1. Cracks and Gaps
Cracks and gaps are invitations for dust to seep into the outlet and begin coating the electrical inside. If enough debris is inside the outlet, there’s a significant risk of starting a fire.
Inspect your outlets. Look for any irregularities you see with your naked eye. Then, gently touch with the back of your hand the outlet plate/cover. If the cover or screws feel warm, your outlet may be overheating. This could be due to running too much power through the outlet, in which case you’ll need an outlet installation that can handle greater power draw.
3. Losing Tension
New outlets have a lot of tension so when you plug into the outlet your plugs do not fall out, over time this tension is reduced by a lot of use throughout the years. Consider the age of your home and the use of your most common outlets. It may be time for them to be replaced, to prevent a fire hazard.
4. Stay Up to Code
If your home’s electrical system has not been updated in the last ten years, consider having an electrician perform an inspection as codes have changed.
5. Resale Value
While you’ll most likely be fixing all the potential issues listed above, you’ll be adding to the value of your home.
If you have electrical questions or concerns call GB Electrical Services at (980) 500-2378 or visit www.GetTheBestElectric.com.