The spring has historically represented a time for radical change and growth across the board. With flowers blooming, the temperatures rising, and the days getting longer, people start to crawl out of the lethargic feelings of the winter. The same goes with doing projects around your house — including electrical maintenance.
Knowing which electrical maintenance tasks around your home require your attention and prioritization can be difficult without proper guidance. Utilize this helpful guide to figure out where to start, what electrical tasks you can handle, and which need experienced electrical contractors.
Change Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Keeping your home safe and ready for any potential emergencies requires installing functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The first thing on your home electrical safety checklist is to check the batteries on your sensors. It’s one of those things that homeowners can check on their own without the need for a licensed electrician.
Inspect the Electrical Outlets, Light Fixtures, and Circuits
Your outlets handle electrical currents and many different appliances — and can potentially spark if not appropriately maintained. Keep an eye on your outlets for signs of degradation and singe marks that can indicate that your outlets are old and outdated; it can be a cause for concern. An experienced residential electrician company can help update and replace your outlets.
The exterior outlets and light fixtures around your home can take a beating year-round. They’re designed to withstand the changing elements and the potential for storms to cause havoc, but you still need an electrical inspection to stay on top of any potential problems. Having an electrical professional come out and perform a safety inspection of your exterior outlets can help save you time, money, and potential headaches down the road.
Your internal light fixtures and outlets also must be inspected to ensure they are installed correctly. Looking for visible signs of overloads, singe marks on the coverings or appliances not turning on can give you an indication that your interior fixtures need attention.
Inspect the Electrical Panels and Breakers
During your routine home electrical inspection, one area you should focus on is your electrical panel and the circuit breakers. This essential piece of your home’s electrical system controls a wide range of essential functions in your home, and if they aren’t properly maintained, they can cause more significant problems down the line.
While you’re inspecting your electrical panel, check out your circuit breaker for any irregularities. If your circuit breaker is in a dusty atmosphere or exposed to high moisture levels, you may need to have a professional electrician come in and fix any lingering problems.
Check Your Switches
Sometimes the issues with your electrical systems come down to the switches instead of the internal wiring. If your switches aren’t completing the circuit and powering up the intended appliance, fixture, or the like, then you will need a professional electrician to come out and fix the problems.
Inspect Electrical Meters
Your electrical meter tracks the amount of wattage your home uses, and your power company bills you accordingly. Check your meters for signs of rust and water damage that can be outward signs that your electrical meters aren’t functioning properly. If the meter malfunctions or isn’t installed correctly, then chances are your energy bill will skyrocket due to inaccurate readings.
Electrical Main Service Wire Maintenance
The power supply to your home comes from the main electrical service wire. During your routine inspections, you want to take a look at this wire to ensure that it supplies an adequate amount of electricity to power your home.
When checking out the main electrical service wires, look for signs of degradation and fraying edges. Any visible sign of degradation can mean your wires aren’t delivering the right amount of electricity to your home to power everything effectively.
Contact EP Electric LLC for Your Electrical Inspection Needs
Whether you want to inspect outlets or have a look at your electrical panel and circuit breakers, having an experienced electrician on hand to help with the inspections is crucial. EP Electric LLC has the experience and knowledge to help ensure your home’s electrical systems are in excellent condition this spring. Contact our team to schedule your first inspection today!