The electricity of your home is, without a doubt, one of the most important aspects of your house. Without it, everything from your lights to your fridge, and even your air conditioner all wouldn’t work. Most of us rely on electricity for almost everything we do, and would be lost without it.
Despite the importance of these electrical systems in your home, many people still make a lot of mistakes when working with them. Not only can these mistakes be expensive to fix, but they can also be very dangerous, too. Here are a few common mistakes people make in regards to their home electrical systems.
Trying To Do Everything Themselves
If you experience an issue with your electrical system, your first instinct might be to try and fix it yourself. But if you don’t have the education or experience, it’s always recommended you call an expert to avoid further damage, injury to yourself or a fire. Electrician certifications and licenses are regulated to ensure you are getting someone who has years of experience handling this work. Your home’s electrical system is quite complex, and if you don’t understand it, it is always a better idea to bring in a professional to fix things. Working with a professional can ensure the job gets done right and is up to code. Be sure to do some research on the different electricians in your area and consider reaching out to a couple to get quotes for the work you need done so you know what to expect in terms of price.
Overloading a Circuit
Another mistake that many people make when it comes to their electrical system is overloading a circuit. Every circuit in your home has a finite amount of electricity that can be drawn safely from it. If you attempt to draw too much, an overload can occur. While this generally leads to a breaker tripping, overloads can be a fire hazard. There are some signs of overloaded circuits such as lights dimming when certain things are turned on, buzzing outlets, warm outlets or electronics/tools that seem to be lacking in terms of power. Simply put, take time to know the limits of your circuits, and ensure you don’t try to power too many devices on a circuit that can’t handle it. Be sure to map out your circuits and have a good idea of where each one is and which outlets belong to which one.
Not Securing Outlets
Having unsecured outlets is another mistake that you need to watch out for. If an outlet is loose and not firmly attached, it can be dangerous. If outlets wiggle or move, an issue that can occur is electrical arcing. Not only is this a fire hazard, it could also injure you. These electrical arcs can also damage and even destroy the items that are plugged into the outlet. The solution to this mistake is easy, as you simply need to tighten the outlet to a point that it will no longer move. You can also buy spacers that can create a tighter connection and reduce the amount that the outlet will move when interacted with. Also, putting on the plate and/or cover will also be much easier when the outlet is tightened sufficiently.
Helping You Avoid Common Mistakes
By avoiding these mistakes, you are making your home a safer place and reducing your risk of a major electrical catastrophe occuring. All it takes is one unfortunate mistake for disaster to strike, so always be careful and call the professionals when you need to.