Keep Your Home Safe – Have Your Basement Electrical Wiring Checked
Tens of thousands of fires happen all around the United States each year because of electrical problems. A part of these unfortunate incidents result from bad basement electrical wiring issues that were not checked up on. An old fuse box or an outdated circuit breaker, or maybe too little circuits in the home, are potential fire hazards that can cause not only untold property damage to yourself and possibly the other homes around you, but also loss of life. And all these things can be prevented if you have good basement electrical wiring and have it checked on regularly.
The thing with basements is that they are usually dusty, moldy and humid environments – the best place for insects, rats, pests and other unsavory elements that can cause chaos with basement electrical wiring systems. While the basement is indeed a very practical place to have your electrical systems installed because of design considerations as well as keeping it away from kids who might accidentally get electrocuted or any other incidents with your family, there are, as mentioned, certain things that make the need for regular checking of your basement electrical wiring a necessity.
When to check
Many accidental fires cause by bad basement electrical wiring issues have been shown to be preventable had the homeowners done the necessary checks and repairs. To see if your system has been inspected or repaired recently, look at the paneling of your basement electrical wiring. There should be one or several tags indicating the date of the last inspection or repair. Remember to never fiddle with basement electrical wiring panels by yourself, as this is very dangerous and is better left off to a qualified and professional electrical service provider who is better experienced in this kind of matter. If your tag indicates an inspection of more than five years, then it is time to call a professional electrician to check things out. Would you believe that many American homes have basement electrical wiring panels that have not been inspected from anywhere from ten to thirty years? That’s three decades of living in a potential bonfire. Basement systems are also particularly easy to forget due to their location.
Some tell-tale signs you should be looking out for to see if your system needs to be inspected are melted fuse boxes, sparks when you plug in appliances, overheating – like when you unplug an appliance, the plug is hot to the touch, or when you smell something burning – which could be overheated circuits, as well as pops and sizzling sounds. These signs could very well be very serious issues with your basement electrical wiring that needs to be looked into deeper. Again, remember to call and consult with professional electricians only, as they have the necessary experience, tools, and knowledge to deal with these sort of problem.
Electricity is one of the most important technological discoveries of mankind. However, the misuse of this, as well as being careless with such a volatile and dangerous source of power, can cause all sorts of varying degrees in incidents to small fires to loss of life. So remember, having your basement electrical wiring checked is one of the ways you can keep your home and family safe.