Electrical Wire Inspection: Is Your Home At Risk?

Around 18,200 home fires each year are caused by electrical wiring, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, causing 120 deaths and 530 injuries, and not to mention $450 million in property damages. Keeping your home and family from becoming a part of this statistic is our main goal at Mister Sparky with consistent electrical wire inspections every time you move into a new home or once every 5-10 years, especially for older homes.

If you’re not completely sold on getting an electrical inspection that frequently, you should seriously consider getting one if any of the following issues are occurring in your home right now.

Wiring Issues To Look Out For

Breakers and Fuses- You may think that your circuit breaker continually tripping is just a sign that it’s doing its job, but it may be a warning sign. If the amp load of the appliances on that circuit are less than what the breaker or fuse is rated for but the breaker or fuse continues to blow out, there may be a short along the circuit wiring. Have a certified electrician test the wiring for any imminent issues that need attention or fixing.

Outlets and Switches- Discolored outlets or switches that either buzz or shock you are a serious issue. Aside from the fact that they may need to be replaced, these signs are the direct result of something shorting out. It could be faulty wiring, loose connections, or a wire shorting out of its insulation. Instead of just replacing the outlet or switch, have an electrician inspect the outlet and wiring.

Lights- Any flickering or dimming lights when you turn on a vacuum, hairdryer or any motor-driven electrical items means that your electrical circuit is overloaded. If you’re convinced that you aren’t overloading your circuit, the flickering could mean that faulty wiring or possibly an outdated circuit breaker is at play. Find out the source of your flickering lights from an electrical inspection.

Smells and Scorched Walls- A pungent smell or browning areas on walls can definitely mean that some sort of electrical fire has occurred out of sight. These signs of electrical issues are the most important to not ignore. Immediately call an electrician so they can inspect all electrical components and fix any issues.

The Hidden Dangers

One major reason you should get an electrical inspection is that not all wiring or circuit issues will be apparent. The worst dangers are the ones that you can’t hear, smell, see or feel. The only way to know that your electrical system isn’t a threat to your home and family is by completing a full electrical inspection by a certified electrician.

Mister Sparky’s trained professionals abide by the National Electric Code published by the U.S. National Fire Protection Association. Keep your family out of harm’s way with a full electrical inspection. Call (281) 907-8418 to schedule your appointment!

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