Spring is one of the best times of the year for people to air out the dust, stuffiness, and germs that have accumulated in their homes during the long winter months. This helps make the house comfier and improves the quality of the air.
Besides cleaning a home, it's crucial to consider including electrical spring cleaning on the to-do list. This task is recommended by most electricians as it helps ensure the electrical system functions optimally and safely after being overworked during the winter.
Below are some things you should keep in mind while performing electrical spring cleaning. If you find anything, do not hesitate to call your electrician to fix the system.
Organize the Electrical Cords
Disorganized electrical cords can make the room appear unkempt. Create the time to tidy up those cords, particularly if you didn't manage to tidy things up over winter. Make sure they are tucked neatly and safely to avoid entanglement or tripping hazards. Do not make the mistake of placing cords under the carpet if they are still in use, as this can lead to fire hazards.
As you tidy the cables, be sure to check for any visible damage, such as exposed or frayed wires, and call an electrician to fix the problem on your behalf to prevent electrical fires. Those cords and extension bars that aren't being used should be put away so they don't get damaged unnecessarily.
Examine the Outlets and Circuits
Another electrical spring cleaning task you shouldn't forget is to check each electrical outlet and switch. If some of them are hot to the touch or discolored, you'll need to contact an electrician right away. Such signs usually mean that you have a wiring problem that can easily lead to a fire hazard.
If the circuit breaker keeps tripping, you will need an electrician's help to fix it. Chances are high that your electrical panel needs an upgrade to meet your current power needs. An electrician will recommend the best solution after examining the outlets and circuits.
Check the Appliances
All your appliances need to be checked as well, particularly if you move them frequently. For instance, when you move the washing machine or dryer often, you are likely to interfere with the water supply line and electrical cords. So, examine the attachments and make the necessary adjustments.
All cables must be placed away from heat sources like a heating vent, oven, or stove because the heat can damage the cord's insulation creating a fire hazard. Also, get an expert to fix the wiring if you are electrocuted every time you want to turn on any appliances.
To learn more, contact an electrician.