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The electrical system in your Myrtle Beach, SC home is one of the most essential systems. If your electrical system isn’t working properly, you won’t be able to watch TV, use your appliances, charge your devices, and handle even the simplest of daily tasks.
Your electrical system might be your most essential systems as well as one of the most dangerous. Each year, there are over 50,000 house fires caused by electrical issues. Because an electrical fire can destroy your home in seconds, it is essential that you can recognize the signs that you need to call for an emergency electrician. If you make the call as soon as you notice an issue, you can greatly reduce the risk of an electrical fire starting in your home.
#1 Frequent Circuits Tripping Or Fuses Blowing
The circuit breaker box or the fuse box is your home’s brain. Both are responsible for bringing the electricity from the street into your home. Both also have a safety system built-in, which will cause the circuits to trip or the fuses to blow if there is an overload.
If you find that your circuits are often tripping or blowing fuses frequently, you should call for emergency electrical service. If your circuits are not overloaded, it is a sign that there is a problem that needs to be repaired immediately. If you ignore the problem, the frequently tripping circuits and blown fuses can become an inconvenience. The issue can also put your home at risk for an electrical fire and should be repaired as soon as possible.
#2 Flickering Or Dimming Lights
If you notice that your lights flicker or dim when you turn on an appliance, you should call for electrical service. The problem could be that your wiring is old and cannot handle the amount of electricity that you require. If you allow the problem to persist, the overload can result in an electrical fire. It is essential that you have the problem resolved as soon as it starts happening.
#3 Your Outlets Are Warm To the Touch
If you plug something into an outlet and the plate is warm, you should call for emergency electrical service immediately. If the wires connected to the plate are old or overloaded, they can heat up quickly, creating a fire hazard in your home. As soon as you notice that the outlet is hot, you should turn off everything plugged into the outlet and call an electrician. It is a good idea to go through your home and check all of the outlets every month. This will allow you to catch problems like this early so that you can have the issue repaired as quickly as possible.
#4 Buzzing Sound Coming From Behind the Walls
If you hear a buzzing sound coming from behind the walls of your home, there is a good chance that you don’t have a beehive growing behind the wall. This buzzing is likely coming from the wiring, which would require emergency electrical service. The issue could be something simple like a loose screw, which is an easy fix. The sound could also be due to old faulty wiring, which is a serious issue. Until you have the problem repaired, you should avoid using the electricity. Turning off the power to the home will prevent an electrical fire from starting behind the walls until the electrical service is complete.
#5 A Burning Smell In the Air
If you smell smoke or something burning in your home, it is essential that you determine where the smell is coming from. If you cannot find the smell’s source, there is a good chance that it is coming from your electrical system. This is an emergency situation. As soon as you suspect that the smell is coming from the wiring behind the wall, you should turn off the power to your house and then contact the fire department. After they have handled the fire or potential fire hazard, you should call for emergency electrical service. Even though the threat of fire is over, you will still need to have your electrical system repaired before you can turn the power to your home back on.
#6 Frayed Wires in the Fusebox
If you are like most Myrtle Beach, SC homeowners, your fuse box is out of sight. Some homes have the electrical box in the basement, while others have it tucked away in a closet. Because the fuse box is out of sight, it is easy to forget about it. That is a mistake. If there are any frayed wires in the fusebox, it can result in an electrical fire. It is a good idea to inspect the box weekly. If you notice any frayed wires in the box, you should call for emergency electrical service. When the frayed wires start to spark, it can cause an electrical fire in your home. This is something that you should not wait to repair.
The first thing you should do when you notice the problem is turn off the power to the entire house. Next, call for emergency electrical service. You shouldn’t turn the power back on until a licensed electrician has repaired the issue and then gave you the go-ahead to restore the power.
#7 Water Damage Or Rust Around the Switch Plates Or Outlets
Everyone knows that water and electricity mix and the two can cause disastrous conditions. If you notice any water damage or rust around the outlets or the switch plates, it means that your electrical system is getting exposed to moisture or water. This is a serious issue, and you should call for emergency electrical service. Your electricity won’t be safe to use until the system has been checked out and the necessary repairs have been made.
If you are having any issues that require emergency electrical service, contact Mister Sparky of Myrtle Beach. We have been serving residential and commercial customers in the area since 1996. Our owner, Tony Zack, has been in the electrical industry since 1995, and over the years, he has honed his skill through schooling and hands-on training. To schedule an emergency electrical service appointment or any other electrical repairs or installs, give us a call today.