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An electrical inspection will ensure your home or business’s wiring and
other electrical components are in good working order and do not pose a hazard
to yourself or your family.

A comprehensive electrical inspection may involve the following:

  • Determining any electrical hazards
  • Checking for uncovered permanent wiring
  • Checking for any exposed wires
  • Checking for outdated wiring
  • Testing safety switches
  • Examining the power box
  • Checking safety switches
  • Testing power points and lighting
  • Evaluating the level of electrical service
  • Assessing whether the home includes any DIY
    wiring
  • Noting the location of smoke alarms and
    testing them
  • Scanning for any electrical items that
    don’t comply with current government regulations

Knowing exactly when you need an electrical inspection done on your home
can be tricky, which is why we’ve compiled a list of occasions where you may
need an electrician to come and take a look at the electrical system in your
home.

BEFORE YOU
COMMIT TO BUYING A HOUSE

An electrical inspection prior to buying a home is important to identify
any dangerous electrical situations that may be very expensive to repair once
the property has been purchased. An electrical inspection can also help you negotiate
a lower price if you find any property faults.

An electrical inspection can sometimes be included in the overall
pre-purchase property inspection report (or building inspection), which will
cover things like plumbing, heating, kitchen appliances, fire safety,
foundations and more – but you should check that this is the case.

Understanding the plumbing system in the house is particularly
important, so if the property inspection doesn’t cover this then you’ll need
to hire a plumber to inspect it. They can do a detailed plumbing
report and make sure any water systems are isolated from electrical systems to
avoid potential electrocutions, blackouts, and other costly damages.

The NSW Government’s Office of Fair Trading building inspection
guide explains that a building inspector will not normally inspect
electrical wiring and smoke alarms, but these things are extremely important
and should be checked before committing to buying a home. If your building
inspection does not cover electrical aspects, it is recommended that you employ
an electrician to look at the wiring, test the outlets, check the electrical
panel, look at smoke alarms and test the ground fault circuit interrupters. No
matter what state you’re in, it’s important to make sure that your building
inspector is licensed with their relevant state body, You will also need to
make sure that the building inspection service has full professional
indemnity insurance. 

IF YOUR HOUSE
IS OLD OR YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS

If you have been experiencing any electrical problems like regular power
outages or tripped circuit breakers you should consider an electrical
inspection as it can identify any electrical safety problems or deficiencies.
It should reveal if any electrical circuits or appliances are overloaded,
if there has been any defective work carried out or if there are any problems
with the earthing.

Other reasons to have an electrical inspection carried out include:

  • If the house is over 25 years old.
  • If you have old wiring.
  • If any DIY work has been carried out.

 

AFTER A MAJOR
STORM

Storm damage and flooding can have severe impacts on the electricity in
your home. Any faults with the electricity that may have been caused by a storm can pose a huge risk to your safety and the safety of your family. It’s essential that you take all
necessary precautions to keep your home safe in the lead up to a storm, as well
as organise an electrical inspection if your house has been affected by major
storm damage.

Preparation before a storm

There are several precautions you can take to ensure that your house is
prepared for a major storm:

  • Make sure safety switches are installed on
    all circuits in your switchboard and test them to ensure they are working
    properly.
  • Switch off and unplug all critical
    appliances that you don’t need to use.
  • Consider installing a surge protector to
    reduce electricity spike damage and help with general power surges, this will
    protect your appliances like those expensive televisions, A/C units and
    computers.
  • Steer clear of all electrical cables,
    lights, appliances, fixed wire phones or any conductive materials during a
    storm.

After a storm

Following a storm, you should take the following actions if your home
has been affected by storm damage:

  • If your property has been flooded over
    power outlets, electrical wiring or any other electrical installations such as
    switchboards, organize a licensed electrician to check the premises as soon as
    the water subsides. Do not attempt to touch or unplug any appliances in the
    meantime.
  • If any electrical appliances were affected
    by water during the storm, have them checked by a licensed electrician before
    use.
  • If your electricity was disconnected during
    the flood, you will require a certificate of test from a licensed electrician
    before the Distribution Entity will reconnect the power.

For more information on what to do in the event of a storm, read our
article on staying safe from electrical hazards after a storm or flood.                                                                                      

ON A REGULAR
BASIS AFTER BUYING A HOUSE

Even if you have been in your home for some time, you still need
electrical inspections. You may not know that householders in Australia
actually have a legal responsibility to have a safe home. This includes using
electricity in a safe manner. The rules may vary slightly from state-to-state,
but the NSW Government of Fair Trading provides these five rules for
people to remember in order to comply with their legal safety responsibilities.
These include:

Keep up regular maintenance

It’s essential to make sure that your appliances, fittings, electrical
wiring, earthing connections and switchboard are all in good working order –
especially if your property is over 25 years old. If you ever suspect a problem,
always contact a licensed electrician to do a check of the premises.

Get a certificate of compliance if electrical
work is carried out on the property

If you have any electrical work done on the property, your electrician
should give you a uniquely numbered ‘Certificate of Compliance Electrical
Work’ as proof that the work has been tested and checked, ensuring it
complies with the regulations. This is the case in all states, and it’s important
to keep a record of these for future electrical work.

Consider installing safety switches

If you haven’t already done so, seriously consider installing a Residual
Current Device (RCD). RCD’s, more commonly known as safety switches,
monitor current flow and protect you from faulty wiring and appliances by providing
a fast power cut in problem situations. As electrical hazards are often hard to
identify, RCD’s are crucial devices that can protect you and your family from
against hidden dangers, serious injuries or death.

Contact your landlord immediately if there are
any electrical problems

If you rent your property, report any electrical issues to your real
estate agent or landlord immediately. Electrical repairs should be considered a
priority as landlords are legally obliged to ensure all electrical fittings and
installations are properly maintained and kept in safe working order.

Inform your electrical provider if any
electrical accident occurs that requires medical attention

Any electrical accident where medical treatment is required must be
reported by law to either your electricity provider. Any work-related
electrical accidents should also be reported to the relevant work safety
arrangement in your state.

ALWAYS USE A LICENSED
ELECTRICIAN

Follow these steps and always err on the side of caution when it comes
to electricity, as a delayed inspection can have hazardous consequences.
Remember, an electrical inspection should always be conducted by a qualified
and experienced electrician. If you ever have any questions regarding when you
should have an electrical inspection conducted on your property, don’t hesitate
to call us on 09078652960 OR 08160439262 and speak to a licensed
electrician for advice, You can also visit www.bowwoodelectrical.com to quickly Get access to Free Electrical inspection every first week of
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