Electrical Inspections are recommended to ensure your home or business’s wiring and other electrical components are in good working order and do not pose a hazard to yourself, your family or employees.
At Bara Electrical, our comprehensive electrical inspection includes the following:
- Detecting any electrical hazards
- Checking for exposed wiring
- Checking for old wiring
- Testing safety switches / RCD
- Testing smoke alarms
- Examining the power box
- Testing power points and lighting
- Assessing whether the home includes any dangerous or unapproved DIY wiring
- Checking for any electrical items that don’t comply with current government regulations
When is an electrical inspection needed?
Knowing exactly when an electrical inspection is needed will help you to have it booked in advance or when the time comes. Here are some examples of times when an inspection is needed.
BEFORE BUYING A HOUSE
If you’re keen to make an offer on a new home we recommend your purchase is subject to an electrical inspection. It 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.
It is also possible to include the electrical inspection 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.
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 power box, look at smoke alarms and test the voltages coming in.
IF YOUR HOUSE IS OLD
If your home is over 25 years old you may have been experiencing electrical problems like regular power outages or tripped circuit breakers and having an electrical inspection will identify any electrical safety problems or deficiencies, reducing risk of electrical fires and keeping your family safe.
AFTER A MAJOR STORM
Storm damage and flooding can severely impact 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. It’s important to organise an electrical inspection if your house has been affected by major storm damage.
AFTER BUYING A HOUSE
Keep up regular maintenance to ensure 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 inspect and test the homes electrics.
If you have had any new electrical installs done on the property, you will receive a uniquely numbered ‘Electrical Compliance Certificate’ as proof that the work has been tested and checked, ensuring it complies with the regulations.
Install safety switches: If you haven’t already done so, seriously consider installing a Residual Current Device (RCD). RCD’s, also 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.
WHEN RENTING A HOME
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.
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 and speak to a licensed electrician for advice. Phone George on 0408 950 338 or complete the form below and we will be in touch.