If you notice a sparking outlet in your home, then odds are you need to take action to avoid further issues and potential danger. Sparks can obviously lead to things like fire and electrical shock, so don’t wait before getting help for this hazardous situation!
Normal or Abornmal Sparking Outlet?
A single spark, when you plug in something to the wall, is nothing to be worried about. This is a fairly normal event for most people and simply a result of the appliance and the source of power making a connection. However, if this produces, say, a shower of sparks, then you likely have a larger issue on your hands.
So, why would your outlets be sparking in the first place? This is often a result of electrical currents “jumping” across a gap between the outlet and whatever you’ve plugged in. In other words, that little leap in the connection is enough for you to get a visible result. However, the kind of sparking outlet that you should take seriously is one that:
- Lasts more than just a second or happens frequently
- Seems larger in size than your “average” sparks
- Has a yellow or white color, rather than the typical blue
- Comes with the scent of burning plastic or something similarly smelly.
If any of the above occur, then you have an issue that should be addressed ASAP. There are a lot of potential causes, but the best, and safest, way to address the situation is to get in touch with an electrician who can examine the situation safely, with the gear and expertise required to avoid injuries. Don’t take a risk and approach the sparking outlet yourself; it isn’t worth having an accident. Instead, to have a professional contractor come and examine the situation for you, get in touch with Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling. You can talk to an expert about new installations of lighting and wiring, among other things, for your home or business.
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