Electricity is arguably the most valuable resource we have in our modern society. Without electricity, most of the things we do and rely on on a daily basis wouldn’t be there.
While exact requirements vary from city to city, the city in which the building is located will require a permit for many types of electrical work. Generally, permits are required by law for any new or relocated lights or fixtures, electrical work for new buildings, and service upgrades. Leading Edge Electric will obtain (frequently called “pulling a permit”) the required permits prior to beginning work. Pulling permits and having the permitted work passing inspection protects you and your investment. Skipping pulling the proper permits can cause safety issues, legal problems, as well create difficulty if you are to ever sell the property. Protect yourself and your home or building and only hire licensed electricians who are well-versed in the building codes for your area, and who pull the required permits.
Once permitted work is completed, the city where you pulled the permit will send a certified electrical inspector to thoroughly examine the work that has been performed. This inspection encompasses only the work listed on the permit. Permitted work will only pass inspection if performed by a licensed electrician. If the work is not performed by a licensed electrician, the inspector can and will require all work to be torn out and properly re-done by a licensed electrician. This is for the safety of the building and occupants. Having the work done correctly the first time will save incredible expense, legalities, hassle, headaches, and delays.
The electrical inspection of the whole home or building is a thorough examination of the electrical system. The entire system will be inspected, such as the electrical panel and conduits, wires, boxes, switches, and outlets, etc. It is performed by a licensed electrician, who stays current with the frequently updated building codes for your area. The inspection verifies the electrical system in the building meets current building codes, is correctly sized for the current and intended usage, as well as locates any potential risk areas. This crucial inspection can spare you from many potential problems in the future. The electrical inspection, along with a plumbing inspection is generally not included in the typical home inspection performed during the scope of a home or building purchase.
No matter how urgent an electrical repair may seem, it is extremely dangerous to attempt solving electrical problems without professional training. If you or someone else are not injured or killed during your attempt, there is still a great chance that something was done incorrectly, posing a dangerous risk to you, your home, or your family. Faulty electrical wiring is the number one cause of house fires in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. To ensure the safety of your home and loved ones, always rely on a licensed professional for any electrical services. Hire a professional. Your life and safety of your property depend on it.