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Electrical Inspections

Electrical Home Inspection Laws Were Developed For Our Safety

The need for home electrical inspection laws to ensure standards were being met began in the early days of electrical installations. In fact, when the Chicago World Fair had their Palace of Electricity burn to the ground, the need for electrical standards became very obvious early in the game.

An inspection at the fair revealed that there were poorly insulated, bare, and crossed wires, as well as overloaded circuits. This improper electrical work caused the fire and the structure burned to the ground. In response to this public safety hazard, standards were immediately developed and imposed and have been in place ever since. To keep the electrical standards current with the latest technology, they are revised every three years or so.

Home Electrical Inspections Are Important


You need a home electrical inspection if:


  • any change is being made to the original wiring, including repair and replacement of electrical devices
  • your home is over 40 years old
  • any new installations, renovations, or modifications are being made
  • a new major appliance is being added
  • your home is changing ownership

A Home Safety/Property Inspection Differs From A Home Electrical Inspection

In a home safety inspection, the property will be examined for structural defects, plus electrical, mechanical, and plumbing problems. However, the electrical aspect of a home safety inspection is usually confined to flipping the light switches off and on and checking out the wiring in the attic to see if old wiring has been connected to new wiring, which may cause problems.

In an electrical home inspection, however, the search is for:


  • missing or deteriorating wire insulation and frayed cords
  • proper quantity and type of receptacles for different areas of use in home
  • junction or outlet boxes without covers
  • loose or inoperative ceiling fans or inoperative smoke detectors/CO2 detectors
  • loose or worn outlets, switches, plates, and covers
  • broken light fixtures or devices
  • use of extension cords instead of permanent wiring
  • oversized breakers or fuses
  • improper junctions, main disconnects, and exterior wiring
  • inadequately secured cables and wiring
  • any other electrical practice that is considered hazardous.

You Can Help Keep Your Home Electrically Safe


Follow some simple rules to keep your home safe from fire, shocks, or equipment failure:


  • replace bulbs with the correct wattage
  • don’t run extension cords all over the house
  • check your smoke detectors and CO2 monitors, replace batteries as needed
  • watch for frayed cords and overheated outlets
  • if you have lights dimming/breakers tripping when using appliances, call Theta Electric
  • don’t attempt major repairs yourself


Take The Guesswork Out of Electrical Inspections


Electrical inspections are not optional; they are a requirement for any upgrades, changes, or additions to your electrical system. Claims for damage caused by electrical failure may not be covered by your homeowner insurance if you have not had any electrical inspections when required to do so.


Electrical inspections are for your safety and Theta Electric will arrange all the necessary work permits and an electrical inspection from the proper city.


With electrical issues resulting in many household fires, it important to have installations performed by the experienced professionals at Theta Electric.


Call today to discuss your needs.


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