Each time you call A-Star for electrical service in Calgary, we will perform a thorough assessment of your existing home or business electrical systems. This help our certified electricians know exactly how to fix and improve your wiring with as little fuss and muss as possible, and gives us solid history we can use when we return.
For your own records, we can also provide a complete written electrical safety inspection report in conjunction with your electrical repair or installation work, or create one on its own. An electrical safety inspection will let you know if you are falling short of meeting any building codes and if there are any issues that may be compromising your electrical system’s performance and safety.
Reasons Why You May Need an Electrical Safety Inspection
One of the most common reasons to request an electrical safety inspection is if you are selling your home or business. The written report will prove to both the potential buyer and insurance companies that your system meets all requirements. It safeguards everyone involved in the transaction.
You may also need an electrical inspection if:
- You are looking to purchase a home or business and the current owners have not provided one.
- You are renegotiating your coverage or changing providers for your home or business insurance.
- You have had some renovations or remodeling work done and would like to ensure that the your electrical system is still operating at its peak and was not compromised during construction.
- You have purchased a brand-new home or building and you are unsure of how the electrical system was installed.
- A building is more than 40 years old and could possibly still have aluminum wiring.
What We Check During Your Electrical Inspection
To begin your inspection we will do a thorough assessment of your electrical panel. Old panels, or those in need of repair, can get hot spots from loose connections, causing unreliable service and outages, or even overheat and start a fire, which could be devastating. Older panels also have a limited electrical output and may not be able to handle the load of your home or business’s electric needs.
- Test all your connections for strength and safety, making sure there is no leakage (or arching) occurring in your wiring.
- Take a close look at the labelling of your breakers in your panel so there is no confusion as to where electricity is being delivered in your home or business.
- Check that your wiring is cleaned, organized and professional to make any necessary repairs safer and simpler to carry out.
Additional electrical safety inspection duties are to:
- Inspect that your fuses are able to handle the amperage directed to them.
- Check the wiring to your meter to ensure usage is being reported properly.
- Ensure switches and outlets have been installed appropriately and are in tip-top condition.
- Verify that lighting fixtures have been mounted correctly, and are using the right wattage of bulbs.
- Identify any electrocution hazards, such as stripped or old wiring.
- Test your surge protectors.
- Assess your outdoor safety lighting.
- Confirm your grounding systems are working.
- Report any needed repairs and/or code violations.
Problems Your Safety Inspection Might Identify
At the conclusion of your inspection we will provide a detailed summary of our findings and let you know about any areas that require immediate attention. We will never perform any work without your providing express consent first.
Common problems your electrical safety inspection might identify include loose connections in sockets or circuits, tripped breakers, fuses that are unable to handle loads, and damaged wiring due to improper installation, old age or excessive heat. All of these situations indicate a potential fire hazard, and the solution may be an upgrade to your electrical panel.
A-Star Illuminates Your Home and Business
A-Star Electric are a group of certified journeyman or apprentice electricians who always carry out our professional duties in a positive, efficient and courteous manner. We are fully insurable and bondable, and for any job we undertake we guarantee that city codes are met or surpassed and that all necessary inspections have been completed. Contact us for all of your residential and commercial electrician needs in Calgary.