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8 Scenarios Where You Need To Call an Electrician

Let’s face it, even the savviest Do-it-Yourselfer is not likely to have the knowledge and proficiency required to carry out tasks related to electrical wiring safely and effectively. Electrical work can be both complex and dangerous and thus, for your safety and your sanity, it is important to understand when you need the help of a professional. If you happen to live in an older home, you may learn today that you need electrical upgrades more urgently than you thought.

Let’s take a closer look at the eight scenarios that call for an electrician’s intervention:

  1. When you constantly need to reset circuit breakers: If blown fuses are a regular occurrence in your home, this is a strong sign of an underlying electrical problem that requires your attention.
  1. When electrical surfaces are warm to the touch: If you encounter an electrically wired surface that is warm to the touch, it is quite possible the circuit is on the verge of overload.   The same can be said for surfaces that give off electric shocks. In either case, an electrician should be called to investigate and remedy the cause as this could be a sign of future larger problems.
  1. When wiring gets wet: We all know that water and wires don’t mix, but during this wet time of year things happen. If you find yourself in this situation, reaching out to a professional is a must.
  1. When you notice a flicker: Lights flickering in your home, especially during the use of high energy appliances, may be a sign that certain electrical circuits in your home are being overloaded.
  1. When multiple power outlets in your home have input add-ons:  We are all guilty of trying to plug way too many things into a single power outlet, but if you have multiple outlets in your home with  additions that allow more electrical inputs than they are intended to handle, this is a clear sign you need an electricians intervention.
  1. When you have multiple wires running under the rugs: This is a common reality in older homes and a sign that outlets and power requiring items are too far apart from each other. This is an unideal and potentially dangerous scenario which can be addressed by having additional outlets installed.
  1. When your home is 20+ years old: There is a reasonable chance that your older home is not optimally wired for safety and efficiency.
  2. When your home does not accommodate three-prong grounded plugs: This may be a sign that your home is not sufficiently grounded, a potentially dangerous scenario that requires the attention of an electrician.

I do hope that you take today’s suggestions to heart. Some DIY jobs at home can be fun and games, but electrical work is not. Dabbling in electrical work is a dangerous hobby and it is important that you know when to seek out a professional to get the job done in a safe and effective manner

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