As a new electrician, it can be difficult to determine what an inspector wants to see during an inspection. Your training prepared you for the basics of wiring a new construction for electricity, but experience is the best teacher when it comes to passing an electrical inspection. Here are three tips you can use to ensure your work will pass inspection in the future.
1. Ask the inspector what you can expect during the inspection.
When you call to schedule the walk-through with your inspector, be sure that you try to have a conversation about what the inspector will be looking for. All inspectors are required to check the work of even professional electric companies, like Zapp Electric, for standard safety problems like faulty wiring or overloaded circuits, but many inspectors have their own additional pet-peeves that could result in a failure.
By finding out what these pitfalls are as you schedule your walk-through, you will have time to address them before the inspector arrives.
2. Be sure that you are using fire block.
Statistics from 2013 show that seven people die in house fires throughout the United States each day. Electrical problems can cause a house fire, so inspectors are quick to fail a property that isn't equipped to prevent fires. You can ensure that your work passes electrical inspection by using fire block liberally.
Fire block is an expanding foam that can be sprayed directly into any holes or wire penetration points. Since these openings can act as a type of chimney that transfers fire from one level of a home to the next, blocking them off with fire block can make the structure safer.
3. Cut the power to your circuits.
You might think that an electrical inspector would want the circuits they are inspecting to be live, but this is not the case. Instead, you should ensure that the power is cut from all the circuits in the home during inspection.
Devices like outlets or lighting fixtures are not connected until after the inspection, so any power to the circuits would be running freely without an end point. You can have your wires tied into the new breaker box, but keep the power off until the inspector asks for it.
Taking the time to learn about some of the extra things you can do to prepare for an electrical inspection can be beneficial. Asking the inspector about his or her preferences prior to the walk-through, using fire block in any holes, and cutting the power to your circuits will increase the odds of passing your electrical inspection the first time.Share
27 July 2015
Have you ever thought about the dangers sitting around your home? Although it might be easy to overlook, electrical outlets, panels, and wiring can hurt you in an instant--if you don't know how to treat it. I have been a homeowner for many years, and I have learned a lot about what to do--and what not to do--around electricity. Check out my blog for information regarding electrical safety. By using this information, you might be able to protect your curious kids, avoid electrical expenses, and fend off house fires. In addition to saving you money and time, this information can also protect the people you love.