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What Is an Electrical Inspection?

What Is an Electrical Inspection? An electrical test is an inspection that will help ensure that all electrical systems and wiring in a building meet legal safety standards. Many electrical inspectors will use a national electrical code when determining whether a particular electrical installation is acceptable. In some cases, an electrical inspection or multiple checks will be accompanied by an electrical permit, usually required by the local government.

What Is an Electrical Inspection?

Local authorities carry out most electrical tests. A private inspector can be hired for those who want to make sure they can pass the inspection before the official inspector makes his rounds. This person will notify the project manager, or owner, of any situation that needs improvement before the formal review takes place.
Three main types of checks occur during electrical installations.

The second test is the service test. While a lot has to happen to pass this check, making sure the service panel is installed and properly grounded is two of the most important. The third check is the final check. At this point, all the circuit breakers and final components will be installed, and the electrical system will be fully operational.

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In many cases, before the city passes an electrical inspection, work must be done by a licensed electrician. Many towns hold the electrician’s exam several times a year. Some towns may accept certificates from another city or statewide institution. Others will insist that the electrician is certified locally by the city where they do business.

The exception to this rule is in cases where the owner of an occupied structure does the work himself. However, this is not something many people are experienced enough to do.

Electrical testing will not only be required when a new building is constructed but also in several other cases. Adding a new addition to a building serviced by electricity is another time when an inspection will need to be performed. Some cities will also require testing if electricity has been completely cut off from the building for a certain period.

What Does an Electrical Inspector Do?

An electrical tester comes to your home or business to check electrical work done by an electrician. This check is done AFTER work is completed by an electrician to make sure everything is installed/fixed according to the code. This is mainly for the town/municipality where work is being done to ensure everything is done correctly and meets NEC standards for safety compliance.

Electrical testers, also known as underwriters, are hired by a third party. This is an unbiased check because it is a separate company from the electrician who did the work and one who did not know the customer was completing the work.

An electrical inspector is also separate from the town or municipality that should be inspected to verify that everything is up-to-date with the code. A “cutting card” issued to a city or municipality by the electrical inspector/guarantor states that the work performed by a licensed electrician is indeed the correct code.

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What Does An Electrician Do?

An electrician is someone who completes the installation and troubleshooting/repair of anything electrical inside or outside your home or business. This could be a basic lighting installation for your dining room to a complete upgrade of your main electrical panel. We can troubleshoot damaged outlets, then replace or repair them. We can install an entire generator in your home so that when the power goes out, you’ll have backup power. The list goes on.

The main thing to know about an electrician is that they are responsible for electrical items in your home or business, but they are NOT responsible for power lines/poles. Main. Things such as downed power lines or poles owned by PECO will be held accountable by PECO. But that’s another blog we won’t get into right now.

The difference between an electrical inspector and an electrician

The difference between an electrician and an electrical tester is that an electrician can perform an electrical test of your existing electrical equipment BEFORE the job is completed. In contrast, an electrical inspector can perform an electrical test AFTER the job is completed. ON completion of work by a licensed electrician.

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A licensed electrician cannot inspect the work someone has done. But they CAN perform an electrical safety check before doing any work to let you know all that needs to be installed/repaired for your home to stay up to date. So when you call a licensed electrician to request an electrical inspection of work completed by someone else, they will let you know that you need an electrical tester/guarantor. The electrician will then perform the necessary installations/repairs as the homeowner or business owner agrees.

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