The electrical inspection checklist is perhaps one of the most important documents you’ll want to take notice of if you are building a home or doing significant renovations. In short, it is a rundown of all of the electrical systems in place. It ensures your home’s electrical system meets the requirements set by local codes and overall electrical safety standards. While each contractor and local area may have its own version of this electrical system checklist, it’s important for you to know what to expect.
Why Do Electrical Inspection Checklists Matter to You?
Generally, this inspection tool is a way for the contractor, local building departments, and licensing agencies to ensure the electrical work completed on a building is safe and done according to industry-wide protocols for safety. It helps home inspectors to ensure that electrical installation meets specific guidelines set forth under local building codes. It also works as a way for contractors and project managers (as well as homeowners) to know what’s been done, what’s going to be done, and what needs attention.
What’s On the Electrical Inspection Checklist?
Here’s a look at some of the elements of this electrical inspection checklist you’ll see. You can use this as a basic guide before asking your electrician or building contractor for a copy of your own:
• Wiring methods and devices. This will include the wiring methods used, the boxes and conduit bodies, the cabinets and cutout boxes, and all switches and receptacles.
• Services, feeders and branch circuits. This includes a look and inspection of each of these key components.
• Grounding and bonding. This includes service and equipment related to grounding and bonding of your electrical system.
• All rooms of the home. This includes bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and other habitable rooms.
• Garage inspections. All types of electrical present in the garage and any secondary buildings and facilities.
• Special occupancy needs. This might include needs for recreational, health, or other equipment requiring outside-of-normal electrical system.
• Exterior systems. This includes outlets, but also lighting, swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs.
• Emergency systems. This may include all standby systems in place, generators, and other types of emergency systems.
• Remote controlled systems. This might include signage and other commercial lighting as well as fire alarms and optical fiber cables.
How Can You Ensure the Electrical Inspection Checklist Is Complete?
It’s always best to work with a trusted and experienced electrician. If you have any questions about the checklist (what it says, what isn’t complete, etc.) talk to your own electrician. Having a third party provide this type of inspection can give you the confidence and reassurance you need to know your home is safe from the moment you move in.
For help with your electrical inspection checklist, work with Bryan Electric, Inc. Our expert team is happy to help you learn more about your current checklist or perform a thorough inspection.