The promise of warm weather also brings the promise of home renovations but is your electrical system first on your to-do list?
Why do I need an electrical inspection this Season?
An electrical inspection should be performed after the cold months explains John Flanagan, General Manager of Birnie Home Safe. He says the harsh winter weather takes a toll on your home’s electrical.
“In the winter time homeowners are more likely to overload their circuits, especially if they’re plugging in space heaters for extra warmth. People generally spend more time indoors too which means you’re plugging in more devices to stay entertained.”
An overloaded circuit occurs when there are too many devices plugged into a particular circuit.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Those with older homes are at a heightened risk of having electrical hazards because of age and degradation.
But aging homes and overloaded circuits aren’t solely responsible for faulty wires; Flanagan says heavy snow or rainfall can damage your electrical system too.
“When the electrical system is exposed to water or moisture, which is common in Winter and Spring, the wires can become damaged from corrosion which results in insulation or termination failures,” he explains.
Consider an electrical risk assessment
An Electrical Risk Assessment (ERA) is a non-invasive way to test and diagnose your electrical system.
Since we can’t always see what dangers are lurking behind our walls, we don’t think twice about our home’s electrical safety. If the lights turn on and the appliances work, why worry?
40% of residential fires in Canada are electrical in nature – that's a reason to worry. The good news is that electrical fires are preventable.
The ERA system prevents fires by giving licensed electricians the training, tools, technology and support needed to complete a thorough electrical safety inspection.
- Homeowners with older homes (30+ years old)
- Homeowners with aluminum or ‘knob and tube’ wiring
- Homeowners experiencing any warning signs of faulty electrical
- Lights that flicker or dim
- Fuses that blow or breakers that trip
- Aluminum or ‘knob and tube’ wiring
- Outlets and switches that are warm to the touch or don’t work
- Light switches that make a crackling or buzzing sound
- A burning smell coming from your outlets or switches
- Light bulbs that burn out quickly
- Your home has had multiple homeowners or renovations
Peace of Mind
If your house has an electrical problem – you want to know about it. Our homes don’t have alarms or detectors that warn us when the electrical starts to go wrong.
Performed by a Licensed Electrician
This isn’t a DIY project. Our licensed electricians are specially trained and certified in assessing electrical risk.
State of the Art Testing Equipment
We don’t need to tear down your walls! We use thermo-graphic, infrared and ultrasonic technologies to locate any concealed electrical problems.
Prevent dangerous problems before they happen. We check every outlet, switch and fixture for any signs of an electrical hazard and make sure your circuits aren’t overloaded.
We don’t just tell you what the problems are, we also show you. At the end of your inspection, you receive a comprehensive report including what our recommendations are and what items require immediate attention.
Please note existing electrical issues or hazards, in the home, may warrant the need of a full-day electrical inspection with subsequent repairs.