If you are planning on having electrical construction take place at your property, then rest assured you do not need to know anything about circuit breakers, electrical panels, knob and tube wiring, electrical outlets — the list goes on. We are the type of electrical contractor that helps you make all the right decisions. Our Canadian Electrical Code is the minimum standard to which everyone must adhere. We will take the time to educate you on “Best Practices” which will exceed minimum code requirements.
To keep your property safe while undergoing electrical construction, here are 3 important issues you need to know about:
- Most electrical installations require an electrical permit from ESA (The Electrical Safety Authority).
Some “like for like” installations or repairs do not require a permit. Almost all other work does. Fear not! This is not a complicated process like a building permit. We take care of everything including providing you with a copy of the “Certificate of Inspection”. You will only need to provide access to the ESA Inspector. They are not to be feared. They are your advocate for safe and code compliant electrical installations.
- You must only hire licensed electrical contractors.
The importance of this cannot be overstated: by law, you must only hire licensed electrical contractors to do any electrical work on your property — including relatively minor jobs. Fortunately, verifying that a potential contractor is licensed by the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency/Electrical Safety Authority is fast, easy, and free. Simply head to the ESA website to look up your contractor. For example, if you search for “Langstaff and Sloan” you will immediately see that our firm is duly licensed (#7000939).
- Being proactive is always cheaper and safer.
It will always be wiser to address any potential problems before they emerge vs. after. For example, if you have an older home with knob and tube wiring, it is basically just a matter of time before this needs to be replaced (read this helpful article to learn more about upgrading knob and tube wiring). Being proactive will save you money and time, and help you sleep at night knowing that your property’s electrical system is safe and compliant.
To learn more, contact Langstaff & Sloan today at 416.503.2033. Discover why we are one of the most trusted and respected electrical contractors in the GTA.