Will your wiring pass inspection? You finally got all the branch circuit wires and outlet boxes installed. Before you add the drywall, an electrician needs to approve your work. But these assessments are incredibly detailed and nit-picky. How can you guarantee a passing grade? Follow these tips to prepare for an upcoming rough-in electrical inspection:
Hold a Test Inspection
Roleplay doesn’t usually come to mind when thinking about electrical installation. However, playing inspector is a great way to prepare for the big day. Make a rough-in inspection checklist and take your crew on a test run. Unsure what to include? Electricians want to see:
- Correctly installed, strapped, and supported cables
- Enough usable wire length and cable sheathing
- All exposed conductors covered with wire nuts
- Securely installed and fastened outlet boxes
- GFCI and AFCI circuit protection
- Appropriate wire gauge for circuit amperage
- Protection plates in place, where needed
- All wiring unconcealed by insulation, wall, or ceiling material
All inspectors look for the same things. Unless you have prior rough-in experience, you might want to ask your electrician about any avoidable pitfalls. Making necessary changes during this “pretend” inspection could mean the difference between passing or failing.
Prepare and Clean the Space
The purpose of the rough-in inspection is to verify the proper installation of all outlet boxes, cables, wiring, and conduit. Inspectors need both physical and visual access to all new electrical components. Unorganized spaces make it difficult for them to do their job.
Before the scheduled appointment, take time to clean up the area. Pick up any construction debris and create a clear path to the new electrical installations. Allow enough space for the inspector to move around without tripping over anything.
Now is also the time to organize the actual wiring. Connect all grounding wires, leaving only the ones that will eventually attach to devices. Also, note that electricians don’t want to see any devices connected to the new circuits when they arrive. Outlets, lights, or switches must remain disconnected until you get approval.
Leave the Day Open
Try to keep your schedule to a minimum on inspection day. The process can last several hours, depending on the size of the job. Rough-ins range from quick and swift to slow and detailed. Expect the latter if the electrician has never seen your work before. It’s also wise to have a copy of your current electrical plans for easy reference.
Stress-Free, Reliable Inspections
After installing new wiring, the last thing you want is to fail inspection. Taking the time to prepare for the big event will ensure you have the best chance of passing. But even if you do fail, don’t view it as a loss. The inspector just wants to keep you safe and reduce the risk of fire. Besides, you can always make the necessary changes and schedule another one.
Kalahari Electrical Services wants to ensure all your wiring, outlets, and circuits are up to code. As a full-service electrical contracting service, we serve both residential and commercial customers. From inspections to wiring to panel upgrades, we do it all. Connect with us to learn more ways to prepare for an electrical rough inspection.