Winter can be a particularly difficult season in terms of how hard it is on your home and your systems. When it comes to your electrical system, there is more than just the cold to be worried about. Taking the time to have after winter inspections is a must and can help your home stay in the best shape possible.
Why You Should Inspect Your Electrical System After the Winter Season
The first, and most important part of a pre-spring electrical inspection is to ensure that no damage came from the previous winter. This can pertain to damage from the cold, damage from water and ice, and the, most common, damage from rodents and other pests. The winter months tend to force rodents indoors, into the spaces of your walls, and into crawl spaces. As such, they will tend to make nests and chew on cords and wires.
When this happens, it can create a fire hazard and can even create hazards as far as the wires shorting and not working properly. If you have wires that have been damaged by rodents, you need to have them repaired before you continue using them. Another issue is water damage and damage from ice. This is less common but can still be a concern.
Post-Winter Electrical Inspection Basics
There are a few things that you need to know about your post winter electrical inspection. The first thing that the inspector will do is check your outlets, plugs and switches. They might also check for hot spots where the wire may be potentially damaged. They will speak with you about any possible issues you might be experiencing, and they will also check to see if there are any current or continuity issues.
If they find problems, they will delve deeper into what they are, and they will do a deeper inspection to see if there are any issues that need to be remedied and to see if there are any problems that can be taken care of. They will look into the walls, the wiring of the home, and the junction box for the house.
This type of inspection is important to help ensure that there are no issues and to help ensure that if there are, they are taken care of before they become a major issue for the homeowner and a hazard for the occupants as well.
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