We use electricity to power our daily lives. According to Google, they are one of the largest electricity consumers, continuously using enough to power 200,000 homes. Their data centers use electricity every time we use their services, e.g., Gmail, YouTube, Search. Now, as valuable as electricity is to run pretty much everything, it is dangerous when not used safely and maintained. Taking care of any potential electrical hazards as soon as they appear is vital for your safety. Let’s go through some tell-tale signs that you may require emergency electrical work.
1. Flickering Lights
A brownout can cause the lights to flicker. However, persistent flickering over multiple lights should be a cause for concern. There could be a problem with your wiring, for example, faulty wiring or an overloaded circuit. To be safe, it’s best to call an electrician.
2. Tripping Circuit Breakers
On occasion, your circuit breakers can trip. If it happens regularly, it could indicate a wiring problem or that you have overloaded your circuit, in which case you can unplug some appliances. It could also mean that you need to upgrade your circuit breaker but either way, getting emergency electrical work is a safer option.
3. Brown or Black Marks Around Outlets
This indicates that heat around the outlet has risen to the point that it is now close to melting plastic. Excessive heat is a danger to your home, and you should immediately call an electrician after cutting the power. Do the same if you smell burning wires or see smoke. The smell of burning metal or plastic indicates overheating in your electrical wiring. Act fast.
4. Your Power is Down
If you look outside to find that your house is the only one in the dark, you should have an electrician come over and do some emergency electrical work. They will examine your wiring and inform you if any repairs are needed.
5. Buzzing Breaker Box
This could indicate faulty wiring or a problem with the circuit breaker. Whatever the issue is, an electrician will diagnose it.
When in doubt, call an electrician to assess the issue. Don’t ruminate on a problem, especially if you notice any of the abovementioned signs. Call us today for all your emergency electrical work.