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Electrical defects can lead to major safety issues

On Behalf of | Oct 21, 2019 | Construction Law

You shouldn’t have to worry about problems with the construction or renovation of your home. You might have even paid good money for quality and professional workmanship, especially for complex tasks like electrical installations. Unfortunately, one inattentive electrician’s negligent work can turn your comfortable home into a dangerous living environment.

Costs of a bad electrical job

Poor electrical installations can be quite costly for you. You may have to spend more money to hire a new electrician who can rewire your house and fix any problems. However, on top of paying for repairs and reinstallations, electrical problems can result in other costs that go beyond financial expenses.

Dangers to you and your home

Even the smallest electrical problem can lead to catastrophe. Fires caused by faulty wiring can do significant damage to your home. You could lose sentimental belongings, important documents or even your entire property due to an electrical house fire. In fact, nearly 51,000 house fires are caused by electrical problems every year. Along with devastating property damage, many of these incidents also result in injury and — tragically — sometimes even death.

But fires aren’t the only cause of injury from electrical problems. Simple household tasks like changing a light bulb or plugging in electronics and appliances can give you electric shock injuries. While these can be minor instances that leave your fingers tingling, they can also cause severe burns and nerve damage.

Warning signs of electrical defects

Unfortunately, you can’t always prevent a bad electrical job. To stay ahead of the damages that poor electrical work can cause, look out for these signs of faulty electrical wiring:

  • Melted objects or short-circuited appliances
  • Dim or flickering lights
  • Scorch marks
  • Quiet buzzing sounds
  • Burning or smoky odors
  • Frayed or exposed wiring

If you recognize any of these signs in your home, it could mean your electrical wiring was installed incorrectly. If that is the case, you should seek help to have the problem looked at right away. You might even be able to receive compensation for any damages that resulted from poor electrical work.

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