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Identifying 6 Common Household Electrical Problems

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If you’re one of the many homeowners who prioritize safety first, then you should know that electrical issues can be deadly. It’s important for you to be able to identify them when they appear in your home!

One of the most important tips we could provide you with is to be on the lookout for telltale signs of electrical issues in the home! This simple practice can help you avoid many electrical hazards.

Below are 6 of the most common in-home electrical problems that many homeowners will encounter at some point during their lives. Knowing what to look for and teaching your children what to be aware of can help lower your chances of serious electrical issues and household fires!

1. Poor or defective wiring

Faulty wiring is one of the most common causes of electrical fires. Be aware of frequently blown fuses, charred or darkened outlets, and switches, hot ceiling fixtures, panels, and light switches, and a burning smell. 

2. Unprotected outlets near water

If you’ve got outlets near sinks that are not GFCI outlets, your home has serious shock hazards. Water and electricity don’t mix! Read more about GFCI outlets here.

3. Electrical shocks 

Shocks often happen when turning a device on or off. Although they can be mild, they’re still a concern. The issue could lie with the electrical wiring or the appliance itself. Speak with an electrician to determine the underlying cause.

4. Frequent electrical surges

These can be caused by lightning strikes, faulty wiring, or even an appliance that’s used regularly. The culprit might be an electrical device connected to the home grid or wiring. Remove any poorly made devices or power boards from the outlet. If this doesn’t work, call in a professional electrician to handle frequent surges.

5. High electrical bill

There are numerous causes for a jump in your electrical bill, but when you notice a change, have an electrician check your home for damaged wiring or circuits, and identify any electrical devices that might be causing power surges. You can also unplug appliances and chargers when they aren’t in use to save electricity.

6. Frequent breaker trips

Circuit breaker maintenance is key for preventing circuit breaker trips. Frequent trips might be a sign that your entire electrical panel should be upgraded. If your panel is outdated, it can cause a host of electrical issues in the home. Upgrading can also save money!

Call on our expert electricians to help protect your home with an electrical safety and reliability inspection today!

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