Most homeowners think a home inspection is only when buying or selling, but you should perform a yearly DIY inspection on your property. Think about it, we go to the doctor for our yearly exam, why not do a quick inspection of your home to keep you and your family safe. Typically the Fall is the best time to give your home its annual physical — before winter’s harsh weather sets in!
“This Old House” compiled a checklist of everything you should check for; covering 7 main areas around your home. Click Here for the article in it’s entirety. Or you can download a printable version of the entire Yearly Checklist here. Below is the electrical checklist.
❏ Check trees around the house to be sure they’re not threatening wires.
❏ Open the panel and look for new scorch marks around breakers or fuses. Also check outlets for scorch marks, which could be a sign of loose and sparking wires.
❏ 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 GFCI outlets by plugging in a lamp and then hitting the test and reset buttons to see if it turns the light off and then on again.
❏ Go around with a electrical tester (or lamp) to make sure all outlets work
**If you do not feel comfortable with performing this inspection yourself or if you feel there may be issues, please give us a call at 704-821-7005!
For decades, ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) have saved lives and have helped significantly reduce the number of home electrocutions. GFCIs are electrical safety devices that trip electrical circuits when they detect ground faults or leakage currents. A person who becomes part of a path for leakage current will be severely shocked or electrocuted. These outlets prevent deadly shock by quickly shutting off power to the circuit if the electricity flowing into the circuit differs by even a slight amount from that returning.
A GFCI should be used in any indoor or outdoor area where water may come into contact with electrical products. The latest edition of the National Electrical Code currently requires that GFCIs be used in all kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and outdoors. GFCIs should be tested once a month to confirm that they are working properly.
How to Test Your GFCI:
*Push the “reset” button on the GFCI to prepare the outlet for testing.
*Plug in an ordinary light or plug tester (from Home Depot) into the GFCI and turn it ON. The light should now be on.
*Push the “test” button of the GFCI. The light should go OFF.
*Push the “reset” button again. The light should now come ON again.
*If the light does not turn off when the test button is pushed, then the GFCI may have been incorrectly wired or damaged and it no longer offers shock the protection it was designed for.
If you need electrical assistance, please call ARC Electric Company – (704) 821-7005!
Hey kids! Want to become a Safety Detective? Take a trip with ESFI’s mascot, Private I. Plug, and help him spot common home electrical and fire dangers in this fun, animated video. Afterward, you can visit P.I. Plug’s Kids’ Corner (http://kids.esfi.org) to find more videos and play games! (but ask an adult first)