Shoddy electrical work, which mostly stems from DIY wiring, should be corrected as soon as possible to mitigate the risk of injuries and damages that such work has. Say you move into a new house and notice signs of negligent wiring, you should call an electrician for an overhaul of the wiring. Below are some of the telltale signs that typically point to shoddy electrical wiring.
Electrical malfunctions are some of the most obvious signs of prior electrical work. Below are some of the electrical malfunctions to experience in case of poor DIY wiring:
- Flickering lights
- Frequent breaker trips
- Overheated electrical outlets
Such problems may also be caused by other problems such as accidental damage or wear and tear to an electrical system. You will need the evaluation of a professional electrician to diagnose and solve the problem.
Exposed Electrical Wires
Electrical wires should not be exposed. The exposed wires can cause electrical shock to members of the household, including pets. The exposed wires are also trip and fall dangers that can cause serious injuries. Professional electricians hide wires inside conduits or behind walls or ceilings. Therefore, you know you are dealing with shoddy electrical work if you can see exposed wires on an electrical system that has not suffered any damage.
Loose Electrical Connections
Electrical connections should neither be too tight nor too loose. If the wires are too tight, they can break or get pinched and cause electrical malfunctions. Loose connections can disconnect or create electrical sparks that can trigger electrical fires. No professional electrician will leave a workplace with loose connections, so such things are signs of shoddy work.
Frayed or Damaged Insulation
The insulation around the electrical wires is the barrier between you and the current flowing along the wires. Unwanted contact can occur if the insulation is damaged. For example, a short circuit can occur and damage electrical appliances. You can also suffer an electrical shock if you handle such wires. If insulation gets damaged, for example, and a wire gets pinched during installation, the installer will replace the wire if the installer is a professional. It's only a negligent person that will leave cables with frayed or damaged insulation in place.
Inadequate Power Supply
Lastly, you should also suspect shoddy electrical work if your electrical system can't supply you with the electricity you need. Say your house doesn't have adequate electrical outlets and you have to use an extension cable all the time. Or maybe the available outlets are located too close together, leaving parts of the house without sources of power.
If you have concerns about the quality or the electrical work in your home, contact an office like Williams Electric Supply.