Learning More about Electrical Inspections

Houses have to be compliant to the local code or homeowners run the risk of paying hefty fines. However, not a lot of homeowners know exactly what happens in an electrical inspection. If you’re interested to know what the boxes to be ticked are, then you’re in the right place. We’ll discuss electrical inspection in its entirety. 

There are certain components that electrical inspectors check before giving you that go ahead for installation. There are actually different levels of electrical inspection and you have to pass each one in order to say that your home is local code compliant.   

What Transpires in an Electrical Inspection? 

The initial inspection is just a rough one. Here, the inspector will check if it’s possible to run wires in the floors, ceilings, and walls. The second is more extensive as it is also the final one. It checks the entire installation and happens before anyone moves into the home. If the electrical work passes this inspection, then a family will be allowed to live in the house 

To help you pass these inspections, hire qualified Bend electricians to help you out. They should help you handle the following: 

  1. Wiring

A rough-in inspection checks where the wires are placed. You have to pass the initial inspection before covering or concealing electrical wiring in the homeBy doing so, the inspector can easily examine the parts of the wiring that won’t be visible when the project is doneWiring inspection usually focuses on the walls, ceilings, and floors. 

The inspector would check if the electrical boxes are installed securely. They will also check the size of the box and see how many conductors and devices are placed inside it. They should also look for labels on the wires so it can easily be connected to the appliances and other devices. The tags also make it easier for the next technician to do some troubleshooting. All wiring should be compliant to the local laws enforcing electrical safety guidelines.  

  1. Circuit

There’s a specific circuit requirement in every state. Usually, the requirement is a tamper-resistant receptacle that can handle 125 to 250 volts and 15 to 20 amps of current. There should also be AFCIs or arc fault circuit interrupters installed for protection. 

Also, these receptacle outlets, such as the power sockets and plugs, should be grounded. If there are outlets above the floor, then they should be placed six feet away from each other if it is inside bedrooms and living rooms. In kitchens, these outlets should be installed above the countertop at 24 inches away from each other at most. Porchespatios, and garages should have at least one outlet.  

  1. GFCI

GFCI stands for Ground‐Fault Circuit Interrupters. These are required in areas that are prone to moisture, like bathrooms, kitchens, and garages. These devices work as shock absorbers to your home.   

  1. Bonding and grounding 

The conductor or the main bonding jumper has to be placed in the main service panel. The grounding electrode conductor, on the other hand, has to be properly attached and securely connected to the earth. Doing so protects your home from damage.