Inspections You Can Do Right at Home
From the more obvious safety measures, like smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, to more inconspicuous electrical operations, there are a lot of electrical systems in your home. Although they are designed to be effective and safe, electrical sources are not immune to damage. It’s prudent to take the time to examine and run tests to identify any problems. Below is a quick rundown of a few simple procedures and inspections that you should include in your new year’s resolutions.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are among the most important safety measures installed in homes. Backup batteries should be replaced once a year in smoke alarms and every six months in carbon monoxide detectors. However, both should be tested once a month, an easy process as they both have test buttons.
GFCIs and AFCIs Outlets
GFCIs and AFCIs are both interrupters. GFCIs can help prevent electrocution and are usually placed where electrical circuits could come into contact with water. AFCIs are receptacles that break the flow of electricity should it sense a problem, and prevent electrocution. Like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, GFCIs and AFCIs should be tested every 30 days. Their test buttons are located on the outlet or breaker.
According to coynecollege.edu, an American home has an average of 75 electrical outlets. That may seem like a lot of ground to cover, but all you need to do is check outlets for any unusual warmth, discoloration, or smell. These things are indicative that something is wrong with your outlet, and an electrician should be called.
Electrical appliances are everywhere in the home, and their problems can often be overlooked. It’s a good idea to check wires and electrical cords for fraying and damage while also ensuring they are not too close to heat-producing appliances such as microwaves. If there is a noticeable problem, such as a strange smell or loud noises, calling an electrician is wise. You can prevent accidents by doing things like cleaning out the dust and debris from behind your refrigerator, keeping your oven clear of any combustible material, such as paper and plastics, and cleaning out the lint from your dryer.
Keeping up with your home’s maintenance
In addition to inspecting your home yourself, it’s a good idea to schedule a yearly checkup with an electrician. This will ensure that all your bases are covered, as some things may only be noticeable to a professional. However, the tests and examinations you perform on the electrical sources in your home can help you catch something before it becomes a problem. Call SPS Electric when it comes time for an electrical systems check or fill out the form below.