Spring Cleaning Should Include Your Home Electric System

Spring Cleaning Should Include Your Home Electric System

Spring Cleaning Should Include Your Home Electric System

When you say ‘spring cleaning’, thoughts of scrubbing floors and clearing out the closets most likely come to mind. 

As licensed electricians, we urge you to carefully inspect your electrical equipment, as well. Each year in America, nearly 50,000 home fires are caused by electrical malfunction or failure, and almost all of them are preventable.

As you check off your spring cleaning list, consider the following safety tips for your home’s electrical fixtures:

Check for rodent damage. Rats, mice other rodents seek warm places to hide out until spring arrives. You may not immediately see evidence of rodents in your home, and this is especially true if they stay in your roof or attic area. However, rodents chewing on wiring in the roof or wall cavities can lead to serious fire hazards in your home. Their sharp teeth can break through the plastic protective coating, exposing the wires beneath and causing them to spark or short out. If you notice outlets working haphazardly, this is a sign of electrical malfunction that needs the attention of a skilled electrician.

Inspect your outdoor lighting. Winter’s damp air can corrode the metal fixtures of outdoor lights, so check each one carefully. Turn each outdoor light on one by one. If the light bulb doesn’t work, replace it with a new one. If the new bulb blows out within the first 48 hours of being inserted, check the fixture’s metal socket for signs of corrosion. If you find rust that has eaten into the metal socket, contact an electrician to install a new one. Corroded sockets are dangerous because they cause heat to build up, which in turn causes the light bulb to blow.

Tap into energy savings. Did you know that air conditioning can account for nearly 25% of your electric bills in the summer? Before the hot weather hits, schedule a home energy audit.  You electrician can point out which appliances are the highest energy wasters, so you can determine whether to replace them or run them in other, more energy-efficient ways. Lighting is another area in which you can save big by simply replacing your old wasteful bulbs with energy- efficient LEDs.

Check for signs of mold and mildew. Is there mildew on your bathroom ceiling? This is could be an indication that more ventilation is needed. Having an electrician install an exhaust fan can remove excess moisture from your bathroom and prevent future mildew build up.

Clean your dryer ducts. Dryer fires are a serious hazard that can easily be avoided by cleaning the interior and exterior of your dryer hose and exhaust vent. Inspect your dryer vent for clogs and lint buildup every few months. Once a year, contact a professional HVAC company to provide a thorough dryer vent inspection and cleaning.

Spring Cleaning Should Include Your Home Appliances

Spring Cleaning Should Include Your Home Appliances

Examine your appliances. Think of how many appliances you have plugged into outlets in your home. It’s bound to be a hefty number! Check behind your refrigerator and remove any dust or debris that may be affecting the efficiency of the coils. Make sure small appliances aren’t near water sources, and don’t overcrowd countertops where wires may rest near heat sources. Check the wires on all of your appliances and devices for any signs of damage.

Untangle and declutter. Tangled cords can easily become damaged or frayed, increasing the risk of electrical shock or fire. Keep wires neat and organized with cable ties or approved clips.

Clean or replace old smoke detectors. Although they may look clean from the outside, dust can accumulate inside the cover of smoke detectors and cause them to malfunction. Gently vacuum them with a soft brush to avoid false alarms, then check to ensure that the battery is operational. The Consumer Product Safety Commission also recommends replacing smoke detectors every ten years.

This spring, conduct a thorough inventory of your home’s electrical system. Be on the lookout for problem signs like flickering or dimming lights, circuit breakers that trip, or buzzing noises. If you suspect an electrical problem, contact our team of certified professionals today.

About M.R. Electricians: Since 1996, M.R. Electricians has been serving the electrical needs of homeowners and businesses throughout Montgomery County, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and surrounding areas. The company also specializes in commercial fire protection, contract needs from small tenant fit outs to whole building installations, and motor controls for industrial spaces. From major renovations to the smallest of electrical jobs, the family-owned company is committed to providing high quality products, superior results, and unmatched customer service. Regarded as a leader in the electrical industry, M.R. Electricians has set the standard for excellence in the region. For more information, please visit the website at https://www.mrelectricians.us or call 301.871.0477.

 

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