Halloween is just around the corner, which means you may have decorated your home in all things spooky. But existing electrical issues might be adding to your haunted ambiance without your even realizing it. While you might be inclined to think these lighting issues are the work of ghosts and goblins, it’s important that you not dismiss their importance. If you experience any of the following, be sure to contact a reputable Tampa emergency electrician to get the problem fixed before All Hallows’ Eve.

Flickering Lights

If your lights are constantly flickering, you may think the spirits are trying to tell you something. But actually, the cause might not be so supernatural. There are a number of reasons for flickering lights, including loose or damaged connections, faulty ballasts, old wiring, or overloaded circuits. In some cases, it might be a relatively easy fix. But it’s important that you contact residential electrical services to diagnose the problem so you can rest in peace.

Power Surges

Power surges can happen for a variety of reasons, but they can seem a little unnerving when they seem to occur out of nowhere. What’s more, they can cause a scary amount of damage if left unchecked. Voltage surges that are significant enough to cause equipment damages will occur every month or even more frequently in 69% of healthcare centers, but power surges can damage your home electronics, as well. To avoid the frightening scenarios of losing your data or rendering your device useless, you should contact electrical contractors in your area to discover the reason for these surges (which might include anything from faulty wiring to appliance issues).

Buzzing or Dead Outlets

No doubt, you’re accustomed to plugging a lamp, hairdryer, or charging cable into an electrical outlet without incident. But if you find that the outlet is buzzing or dead, you might have to face the terrifying possibility that you’ll be without your necessary appliances or electronics for the time being. Buzzing outlets can be caused by old wiring, breaker issues, or polarity problems, while dead outlets usually can be traced back to a tripped breaker or a bad connection. In either case, it’s important to discontinue your use of the outlet and contact electrical contractors to help you. Otherwise, you could be ignoring a potentially dangerous issue.

Although visiting a haunted house can be fun, living in one isn’t. If you’ve noticed any of these shocking electrical problems in your own home, you’ll want to contact professional electrical contractors right away. By Halloween night, there’ll be no tricks — and only treats — when it comes to your home’s electricity.