electrical permit. This ensures that the electrical work is done by a trained and knowledgeable electrician who is following current Electrical Code rules when completing any work.

The intent of the Silver Label mobile home re-certification is to ensure that the buyer is purchasing an electrically safe home.

The Purpose of an Electrical Permit

The purpose of an electrical permit is sometimes lostElectrical Permits 1
to some property owners. So in case you have also wondered why an electrical permit is so important, allow us to provide some incite.

SAFETY – The Canadian Electrical Code sets the standard for the maintenance and installation of electrical equipment in Canada. This Code is published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and is revised every 3 years. Existing Code rules are reviewed and sometimes updated before each revision. New safety rules are added to address new technology or circumstances. The Code is then passed into Canadian law and adopted by each individual province. An electrical permit requires that all work named on the permit will, at the very least, meet the minimum standard for safety as outlined in the most recent Canadian Electrical Code.  For this reason, every job requires a knowledgeable electrician to follow the Code rules on every installation.

ACCOUNTABILITY – An electrical permit means the electrical work may be scrutinized by an electrical inspector. The electrical inspection department is an independent third party that provides a higher level of accountability for the installing electrician and the electrical contractor named on the permit. An electrical inspector will fail an inspection if an installation does not meet the most recent Code standards.

RESPONSIBILITY – The permit assigns all responsibility of the electrical work described on the permit to the electrical contractor named on the permit.

ASSURANCE – The permit gives property owners the assurance that their electrical work must meet, or exceed the current Code standard before the permit can pass an inspection and be completed by the local electrical inspection department.

PEACE OF MIND – Because the majority of the electrical system is hidden behind the walls, home buyers are asking for proof that all past renovations and alterations were made by a qualified electrician. An electrical permit provides proof that an electrical contractor was in charge of the electrical work.

OBLIGATION – By law, an electrical permit is required for ALL regulated electrical work. This includes renovations, additions, upgrades and many repairs. At the very least, property owners should always be provided with the electrical permit number for reference, although a copy of the electrical permit for a personal file is even better. An electrician who is unable to produce an electrical permit, may not be legally qualified to complete the requested electrical work.

If you have any questions about electrical permits, please call the licensed electricians at Blue Crest Electric. We serve clients all throughout Abbotsford, Langley, Chilliwack, Harrison, Mission and Maple Ridge. Contact us today.

Mobile Home Electrical

Mobile Home – Silver Label Re-certification

Mobile Home Electrical

Re-certification for Mobile or Manufactured Homes

Just like all homes built in Canada, a manufactured home must meet very specific safety standards before it can be sold to the public. An electrical design plan, specific to each manufacturer, series and model, must be registered and approved before production can begin. The manufacturer may not deviate from this plan as the CSA approval is granted for this unaltered design only

Upon completion, a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certification label is attached to the manufactured home by the manufacturer before it leaves the factory. The label lists a unique CSA number specific to the home, which means the unit has been built according to the registered and accepted plan, has passed inspections, and meets all safety requirements as of the date of completion.

This certification remains valid indefinitely provided the electrical system is never altered in any way OR if all subsequent electrical alterations are completed under a valid electrical permit by a certified licensed electrician. Technical Safety BC IB-EL-2015-02

Owners of manufactured and mobile homes are advised to retain proof of all permits for electrical alterations as these will be required by the realtor or interested buyers when the home is listed for sale.

 HELP, I can’t find my CSA number.

Depending on each manufacturer, the CSA certificate label is usually located on the exterior of the mobile home near the front door, or near the electrical panel.

Occasionally this important information is covered up or removed and unknowingly discarded during home renovations.

If a CSA label is not found on the unit itself, a replacement label cannot be issued. Please note that the CSA number recorded on documentation only is not sufficient. Re-certification of the home is now required. Technical Safety BC requires a qualified licensed electrician to inspect the electrical system in the home to ensure it meets current safety standards, update safety measures if necessary, and initiate an electrical approval label. This label is called a Silver Label and can be used in lieu of a CSA number to allow the mobile or manufactured home to be sold.

I want to sell my Mobile Home.

The sale of a mobile home is contingent on:

  • the presence of the original CSA certification label on the unit itself AND the unaltered electrical system, or proof of all electrical permits to support past electrical alterations.

OR

  • the presence of a Silver Label signifying the home has been inspected and all unregistered electrical alterations have been checked for safety. Also needed is proof that all subsequent electrical changes (completed after the Silver Label was obtained) have been completed under an electrical permit.

What do I need to do to apply for Silver Label re-certification?

Call Blue Crest Electric at any of the telephone numbers below.

We will guide you through the process of attaining the Silver Label recertification for your home.

Our skill and specialized knowledge of the electrical systems in mobile and manufactured homes, and our past experience of recertification of these systems makes us experts in this process.

The age, condition or location of your mobile or manufactured home is irrelevant as the required safety standard applies to every unit in BC, whether sold privately or with the assistance of a real estate agent. Ref:BC Safety Authority Directive D-E3 080606-1

As required under Electrical Safety Regulation ESR 21(d), Blue Crest Electric will:

  1. Complete the required electrical inspection and megger testing to assess the condition of the electrical system as required by Technical Safety BC, and submit the required report on your behalf. On occasion we have even found the original CSA certification label during this inspection.
  2. Provide the required electrical permit to request Silver Label re-certification.
  3. Repair or install electrical wiring or devices, if required, and submit the Contractor Authorization and test report to inform Technical Safety BC that the home meets current electrical standards and qualifies for Silver Label re-certification.

All work is quoted in advance and completed to Code by qualified professional Red Seal electricians and apprentices.

Your Blue Crest Electric electrician will be able to answer all your questions regarding your electrical needs and the re-certification of your mobile or manufactured home.