Did you know that 3 of the top 10 causes of a house fire are to do with electrics?
Whether it’s faulty wiring, overloaded power outlets or bad lighting, they can each cause a risk to you, your family, and your home.
Your electrical system might seem fine to your untrained eye, but you could actually be sitting on a time bomb. To avoid any dangerous and potentially fatal situations it’s better to get everything checked out as soon as possible.
Read on for these top 10 telltale signs that you need an electrician to visit you today.
1. The Shocking Truth
Do the “touch test” and lightly touch all the switches, outlets and electrical system surfaces around your home. If they feel warm to touch or give you a mild shock, you need to take action.
Take a look at what happens when you remove or insert a plug. Does it cause a flash or give you a slight shock?
Heated outlets that cause shocks are either a sign that they are being overloaded or there is an internal wiring issue. There are several other reasons this could be happening, so it’s always best to seek professionals.
2. Left in the Dark
If the electrical circuit breakers trip often, or fuses are blowing frequently you need an electrician. That is unless you’ve plugged into a faulty appliance that caused your circuit breaker to trip. First check if you have faulty appliances, if not then the tripping is due to an internal wiring issue.
There could be many reasons for your circuit breakers to trip, but it could be due to a potentially dangerous fault in one or more of the circuits in your home.
Fuses shouldn’t be blowing out regularly either. So if blowing fuses has become a frequent occurrence, it is a sign of a deeper issue.
If your breaker is tripping or your fuses are blowing frequently, it’s time for you to contact your local electricians for a full assessment.
3. Rusty Spots
Moisture and electrics do not go together.
If you notice any rusty patches or moisture around your homes electrical panel, it means something is wrong. Moisture around this area puts your entire electrical system at risk. Take action quickly.
4. Old Facilities
If your kitchen or bathroom hasn’t had an update in a long time, you need to be especially on guard.
In wetter areas, applications and outlets need to be protected from moisture, and monitored closely. Wet areas now require outlets protected by GFCIs (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) which will make the wet locations in your home code-compliant and safe.
For peace of mind, ask local electricians in your neighborhood to look over the electrics in those particular areas.
5. Vintage Wiring
A vintage and antique style is majorly trending in home decor, but your electrical wiring shouldn’t follow the same suite.
If your home was built more than 20 years ago, the wiring definitely needs an upgrade. Some old homes aren’t actually grounded and still have old style knob and tube wiring. This not only creates a safety hazard but can make your home insurance prices skyrocket.
Get in touch with local electricians to assess and inspect your property. They will be able to find any potential flaws or age-related damage.
6. Indoor Light Show
When you switch something on, do the ceiling lights dim? Or do you notice the lights flickering now and again? These are signs that your circuit is overloaded.
Many appliances draw a large current and should be wired on dedicated circuits. For instance, your electric oven. And if small appliances are causing a light show in your living room, you may need to switch to a better electrical line.
7. Trailing Wires
If your living spaces are draped with extension wires which you’ve attempted to disguise under rugs or along skirting boards, just add some new outlets.
Trailing wires cause falls and may even trigger an electrical fire. Adding a few extra outlets will make your life a lot easier and your home will look more attractive too.
8. Cozy Wires
If the wires in your home are covered in cloth instead of plastic or if you come across scraps of rubber while removing outlets or switch covers, your wiring is majorly out of date.
These antiquated electrics can be risky to keep in your home as they are dangerously deficient for today’s electrical needs.
9. Two Prong Plugs
Many older homes have two prong plug outlets. This means that you can’t actually plug in your appliances, which is not only annoying but could be a sign that your electrical wiring system isn’t fully grounded.
10. Multi-Plug Upon Multi-Plug
If you use too many extensions cords and multi-plugs, you could be overloading your circuits. This overuse of power can cause your system to be working beyond its capacity which can cause a fire.
In fact, overloading circuits with extension cords and multiplugs are the number 4 cause of house fires.
Ask your electrician to install more outlets for your safety and to minimize the chaotic system of multi plugs upon multi plugs!
Do I Need an Electrician or Can I DIY?
You may be wondering: Do I need an Electrician or can I do it myself?
Statistics say that in the USA about 1,000 people die each year as a result of electrocution. Messing around with electrics when you have no qualifications can be potentially perilous.
An electricians job is to shield you from the danger of the tricky, hazardous stuff that’s connected with electrics. So use their expertise to fix your dodgy wiring without putting yourself at risk.
Need an Electrician? We’ve Got You Covered!
If one or more of these reasons is an issue for your home, you need an Electrician! They can assist you in bringing your electrics to today’s code standards. And on top of it all, you’ll be protecting the lives of your family and have peace of mind.
If you’re in doubt about the electrics in your home, get in touch with us for a quote today.