It’s easy to take electricity for granted, until the power goes off. Then we have to remind ourselves not to open the refrigerator, and many people continue to flip light switches on, even though we know the power is off. Most power outages are due to a failure on the grid, but when the problem originates from within your home, it’s imperative to find the problem and provide a solution. No homeowner wants the risk of an electrical fire, yet few schedule an electrical home inspection, unless they are buying a home. Home inspections are good, but they seldom identify hidden plumbing, electrical or HVAC problems. Only the industry specialists can provide a comprehensive inspection of these systems. Whether you are buying a home, or your home is nearing the 40 year old mark recommended for an electrical inspection, Mister Sparky can provide a comprehensive inspection for your home, and any required electrical wiring repair in Huntsville, AL.
The Electrical Safety Foundation recommends an electrical inspection when the following applies:
- You’re purchasing a home.
- Your home is 40 years old or older.
- You’re installing a new appliance not previously present in the home.
- You recently renovated your home.
If you plan to place your home on the market in the near future, or are shopping for a home, the following issues can prevent the passing an electrical home inspection:
- Out dated knob and tube, or aluminum wiring
- Non-functioning or missing carbon monoxide detectors (if required) or smoke alarms
- Old wiring serving new lighting or appliances
- Non-IC-rated recessed lights that are in contact with attic insulation
- Improperly spliced wires
- Damaged wiring or service box
Schedule an Electrical Safety Inspection
Both state and federal building codes exist, establishing the standards for the home. As codes are continuously evolving, your home may fail to be ‘up to code’. However, the majority will not be.
Selling Your Home
You can market your home ‘as is’, if it isn’t up to code. However the condition of your home should factor into the asking price. If you want top dollar, without the hassle of negotiation, take care of any problems in your home prior to placing it on the market. Otherwise, you can reduce the asking price to an amount that will cover the necessary electrical wiring repair in Huntsville, AL. However, you should be aware that many financing terms are ‘subject to’ a home being in a specific condition. The stipulations are numerous – from GFCIs to stove or bathroom venting and porch rails, especially with FHA and USDA loans.
If you knowingly sell a home that is damaged or unsafe without disclosing it to potential buyers as required by law, you can be held liable for any damages or medical bills incurred as a result.
Home Mortgages and Insurance Observes Electrical Stipulations
In order to satisfy lender and insurance requirements, consider resolving these electrical safety issues before listing your home on the market. Mister Sparky electricians can provide the electrical wiring repair in Huntsville, AL that you require.
- Insufficient Electrical Service
The 60-amp service used in older homes is inadequate for the appliances and electronics in modern homes. The standard calls for 200-amp/240-volt service in single family homes. Most insurers require a minimum of 100-amp/240-volt service. Mister Sparky can provide upgrades and electrical wiring repair in Huntsville, AL for your home.
- Outdated or Recalled Electrical Panels
Most lenders and insurance companies require a modern breaker box to qualify for financing and insurance. Recalled breaker boxes were installed as late as the 1990’s and, pose a high safety risk. Mister Sparky electricians can provide the replacement and electrical wiring repair in Huntsville, AL your home requires.
- Outdated Wiring
Aluminum wiring was installed during the 60-70s, non-metallic wiring during the 40-50s, and knob-and-tube wiring was used in homes constructed from the 30s and prior, All are are highly recognized safety hazards. A number of major insurance carriers will refuse insurance on homes with knob-and-tube. Mister Sparky can take of the problem for you with electrical wiring repair in Huntsville, AL.
- Junction Boxes
Electrical connections can no longer be made with wire nuts and electrical tape. All connections must be in approved junction boxes, visible, and accessible.
- Ungrounded Outlets
Ungrounded outlets are a safety hazard. Without proper grounding, your electrical devices can be short lived. It is also a huge risk of shock or even electrocution for you. Outlets lacking the third plug are a sure sign of ungrounded outlets. Our electricians will provide the electrical wiring repair in Huntsville, AL you require.
- A Lack of GFCI’s
GFCI’s are necessary for all outlets in high-moisture areas (bath, kitchen, laundry/utility, crawl spaces, basements, poolside, and outdoors to prevent shock. They are also recommended for ungrounded outlets.
- A Lack of AFCI’s
Required in all 50 states, AFCI’s act as a circuit breaker that disconnect in the event of a dangerous electrical arc.
Need help bringing your home up to code? Contact Mister Sparky to schedule an electrical home inspection and assess for code problems in your home today. Mister Sparky is recognized nationwide for the expertise of our licensed electricians, and our exclusive 100% satisfaction guarantee. For electrical services you can rely on, including installation, maintenance or electrical wiring repair in Huntsville, AL, contact us today. Mister Sparky serves the North Alabama region, and is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.