According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, an estimated number of 100 people die each year due to electrically related fire accidents at home. Sadly, some of these accidents can easily be prevented if attention had been paid to the electrical wiring in the house. Here are some early signs that indicate that you might be having a looming problem with the electrical wiring in the house.
Frequent Circuit Breaker Trips
A Circuit Breaker is designed to do just that. In other words, to trip or shut down when there is a power surge. In most cases, this is not a cause for concern. However, if this is a frequent occurrence, coupled with other observations (such as foul or burning odour or some discolouration near the power sockets), then it might be ideal to have an electrician check the source of the problem.
Buzzing or flickering lights
Buzzing or flickering light bulbs, when using several appliances or when switching on a single appliance with a high wattage, is an indication that the voltage in the home is fluctuating too much. This can be an early sign or an indication that the electrical wiring needs an overhaul. Time to call an electric technician.
Discolouration and Smoke
If you discover smoke, discolouration, or black marks around power sockets and outlets, then this is a sign that there has been some heat released due to a damage in the wiring. This is an immediate cause for concern.
Foul or Burning Odour
If you sense a foul or burning order emitted from a power socket or outlet, this could be an early warning sign of a fire or a shock hazard! It might be the case that rodents and unwanted pests or the handyman (during some repair work) have damaged the wiring. You should seek the assistance of an oven repairs Mandurah to have the situation assessed immediately.
Warm or Vibrating Power Outlets
At times you may sense a warm feeling or hear a vibrating sound near the power outlet. If you experience one or both these signs, then this should be checked by a qualified electrical technician immediately.
What action to take?
If you notice any of the above signs, you should not try to attempt to fix the problem by yourself. Instead, you must seek the help of an electrical technician. They are trained professionals and know their job. They can inspect and repair (or upgrade) the faulty wiring or switchboard. Sufficient testing will also be carried out to check if the problem has been fixed. Unfortunately, due to the delicate nature of the problem, corners cannot be cut. Instead, call for professional help and have a peace of mind!