How to Diagnose and Deal with Home Wiring Problems

Three light switches with exposed wiring

Light switches with exposed wiring (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the biggest risks in the home, particularly if it's an old house, is that of faulty electrics. Buying a new home is an exciting prospect; however it's one to be completed with a large degree of logic and forethought.

The problem with electronic problems is that even though a home may look like it's intact on the outside, the problem lies beneath and so it can't be seen on a superficial level. This is why you need to be vigilant and one of the main reasons it's a good idea to invest in a quality surveyor before moving home. However, there are also some things that you can keep an eye out for that may signify problems behind the plaster board.

Electrical Wiring - Symptoms of Issues

There are a number of things that may be a sign of issues with electrical wiring and damage to the electrics in a house. These include:

  • Household lights may be a sign as they often dim and flicker if the wiring is a problem. The television can also be a sign - one that sees the picture flicker and shrink in size can showcase a problem with the wiring.
  • If there are any flashes or sparks when lights or electrical equipment are turned on or off, this can be a sign of problems with the house's electrics
  • A house that has a sizzling or a undertone of buzzing is one that's likely to have problems with its wiring.
  • If you can see a place in the home where the wiring is damaged or broken or cracked, this is a sure fire sign that there are problems and you need to call in someone with some electrical knowhow.
  • If the fuse blows on a regular basis or the trip switches go down constantly this is a sign of problems with the wiring also.

Electrical plugs and Outlets

If an outlet or a plug is damaged then it will require a fix as it is a danger other wise and can cause serious issues. Another sign to look out for is heating of the face plates of the outlets or a plug as this can signify something serious is wrong and requires you to call an electrician. This is the same for light switch plates or any other similar addition in the home. If you have the knowhow then it's possible to take matters into your own hands - for this you will need to find and electrical wholesaler. However, caution is a must at all times, so be sure to take care.

All electrical plugs should fit neatly into the wall and should be secure. Plugs should never show prongs and you need to try and ensure that you never overload extension cords.

Following these tips will go a long way to ensuring that your home's wiring and electrics are in good condition and that you have little or nothing to worry about. Remember, safety is an imperative when dealing with electricity and so it's always best to be safe than sorry.

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