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How to Limit Risk Factors That Contribute to Electrical Problems

electrical-upgradesElectrical issues are among the most dangerous that a home can deal with, posing risk to both the life of the homeowner and the wellbeing of the home itself. This is why it’s vital that you take all necessary steps to ensure that your electrical system is in the best possible condition at all times. You can’t totally remove the chance of some sort of electrical system occurring, but you can make sure that your system is as safe as humanly possible. There are a couple of different ways that you can ensure that your electrical systems are safe. Let’s go over those ways now.

Have an Electrician Check the System

Because we rely on our home’s electrical power most of the day, every day, we tend to take it for granted that it will work. It’s this kind of complacency that makes it possible for severe electrical problems to occur in the system. Most kinds of electrical issues start small, then quickly develop into more severe problems. You aren’t likely to notice when your system first starts having trouble, which isn’t good. You don’t want your first warning of an electrical issue to be when it starts a house fire. So, that’s why you need to make sure that you have an electrician examine it at least once every year or two.

Regular examinations allow your electrician to pinpoint any developing problems, and solve them before they have the chance to get any worse. Not only can you save potentially thousands of dollars in repair costs by catching these problems early, but you can help protect your home and yourself at the same time.

Install GFCI or AFCI Outlets

One of the two biggest risks that electrical issues pose is that of electrocution. This can happen due to touching frayed wires, or coming into contact with a damaged appliance. However, it most often happens at the outlet. Installing a GFCI outlet is the best way to protect yourself and your family against electrocution in this manner.

A GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet monitors the flow of electricity through itself. If the electrical current suddenly starts to behave erratically (like it might be flowing into a person instead of an electrical appliance) the GFCI outlet will instantly shut down the current. This is an excellent way to protect against accidental exposure to the home’s electrical power.

The other major risk that electrical issues pose is that of fires. This often happens when a short circuit diverts the electrical current into something flammable, which could be anything from carpet to the drywall. This can also occur inside the wall, which is especially dangerous, since it can go unnoticed until it has spread. An AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet works just like a GFCI, but focused on the current in the wall. If a short circuit occurs, the AFCI detects it and shuts down the current.

Anderson Electric Corp. offers comprehensive electrical services in Montclair, NJ. If you need electrical services of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert electricians.  

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