Troubleshooting Electrical Problems

After we moved into a house that seemed to have a lot of electrical problems, I had to learn how to troubleshoot things and fast. I learned how to flip the switch on my circuit breaker, deal with tripped GFCI outlets, and even how to rewire an outlet with the power off. It was a lot of work, but I was able to save a lot of money on professional services. However, after trying in vain to fix my circuit breaker on my own, I realized that I needed some help from an expert. A professional came out, took apart my panel and fixed everything. This blog is all about troubleshooting electrical issues and when to call a pro.

Three Reasons You Should Have An Electrical Inspection In The Middle Of House Building


If you are building or renovating a house, there is a lot going on at once. You will likely have contractors of all types getting together the framing of your house, performing drywalling, setting up or blocking landscaping, or performing the electrical wiring. In the of the project or a little bit before your home is completely put together, you should hold off on the work and have an electrical inspection. Here are three reasons why you want to do this in the middle of your house building. 

Stop or repair the issues before they are complete

Unlike having the wrong paint colors or counters installed, having to reinstall electrical wires or even redo the wiring of a house completely is a major job. You do not want to finish the home, only to find that the wires need changes and the contractors have to go back behind the wall to reconfigure any issues. Getting a certified electrical inspector to look at all of the wiring in your home can save costly repairs in a time where you are already spending tens of thousands or more to have a home put together. 

Determine if panels are in the right place

Panel boxes for breakers can be put in a number of places, but not all of them are necessarily safe. For instance, if you live in an area that is prone to flooding, putting your panel box in the basement may not be the best idea. Some homeowners prefer to hide their breaker boxes inside of a closet, but if you will have flammable clothing or place cleaning products inside of the closet, this may not be a good idea. An electrical inspector can go over their concerns about the location of your panel and make suggestions if it needs to be relocated. 

Get advice about things that are still ideas

If you think you may want to add a small kitchen area to your backyard, but it has not been started yet in the construction phase, you can ask a certified electrician about the logistics. They will be able to tell you if the wiring can be run from its current location to the backyard safely. They can also provide you with tips on keeping the wiring from overheating and let you know what kind of thick, protected wires to use if you live in a rainy or snowy environment. Getting advice while something is still in the preliminary phase will give you and your electrical contractor a more concrete idea to work with. 

For more information, contact a company like CMC Electric.


26 April 2016