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As electrical codes change to meet changing technologies, you may find your home or business is no longer in compliance. If you think you’ll be getting a visit from the electrical code inspector, it’s a good idea to have the expert electricians at Precise Building Services on hand to get professional guidance on how to get up to code and pass your electrical safety inspection to be in alignment with local ordinances. 

Your inspection is going to consist of two visits from an official inspector. The results of this inspection will determine whether you can pull permits on new construction or remodeling. If you are selling your home the inspection could reveal damage that the buyer was not aware of. 

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Electrical Inspections for New Construction

For a new construction home, the first round of the inspection is known as the “rough-in” and looks at construction as it’s being done, after electrical work has been done but before insulation and drywall are installed. The second inspection is known as the “final inspection” and will ensure everything is installed properly and functioning safely. 

Electrical Inspections for Existing Structures

The inspection process is slightly different if you have an existing home and are doing major renovations, but your inspection will still focus on electrical safety and the proper installation of all wiring, circuits, outlets and switches. 

Your inspector will look for:

  • Overloaded circuits: Do you have the correct number of circuits for your electricity needs?
  • Surge protection: Does your home need grounding outlets to prevent surges?
  • Wiring: Are the wires connected to the electrical system in a safe and effective manner?
  • Outlets: Are GFCI outlets installed in areas with plumbing? Do your rooms have enough outlets to meet your electronics’ needs?

These steps will ensure you're not overloading your outlets, risking painful electrical shocks or electrical fires. 

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Whether you need an inspection for peace of mind or as a precursor to an official code compliance inspection, the electricians at Precise Building Services will walk you through your electrical inspection along with anything you might need to know to make the process go smoothly. Call Precise Building Services at 202.827.2214  about your upcoming inspection today.

What is involved in an electrical inspection?

Electrical inspections come in a variety of forms, but they always fall into one of three categories. The first is a rough electrical examination, which will look at cables, conduits and electrical panels and boxes. An inspector will ensure that all wires are in good condition and that all fire risks around conduits and electrical panels have been removed.

The service inspection is the second sort of electrical examination. A qualified inspector will examine the electrical service panel during this inspection to check that it has been correctly installed and secured. During this time, the inspector will also verify the electrical service panel to ensure that it is properly grounded. You face the danger of electric shock if your panel isn't properly grounded.

The third and final inspection is referred to as the final inspection. Breakers will be installed or tested during installation to guarantee a fully working electrical system. An inspector may run the electrical system through a series of tests to ensure its safety and efficacy.

Are electrical inspections a legal requirement?

Yes, electrical inspections are a legal requirement. While the small details in regulations and requirements may vary from state to state, all 50 states have some form of electrical inspection standards for all new construction. 

Private landlords must have every electrical installation in their residential property inspected and tested by a certified and competent person every 5 years.

Why do I need an electrical inspection?

Electrical examinations look at your home's power capacity and safety. To put it another way, can your home safely meet the power demands you place on it? A professional electrical inspection will detect any possible problems with your electrical system that might put your family in danger, such as defective wiring, toxic chemicals, overloaded fuses or circuit boxes that could cause an electrical fire. It's also against the law to not have an inspection.

How is residential electrical wiring inspection service done?

A qualified master electrician performs house electrical inspections to ensure that the home's electrical system is up to code and safe to use. They evaluate every component of your home's electrical system, including the outlet connections and wiring within the walls, attic or crawl space, breaker box and exterior. Your main service panel, as well as any extra sub-panels, must be checked and examined in preparation for an update.

After your inspection, the electrician should provide you with a complete written report outlining the present state of your system and any necessary repairs or improvements. You'll also get a cost estimate, which you may use for insurance claims, negotiating a house purchase price or simply for your own records.

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