A lot can go wrong in your home over the years, so it’s important to be able to understand basic problems that could arise as well as the appropriate professional to remedy the situation. In the case of electrical defects, it’s helpful to have a trusted electrician to call when you sense something isn’t quite right.
Following are some electrical issues you may come across as a homeowner. In many cases, common signs could point towards multiple potential problems. This is why an expert is often required to pinpoint and fix any issues so your home and its occupants always remains safe and your electrical system runs properly.
Three signs that you may need to call in an electrician include:
- Sparking from the outlet or a loose, discoloured outlet. This could indicate faulty wiring.
- Flickering lights. Try changing the lightbulb and ensuring it’s fully screwed into the fixture. If this doesn’t fix the problem, flickering may indicate an overloaded circuit, a loose connection, that you’re using the wrong type of lightbulb, faulty switches or voltage changes.
- Mice present in the house. Mice love to chew – and their snack of choice is often electrical wiring. They also enjoy nesting around junction boxes. Be sure to check these areas once you discover mice in your home. Faulty wiring caused by mice will often produce flickering lights as well, so also check these areas if changing the lightbulb doesn’t solve the above problem.
During your annual home maintenance inspection, your home inspector will be looking for many of these electrical issues and may even have a local expert in mind who can help remedy any problems that are uncovered. This is also a great time to bring up any issues you’ve noticed throughout the year that weren’t remedied right away. Preventative maintenance not only offers homeowners peace of mind, but it can also point to areas that, if addressed sooner rather than later, can actually help save money.
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