If you have wiring problems you might think that you would know. The truth is, some of the wiring problems that might be happening could be behind the scenes. You may not know anything about the wiring until you call in an electrician to take a closer look. That’s why you should know what you need to be on the lookout for. By watching for any of these things and recognizing the problem immediately you could protect your Myrtle Beach, SC home from a lot more damage.

Dimming Lights

If you notice lights that dim on their own then that’s a sign there’s something going on with the wiring. It means the lights aren’t getting the same amount of power at all times and that can become an even bigger problem. Flickering lights, dimming lights or changes that happen randomly or when you do something else electrical in your home means that there’s an overload in the circuit somewhere. For example, if you turn on the microwave and your kitchen lights dim it means that you’re overloading that circuit, which could cause a blow breaker or even an electrical fire if left on its own without calling an electrician.

Loose Connections

This is one of those things that you likely won’t even notice because most people don’t think to take the outlet covers off of their outlets unless they’re changing something. The truth is that you should be checking these periodically because over time the electrical wires can actually loosen from the plug fixture and that could be extremely dangerous if you continue to use the outlet. Unfortunately, you won’t see that there’s a problem if you aren’t taking the covers off routinely.

Strange Noises

If you’re noticing any strange noises coming out of your electrical system it means you should call an electrician immediately. Your electrical should not make any noise at all when it comes into your home or when it’s moving throughout your home. If you can hear the electricity it means that something is happening in there and that could result in a blown breaker, an electrical fire or something else serious. You may hear any number of sounds including buzzing, crackling, popping and more. No matter what you hear make sure you call a professional electrician.

Tripped Breakers

If you trip a circuit breaker once in a while that’s not too big of a deal. In fact, most people will trip a breaker once in a while. If it seems to be happening frequently or if you notice that you’re tripping the same breaker frequently, especially doing the same things, then you definitely need to call an electrician. They’ll be able to take a closer look at what’s going on and find out just what it is that’s causing the circuit to overload. Chances are you’re using too much power at once, but that could be a problem with the wiring more than anything.

Frayed Wires

Any frayed wires should immediately stop being used. If you have an appliance that has been chewed on or is just getting old and the wires aren’t in good shape anymore make sure you unplug it and immediately stop using it. This doesn’t require you to call an electrician, but it’s definitely going to keep you from needing one. Frayed wires could result in sparks and those sparks could cause you injury or they could cause an electrical fire. No matter what happens, they’re going to be dangerous.

Mice and Rats

If you’ve had a rodent problem you absolutely need an electrician to come over and take a close look at all of your wiring. If you’ve noticed these pests anywhere in your home they could actually be in more places than you might think. And they could have been chewing on wires and cables in areas that you can’t even see. If they have been then they could be the cause of electrical fires and damage that happens throughout the home and inside the walls. By getting these things evaluated you’ll be able to prevent more serious problems down the road.

Smoking and Burning

If you notice a burning smell or something is smoking, including your appliances themselves or your outlets you need to immediately call an emergency electrician. If you can, unplug the item that’s overloading the outlet or turn off power to that outlet immediately. Then call a professional who can come over and take a look at it right away. Let them know what’s going on and someone should be able to get to you quickly. This is a very important problem and one that doesn’t have the time to wait around. You need it fixed immediately.

Scorch Marks

If you actually notice scorch marks on your outlets but haven’t noticed the burning or sparking yourself you should act the same way as if you knew that your outlets were burning or smoking. Immediately cut power to that outlet, keep your family away from it and get a professional electrician to take a look at it. You don’t want anyone in your home to be injured because of a faulty electrical outlet and that’s exactly what scorch marks are going to tell you. Getting a professional to your home immediately will help you figure out the problem.

If you’re noticing any of these problems it means you should be looking at hiring an electrician to work on your home. If that’s the case, make sure you call Mister Sparky® of Myrtle Beach of Myrtle Beach, SC. Our team is available to work with you on any of these problems and to make sure that your electrical wiring and systems are working the way that they should. You don’t want to deal with problems in your electrical and we want to help you along the way. How are you going to make sure that happens? By giving us a call and scheduling an appointment for electrical services of course.