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Don't Take Chances: 3 Problems Your Electrician Can Find During An Inspection

Electrical wiring is an important part of your house. Wiring provides power and connectivity to every room of your home. A residential electrical system is designed for durability and longevity. But, some situations can cause serious damage to electrical wiring. Unfortunately, most of these things go on behind the scenes. That means you might not know you have a problem until the power goes out. Or, until you're faced with an electrical fire.

That's why you need to understand the situations that can destroy the electrical wiring in your home. By understanding these situations, you can take steps to protect your electrical wiring. One way to protect the wiring in your home is to schedule annual electrical inspections. That way, an electrician can spot damage before it becomes a serious problem for you and your family. Here are three types of damage your electrician might find during their inspection. 

Overloaded Circuits

Overloading is one of the biggest problems your electrical wiring can face. Overloading happens when you put too much pressure on the electrical circuits. For instance, you might have too many electric devices connected to one circuit. Overloading is one of the main reasons electrical wiring gets damaged.

A couple of problems can happen when the circuits get overloaded. First, the wires can overheat, which can lead to an electrical fire. Second, the circuit can short out, which can lead to a loss of power. To avoid issues with overloading, have an electrician take a look at the circuits in your house. Then, have them inspect the wiring for damage. 

Rodent Infestations

When you think of electrical damage, rodents probably don't come to mind. They should though. Mice and rats can do a lot of damage to the wiring in your home. But, they're not the only animals that can destroy electrical wiring. Raccoons and squirrels can do a lot of damage too. That's especially true if they decide to build nests in the attic or crawlspace of your home. If you've seen a lot of pest activity around your home, don't wait to call your electrician. Schedule an inspection right away. You could have damaged wiring somewhere in your home. 

Water Infiltration

Water is another issue you need to worry about when it comes to electrical wiring. If your home hasn't flooded lately, you might think your electrical wiring is safe. That's not the case though. Leaky pipes and leaky roofs can also cause electrical damage. If you have a crawlspace or attic, excess moisture can also damage electrical wiring. If you've got some leaks in your home, don't stop at leak repairs. Have an electrician inspect the wiring too. You could have some electrical damage caused by water infiltration. If you want to learn more about the importance of having a residential electrician, contact a professional near you.