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Have you been experiencing some unexpected changes in your electrical system? whilst these could easily be glitches its always best to seek out professional help. When it comes to electrics, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If the unusual changes within your electrics are persistent this could be a sign of a serious issue and electrical repairs should be completed immediately. As a property owner there are simple precautions you should take to ensure your electrics are operating correctly. Furthermore, there are common signs that can help you to monitor the safety of your building.

Blown Fuse

Blown fuses are undoubtedly common in private homes and commercial buildings. There are a several reasons as to why your fuse has blown. For example, overloaded circuit, short circuit, grounding fault, damaged wiring, and many more. To resolve a blown fuse an electrician will need to analyse your breaker box.  Additionally, the electrician might need to complete a full electrical test on your panel. The testing will bring to light any issues that need to be resolved.

Faulty lights

Lighting issues are commonly ignored, or the solution is straight forward. Issues such as flickering and dimming can be caused by loose light bulbs, wrong light bulb, loose light plug, and faulty light switch. In some cases, the issue maybe a sign of bigger electrical issues that requires professional attention. Continuous dimmed lights, even after a light bulb change can be a sign of an overloaded circuit.

Buzzing sound

Are your electrics creating a subtle yet constant buzzing in your building? Often this buzzing sound is caused by loose wiring in your circuit box or overheated cover plates. If left unresolved, these issues can lead to severe damage such as fire. The buzzing can also be due to faulty electrical equipment or light fitting. If you hear this unusual buzzing sound coming from your electrics its important to get it checked by a fully qualified electrician.

Loose power outlets

When you plug in your appliances does your entire outlet shift? Continuous use of this power outlet can be dangerous. Loose outlets can unsettle the flow of electricity and cause an electrical arc.  Although this seems like an easy DIY fix, professional assistance may be required as they can perform a full inspection, repairs, and upgrades.

Damaged appliances electrical repair

Faulty appliances can cause fires and severe bodily injuries. Appliances within the workplace should be tested periodically to avoid these outcomes. The most common test is a PAT test (Portable Appliance Testing). This test will highlight any faults within the appliance. In addition, the test will check the health status of the cable. The test should be completed by a competent individual with a PAT testing certificate. Lastly, failure to PAT test appliances can void your commercial building insurance.

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Electrical safety should be a focal point for any business owner. Under the Health and safety at Work act 1974, employers are held responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of all employees. The employer’s are also obligated to ensure all equipment is safe to use.

The best way to avoid electrical fault is by conducting regular risk assessments, identifying and resolving any potential hazards. Furthermore, PAT testing and EICR tests can help minimise electrical hazards.

When electrical issues arise such as those discussed in this article, you should contact a fully qualified electrician immediately. You should never attempt to resolve these issues yourself. Although the issue may seem like an easy fix to the untrained eye, the cause of the problem maybe something only a trained individual would notice. Equally important, you must contact the correct electrician for the required job. For instance, if you have a commercial building, you must contact a commercial electrician. Residential electricians do not have the correct training to deal with the bigger systems of a commercial building.


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