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What Exactly Is Included in Electrical Inspections?

The Importance of Electrical Inspections

Electrical inspections are one of the best tools at a homeowner’s disposal that many of them have likely never heard of before. However, many professional electricians would like to change that.

They’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to make sure all homeowners know the importance of regular electrical inspections when keeping their home not only running smoothly, but in preventing electrical issues from happening.

The Importance of Electrical Inspections

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Having routine home electrical inspections done may be the very best way homeowners can stop major electrical issues before they start.

In fact, many electricians point to electrical inspections as being the number one way that homeowners can find and stop small electrical issues before they turn in to expensive, potentially life-changing ones.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical issues are one of the leading causes of fires in the home. Electrical inspections can be performed at any time, but are especially important when buying a home, adding an appliance, or with any major home renovations. They are also more strongly recommended for any homes more than 40 years old.

How Electrical Inspections Actually Work


After homeowners learn why electrical inspections are so important, their next question is usually about what they entail. During inspections, electricians check the electrical system in the home in a variety of different ways.

A whole-home inspection includes a thorough assessment of any electrical components (appliances), systems, outlets, and wires. It is looking to make sure all of those areas are working properly and to catch any small electrical issues early.

It is also looking to make sure that all parts of the electrical system at least meet minimum current legal safety standards, as set by the National Electrical Code (or NEC). Below is just a basic list of some of the things electrical inspections may cover:

  • Verifying All Bulbs Are the Correct Wattage
  • Checking the Condition and Operation of Switches and Wall Outlets
  • Testing to Make Sure All Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are Working Properly
  • Ruling out Any Shock or Electrocution Hazards
  • Examining All Outdoor Electrical Systems and Safety/Security Lighting

The Importance of Hiring a Qualified Electrician


Even though homeowners have all of the information to perform their own home electrical inspections, there really is no replacement for hiring a qualified electrician.

Electricians simply have the experience and knowledge needed to correctly assess any home for potential issues, the first time.

If any repairs or installation of new equipment is needed, a qualified electrician has not only done it before numerous times but is also licensed, bonded, and insured so that both the electrician and the home is protected in case any damage happens.

In addition, qualified electricians can make recommendations for upgrades and improvements. Attempting to fix problems or upgrade the home electrical system without the skill, knowledge, and experience can lead to serious issues like fires in the home or injury to the homeowner. Hiring a qualified electrician saves time, money, and frustration of having to redo a poorly done repair, or worse.

About Trustworthy Electric

Trustworthy Electric is located in Montgomery, Alabama. Opened in 1994, their fully licensed and insured team of professional electricians performs maintenance and emergency services along with expert electrical repairs and troubleshooting. They can assure you that your home and family are protected!