Homes are bound to have electrical issues now and then, but some of them are easy to fix on your own while others require the knowledge of a professional and licensed residential electrician. They can likely spot and fix an issue before you even have a chance to start researching how to fix it, and they are going to do it in a safe and effective manner. Here are the most common situations when you should stop everything and contact your electrician.
If there is a power outage – Homes are structured so that it is very hard for the entire home to lose power due to a power outage. Often if your whole home goes dark then you are looking at an issue that is bigger than just your home. Likely a power outage is affecting your whole neighborhood and is already being worked on by city electricians. However, if you notice that only part of your home is losing power, or there are no other homes in your area that seem to be effected, then you have an issue that you should contact your electrician about.
There is flooding in your home – Your walls are ripe with wiring that you are not able to see, so if you ever have a situation where you have water in your home, then you should always call an electrician right away. They can help turn off the powers in areas of the home that have been affected by the flooding, and they can also work up a free estimate for you on what the repairs will be.
You see exposed wires – Any exposed wires are always an issue. Most wires are surrounded by a protective coating that keeps you from shocking yourself when you touch them, or they are tucked up into a fuse casing that protects you in a similar fashion. Exposed wires mean that the coating has worn off, or perhaps a wire was pulled from the wall where it should not have been. In these cases, call your electrical contractor immediately and do not touch the wires. Keep all children and pets away and if possible, turn off the power going to that area from the fuse box.
You notice old smells or sights around your fuse box – Any time anything sounds, smells, or looks unusual you should stay away and call in a professional. This includes smoke or steam, sparks, or fire as well as wires that look like they are melting or fusing together. One homeowner described her fuse box that was melting down like “burnt marshmallows.” Any burning smells at all are a bad thing. Not only are they bad but they can be very dangerous. All it would take for a home to catch fire is an electrical short going through the home at the right time. Always always call your trusted electrician if you notice anything unusual. Do not stop and inspect the wires yourself, do not try to fix them, simply call and leave your home until they arrive.