When your electrical system is operating correctly, you likely don’t give it a second thought. When it malfunctions, however, it can throw off your entire daily routine. While it’s tempting to try fixing the problem yourself, only an electrician should handle the work, particularly if the situation requires emergency electrical repairs.
What Constitutes an Emergency Electrical Repair?
1. Exposed Wires
Wires can become exposed due to general wear and tear, but this most often occurs in older buildings that don’t follow modern construction practices or in those where wiring or previous electrical work was subpar. Never touch exposed wires as they may still have a current running through them, amplifying the risk of electrocution.
2. Smoking/Burning Smell or Burn Marks on Outlets
Both of these situations are a fire safety risk. In many instances, smoking, a burning smell, or black burn marks around an outlet are signs of an overloaded circuit. Damaged wires, an old outlet, dust accumulation, and an arcing circuit can also cause either of these issues.
3. Humming Coming From the Breaker Box
A soft hum is normal and means electrical currents are running through the breaker. However, a loud humming sound could denote that a circuit isn't tripping as it should. Replace this component as soon as possible to ensure the breaker will shut off properly during power surges. If you detect more of a sizzling or buzzing sound, this could mean there’s a damaged or loose wire in the breaker box.
4. Wires in Water
Old or impaired wiring can come loose and drop into a wet area, such as a damp basement, a kitchen sink, or a bathroom tub. This not only presents a fire hazard, but water also conducts electricity extremely well, meaning you should not touch it or the wire under any circumstance.
5. Sparking When Plugging a Device in or Turning It On
A tiny, brief spark when plugging in a device is often normal. But if the sparks are larger or come from an outlet whenever you turn on a plugged-in device, it could indicate a short-circuit or that the wiring is wet or old and no longer functioning properly.
In any of the above situations, contact an electrician at E-Con Electric Inc. Based in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, they provide customers throughout Wood County with 24/7 emergency electrical repairs. They are members of the National Electrical Contractors Association, meaning the team is up-to-date on the latest industry developments and how to provide the best customer service for you. Call (715) 423-8440 to schedule an emergency repair today, and visit them online to read more about their services and experience.