Are you planning to move to a new property this summer? There are a lot of properties available in the housing market nowadays and before you take your pick, you need to inspect the property carefully to make sure that your new home does not have an expensive hidden maintenance problem and is safe for you and your loved ones. 

You do not have to do this alone though. You can call on a surveyor to help you determine the quality of the property you are planning to purchase. They are trained to identify issues that might cause you problems in the future but when it comes to electrical wirings or pointers, it is better to leave the electrical inspection to a professional electrician. 

It is said that for every 50 homes listed in an online property portal, 1 will need a serious electrical fault.. This could be due to wear and tear. The older the property, the greater the chances that its electrical wiring is outdated. 

Old properties might have a different wiring system and an electrical service panel that needs an update. These old technologies might interfere with our modern electrical systems and you certainly do not want to experience its complications, do you?

The electrician will thoroughly check the electrical installation of the entire property, identify any risk factors and prevent electrical failures which would eventually lead to costly maintenance and repairs.

When planning to move this summer, this is something that you should not take lightly. Before you commit to any property, consulting with a professional electrician is very important to make sure that you will possess a property with no faults and the electrical system is in good working order. 

What are the electrical pointers to check out when viewing a house?

Now that you are aware of the importance of doing an electrical home inspection, what are the things that you should request for the electrician to check? To spot any potential problems, the electrician must inspect the entire electrical system of the property especially if the property is more than 40 years old, has undergone an extensive renovation and has added new appliances over a decade. 

You should only allow a registered electrician to perform the electrical inspection. The cost of such inspections will depend on the size of the property and the contractor you are working with.

  • Outlets and switches. It is imperative to ask your electrician to check the outlets and switches and make sure that they are in good working condition. The outlets must not have any physical defects, must be grounded and must have the correct tension.
  • Light fixtures. A thorough inspection of all wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted light fixtures must be made. They must be secure. All bulbs must be inspected and the wattage must be correct because if the previous owner of the property installed a light bulb with a bigger wattage than what the fixture was designed to manage, the bulb might overheat and burn a flammable material that is nearby, such as a lampshade, paper or curtain.
  • Electrical wiring. For safety and security reasons, good quality wiring is essential for the integrity of the overall electrical installation. Regular inspection can help identify any problems before they can go worse. For example, regular inspection will help you identify areas with loose connections or exposed wires near an outlet, switch or light fixture.
  • Electrical service panel. This is the fuse box or circuit breaker that is responsible for distributing the electrical circuits in the entire property. The electrical service panel is also capable of cutting the electrical supply of your entire home. A poorly maintained or outdated electrical service panel cannot withstand the demands of a modern lifestyle, so having your service panel inspected before purchasing or renting the property is very important.

To give you an idea of what electrical inspectors usually find, here’s a list of electrical issues commonly found in domestic properties:

  • Aluminium wiring. This was used as an alternative to copper wires but is prone to overheating.
  • Double tapped circuit breakers. These are two or more energised wires that run in one circuit breaker. This is often seen in properties that have undergone extensive renovation or properties that are old.
  • Exposed splices and wiring. These are wires that are spliced and taped together inside an uncovered junction box or wires that are spliced and taped together and not placed inside a junction box, exposing the wires to various elements like water, dust, pests or etc.
  • Incorrectly modified electrical panels. This will result in the flickering of lights, ceiling fixtures becoming hot and outlets or switches working intermittently.
  • Knob-and-tube wiring. This is the first generation of electrical wiring. It is mostly found in homes built between the 1900s and 1940s. It has no protection and no ground wire.
  • Lost knockouts in electrical panels. These are circular or rectangular knobs found inside an electrical panel.
  • More than one neutral wire in an electrical panel slot. This means that one wire could slip out if the set screw was not used to secure it properly.
  • Outlets that are painted. This can potentially cause overheating because the paint might be covering the outlet’s slots.
  • Reversed polarity. This happens when the ground, neutral and hot slots of the plug have been mixed up. This can cause shock or damage to the electrical device that is plugged on that on that outlet.
  • Ungrounded outlets and plugs. Grounded outlets and plugs can prevent electrical shocks.

If you are in Swindon or surrounding areas and you are looking for an extremely professional and reliable electrical firm, call on EJS Electrical at 01793 238806 or 07725 228145. They are the primary choice for a variety of specialist work in the domestic and commercial sectors. Trusted by family and business clients alike, they are a results-focused organisation on jobs of any scale, from home improvements to large contracts with letting agents or local councils!