Let us start with some welcome news: 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 — and the list goes on. The electrical contractor that you hire will handle everything, from beginning to end.
With this being said, there are some key things that you need to know in order to keep your property safe, and to ensure that when the work is done you are satisfied, and not stressed-out. Here are three things to keep in mind
1.You may need a permit.
For relatively small projects, such as replacing an old electrical panel or upgrading power outlets, you probably will not need a permit. For repairs or “like for like” changes, an ESA permit is not required. However, for any electrical construction projects involving material changes that will impact your property’s compliance with prevailing regulations — such as an overhaul to your internal or external lighting system — then you may require a building permit. An ESA permit is usually required, especially for new installations. Your electrical contractor will guide you through the process to make it as efficient as possible. Langstaff and Sloan will take care of this matter for you. The process is fast and simple. Inspection is available almost every weekday in the GTA.
2. 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 lookup your contractor. For example, if you search for “Langstaff and Sloan” you will immediately see that our firm is duly licensed (#7000939).
3. 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.