We all depend on electricity to power our day-to-day activities. From lighting at night to heating, air conditioning, and powering out electrical appliances, the reasons to have a properly functioning electrical system are endless. But how do you know that the electrical system in your home or commercial property is properly installed, safe, and functioning well? If you guessed right, the only way you can tell is by performing an electrical inspection.

It is essential to what to look for when conducting a property inspection. You don’t want to be in a house installed with electricity, and you have no idea how to be sure if everything is working correctly. To be on the safe side, it is crucial to make sure you can inspect your electrical installations, and maybe make a few DIY repairs if need be. Below are some of the things that you need to look for when doing an electrical inspection on your own.

Dining & Living Room Electrical Inspection Checklist

This is one of the rooms with the highest traffic and the lots of electronics plugged into the electrical system. This should, therefore, be the first point of concern when doing an inspection.

Now, it is not uncommon in most houses to notice the lights flickering and dimming when large electronic devices on, such as TV and refrigerators are plugged in or running. However, paying close attention to such signs is the best way to determine whether your electrical system is fair or needs maintenance. In the living room and other rooms with lots of electronic devices, look for the following signs;

  • Dim lights – dimming lights means that you are overloading one circuit with too many devices. If you notice this, consider updating your electrical panel.
  • Flickering lights- this is usually associated with many electrical issues. When you notice your lights flickering or taking some time to turn, it could indicate a short in your electrical system. In this case, do not try to fix the problem on your own. You should seek the services of a professional.
  • Strange smells – most house fires are caused by faulty electrical systems. Some fires can be prevented if the house owners are always attentive to such things as strange smells. In electrical systems, pay attention to smells that seem like burning plastic rotten eggs, dead animals, or urine. If you notice these kinds of smells, make sure you turn off the circuit breaker and call an electrician. There is no sure way of knowing whether there is an electrical fault other than contacting an electrician and informing them of these signs. 

Other Places to Look  

Besides the living room, it is almost obvious that every other room in your house is installed with power. Therefore, a complete electrical system inspection involves checking out other rooms. Regardless of what you notice, restrain from trying to fix them unless you have the right training to deal with the issue at hand. All the same, here are some

  • Warm outlets or switches- if at any point you touch a switch or electrical outlet in your house and feel that it is warm, it is wise to call an electrician to take a look at it. However, this can be a common issue on outlets supplying heavy consumers like electric cookers, in which case there is no need for alarm. All you need to do is post a sticker there to ensure nobody uses it. Make sure it is checked and as soon as possible and leave it off.
  • Dead outlets and switches- sometimes you may notice that certain outlets are not working correctly, or some switches are not functional. At this point, it is essential to call an electrician. This is mostly caused by poor connection in your home’s electrical system. With one faulty connection, there is the probability of another. To be on the safe side, you need to report this to your electrician before it can develop into something major. 
  • Two-pronged outlets- if the house you live in has only two-pronged electrical outlets, this translates to one thing; your house is not grounded correctly, which is unsafe. This is common in older electrical systems. With modern ones, this can be trouble. So, you should consider talking to a professional to get your electrical system updated. 

Bathroom Electrical Inspection Checklist

The bathroom is one other room that one has to be very careful when dealing with electricity. It becomes even more dangerous due to things like shower steam, splashes from sinks, and other forms of moisture that may be found here. Modern designers are aware of this fact and install bathrooms with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets. They are designed to help reduce the risk of electrical shock in bathrooms and the whole house in general. If your bathroom isn’t installed with GFCI outlets, then you need to contact your electrician ASAP. Here are a few things to look at when inspecting your bathroom.

  • Tripping GFCI outlets – at times, you may notice that your outlets are tripping more often than usual. At this point, it might be that they are not providing enough power for all the devices you have connected there. You will have to call an electrician to take a look at them.
  • Missing GFCI outlets – it is essential to have all rooms with heavy load electronics fitted with GFCI outlets. If, while checking your house in rooms like the bathroom and the kitchen, you notice few or none, contact your electrician and have them installed. It is better to replace all your traditional outlets with these; they are safer.
  • Wet outlets- bathrooms like we both know have a lot of excessive moisture. When you notice that these outlets get wet frequently, seek a professional’s advice on what to do. It can be disastrous when this moisture comes into contact with live electrical outlets. You can opt to have a fan in the bathroom to make sure the steam from the hot shower doesn’t get anywhere near an electrical outlet.

