When your electrical outlet sparks, sometimes it’s normal and sometimes it’s a sign of something major. An example of normal sparking would be an occasional spark when you are plugging in an appliance. However, some sparking is a sign that you may need to replace your outlet. If an outlet sparks every time you try to plug something in, it may be time to call in the professionals. Some causes of bad outlets include short-circuiting, water, old age, and poor quality repairs. If you notice electrical sparks in an area that is near water or where wires are in contact with water you should contact Gulf Coast and have an electrician or Emergency Electrician come out if it is after business hours.
One of the most common causes of power outages aside from the weather are short circuits. A short circuit occurs when an electrical current takes a path other than the one that was intended, causing an excessive electrical current. Short circuits can cause circuit damage, fires and explosions and are frequently linked to bad wiring insulation and weather events. While many power outages are temporary responses to weather changes if your power outage was the result of something else you may be in need of an emergency electrician.
Bad wiring can pose a threat to your property and, most importantly, your safety. One sign of a wiring problem could be frequent flickering or dimming of lights throughout the home or a light that makes a buzzing sound when it is turned on. A slight shock when you first turn on an appliance also can be a sign of bad wiring. Fixing bad wiring is a far from ideal DIY project – call in the professionals to keep your family and property safe.
Depending on the issue, your malfunctioning appliance may be related to electrical wiring in your home. Our electricians are able to check the voltage and electrical of your appliances to help diagnose and remedy wiring-related appliance issues. Not sure what the problems is? Give us a call today and we’ll help point you in the right direction.