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Finding faults in your new home can be discouraging and it may even cause a dent in your finances, many unaware home seekers find themselves in situations such as these. Many people redecorate or remodel new houses to make them more in tune with their lifestyle, however, going right ahead with home projects on a newly bought house may not be the best way of handling things. You never know what kind of faulty damages are already present or even may end up being if you are not careful of where and how to start.
Here, the issue lies mostly in old electrical wiring. Old wirings found inside the walls of the house can be easily replaced by skilled electricians and doing so prevents the danger of shocks and fires ignited through faulty wires. New home owners must follow certain tips or know-how’s to safeguard the well-being of their family and furnishings. The tips being,
Know How Old Your Home Is
People often like the idea of living in an old house, sure it gives off a vintage look and the furnishings may look historic but the wiring inside may be an issue here. To avoid electrical shocks and short circuits to occur, know how old your house is. This can be found out by asking the age old question to realtors, real estate agents or the previous owner of the house.
The next step would be to find out how old the wiring is and make a comparison between the ones used in the modern age and the ones used in the distant past. Replace the entire wiring of your house with the help of a good electrician professional, read this post here on where to find the best electrician near you.
Double Check the Switch
Check the switches in your rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, basements to see their working condition. The energy supply usually flows through all the switches when there is electricity available. In case some plugs seem faulty and do not power the appliances call up an electrician nearby to check if the underlying problem is due to the supply line flow or the switch model.
Take a Look At the Breaker
It is a safety step to install a breaker fitted in your house. Breakers act as alarm systems which can automatically stop the core electrical supply running through a wire that short-circuits or remains faulty. A warm breaker is a bad breaker and finds a replacement if this symptom shows. Look into testing breakers, read this post to know how to correctly test a breaker by yourself. If this seems like a risky task for you then call up an electrician in a nearby area for a quick test.
Prevention is better than recovering the damages an old wire did, electrical problems should often be left for the professionals to handle, for starters,
- They have the right equipment that fixed the issue and guarantees their physical safety simultaneously.
- The clothes they wear have some sort of resistance, in cases of dire situations only.
- They know the best solution to be implemented for a quick recovery.
- You can always call them up for free inspections on a timely basis or ask for free offers on inspections. Most electrical companies usually give out offers as a promotional scheme.
Install a Fire Extinguisher
This is especially important if a fire starts out through an electric outburst. There are different types of extinguishers available in stores and online websites, so before getting started you should learn which extinguisher best works for disengaging electrical fires. Chemical fire extinguishers are the only effective method of extinguishing electrical fires. Try not to get a water extinguisher unless it’s bought for its actual use, using it for fires caused by outbreaks will only pursue the fire the grow wider.
If you’re planning to fit a chemical-based fire extinguisher, know the basic functions of its body and learn how to use it on fires. It is good to fit a first aid kit in your house as well, the basic components being found in the kit, ensure safety by knowing how to perform first aid on burns and abrasions or even shocks.
Try Not to Use Extension Cords
Extension cords should always be a temporary option of usage, they easily heat up after a brief time and their use adds a lot to the utility bill. Extension cords are also seen as tripping hazards, fortunately, to resolve this issue users just need to line out the wire away from walking routes. But try not to nail the wire in the wall, or put it under a carpet as it may lead to damages on the body of the wire and generate heat, respectively.
Safety From Hazards
Kids are vulnerable to electrical appliances and sockets/plugs, they tend to stick toys and digits in plugs. This is very dangerous as the contact may pass an electric shock. It’s advised to fit a plug cover, this covers the holes of the plugs and acts as a barrier to avoid any foreign material to reach into it. The same goes for extension cords, keep them away from the reach of children, it may cause tripping and unexpected shocks. If lights in your rooms start flickering on a regular basis this hints at underlying problems such as loose wiring, or short circuits.
Have Well-Grounded Appliances
When electricity passes through the ground it dissipates away due to the neutrality present in the earth. Fitting your electric appliances through the ground can be a safety measure taken to avoid any big outbursts. As appliances usually take a high amount of electricity, finding an output that does not threaten users and their living spaces is a good solution. If there are appliances in your home that are yet to be grounded, do so at the quickest time by hiring experts who do a good job of fitting the wiring underground.