Post Hurricane Irma: Is Your Electrical Outlet Sparking?

September 21, 2017 | no responses | 12

Florida is currently still recuperating from the damages caused by one of the deadliest hurricanes the state has seen in the last decade. About 4.4 million homes and businesses lost power.

After the hurricane, when the power came back up, have you plugged something into an electrical outlet and seen sparks briefly shoot off? It may be a common occurrence. However, it is extremely dangerous and hazardous.

Electrical sparks occur when more amount of electricity discharges either to find a connection or to form an electric field.

Sometimes, these sparks are perfectly normal. But other times, they indicate a potentially serious underlying issue. Knowing what causes an electrical outlet to spark can reassure you and help you identify when the issue is harmless.

So, here are reasons why an electrical outlets spark and what you need to do about them.

Water Damage

Everyone knows that electricity and water are not friends. The moment they come into contact with each other, it can cause a spark and create other dangerous electrical issues. And Irma may have made you extremely vulnerable to that.

If you have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installed, it can shut down immediately cutting the power supply to avoid a fire breakout.

Old age

As electrical outlets age, they become worn, outdated, and loose, thus increasing the probability for a short circuit occurring and leading to a fire.

Old appliance cords and wires can also cause an outlet to spark. So, to avoid this you must update your wiring. In case, if you still have trouble detecting the issue, call a professional for help.

Short circuits

Short circuits occur when excessive heat builds up inside an electrical outlet that melts the insulation that covers the wires, thus, exposing them.

These exposed wires cause the electrons to spark increasing the chances of an electrical fire. So, you should immediately seek professional help.

Overloaded outlet

If you have got too many devices or appliances plugged into an outlet, you are simply over loading the outlet. This overloaded outlet can spark any time, resulting in a break trip or lead to an electrical fire too.

Keep a regular check over your electrical outlets and refrain from plugging multiple appliances in a single outlet.

Faulty repair

Poor electrical repairs can lead to bigger problems in the future. Unless you are a professional electrician and have the appropriate skills and experience to do the job right, do not perform electrical repairs on your own. Call a professional technician for help!

Millions of people have left homes, as a result of a mandatory evacuation announcement. When you return, you need to check your electrical supply and power sources.

At Bob Uhlar Electric Inc, our team of professional electricians offer residential and commercial electrical repair services in Gainesville, Florida. Our services include electrical design, kitchen and bath rewiring, electrical violations corrected, service upgrades, dryer circuits, and more. For details, contact us now!

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