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Most Common Errors Found During Electrical Home Inspections

Electrical home inspections are a surefire way to prevent major electrical hazards or damage to your electrical system and your home. To ensure your safety, you should call a professional to conduct an electrical home inspection when:

  1. You’re preparing to purchase a home or have just moved in.
  2. You’ve done your own home repairs or you’re planning to update your home.
  3. You’re experiencing an electrical issue—whether it’s an expensive utility bill or a faulty fuse.
  4. You can’t remember the last time you tested your smoke detectors or GFCIs (ground-fault circuit interrupters).

If you’ve never called an electrical expert for any of the reasons above, it would be in your best interest to reach out as soon as possible about a residential electrical inspection. With an inspection, you’ll gain peace of mind knowing about all of your home’s electrical issues and how to handle them. Plus, your electrician can pinpoint potential upgrades and savings opportunities for your electrical system!

Top Concerns Found During Electrical Home Inspections

Think you’re the only one who has electrical errors in their home? Think again! We sat down with some of our certified electricians to break down some of the top residential electrical errors they see when performing electrical inspections. Here’s what they had to say.

Q: What are some of the most common residential electrical errors JPS Electrical Services sees during electrical home inspections?

A: Some of the most frequent errors we see on the job are double-tapped circuits in a homeowner’s panel box, electrical systems that are not properly grounded, and the lack of GFCIs in locations where they are required—which is wherever water sources are in the home.

Q: Why do you think most of these electrical errors occur?

A: Most of these issues occur because residential electrical requirements change over time and people do not get electrical inspections as frequently as they should. We often see homeowners adding new circuits into their panel box when there’s no free space—this can cause a complete overload to your system.

Q: How can these electrical errors be detrimental to homeowners’ electrical systems and safety?

A: Homeowners can risk electrical shock in locations where GFCI receptacles should be installed but are not. Also, breakers will start nuisance tripping if you overload your system.

Q: How can an electrical home inspection prevent these issues from occurring?

A: Electrical home inspections are routine and allow a certified electrician to come into your home and pinpoint everything that could potentially be a threat to you, your family, and your house. We go through a detailed checklist to make sure all electrical safety measures are covered, uncover past electrical errors, determine potential electrical enhancements, and offer energy-saving opportunities.

Q: How often should homeowners have their smoke detectors and GFCIs checked?

A: Smoke detectors should be checked every year during residential electrical inspections. With GFCIs, we suggest every quarter.

Q: How soon can the JPS Electrical Services team correct errors that are found during an electrical home inspection?

A: Our normal turnaround time is usually two to four days for common residential electrical errors; however, if the issue is deemed an emergency, we can be out to solve it the very same day.

Learn More About Our Electrical Home Inspections

A routine residential electrical inspection could save your home—and your life! Contact the JPS Electrical Services team to learn more about our offerings!