Say you are about to purchase a new home or you have an existing property and you are unsure about the state of the electrics.

What do you do?

You call a competent registered electrician and get an electrical inspection done.

What is an electrical inspection?

An electrical inspection is a process in which a registered electrician inspects the electrical components in your home and makes sure there is no hazardous and dangerous cabling or switchgear. The process usually involves a visual inspection of the switchboard, main earthing conductor, mains cable, hot-water system, range/stove/oven, cabling, power points, light switches, and light fittings. The process can take a few hours and can also include testing of the installation for added risk reduction and peace of mind.

Why would I want to do that?

Well for starters an electrical inspection report can identify any areas in your home or property which could potentially become or are electrically hazardous. Electrical faults are the second highest cause of house fires. You wouldn’t want to risk losing your home over a few faulty sockets, would you? Electrical inspections can allow potential new homeowners to negotiate a better price, help current homeowners prepare for electrical issues in the future and give a level of risk reduction to insurance agencies and banks. If you are looking at purchasing or selling a house sometimes your insurance agency will ask for a C.O.V (Certificate of Verification) which is normally a vital requirement for banks to approve mortgage settlements. A C.O.V is supplied with an electrical inspection report and sometimes with a building report, it is up to you to check that you receive one as per your due diligence.

When should I get an electrical inspection done?

The most common time to get an electrical inspection done is for a C.O.V for pre or post-purchase of a property. This gives peace of mind to you and your insurance, but that isn’t the only time to get one. If you have a house that’s 25 years or older and you are unsure when the last time the electrics where checked, it is in your best interests to book an inspection. Older houses usually have non-compliant and out-dated cables and switchgear which provide little to no protection against electric shock or fire. If you are ever in your ceiling or under the house and notice black metal conduit or black rubber cables it is a sign of hazardous cabling known as VIR (vulcanized india rubber cable) and TRS (tough rubber sheath cable) and should be inspected ASAP as these cables are now considered a high fire risk.

Who should I call?

Call your local registered electrician and ask to see if they can provide you with an electrical inspection report and service or alternatively you can book one in with us by emailing the office at office@mcelectrical.co.nz or calling either Max (022 386 6943) or Caleb (027 289 3645)

If you have an electrical maintenance issue, a renovation project or just want to find out more about how we can help you – don’t hesitate to give us a callsend us an email or fill in the form below. We’ll get back to you without delay.

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