Electrical Issues

4 Electrical Issues That Can Pose a Danger to Your Home

December 15, 2018

Electrical problems can spell disaster in your Raleigh, North Carolina, home, and some can even pose a critical danger to your family’s safety. If you have any of the possible electrical issues listed below, contact a certified electrician immediately to prevent the risk of fire or other hazards.

Poor or Faulty Wiring

Poor or faulty wiring in your home can lead to an increased risk of fire, power surges, and other major consequences. Unfortunately, over time, wires will become worn and damaged.

Ideally, you should have an electrician check your wiring on a regular basis. An electrician will look for wire problems such as:

  • Improper connections
  • Pinched or pierced wire insulation
  • Corrosion or cracking
  • Overheated wires or cords
  • Damage from rodents

Outlets Placed Close to Water

A common electrical hazard that is often overlooked is utilizing outlets that are close to water supplies. Even in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, it is always important that outlets are placed at a safe distance from where water will be used.

In addition, you should never leave small appliances plugged into these outlets. You should also be cautious when using electronics in areas with a wet floor or counter.

Broken Switches or Outlets

When your switches or outlets stop working or begin working intermittently, it is often a sign of loose wiring. When wiring is loose, it can increase the risk of shock as well as fire. It is also vital to make sure that the wiring isn’t exposed around the outlet or switch.

Problems With Your Circuit Breaker

Your circuit breakers will protect your home by tripping off when they become overloaded. Tripping will eliminate possible impending fire hazards and reduce overheating. While simple overloads do occur, if a circuit breaker is tripping regularly, it is time to have an electrician evaluate its size and your system.

If you suspect you may have electrical issues, contact Cape Fear Air Conditioning, Heating, & Electrical Company at 919-246-5801 today to have one of our certified electricians evaluate your needs.

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