Your home consists of miles of wiring, dozens of components like switches and receptacles, light fixtures, ceiling fans, and much more, all creating the electrical system that we’ve come to know and depend on. But what if you can’t?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, “Home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction caused an estimated average of 440 civilian deaths and 1,250 civilian injuries each year in 2012-2016, as well as an estimated $1.3 billion in direct property damage a year.” So if you’re in the process of building or purchasing a new home, you must know the difference between good electrical work and a system that was thrown together with the bare minimum in mind.

Below we cover what you should look for when inspecting your home or a potential home’s electrical system.

Damaged or Exposed Wiring:

While it’s evident to many, one of the most alarming and dangerous signs you can look for when inspecting a home is damaged or exposed wiring. If you notice this, the cause could be poor electrical work or a rodent infestation. It’s crucial this is repaired quickly and correctly, as this is a serious issue and both a shock and fire hazard.

Constant Circuit Breaker Trips:

When a circuit breaker trips, it’s not necessarily a bad thing because this is what it was designed to do. A circuit breaker’s sole purpose is to shut off power whenever an outlet has been overloaded. If this happens frequently, there may be an issue in your home’s electrical wiring, an outlet, or an appliance demanding too much energy.

Burning Smell:

Unless you have a poor cook in the home, a burning smell is usually an alarming sign. If this burning smell comes from an outlet, you most likely have faulty or damaged wiring that produces heat. If this is the case, you should flip the breaker and call a licensed electrician for repair.

Buzzing or Flickering Lights:

If you notice that your lights flicker, dim, or buzz when you draw power from another source or just constantly throughout the day, even with a new bulb, the problem is most likely a more significant issue with your home’s electrical wiring.

If you notice any of the issues above in your home, it’s essential for the safety of everyone that you do not hesitate to contact a licensed electrician. Your home’s electrical system is a foundation of comfortable living and is more complicated than most realize.

We can handle any service at Bacon, ranging from a small installation to a complete rewiring service. When you have an electrical issue, we respond quickly and make sure that the service you receive is not only reliable but also safe and effective. So whether you have an aging electrical system that’s prone to problems or a brand-new home that needs a kink fixed, you can have the peace of mind of knowing the issue will be handled with care.

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