Just Purchase Your First Home? Know These Electrical Hazards

30 September 2015
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Since you just purchased your first home, it's likely that you can't wait to get everything moved in and ready to start living the homeowner lifestyle. However, certain aspects of your home need to be checked out before you get everything set up and being plugging in your electronics and appliances. Even though your home inspector may have checked out the electrical system before you closed on your mortgage, it is still important to do a check on some electrical items to ensure the safety of you and your family, and to prevent any potential fire hazards.

Frayed Electrical Cords

During your move, some electrical cords may have become damaged. So, check these cords carefully for any fraying, cracks or even complete breakage before you plug them into the sockets.

If you notice any of the above problems, have these cords repaired on bigger items, such as major appliances. Call an electrician first because some residential electricians are skilled in repairing cords on major appliances. If this is not an option, call your appliance repairman. Replace smaller items such as lamps, clock radios and other inexpensive household gadgets that appear to have electrical cord damage.

Plenty of Sockets

Look around your home to ensure that there are plenty of sockets to operate what you need to begin enjoying your life in your new home. Avoid using too many extension cords so that you don't overload the outlet. If there is a room or two in your home that could use a couple more outlets, call your electrician to have these installed.

Non-Working Outlets

As you're inspecting the outlets in your home, and the electric apparatuses you want to plug them into, you might find that some of the outlets simply don't work. Since some homes are wired so that an outlet or two may only work when the light switch is activated, try flipping a few switches to see if that allows the electricity to flow to the outlet.

If that doesn't work, don't try to fix this yourself, unless you have the proper knowledge of rewiring and replacing outlets. Call a professional, who will guarantee the work, so that you don't end up breaking any electrical coding laws that might exist in your area.

Note: While some home inspectors may have located some non-working outlets, it's best to check yourself because they may have missed some.

Expect to spend several hours checking the integrity of electrical cords, the amount of outlets and the number of outlets as soon as you close on your new mortgage. Now that you know what to look for, complete your list of electrical items and outlets that need to be repaired. Try to offer this list to the electrician all at once so that you don't end up paying for more than one service call.