Residential Electrical Maintenance Tips

Your home has quite a bit of electric running through it. From the lights to help you see, to the outlets powering your necessary appliances or your television, you have quite a bit of electrical power in your home. With all of this electric, you could have a lot of problems as well. If you aren't familiar with electric, you should always leave repairs to a professional electrician from a place like DRB Electric Inc. To prevent issues, there are things you can do to help maintain the electrical system around your home. 

Watch For Constant Blown Fuses

If your home has fuses or a breaker system and you are constantly blowing a fuse or a breaker, it means there's a problem somewhere in your electrical system. You may have too much on one fuse/breaker, or some other type of issue. You can try to plug in to another outlet that uses a different fuse/breaker, or call a professional electrician for help with this problem.

Keep Water Away From Electrical

Water and electric do not mix well. You could end up with a shock if you attempt to mix the two. This means keeping electric cords away from any water as well. If you're blow drying your hair in the bathroom, do not allow the cord to dangle near the sink. The same goes for small appliances in your kitchen near the sink. Keep all cords away from water and prevent a shock that could potentially be fatal.

Use Outlet Covers

Outlet covers are another way to prevent electric shock to someone in your home. If you have small children in your home, using child-proof outlet covers are a must. Small children are curious, and they may want to see if their small toy can fit into the hole in the outlet. Prevent injury to your child and invest in the plastic outlet covers. They may be a pain to get off when you need access to the outlet, but it's worth it in the end if it saves your child from being injured.

Replace Bad Outlets And Cords

Don't attempt to use an outlet that is loose, or any cords that have damage to the outer plastic covering. These can both be dangerous, so have the outlets repaired before using them and toss any old power cords that are not in good working order. If the cords are attached to an appliance, see if you can attach a new cord, or invest in a new appliance. 

The electrical around your home should not be messed with if you aren't familiar with electrical wiring. Call a professional electrician for help and prevent injury from shock by following the tips above.