When is that Wiring Issue a Real Problem?
- When is that Wiring Issue a Real Problem?
Even in brand new homes, electrical issues can be uncovered during home inspections, and though any incongruence can create anxiety in a potential investor or homeowner, it is important to note that not all electrical issues present any danger. The trick is understanding which of those issues are actual problems and require immediate attention and which ones are just those that are outside of local code and may need at least a second look. Hidden electrical and wiring issues are estimated, by the Electrical Safety Foundation International, to cause more than 53,000 home fires a year. These fires cause almost $1.5 million in damage and kill more than 500 people. These are common warning signs of an electrical system that are potentially dangerous to you or your family and should be dealt with quickly:
- Damaged wires. Old age, misuse, heat and corrosion can cause wiring to fray or crack. Make sure to hire a professional to replace any damaged wires that are pointed out by your home inspector.
- Scorch marks on outlets or switches. All of a home’s electrical elements should be cool to the touch at all times. If your home inspection shows any indication of warm spots or scorch marks around outlets make sure that the electrical system is given a thorough update.
- Overloaded circuits. Constantly having to reset tripping circuit breakers in an indication of the system being overloaded. Have it assessed by an electrician for recommended improvements to avoid the possibility of electrical fires.
- Dimming Lights. The activation of other household appliances should not cause your light fixtures to dim. Lights that dim when you turn on other fixtures is an indication of a wiring or circuit breaker issue. Have it assessed for safety’s sake.
- Popping, sizzling and cracking. Sounds coming from your appliances, outlets and switches should never be overlooked as they are signs of a serious problem.