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Following are some of the most common electrical faults in homes and must be fixed at their earliest:
1. Sparking outlets
While it’s okay to see your outlets spark if you pull out the plug before switching off the appliance, but this could be a warning sign for a bigger problem.
If you are using your appliance correctly and still experiencing this issue there could be a problem of short circuiting causing too much heat around the receptacle. It’s also possible that your electrical outlets have aged and are sparking due to wear or becoming loose. Sparking also happens when water comes in contact with your outlets and could be deadly.
2. Power surges
Power surge is an unwarranted interruption in the electrical flow due to lighting strikes, restoration after a black out or simply faulty wiring. When the same high voltage electricity passes through a device that is plugged in, it could cause permanent damage to the appliance. While it may last for less than a nanosecond, if your home is not surge protected, the damage could be huge.
3. Faulty Wiring
Your home could be at a risk of electrical fire if it has bad electrical wiring. If your home is too old, the wiring cannot bear the load today’s appliances put on it, their protective coatings might be deteriorating exposing the live wires, or you have attempted to do the wiring yourself; either way, it could pose a major risk to lives as well as your property. It’s worthwhile to get an electrical wiring inspection of your home to make sure your safe haven is actually safe.
4. Light bulbs burning out
Flickering lights or your light bulbs burning out too frequently could be hazardous if you don’t take notice on time. Poor circuit connection, bad wiring, insulation too close or wattage too high can all be possible reasons. Make sure you get professional advice and get your burnt out lighting inspected at the earliest.
5. Electrical Shocks
Electrical shocks can be mild but are reminders that something is not right with your electrical system. Faulty appliances, damaged or frayed extension cords, lose electrical outlets and electricity mixing with water are some of the major reasons for electrical shocks. The best way to avoid electrical shocks is to have safety switches installed on all circuits around your home.
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If you are experiencing any of the above problems then your home is at risk of an electrical hazard waiting to happen. Don’t wait. Schedule an electrical safety inspection and make sure your family and property is safe.