There are a number of reasons why it is important to replace outlets about once every 10 years. The main reason why your outlets should be replaced is safety. To provide security and safety from electrical fires, start with maintaining your home electrical system. One of the most common sources of an electrical fire is the outlets. Peterkin Electric will share more about outlet replacement and why, if you living in an older home or your home outlets are over ten years old, you may want to consider replacing them soon.
Electrical Outlet Fire Risk
Some of the first signs that an electrical fire will occur is smoke or a burning smell when an outlet is used. If a sizable sparks occurs, a small fire can spread inside the wall feeding on the insulation and wood framing. Once a fire gets heated 1500 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, it can become near impossible to stop. Because electrical fires are common, it is recommended to keep a class “C” fire extinguisher on hand at all times, which is designed to put out electrical fires in your home.
Signs You Should Replace Electrical Outlets
For some it can be difficult to know when to change out their outlets. There are some signs they are getting old or are becoming a fire risk, look out for these signs:
• Black or Brown discoloring around the socket.
• The sockets won’t hold a plug in or it seems loose.
• You see sparks when plugging or unplugging.
• If you smell smoke or burning.
• The circuit keeps tripping when the outlet is used.
• Lights keep flickering for no reasons.
It is important to use a licensed electrician to help assist in replacing your outlets. If outlets are installed incorrectly, even if they are new, there is still a risk of a fire breaking out. Additionally, a professional electrician can spot improper wiring or hazards with your electrical systems.
Other Benefits of Upgrading Electrical Outlets
Some other additional benefits of replacing your outlets is upgrading in certain areas in your home. Replace regular outlets with a GFCI out in the kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms. These switches are safe to use in humid or high moisture areas and also has a reset button. Additionally you can change the look and color during a remodel for a fresh and clean look. However the true benefit of replacing an outlet is still safety. According to U.S. Fire Administration, 8% of all home fires per year are caused by electrical malfunction which causes about $900 million dollars worth of damages in that year. That’s why, along with replacing your electrical outlets, you should also have other fire safety features checked and replaced regularly such as smoke detectors. Especially homes that are 40 years old or older, they are rated highest for homes with possible electrical problems that can lead to fires.
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If you live in an older home that has never had its electrical systems checked or replaced, along with any of the signs your outlets are at risk of a fire, contact Peterkin Electric. We perform inspection, rewiring and other electrical replacement and repairs. Don’t put your home at risk of an electrical fire. Contact Peterkin Electric today.