Electrical issues in the home pose a fire risk. Homeowners should know the signs of electrical problems so they can call a professional to address them. The sooner these issues are fixed, the safer your home will be.

Investigate These Signs of Electrical Problems

Many homeowners have electrical problems that they are unaware of. Read on to learn five signs of electrical problems.

1. Flickering Lights

Flickering lights can be a random occurrence or signify a serious electrical problem. Sometimes, light flickering comes from loose wiring, which is one of the most common causes of electrical fires. Lights can flicker because of loose connections to the circuit breaker or a loose terminal.

2. Burning Smell

If you smell burning that isn’t coming from cooking, this could be a sign of electrical problems. Burning typically occurs when a point in the electrical system becomes so hot that it melts the plastic sheathing. Take action immediately if you ever smell burning in the home.

3. Electrical Shock

Grounding problems are common electrical issues. If you’ve ever touched a metal object in your home and received a shock, your electrical system may not be properly grounded. Electric shocks feel stronger than static shocks.

4. Loose Outlets are Signs of Electrical Problems

If you’ve ever plugged something into the wall and it fell out, you have a loose outlet. Loose outlets can quickly lead to damage in the home because the wires behind them will detach. This leads to shorts in the wires and can cause sparks, which are fire hazards. Contact a professional to secure your outlets safely.

5. Rodent Activity

A rodent infestation can present a serious risk to your electrical system. Signs of rodent activity often accompany signs of electrical problems. Rodents living in walls chew electrical wiring which can lead to short circuits, tripped breakers, or a power outage for the whole home. If you see signs of rodents in your home, like droppings, your electrical system should be checked.

Don’t ignore any signs of electrical problems around the house. These seemingly small issues can cause serious damage to your home.

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