It’s That Time of The Year to Give Your House a Yearly Electrical Inspection…But How?
Fall is the time to give your house its annual check up before the holidays get here.
No matter how well you take care of your home, the electrical system is prone to wear and tear over time. Regularly testing and evaluating the various switches, receptacles and breakers in your home’s electrical system can prevent a dangerous situation from occurring later on.
You can use this detailed checklist as a guide. As you look around for things in your home that need to be fixed. Look for any problem that could have come over the past year. Then make a repair list to keep up on maintenance in the coming months. Here is a list of electrical thing you should look for:
Check your trees, look around the house for any trees or tree branches that could be threatening to wiring around your home.
Open your breaker panel to look for burn marks around breakers or fuses. Then test all of the circuit breakers. This is done by flipping them manually on and off to be sure they are in good operating condition.
Also check outlets for burn marks, which could be a sign of loose sparking wires. Outlet Fires, What Causes Them And How To Prevention Them – PLEASE READ!
Look for loose outlet covers, receptacles, and loose boxes, which may have to be refastened to the studs while the power is turned off. Test all of your GFCI outlets. You can take a lamp and plug it into each outlet and hit the test and reset buttons to see if it turns the light off and then back on again.
You can go around with an electrical tester (or use the lamp again) and check all the outlets to make sure they are all working.
Check all appliance and extension cords, particularly those that you do not use all the time, for any signs of wear. If a cord shows signs of wear at all you should throw it away.