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What should I do with an ESA List of Deficiencies?

There are 5 common reasons for receiving an ESA List of Deficiencies from the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)

ESA List of Deficiencies

ESA List of Deficiencies

  1. Your insurance company has requested that the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) perform a General Inspection to renew, or obtain home insurance. This is also called an ElecCheck.
  2. While inspecting an electrical permit pulled on your property the ESA noticed that there were other hazardous conditions that needed to be addressed.
  3. Cross referencing a building permit on your property shows that electrical work performed should have had an electrical inspection permit pulled.
  4. You requested a General Inspection for your own peace of mind.
  5. A tenant has requested that their premises be inspected.

You will be given a time limit (usually 30 days) to rectify the problem, or the power to your home might be disconnected.  If the inspector has noted life-threatening hazards it may be disconnected immediately.

The steps you must complete after receiving an ESA List of Deficiencies

  1. If you feel you can address the deficiencies yourself, make sure you have the skill, knowledge and confidence to tackle the repairs.  If a mistake is made it could result in death.  If the answer is a truthful ‘yes’ then proceed making sure you immediately file a permit.  If the answer is anything but ‘yes’, including ‘maybe’, ‘not sure’, or a flat out ‘no’ call a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
  2. If you determine the deficiencies are beyond your abilities, you must contact a Licensed Electrical Contractor to review the list and quote on the repairs.
  3. Once you have selected a contractor make certain that a permit is filed immediately. This shows due diligence on your part and in almost all cases will stay a disconnect order from the Electrical Safety Authority.
  4. When the work is complete a Certificate of Inspection will be issued.
  5. Forward a copy of the Certificate of Inspection to your insurance company and keep the original in your files for future reference.
  6. If you have your property appraised for re-financing, or if you list it for sale provide the appraiser/agent with a copy of the Certificate of Inspection.
  7. If a condition of a sale is a home inspection, make sure that you provide the home inspector with a copy of the Certificate of Inspection.

If you require further electrical information please call us, email us, or try our live chat.  At The Shock Doctors we are available 24/7 to assist you, and get the answers you need.

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