Electrical Must Checks When buying Or owning a home the first of a series
Now everyone likes great lighting (You always have some options so don’t stress) let’s look at More Important things like. Does your new Home have the correct sized, Protected Meter and Electrical power panel.
This is very important – think of this equipment as being the Heart of your Home and if it’s not healthy then you know that the rest is stressed as well.
What to look for 1st – do you have a Main Breaker outside? Now this isn’t always required on the outside of the home but in most areas it is (This is a Safety thing in case of a fire or possibly another Emergency) You want to be able to shut down all the power at one point.
A couple of other things to check would be –
1.) Do you have Grounding this can be done a few different ways such as a couple of ground rods below the panel these should be at least 6’ apart to work correctly.
2.) Does it have Overhead or Underground Service feeding it overhead should have at least 2 different supports holding to the wall of the home. Underground should have at least one support / strap.
This is something that should be checked by a Licensed Electrical Contractor in your area
Then after the meter base head into the Electrical power panel now this is what we use to protect the wiring inside the home this will be one of our next blogs upcoming soon.
This is a Good Example of an Electrical power panel should look like
Here are a few with Problem we have come across in the past some are much worse then others. you can also see a few after they have been replaced with new meter bases.
These all had problems most of witch where shorts of some sort the last one is just on a whole new level my next post will be just about it and the problems it has .
Disclaimer: This is meant as an informational blog only. Always contact a licensed and insured Electrical Contractor to work on your home of building.