There are 5 common reasons for receiving an ESA List of Deficiencies from the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)
- 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.
- While inspecting an electrical permit pulled on your property the ESA noticed that there were other hazardous conditions that needed to be addressed.
- Cross referencing a building permit on your property shows that electrical work performed should have had an electrical inspection permit pulled.
- You requested a General Inspection for your own peace of mind.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- When the work is complete a Certificate of Inspection will be issued.
- Forward a copy of the Certificate of Inspection to your insurance company and keep the original in your files for future reference.
- 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.
- 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.
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