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Electrical Issues: Sparking Outlets

There are a lot of potential electrical issues that you may face in your home, office, or elsewhere. If you’ve never encountered them before, you may not know how to respond when they appear, but this could mean safety issues if left unattended to. For example, if your outlets are producing sparks, do you know how to handle it?

How to Handle These Electrical Issues

Why would there be sparks coming from your outlet? Typically, this happens when there is a larger discharge of electricity, and it can sometimes be considered normal. However, if this happens regularly when plugging in or unplugging electronics, then it’s a definitive sign of trouble. This might signal a number of electrical issues including faulty wiring, older connections, and even moisture in the system.

How do you know if it’s ‘normal’ discharge, then? Essentially, it’s normal if it isn’t happening every single time. There will sometimes be a spark, since you’re removing the plug from the electricity source, but it shouldn’t be big, alarming, or even noticeable, most of the time. If this is the case, then you have a problem that needs to be addressed.

If this is happening in outdoor outlets or in rooms like bathrooms, where water is regularly used, then the problem could be due to moisture buildup, as mentioned above. It makes sense that having extra moisture would cause issues, considering the dangerous mixture of electricity and water, so take care to ensure that this isn’t the case.

Obviously, things age over time. This includes your plugs, outlets, and electrical system. The outlets¬† may be old, or the wiring behind the wall may have been poorly installed way back when. Whatever the case, age may have done a number on your electrical, so if you suspect the issue isn’t moisture, then this may be the real problem.

Sparking outlets and other electrical issues aren’t things to mess around with. To learn more about these, and to have a professional come and help out with any potential dangers at home, get in touch with Tim Kyle Electric. You can talk to an expert about new installations of lighting and wiring, among other things,¬†for your home or business.

About Tim Kyle Electric

Tim Kyle Electric has been delighting our customers with responsive, trusted and professional electrical services since 1986. We provide residential, commercial and solar power services and are experts in our field. Our team of professionally trained employees uphold our core values of honesty, respect and integrity. We are available 24/7 for your electrical servicing needs. Get in touch with us today to discuss your next electrical project.

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