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    Tips to Deal with Common Electrical Issues

    Wednesday, December 09, 2015

    Electrician inspecting a home's electrical system

    Wiring problems are nothing to joke around about, so hire electrical services as soon as you realize there's a need. Bad wiring is a health hazard capable of electrocuting people or causing fires.

    However, if you're handy - or just aren't ready to call a professional yet - here are three ways you can manage certain common electrical issues on your own:

    1. Pay attention to bulb wattage.

    Sometimes, what we don't know really can hurt us. That's absolutely the case when it comes to light fixtures. If you use bulbs that are too powerful for a socket, you risk one of the most common causes of home fires. "Overlamping" or using a bulb that commands too high of wattage for a fixture often leads to popping or bulbs that burn out too early. Unfortunately, it can also lead to arcing electrical currents, melting sockets and faulty wires - all capable of serious property damage and posing safety hazards. An electrician can help you determine the wattage capacity of existing fixtures in your home.

    2. Use heavy-duty extension cords.

    When it's necessary to extend power to an area without any available outlets, make sure you're using safe equipment. Thin power cords are capable of sparking fires. Select cords sized 14 gauge or higher, and consider adding outlets in areas without sufficient access to power.

    3. Update outlets located in kitchens, bathrooms, basements and other potentially wet areas with ground-fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs.

    Most homes have already converted to GFCIs, as exposing an outlet to moisture can lead to a nasty shock. In fact, there is such a high risk of problems resulting from regular outlets near sinks and wet spots that you should get on this repair as soon as possible. Thankfully, this is a fairly easy DIY job, but it's also an affordable task for a professional.

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