Now that summer is here, your electricity is going to be used more than it was during the cooler months. This is particularly true if you have kids who are out of school for the summer. You'll be using your air conditioner to keep your home cooler each day. You'll also be using your washer and dryer more often. Not to mention all the electronic devices that will be used throughout the summer. It's safe to say that the wiring in your home will be pushed to the max this summer. Because of that, you need to make sure that your wiring is ready for the additional use. If it's not, you could end up with shorts, outages, and possibly even electrical fires. To avoid those hazards, here are three steps you should take to make sure your electrical wiring is ready for the increased use.
1. Watch for Glitches
When you're watching for potential electrical problems, one of the first things you should do is watch for glitches. Those moments when your lights seem to flicker, or there's a delay when you turn your electrical devices on. You can test for glitches by turning the lights on in your home, and then turning one or two electrical devices on. If your lights flicker when you turn on the additional devices, you need to have an electrician come out and inspect your electrical system.
2. Inspect Your Wall Sockets
When you're inspecting your home for electrical issues, don't forget to inspect the other power outlets in your home. Check to make sure that they're not showing signs of damage, such as black marks or melted areas around the openings. Those marks are an indication that the outlets are overheating during use. To avoid the risk of fires, you should have worn out power outlets replaced. It's also a good idea to test your GFCI outlets at the same time. If they're not working properly, you should have them replaced, as well.
3. Check Your Ceiling Light Fixtures
Finally, while you're inspecting your home for potential electrical hazards, you should check all your ceiling lighting fixtures. Remove the glass dome covers and look at the area behind the light bulbs. If you see scorch marks in that area, you have an electrical problem that will need to be addressed immediately.
Don't risk electrical hazards this summer. Follow the steps provided here to make sure that your electrical system is ready for action. If you notice problems associated with any of the information described above, be sure to contact an electrician as soon as possible. For more information on rewiring, contact your local electrical services.