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Three Reasons You Need a Home Electrical Inspection

When Purchasing a Century Home

Electricalwiring22A whole home electrical inspection is essential when purchasing a century home. It is certain that the original wiring cannot withstand demand of modern living. Also, you must seriously question the number, and quality, of attempts to improve on the original wiring.

When Purchasing a Resale Home

A whole home electrical inspection is an excellent place to start when purchasing a resale home. When a home is first built, the electrical wiring must pass the most current standards set out in the Canadian Safety Association and the . This Ontario Electrical Safety Code has been revised, and improved to protect you, 24 times since its inception in 1927. If your home was built prior to 2012, it was wired to standards below today’s minimum standard.

According to the 2006 Stats Canada, 45% of all homes in central Ontario change hands every 5 years. Even though a home may have been meticulously wired when first built, unqualified and un-inspected work is often performed after the initial inspection as people renovate, add equipment and build-on. The older the home, the greater the risk that not only is the home not up to today’s standards.

Before Starting a Major Renovation

If you are adding to your existing wiring, an inspection at the beginning will tell you if your existing system can support your plans, If not, upgrades can be addressed most cost effectively as part of the renovation process.

Home Electrical  Inspection

Here is what you can expect from our full electrical home inspection:

Electricalwiring22The Shock Doctors Master Electrician goes over your homes’ wiring from head to toe, inside and out.

  • Thermal scanning of your panel will reveal weak breakers.
  • Polarity and tension testing of receptacles will spot worn and improperly wired devices.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the most current electrical code is applied to identify safety hazards and electrical defects.

He will take very specific and focused pictures of any safety problems that he discovers for use in the report. (These pictures are treated as highly confidential, much like your x-ray and lab reports would be treated in a hospital setting and capture specifically the electrical device in question.)

Your technician then prepares a document which will clearly identify and explain any ESA code defects, as well as point out any wiring that is not professionally installed.

The first Canadian Electrical Code was introduced in 1927 and there have been many, many changes to the requirements in the last 80 years. Currently, we are using the 25th edition of this manual— published January 2012. Many changes have been made since that first edition. Your home may very well have been wired and inspected by a licensed professional when it was originally built, but it is important to ask yourself how long ago and what version of the Canadian Electrical Code was used.

Example:

Gounding requirements (a critical component of your electrical system) have changed no less than 8 times over the years.

Special protective devices have been added as mandatory requirements: Just 25 years after the GFCI was first introduced, the number of accidental electrocutions dropped in half, even though the use of electricity had more than doubled in the same time period.

Many people would think nothing of spending the night in an old house wired 90 years ago, but how many of those same people would fly in an airplane built during that same vintage?

Portable-GPThe Shock Doctors are specialists in residential wiring inspections and are Associate Members of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors.

 


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