As a homeowner, you have to be careful of the electrical system. It can cost you so much in terms of damage and injuries from electrocution. The best way to conduct an electrical inspection is in the presence of an experienced electrician.

It is essential to what to look for when making an inspection. You don’t want to be in a house installed with electricity, and you have no idea how to be sure if everything is working correctly. To be on the safe side, it is crucial to make sure you can inspect your electrical installations, and maybe make a few DIY repairs if need be. Below are some of the things that you need to look for when doing an electrical inspection on your own.

Dining & Living Room Electrical Inspection Checklist

This is one of the rooms with the highest traffic and the lots of electronics plugged into the electrical system. This should, therefore, be the first point of concern when doing an inspection.

Now, it is not uncommon in most houses to notice the lights flickering and dimming when large electronic devices on, such as TV and refrigerators are plugged in or running. However, paying close attention to such signs is the best way to determine whether your electrical system is fair or needs maintenance. In the living room and other rooms with lots of electronic devices, look for the following signs;

  • Dim lights – dimming lights means that you are overloading one circuit with too many devices. If you notice this, consider updating your electrical panel.
  • Flickering lights- this is usually associated with many electrical issues. When you notice your lights flickering or taking some time to turn, it could indicate a short in your electrical system. In this case, do not try to fix the problem on your own. You should seek the services of a professional.
  • Strange smells – most house fires are caused by faulty electrical systems. Some fires can be prevented if the house owners are always attentive to such things as strange smells. In electrical systems, pay attention to smells that seem like burning plastic rotten eggs, dead animals, or urine. If you notice these kinds of smells, make sure you turn off the circuit breaker and call an electrician. There is no sure way of knowing whether there is an electrical fault other than contacting an electrician and informing them of these signs. 

Other Places to Look  

Besides the living room, it is almost obvious that every other room in your house is installed with power. Therefore, a complete electrical system inspection involves checking out other rooms. Regardless of what you notice, restrain from trying to fix them unless you have the right training to deal with the issue at hand. All the same, here are some

  • Warm outlets or switches- if at any point you touch a switch or electrical outlet in your house and feel that it is warm, it is wise to call an electrician to take a look at it. However, this can be a common issue on outlets supplying heavy consumers like electric cookers, in which case there is no need for alarm. All you need to do is post a sticker there to ensure nobody uses it. Make sure it is checked and as soon as possible and leave it off.
  • Dead outlets and switches- sometimes you may notice that certain outlets are not working correctly, or some switches are not functional. At this point, it is essential to call an electrician. This is mostly caused by poor connection in your home’s electrical system. With one faulty connection, there is the probability of another. To be on the safe side, you need to report this to your electrician before it can develop into something major. 
  • Two-pronged outlets- if the house you live in has only two-pronged electrical outlets, this translates to one thing; your house is not grounded correctly, which is unsafe. This is common in older electrical systems. With modern ones, this can be trouble. So, you should consider talking to a professional to get your electrical system updated. 

Bathroom Electrical Inspection Checklist

The bathroom is one other room that one has to be very careful when dealing with electricity. It becomes even more dangerous due to things like shower steam, splashes from sinks, and other forms of moisture that may be found here. Modern designers are aware of this fact and install bathrooms with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets. They are designed to help reduce the risk of electrical shock in bathrooms and the whole house in general. If your bathroom isn’t installed with GFCI outlets, then you need to contact your electrician ASAP. Here are a few things to look at when inspecting your bathroom.

  • Tripping GFCI outlets – at times, you may notice that your outlets are tripping more often than usual. At this point, it might be that they are not providing enough power for all the devices you have connected there. You will have to call an electrician to take a look at them.
  • Missing GFCI outlets – it is essential to have all rooms with heavy load electronics fitted with GFCI outlets. If, while checking your house in rooms like the bathroom and the kitchen, you notice few or none, contact your electrician and have them installed. It is better to replace all your traditional outlets with these; they are safer.
  • Wet outlets- bathrooms like we both know have a lot of excessive moisture. When you notice that these outlets get wet frequently, seek a professional’s advice on what to do. It can be disastrous when this moisture comes into contact with live electrical outlets. You can opt to have a fan in the bathroom to make sure the steam from the hot shower doesn’t get anywhere near an electrical outlet.

As a homeowner, you have to be careful of the electrical system. It can cost you so much in terms of damage and injuries from electrocution. The best way to conduct an electrical inspection is in the presence of an experienced electrician.