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Checking for Bad Wiring


Poor wiring is not a matter to take lightly. It can damage electronics, cause electrocution, and incite an electrical fire. According to Statistics Canada, thousands of fires occur every year due to electrical failure or installation deficiency. These hazards can be fatal, but fortunately they can also be prevented. It takes time or poor installation for an electrical system to fail. While you may not always be aware of these unseen issues, there are five signs that all is not well within your walls:

Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

Circuit breakers shouldn’t be tripping at all. If they are, it is a sign that something in your environment has changed and there is an issue that needs to be looked at. It may be that the circuits are overloaded, or there are problems with the connections or wiring. Our electricians can analyse the issue and offer you a diagnosis, as well as a solution.

House Lights Are Flickering

Being in your home shouldn’t feel like an episode of The Haunting of Hill House. If the lights are flickering, dimming, or buzzing, you need to pay attention. The good news is that you don’t need an exorcist to fix those bulbs, you simply need an electrician.

Scorch Marks on Your Outlets

Have your eggshell-white outlet coverings started turning brown? This could be a sign that something is very amiss. Browning outlets may just be a sign of age, but they could also be scorch marks that suggest either bad wiring or more issues with the connections. Either way, you should address the issue as soon as possible.

You Smell Burning

Often accompanied by scorch marks, burning or otherwise unusual smells are an indicator that a connection is causing damage within your walls. Trust your nose and call the professionals to come in and check it out.

If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, contact a certified electrician immediately. We can perform an electrical inspection that can verify what the issue is, as well as the best way to deal with it. The experts at 4-Star Electric are waiting to serve you!

Written by 4-Star Electric

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