Important Reasons To Hire An Electrician To Inspect A House

Are you currently in the process of buying your first home? Do you want to make sure that the home is safe for you and your family to move into? While getting a standard home inspection is useful, it may not tell you the whole story. Here are some reasons why you should consider hiring an electrician to inspect the place as well:

Grounded wiring: 

Modern electrical receptacles have three holes. Two of the holes are for the electricity, while the third hole is a grounding wire. If your potential home was built before the 1970s, chances are good that it didn't originally have grounded plugs because they weren't required until that time.

However, the home may now currently have three-prong outlets. Unfortunately, this may not actually mean that the wiring has been improved since the house was built. A prior owner may have added three-prong outlets, without adding the necessary grounding wire. Even if a grounding wire was added, it may not have been done correctly.

Whether or not the wiring was added safely is outside the purview of most standard home inspections. An electrician can take a look at the electrical system in the house and tell you if it's properly grounded or if you'll need to sink additional money into the electrical system in order to make it safe.

Crumbling insulation: 

Until relatively recently, most wires inside the walls of a home would be coated with rubber insulation. If you've ever left something rubber laying around for a while, then you know how quickly it can age and how easily it can be damaged once it becomes brittle.

As a result, rubber-coated wires could pose a shock danger to a home. An electrician can inspect the wires in the house, letting you know if they are coated with modern PVC or if they are older rubber-coated wires that may need to be replaced soon.

Knob and tube wiring: 

If the house you're thinking about buying is an antique, built before the 1930s, it may have pieces of an old knob and tube wiring system still in place. Because the system still works, the previous owners may not have considered replacing it. Although the system may still be legal, depending on the state the house is located in, it may be impossible to find an insurance company that is willing to cover a home containing such antique wiring.

An electrician can search the entire home to confirm whether or not there is knob and tube wiring still in place. If there are bits of knob and tube wiring, but they aren't actually connected to anything, your electrician can certify that they are no longer in use. By doing this, you'll find it much easier to get reasonable home insurance rates, if you decide to buy the house.