Vancouver Home Electrical Inspections
The insurance company sent you a letter?
Are you worried about potentially unsafe wiring performed by unlicensed electricians or handymen that could present a safety hazard to your home?
Own an older home? Not sure about the safety of the electrical wiring?
Electrical Safety Inspections
We specialize in home electrical safety inspections & risk assessments in the Vancouver Area for insurance purposes and your peace of mind:
Aluminum Wiring Inspection
Knob and Tube Wiring Inspections (K & T)
Electrical Service Panel Inspections
Rental Property Electrical Inspections
Home Purchase Electrical Inspections
Pre-sale Inspection – Pre-purchase Electrical Inspections
Electrical Risk & Safety Assessment
Our home electrical safety & risk inspections comply with insurance company’s requirements, all our assessments include a summary of safety concerns and recommendations on our company letterhead.
The best way to ensure your electrical system is working properly is to schedule an electrical safety inspection with our experienced, certified electricians so you can enjoy your home free from electrical issues and fire hazards. Electrical problems are major inconveniences but also can be potential fire hazards.
Reasons to Get an Electrical Safety Inspection
A faulty socket or damaged electric cords can lead to electrical shocks. If your home’s electrical is more than 10 years old, is important to have an electrical safety inspection done.
Peace of Mind:
Knowing that your home electrical wiring is free from any electrical defects that pose potential hazards.
Electrical fires are one of the top causes of house fires in Canada. We check your electrical system for any signs of an electrical hazard and make sure your circuits aren’t overloaded.
Your home insurance may request an Electrical Safety Assessment or Home Electrical Inspection prior to renewing home insurance policies to make sure your home is a low insurable risk.
Honest, Prompt, Safe and Up-to-Code Electrical Safety Inspection
The safety of your family & your home is our priority. Our electrical safety inspections are thorough and comprehensive, our electricians are technically competent and knowledgeable.
Respect & Helpful
Our electricians are friendly, trained to respect you, your home and your time. We listen to your concerns and help you to understand the conditions of your systems and your options.
Honesty is our culture. We speak truthfully about prices and work needed. We are friendly, not pushy. We don’t try to upsell you work that you don’t need.
We are licensed, certified, insured & bonded. Our electricians are highly skilled & experienced so you can feel confident in our expert advice and electrical services.
Great Pricing with No surprises
We give you a firm quote, with no hidden charges and no surprises. You’ll know your options and we happily do the work you choose.
Knob & Tube Wiring Inspection
After 26 years of insuring with the same company with no complications, I was informed because of the age of my house, an electrical inspection was required to rate risk factors. Thie had never happened before. A “specialist” was recommended-at $380, almost the cost of the policy! I contacted Octavio’s company instead. He is personable, prompt, efficient and highly professional. After his inspection and report which cost considerably less than the other company, he went through what he had found, step by step, and even showed me pictures he had taken along the way. He even pointed out visually errors another electrician had made on an earlier and costly job. I wish I had discovered him earlier and would recommend his services unconditionally.
Your Peace of Mind is only a couple steps away:
Contact us at 604-800-1665 or request an appointment online. Please allow 1.5 - 2 hours for your thorough inspection.
After the electrical inspection, within 24 hrs, we will send you a full report by email, including any concerns, recommendations, and risk level.
If we found any electrical problems during the Electrical Safety Inspection, we will give you a firm quote to complete all the follow-up repairs. After the work is completed, we will send you a letter for your insurance company outlining the repairs that have been done and the updated risk level.
Vancouver Home Electrical Safety Inspection, Electrical Safety Reports
Worried about the condition of your house electrical system, just moved to another house or wanting to sell your property? We suggest all homes are periodically inspected every ten years or whenever it seems necessary due to changes or electrical problems.
We perform thorough home electrical safety inspections and provide you with a detailed electrical safety report on the status of your home.
After the electrical safety inspection is performed you will receive a written electrical safety report that can be used for your insurance company or to show to any potential buyer that your home is in a safe condition, if you are planning to sell your house.
Who needs an Electrical Safety Inspection?
You own an older home (30+ years old)
Your home has aluminum or ‘knob and tube’ wiring
You are experiencing warning signs of faulty electrical
Your insurance company sent you a letter requesting an Electrical Safety Inspection performed by a Licensed Electrician
What are the warning signs of faulty electrical?
You must unplug one electrical device before plugging in another one, otherwise, you circuit breaker trips or blow a fuse.
You need several extension cords or plug several cords into a single outlet because you don't have an adequate number of outlets
When you turn your small appliances on, such as toasters or irons, they heat slowly.
Lights that flicker or dim when you use certain appliances.
Your home has outlets and switches that feel warm to the touch or don’t work
Your light switches make crackling or buzzing sounds
A burning smell coming from your outlets or switches
Light bulbs that burn out too fast
What about Knob and Tube Wiring Inspections?
Knob and tube (K&T) wiring was a common standardized way of electrical wiring in North America from about 1880 to the 1940s. Knob & Tube wiring is considered obsolete and can be a safety hazard, although some of the fear associated with it is not deserved.
Knob-and-Tube Wiring is not inherently unsafe. The dangers of this system come up from its age, incorrect modifications, and situations where insulation covers the wires. Also, K & T wiring has no ground wire and thus can't service any three-pronged appliances. Even though it's considered obsolete, there is no code that demands its complete removal.
WireChief Electric offers a comprehensive Knob & Tube Home Electrical Safety Assessments to provide Metro Vancouver homeowners with an accurate risk rating of the electrical system in a home, for the insurance industry.
Through an 80 point safety check of your electrical system, the safety of the electrical system is determined. Following the inspection, a Risk Assessment Report is prepared describing the risk level as low, medium, high or extreme risk. If hazards are identified, a list of corrective actions is presented to the homeowner.
Knob and tube wiring can be safe and functional, but it is very outdated with the needs of modern homes. Houses with old original wiring can be confirmed as low or medium risk and be considered moderately safe. The electricians of WireChief Electric have experience inspecting knob and tube wiring to determine its safety.
While a home can be safely wired with existing K & T, there are some issues to be concerned about, such as, ungrounded receptacles, which are a safety issue for today’s lifestyle, high energy usage, and technology.
If you are concerned about the safety of your Knob and Tube wiring feel free to contact us, we can come out and inspect your wiring and advice on the proper steps to take.
The qualified Vancouver electricians of WireChief Electric can inspect the wiring of your home to determine its safety. With proper documentation from a licensed electrical contractor, many insurance companies will readily insure your home.
Centrally based out of Vancouver, we proudly service the Greater Vancouver Area - West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Delta, Richmond, Surrey & surrounding areas.
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