When something goes wrong with anything electrical in the home, it is important to get it fixed quickly by someone who is licensed and knowledgeable – after all, how long do you want to go without air conditioning, the refrigerator, TV or the internet? And we can’t emphasize the word licensed enough because with a licensed professional on the job you know he taking the proper steps, getting the right permits, and contacting the city inspector to come make sure the work is done correctly.
Electrical work is different than most all other types of home services. Many electrical jobs require a permit and according to state law, the work must be inspected before the job is finished. Improperly installed wiring or breakers can be dangerous because they can burn down your entire home, which is why the state of Texas goes to great measures to ensure that all electricians follow the latest codes and have all their work checked.
When do I need an electrical permit?
Simple electrical work such as replacing a bad outlet, installing a fixture, or replacing a fan does not require a permit. It is the for those bigger jobs, the kind that most of us would be afraid to do for fear of getting electrocuted, a permit and inspector are required.
Luckily, here at John Moore, we have a person who is dedicated to just pulling permits so that all of our Electrical work is top-notch and never puts you or family in danger
When does the inspector come?
Let’s pretend you are building your dream home or are adding an additional room to your house. In this scenario, the inspector would come out several different times. His first visit is called a “rough-in” inspection. Basically, a rough-in inspection is a thorough look at all wires that will be concealed when the job is finished.
“It consists of checking to see if the wire size is correct, if there are too many wires inside a box, if there are enough outlets and that they are placed in the right spots, that the wires are stripped and grounded correctly, that the wires are nailed properly, and they will also check for any workmanship defects,” said Floyd. “The inspector basically checks everything that he will not be able to see after the sheetrock goes up.”
Once the sheetrock is up and the paint is dry, the inspector will come back again for a final inspection.
“This is the part when the inspector looks at how the outlets and receptacles were installed, he tests to see if the home has power, he makes sure all the outlets are working, he checks all the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are hardwired correctly,” said Floyd. “They are looking at the finished product and making sure everything is up to code and is done as it should be.”
What if I do the job myself and don’t pull a permit or call the inspector?
There are enough DIY sites on the Internet that can teach you how to do almost anything, and yes, this includes electrical work. While this works great for cooking or crafting, it doesn’t work so well with installing wires. Sure you could try to rewire your home yourself, not pull a permit, and not have your work inspected, but do you really trust yourself that much when it comes to the safety of your family?
“I have come across several companies that will do a job and not pull a permit or have the work inspected when they are required to, and that puts the customer’s life at risk,” said Floyd. “It would be the same thing if you just hired a neighbor to do the job. Liabilities increase for not doing things in compliance with the law, and taking a risk with something as sensitive as electrical work is very dangerous.” And let’s face it, there are some DIY projects that are just too dangerous to do yourself.
Neighbors, friends, or “handyman” type companies are great for a lot of things, but not for electrical work. Hiring a reputable company that will pull the right permit for the job and have their work inspected means that you do not have to worry about your electrical work starting a fire. The electrical experts at John Moore Services are trained to make sure each part of your electrical system is up to code and won’t finish a job until they have the stamp of approval of the city inspector.