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Red Deer Electrical Inspection and Testing

Have one of our Red Deer electricians inspect and test your home’s electrical system

Are you wondering what’s behind your walls? And by that we mean are you wondering about the condition of the electrical wires, connectors, and other electrical parts in your home?

If you are, you should consider having one of our electricians come in and inspect and test your electrical system. 

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Why Are Electrical Inspections and Testing Important?

Electrical safety inspections and testing are invaluable because they:

  • Uncover current issues needing immediate repair
  • Prevent possible problems by identifying them early
  • Make sure your house is safe to live in for you and your loved ones
  • Identify needed upgrades

We recommend having your electrical inspected and tested every 2 to 5 years to make sure everything is in good working order.

What Happens During an Electrical Safety Inspection?

During an inspection our qualified electricians:

  • Meticulously inspect every part and connection in your electrical system
  • Test the wire connections to the outlets and to the breakers
  • Test the safety devices like GFCI outlets
  • Test switches and lights
  • Check the expiry date on the smoke detector
  • Do thermal imaging to uncover any hot spots that need to be repaired
  • Enquire about any electrical issues you are concerned about
  • Ask you about your house’s electrical history. For example, have you made any upgrades or had repairs done?

 

Our electrician will give you recommendations based on what they discover during the inspection and your answers to their questions. You will receive a copy of the inspection report and our recommendations. 

 

Don’t worry, we will go through both the report and the recommendations with you and answer all your questions.

Let’s get you inspected. 

  • Call (403) 755-4914 and one of our friendly customer representatives will book an electrical safety inspection and testing. 
  • Or you can talk to us online right now by clicking on the Chat With Us icon at the bottom of the page. 
  • Or you can fill out our online form and we will promptly get back to you.

What is the Difference Between a Regulatory Electrical Inspection and an Electrical Safety Inspection?

Most of us are familiar with or have at least heard of an electrical inspection. But usually, that only brings to mind a regulatory inspection. It has never occurred to us that there is another type of electrical inspection.

So what is the difference?

Electrical Regulatory Inspection

These inspections are mandated by the jurisdiction (municipality, city, town, district, etc.) where you live. They are conducted at predetermined stages of construction or renovations.

They are performed by a government inspector and are mandatory. When you start your project you will need to get the required permits from your local government. In Alberta, only Master Electricians can pull electrical permits.

Depending on the jurisdiction, there are usually two electrical inspections. One at the rough-in stage before the drywall has gone up. This allows the inspector to more easily examine the installed electrical components and wiring. If you do not pass this inspection, you will need to make the needed changes and be inspected again. The second inspection is usually at completion.

 

In Red Deer, you must get an electrical permit for any alterations or new wiring. If you are replacing existing fixtures (switches, outlets, and lights) and there is existing wiring, you do not need a permit.

The City of Red Deer also requires two safety inspections. You will be required to correct any deficiencies discovered at any of the inspections. 

  • A rough-in inspection before any of the electrical work is concealed
  • A final inspection when the wiring is complete and all fixtures and covers are installed.

Please contact the City of Red Deer for more information on how to apply for your electrical permit and schedule your two inspections.

 

Permits and mandatory inspections ensure the work meets the Canadian Electrical Code, local building codes, bylaws, and health and safety standards. 

Please check your local jurisdiction’s website to see what permits you need and when mandatory inspections need to be scheduled.

If you decide to do electrical work without the requisite permits, you might still be inspected. But it will be a surprise inspection and probably a lot less pleasant than if you’d gotten the permits. You could be on the receiving end of fines and punishments if you do or hire someone to do unpermitted work.

Electrical Safety Inspection

This is not a regulatory-mandated inspection. But it is still a great inspection to get done. It will let you know if your electrical system is working properly and safely. It gives you confidence in your system and peace of mind.

An electrical safety inspection can:

  • Prevent dangerous problems by exposing electrical problems that need immediate attention
  • Help you plan for future upgrades
  • Find minor electrical issues before they become big electrical issues

We recommend you have a safety electrical inspection every few years to make sure your home is safe to live in. There are other reasons to get an inspection. 

  • Your insurance provider might require you to get one
  • If you are buying or selling your home, an electrical inspection is always a good idea.
  • Another good time to have an inspection is when your home has been subjected to a major storm

It’s good to make sure everything is in good working order.

Please make sure you hire a journeyperson electrician to conduct the safety electrical inspection and testing for you. Also, make sure you get a completed report and/or signed safety certificate stating the electrical in your home is safe.

Some Electrical Chuckles to Make You Smile

  1. What do you call a flower that runs on electricity?
  2. A power plant!

 

  1. Why did the robot go on vacation?
  2. Because she needed to recharge her batteries.

 

  1. Why can’t coffee conduct electricity?
  2. Because it is grounded.

 

  1. What do you call a detective electrician?
  2. Sherlock Ohms

 

  1. What’s a wind turbine’s favourite music?
  2. They’re big metal fans.

 

  1. What did the baby lightbulb say to the mommy lightbulb?
  2. I love you watts.
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