Electrical systems are some of the most safeguarded structures, complete with circuit breakers and grounding systems, to prevent electrical faults. Even with such protection, wire problems still occur, either due to faulty connections or wear and tear. A simple flicker or an electric surge can cause massive damage if left unrepaired; hence utmost care is called for during maintenance. If you are an electrician and have come across such issues, here are some tips that can come in handy on your next electrical inspection.
Aluminium wiring has long been considered unsafe for electrical connections, due to frequent arcing as well as the high likelihood of fire breakouts that it causes. Most industrial and domestic buildings built in the 1970s still have some aluminium wiring, an aspect that can often create challenges for most electricians. The solution to this lies in the use of a dielectric wire nut that stops corrosion in the aluminium as a result of contact with copper wires. Fit the nut onto the copper and aluminium connection to prevent any fire hazards.
Electric shocks in wet areas
Domestic and commercial buildings are the common culprits when it comes to electric shocks, a common phenomenon in shared spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens. To prevent this hazard from occurring, replace the old receptacles with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). The GFCIs shut down circuits in seconds, helping to protect against electric shocks from occurring.
Flickering lights and crackling sounds
Flickering and crackling is a sign of a loose wire in a terminal connection. If you intend on fixing such a problem in commercial or public and listed buildings, begin by switching off the power in the various outlets. Proceed and remove the cover plate at the point of the electrical fault. The next step should be inspecting the screw terminals for any loose wires. Finish off by tightening the screw terminals onto the wires.
Having a sizzling sound in your fuse box may not seem like much, but it may be the start of your electrical troubles. Get in touch with Custom Call for professional wiring, electrical inspections, and specialised electrical services.