As a property owner, one of your most important responsibilities is keeping the building safe and functional. One of the primary ways to do so is by maintaining the electrical system. Electrical problems can occur anytime, but recognizing the indications of deteriorating wiring helps prevent accidents or costly repairs. Here are a few of the most common signs of an electrical problem.

Signs of an Electrical Problem

1) Flickering Lights

Flickering lights are one of the primary indicators of an electrical issue in a property. When one light is flickering, changing the bulb may solve the problem. If multiple lights are dimming or flickering, it could be due to an overloaded circuit. In some cases, it might be because of loose or damaged wiring, which may eventually lead to a fire. Contact an electrical specialist to inspect the wiring and circuits if you notice flickering lights.

2) Burning Smell

If you detect a burning smell coming from an electrical socket or fixture, it is a sign that your wiring may have melted or short-circuited and requires immediate attention. Turn off the power supply to the affected area to ensure the safety of the property. Damaged wiring puts a building at risk of a fire, so call an electrician to troubleshoot and solve the issue.

3) Tripping Circuit Breakers

If a circuit breaker continuously trips, it is a warning sign that appliances, lighting, and devices demand more power than the electrical system can safely handle. Tripping circuit breakers indicates too many appliances or electronics are connected to the same circuit, potentially damaging the circuit or causing a fire. Frequently tripping breakers may damage electronics, such as computers, printers, and other vital business equipment.

4) Discolored Outlets or Switches are Signs of an Electrical Problem

Discolored or warm outlets or light switch plates indicate excessive heat, which can be hazardous. Don’t ignore this sign of a problem; instead, order an inspection by an electrical specialist to check the wiring and remedy fire or shock hazards.

5) Malfunctioning Outlets and Switches

Malfunctioning electrical outlets and light switches are another common issue, often due to faulty wiring. Outlets and switches that don’t work or that work intermittently can lead to problems with a business’s day-to-day activities. It’s best to call an electrician to diagnose the issue and fix the wiring before the problem worsens.

Electrical problems in a commercial property pose safety threats to the business and its employees. To prevent accidents or electrical fires from happening, have a regular inspection of the building’s electrical system. If you notice issues or have concerns, call an expert electrician to investigate and diagnose the problem.

St. James Commercial Property Inspections offers inspection services in Durham, Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance, and Wake Counties of North Carolina. Contact us to request an appointment.