Is Your Home Electrically Safe?
After buying a house recently, in Sacramento, I have become aware of the dangers of a badly wired/ serviced house. I, myself have had to find a good reliable electrician who can fix up my wiring. Due to previous bad electrical work been done in the house I brought, almost cost me an entire house rewiring. While in some cases a house rewire is essential, in other cases it can be avoided. Since then I feel compelled to share my story with other of you who own houses and bring this very important aspect of home maintenance to your attention. I came across this list from Lecair Electric and wanted to share it with you. Be aware and be forewarned! Always hire a licensed electrician!
Some of the most common electrical mistakes are:
- Wiring mistakes– most wiring mistakes are made by handymen doing electrical work instead of certified electricians. Among the worst we’ve seen are electrical systems that were hooked up using extension cords instead of dedicated electrical wires!
- Overcrowding with too many wires– overcrowding is another sign of a contractor who didn’t know quite what they were doing. Since poorly maintained wires can get hot, any place where there are masses of wires packed tightly together can create a major fire hazard.
- Exposed wires or junction boxes– frayed or exposed wires can pose a major electrical safety hazard and should be either replaced or patched up. And while junction boxes should be within reach, they should not be so easily accessible that they can accidentally be touched.
- Ground Fault Interrupters (GFI) outlets or breakers not working properly– GFI outlets are especially important for the kitchen, bathroom, and anywhere else where water or humidity could create an electric shock risk. If these outlets are not working properly, you could be in danger without even realizing it!
- Mixing line- and low-voltage wires together– the National Electric Code (NEC) expressly forbids this, but we often see it, especially when dealing with HVAC installations.
- Light fixture or ceiling fan installed without a junction box– junction boxes are required to be installed so they are always accessible and are used to run multiple conductors in two or more directors. The most common problem we see is junction boxes installed out of reach in a concealed wall or ceiling space.
- Missing or damaged switch and outlet covers– plate covers on switches and outlets are important for preventing electric shocks. If you’ve recently painted or remodeled the room, you may have taken the covers off. Make sure you put them back on!
- Damaged outlets– damaged outlets can cause appliances and anything plugged into the outlet to malfunction and can also create a major fire risk.
I hope that list was helpful to you!