Electrical Maintenance Key For Safe Home Dwelling

Electrical Maintenance Key For Safe Home Dwelling

There are a few things that homeowners tend to neglect
when it comes to home maintenance due to the issues being
‘out of sight, out of mind’. Most responsible owners
regularly undertake property maintenance for small issues
that are visible. But the same can’t be said for
electrical maintenance, which is often undertaken
sporadically, if at all – until a serious issue arises
that regular maintenance could’ve most likely
prevented.

Since, for the most part, electricity just
‘works’, the average homeowner might be forgiven for
assuming that everything is ‘fine’. But, those living in
houses older than 30 years, or who’ve been living in the
same property for over 5 years without an electrical
inspection, would be remiss in believing that all is up to
code. In these cases, ignorance could indeed prove the
opposite of bliss, as problematic electrical switchboards,
faulty connections, or overloading the system can lead to
trips, fires, or even electrocution.

In order to
ensure a safe home environment and the continued optimal
functioning of a home’s electrical supply, owners should
have inspections done at least every 5 years. Currently,
owners of older homes are also advised to upgrade their
switchboards to residual circuit breakers to compensate for
modern power needs and ensure that optimal safety mechanisms
are in place to prevent fires.

If owners find that
they are relying heavily on extension cords to compensate
for a lack of wall outlets, or experiencing regular
switchboard trips, it may be that the home’s system is
overloaded and upgrades are overdue. Other issues to look
out for include an unidentifiable burning smell, discoloured
wall sockets, flickering lights, or sparks when plugging in
an appliance. In such cases, it may be time to call in the
professionals to conduct an inspection and assist with
maintenance and upgrades where necessary. For further
assistance on your electrical needs, visit https://www.hamiltonelectricians
.co.nz/
.

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