Home Electrical Safety Inspections

Electricity powers supercomputers and laptops, roller coasters and blenders. It's at once grand and yet utterly domestic. Because of its perceived ordinariness, some homeowners may be tempted to address residential electrical problems on their own. This can be dangerous, however, and should be left for a licensed professional.

Home Electrical Safety Inspection for a home of 2,000 sq feet or less

  1. Visual Inspection of the electrical panel, with panel cover removed
    *Only (1) service panel. If more panels are present additional charges of $99.00 per panel
    *Not included with standard Home Inspection
  2. Random outlet check for proper operation, approximately 3 to 4 outlets
  3. Test all GFCI receptacles that are existing
    *Kitchen areas, bathrooms, exterior as well as garages and basements
  4. Test AFCI breakers that are existing at Panel board
  5. Test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors either battery and/or electric
    *Not alarm companies equipment
  6. Visually observe home for code violations
  7. Answer any safety questions by customer
  8. Provide estimate for any corrections needed

Price: $189.00

Additional services we can provide while we are inspecting your home

Panel Tune-Up

This service consists of torque of all loads connections, vacuuming of enclosure, and wiping down of panel cover

Price: $49.00

The Home Electrical Safety Inspection

Master Electrician Joey Bellosi of J&G Electric Co., Inc. takes us through an essential part of a typical Home Electrical Safety Inspection: the home safety check of an electrical panel.

Home Electrical Safety Tips

As one of the fundamental forces of nature, electricity is extremely powerful. There are several things that should be checked periodically in order to keep your home safe from electrical hazards.

Light bulbs

Check all of your light bulbs and make sure the wattage is appropriate for the size of the fixtures. Bulbs with too great of a wattage might overheat and cause a fire. If you'resure about the fixture, use a bulb that's 60 watts or less. Formarked ceiling fixtures that use miniature bulbs, use one that's 25 watts or less.

Electrical Cords

Make sure that no furniture is resting on any cords or pushing up against plugs in the wall – this can damage the cords and pose a fire hazard. That goes for rugs too, as stepping on cords can also damage them. Also, don't tightly wrap cords; wrapped cords trap more heat than they should, and this can melt the cord's insulation.

GFCI Outlets

A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is a device that senses the amount of current flowing within a circuit. If the GFCI senses a short circuit, it immediately trips the circuit, halting the rush of electricity. Since it can do this in about 1/30th of a second, it can stop the shock before it becomes fatal. GFCI's can be installed at individual outlets or in the service panel, and all new outlets installed in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, basements, and outside the home are required by the National Electric Code to have GFCIs.

GFCI outlets should be tested once a month. To do this, plug a light into the outlet and press the button labeled test. The light should go off. If it doesn't, you need to replace your GFCI. Next, press the button labeled reset. If your GFCI is functioning properly, the light will turn back on. To test GFCIs installed in your circuit breaker, simply press the test button. The breaker handle should switch to the middle, or off, position. Remember to move the handle back to the position in order to reset it.

AFCIS and Arc Faults

An arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) is a relatively new type of breaker designed to detect and stop arcs. Arcing wires are responsible for numerous fires each year because they generate hot sparks. AFCIs are required on all new construction.

Electrical Fires

If an electrical fire occurs in your home, do not attempt to put it out with water as you will run the risk of electrocution. Make sure you own a fire extinguisher that is rated for Class A, B, and C fires. These will be able to handle electrical fires as well as fires involving combustible materials. Also, make sure that you and the members of your household know how and where to shut off the electricity in your home.

Clarksburg, MD firefighters responding to an emergency