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4 Telltale Signs It’s Time for an Electrical Safety Inspection

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No matter when your home was wired, it’ll eventually need to be checked to ensure all the connections are strong and the current can flow well. Electrical safety inspections are vital to keeping a safe and secure home, and everyone needs them from time to time.

But there are certain times – beyond a routine inspection every so often – that you should have an electrician check your home out. How do you know when to get an electrical safety inspection for your home? Let the electrical experts at Roman Electric help make that decision a little clearer!

Frequently Tripping Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers trip from time to time. It happens. Maybe you just happened to use a ton of devices all on the same circuit at the same time, or perhaps the power grid was operating at an uncommonly low level for some reason. If tripping your breaker is just an occasional thing, it’s nothing to worry about.

But if you find that you trip your circuit breaker more often than you normally would, then scheduling an electrical safety inspection would be smart. An electrician can reassure you that nothing is wrong, but they’ll also let you know if something needs repairing.

You’re About to Purchase a Home

Buying a home is one of the most exciting things you can do, but nothing will take the wind out of your sails quite like moving in and finding out the electrical system there can’t hold up to what you require. Before you sign the dotted line, make sure a licensed electrician has checked out the electrical integrity of your potential new home to make sure it’s safe!

After Rough Storms

Most homes don’t have a problem weathering storms, but every now and then you’ll experience one that really puts your home’s power grid through the ringer. If you experience a significant power outage/disconnection, or any type of flooding, schedule an electrical safety inspection before getting back to normal.

Everything might be good to go, but until you have someone take a look at it all, you’ll have that worry in the back of your mind that won’t go away.

You’ve Noticed Unusual Signs

Although our homes handle most minor electrical issues without a problem, you may encounter certain signs that something could be amiss. Whether it’s prolonged strange smells or sparks that aren’t normally appearing, it’s important to be aware of how your home’s electrical system is acting.

And if you do notice anything unusual, don’t ignore them! Electricity is a valuable utility but it can turn dangerous in no time. The second something seems wrong make sure to call an electrician you trust.

Electrical Safety Inspection from Roman Electric

Knowing when it’s time to schedule an electrical safety inspection is crucial to maintaining a safe and comfortable home. Keep an eye out for the situations we’ve discussed above, and be sure to call Roman Electric when you feel it’s time to get your home checked out!

Our team provides reliable, thorough electrical safety inspections so you and your family can sleep easy at night knowing we’ve pored over every inch of the wiring in your home.

Give us a call at 414-369-3798 today!

When to Get an Electrical Safety Inspection

 When to Get an Electrical Safety Inspection - Roman Electric

When was the last time you scheduled an electrical safety inspection from a qualified electrician?

If it’s been more than a year, spring is the perfect time to have your electrical system checked out by a licensed professional. As a supporter of National Electrical Safety Month, an annual electrical safety awareness campaign in May sponsored by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), Roman Electric is sharing important electrical safety inspection information.

Use the month of May to evaluate your electrical system for potential safety hazards. This year’s theme is: Electrical Safety During Natural Disasters.

When should you schedule an electrical safety inspection?

Here are the signs that you should schedule an electrical safety inspection:

  • Before you buy or sell a home.
  • It’s been over a year since a licensed electrician inspected your home.
  • You are experiencing regularly occurring power surges, flickering/dimming lights, or tripped circuits.
  • Your home is 40 years or older.
  • You are adding a room or making a major renovation.
  • You are adding a major appliance such as a central HVAC system or washer/dryer.
  • There is a strange burning/sulfuric smell near electrical components.
  • You do not have enough outlets/power in your home to accommodate your electrical needs.
  • There are outlets or switches that are warm or hot to the touch.
  • You hear buzzing, humming, or other strange sounds coming from electrical system.

If you are experiencing frequently tripping breakers — cutting off power to one or more sections of your home — contact a professional electrician right away. There may be a dangerous electrical problem in your home. The same applies for any strange sights, sounds, or smells coming from electrical components.

Don’t forget to schedule a whole-house electrical inspection before you buy a house or start a major renovation project. A licensed and trained electrician will be able to tell you if there are any electrical problems to be aware of.

Roman Electric recommends scheduling a professional electrical safety inspection every year to uncover potential problems, increase energy efficiency, and make sure everything is code compliant.

What’s included in an electrical safety inspection?

An in-depth electrical safety inspection will include:

  • Electric meter
  • Electrical wires
  • Electrical panels and boxes
  • Circuit breakers and fuses
  • Contactors and relays
  • GFCI and AFCI protection
  • Indoor and outdoor lighting
  • Outlets and switches

In addition to rooting out electrical issues before they turn into major safety hazards, a professional electrician will make sure the home is up to National Electrical Code standards.

DIY Electrical Safety Inspection

There are a few monthly electrical maintenance tasks you can do to ensure a safe and efficient electrical system:

Make sure you aren’t using extension cords as a permanent solution. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly. Learn more extension cord safety tips.

Stop using these switches and outlets and contact a qualified electrician right away if you notice any of the following:

  • Outlets or switches are warm to the touch.
  • Outlets or switches are discolored.
  • Plugs don’t fit snugly into outlets.
  • Outlets or switches make a crackling, buzzing, or sizzling sound.

Learn more electrical system safety tips.

Schedule a Comprehensive Electrical Safety Checkup from Roman Electric

Your electrical system is designed to last a long time, but it’s not always prepared to handle new, sensitive electronics and increased amounts of energy.

Roman Electric will send out an experienced technician to look over your home’s electrical system and make sure everything is running as it should. We will repair small issues on the spot and provide a list of recommendations, such as waterproofing for wet locations.

We will also inspect your home for working home safety devices, including:

  • Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
  • Tamper Resistance Receptacles
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Schedule an appointment with Roman Electric today for your annual electrical safety inspection.

We understand that electrical emergencies are never convenient. That’s why we have a live call center open 24 hours a day to help with all of your urgent electrical needs: 414-369-3798.