We all know that buying and selling a home can be one of the most stressful things we ever do. And if you’re selling your house, it’s extremely important to make sure your home is up to code. Some electrical code violations are illegal, others are dangerous—some are both! There is a major benefit to scheduling an electrical inspection prior to putting your home on the market: you have the ability to correct any electrical code violations ahead of time, which may help in avoiding delays in the negotiation and sale of your home.
Common Electrical Code Violations
Electrical code violations pose serious health and safety risks to anyone in the home. Don’t fall victim to the common wiring problems and mistakes that, left uncorrected, have the potential to cause short circuits, shocks and even fires. Avoid these violations that could cost you your home—and your life:
- Wiring mistakes. Ensure that your wires are never cut too short! Short wire connections—which also create poor connections—are extremely dangerous. As a safety precaution, always leave the wires long enough to extend at least three inches from the electrical box.
- Exposed wires. Wires should never be connected outside of an electrical box. If there is a short circuit or loose connection, there is nothing to protect the surrounding area from damage from sparks and heat, creating a fire hazard!
- Faulty circuit breaker. Like most electrical systems, a circuit breaker has an uncertain lifespan. If your circuit breaker seems to be going bad, it could result in a fire inside the panel! Signs of a faulty circuit breaker include an unpleasant smell from the panel, or other signs of burning such as breakers that are hot to the touch.
- Overfilling electrical boxes. Too many wires jammed into a box can cause dangerous overheating, melting, and short-circuiting and could result in fire.
- Backward-wired GFCI. Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are often located in bathrooms and kitchens near sinks. They protect people from getting shocked by shutting off if there is a variation in the current. GFCIs have two sets of terminals labeled “line” and “load.” If these are wired backwards, they will not perform their intended function resulting in sometimes fatal consequences.
- Reversing hot and neutral wires. If a hot, black wire is connected to an outlet’s neutral terminal, the result can be a deadly electrical shock. Make sure the white wire is always connected to the neutral terminal.
- Damaged outlets. If any outlets in your home are loose, they need to be fixed immediately! Loosely connected outletscan shift around, causing the wires to loosen from the terminals. Loose wires can overheat, creating a potential fire hazard in your home.
At Hoffman electrical, our electricians are trained to find and correct any code violations on the spot. We’ll inspect your home’s entire electrical system – from your breaker panel to electrical outlets, appliance wiring and computer wiring to outdoor lighting, our electricians will ensure your home is up to all local, state, and federal electrical codes.
Electrical Code Inspections & Correction in Tampa and St. Petersburg
The professionals at Hoffman Electrical & A/C are licensed and trained to meet all local and state electrical codes and regulations. When it comes to electrical codes and inspections in the Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL areas, we have the tools and expertise needed to spot and correct any NEC code violation. Call us at (866) 238-3243 or schedule an appointment today.