10 Electrical Checks You Must do Before Moving Into a New Rental Home

By Jeson Pitt

NFPA  states  that  electrical  fire  is  one  of  the  most  significant  causes  of  home damage in the USA. Did you check the electrical materials and connections before moving into your rental home? If not, then you should do it without any further delay.

Here is our list of 10 vital electrical safety checks for your new home –

1. Age of the Property

If  the property is old, its electrical system is also aging. You might  need  to  call  an  electrician  for some upgrades. Do not plug in too many modern appliances in an old property until your electrician tells you how much load it can handle.

2. Electrical Load Center

You will find an electrical load center somewhere in the walls of your new house. It will contain breakers if the property is new. If the property is older, there will be fuse conductors. Check for any damage, coins near the fuse, burn marks, warm breakers, no main breaker, and lose breakers.

3. Quality of Circuit Breakers

After checking everything else in the load center, conduct a detailed breaker panel inspection. The circuit breakers should not be corroded or damaged by rodents. Turn the breaker panel on and off multiple times to check if they are working properly.

4. GFCI Protection

Outlets  that  are  near  any  water  source  are  ideally  GFCI outlets.  It  means  they  are  ground  fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)  protected outlets. These outlets can be secured with a GFCI breaker or another outlet on the same circuit. Test if there is such provision provided or not. Call an electrician if you need help.

5. Copper or Aluminum Wiring

If you have aluminum wiring in your house, it’s an old property. The electric connection will need an upgrade if the property is not well maintained. In addition, aluminum wiring is considered less safe in comparison to copper wiring. You might face difficulty in insuring your house with aluminium electrical wiring.

6. Quantity & Quality of Switches

You  need  to  check  the  number of outlets and switches according to the need of your household or not. Search for three-pronged outlets. Don’t rely on an extension to run your appliances. You also need to evaluate the quality of switches. Watch out for any buzzing sound, heating of buttons, or discoloration. Call an electrician immediately if you notice any such sign.

7. Safety of Exterior Outlets

Safety of exterior outlets is as important as the safety of the interior  outlet.  They  must  be  sealed,  GFCI protected, and covered  for  weather-related hazards. If anything is plugged into  the  exterior  outlet, there should be holes in the outlet cover for that connection.

8. Push-in Connections

It  is  not  professional  and  entirely safe to wire in receptacles using push-in connections on the back. A binding head screw on the side should be applied to the wire in the receptacles.

9. Tamper-Resistant Outlets

Kids sometimes throw dangerous things like pennies or pens in your electric outlets. Thus the National Electrical Code made it  compulsory  for  outlets  to  be  tamper-resistant. Which means that outlets in children’s reach need an inner shield. It is a plastic barrier behind the receptacle opening.

10. Appliances Provided With Property

Check  the  condition  of  the  appliances  provided  by  your landlord.  If they are old, check for any defects in their wiring or  chords.  Also,  check  the  state  of  safety equipment like smoke alarms and breaker box.

Endnote!

All  checks  mentioned  above  are  for  you  and  your  family’s safety. You should talk to your landlord if there is an electrical hazard on the property. If your landlord doesn’t understand your concern, it may be time to look for another property.

Author Bio:

Jeson Pitt  works  with  the  marketing  department  of  D&F  Liquidators  and  regularly  writes  to  sharehis knowledge, while enlightening  people  about  electrical  products  and solving their electrical dilemmas. He’s got the industry insights that you can  count  on  along  with  years of experience in the field. Jeson lives in Hayward, CA and loves to explore different cuisines that the food trucks in the Bay area have to offer.

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