Electrical maintenance is essential to keep your home safe from electrical-based hazards. Over time, you can notice electrical wiring and other electrical components in your home begin to wear down. Faulty electrical systems may not only be life-threatening but can also cause significant damage to your property.
To keep your home in tip-top shape and prevent these problems, consider these four electrical maintenance tips:
Check for Dimming/Flickering Lights
In most cases, dimming or flickering lights are as a result of an overloaded circuit. Circuit overloads occur mostly because of overwhelming plug adapters or power cord extensions on your electrical system. Failure to sufficiently protect your electrical circuit can lead to hot or melted insulation or even fire instances. Consider checking also for electrical sparks on wall outlets or home appliances and have them rectified immediately.
Ensure Proper Labelling on the Circuit Breaker Box
The electrical system in your home is regulated by circuit breakers which are housed in the circuit breaker box. Each circuit has a specific limit to the quantity of power (measured in amps) it can draw safely without any problem. If your home's electrical wiring has excess current flow, circuit breakers are responsible for cutting off the power until you rectify the situation.
The circuit breaker box plays a vital role in your home since it temporarily fixes risky electrical malfunctions to avert any danger. When the circuit breaker trips, homeowners can effortlessly turn them back on from the circuit breaker box. Therefore, it's imperative to identify the location of your home's breaker box and have it labelled adequately to know what you'll be turning on or off.
Unplug All Electrical Appliances When Wet Cleaning
Water is an excellent electrical conductor and should be kept away from electrical appliances all times. Every time you use water when cleaning around your home, consider unplugging all electrical appliances from the power sockets. That will help you avoid the risk of electrical shocks when cleaning.
Use Labelled Electrical Cords for Your Outdoor Applications
Consider extension power cords designed for the outdoors when using electricity outside your house. Such extensions have special connectors fixed to prevent moisture seepage. Furthermore, ensure that your outdoor electrical cords remain free from dirt and debris, as well as stored in dry places when not in use.
Electrical work is highly hazardous and requires proper handling. These four electrical maintenance tips will help you avoid the risks and keep your home safe. Consider performing regular maintenance which, in turn, is an excellent cost and lifesaver.