Dangers to Look Out for With Your Electrical System

Fire in a dual-socket US type. Streams of black smoke come from the outlet. Danger to life and health

Electricity is an incredible technology that allows us to power our homes, but it can be a dangerous hazard if it is not installed properly. Faulty electrical can cause electrical fires in your home if they are not dealt with promptly. Because electricity is so dangerous, it’s important that it is always installed by a licensed electrician like Stapleton Electric Inc. in Burnaby.

Warning signs something is wrong with your electrical system.

Flickering lights: If your lights are flickering, it could mean that there is either an issue with the fixture or loose wiring where it’s installed. You can replace the fixture entirely. If you’re unsure what the problem is, call Stapleton Electric to inspect and fix it for you.

Outlets and switches that feel hot: That heat means that there is too much of an electrical load going into that outlet or switch. It can also mean a loose splice or that the wiring is too small to handle the load. Protect yourself and your home by contacting an electrician to fix it.

The breaker is constantly tripping: Your breaker trips as a safety feature when there is too large of an electrical load operating on the circuit. If it continually trips, even after resetting it, you either have an issue with the breaker itself or the circuit is carrying too much. Either way, you should call Stapleton Electric to inspect and repair it before it starts a fire in your house.

You smell burning when you walk into a room: If you smell burning but can’t locate the source, call an electrician right away! Faulty or damaged wiring will initially cause a burning smell before it becomes a fire. Turn off the power until an electrician can come check it out and make the repair.

Outdated electrical in older homes.

If you’ve just bought an older home, you should have the electrical system professionally inspected by a licensed electrician. Home built earlier than the 1970s could have aluminum wiring. Even homes built slightly after that time could have aluminum wiring. Overheating and cracking are common problems with aluminum wiring. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that homes with aluminum wiring are 55 times more likely to have one or more wire connections or outlets reach ‘fire hazard conditions’ compared to homes with updated copper wiring.

Even older than aluminum wiring is knob and tube wiring. If you have purchased a heritage home that is older than 50 years old it might have this kind of electrical system. Knob and tube wiring is also more likely to crack and result in electrical fires.

If there were major renovations like a basement renovation or home addition before you purchased your home, you should have the electrical inspected. You never know what kind of DIY electrical disaster is lurking behind your walls and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Electricians in Vancouver

Stapleton Electric is a family run company serving the Lower Mainland. They’re committed to providing you with an honest appraisal, quality workmanship and expertise that will leave you assured of the final result. Derek Stapleton, the owner has been a certified electrician since 2004. He has his FSR (Field Safety Representative (FSR) Certificate of Qualification) since 2010.

Stapleton Electric’s services include landscape lighting, residential, high end residential, commercial, service, home audio entertainment. They stay up to date with code changes, service ethics and new product options.

Ensure your home is safe from electrical hazards. Contact Stapleton Electric Inc. today!



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