Plumbing and electrical systems are most essential since our basic utilities rely heavily on these. But among all the components in our home, these two are often the most ignored or overlooked, and the only time they are being attended to is when we have already experienced or suffered the problems.
It would be great if, as homeowners, we try to check up on our pipes and wires from time to time to see if there are any damages or repairs needed, especially since they also undergo wear and tear. When conducting maintenance, try to look for these signs that say you need electrical and plumbing services asap.
- CORRODED OR DAMAGED WIRES
It is very important to check the fuse box as often as you can. And if you see corroded or damaged wires you should call a licensed electrician immediately. You must consider this an emergency situation; singed wires when left unattended may cause issues to your fuse box and lead to fire.
- FLICKERING LIGHTS AND APPLIANCES
When you often notice that your light flickers, or suddenly gets dim, or if you plugged and turned on an appliance and you experience the same, it could be a serious issue, such as an overloaded circuit and deteriorating wires. You could lose power in your home or start an electrical fire if ignored.
- BURNING SMELL
Now, this is serious. If you smell something burning and you can’t find the source, it could be burning electrical wires hidden in your walls. Turn off the power to the house and call the fire department to inspect if there are hidden wires burning within your home. When all is clear, call for a professional electrician to check your electrical system. Do not turn the power back on until he has given you a go.
- YOU GET ELECTRIC SHOCKS WHEN PLUGGING
Sometimes it could be just a simple static electricity shock, however if this happens all the time, then there are serious issues going on. It could electrocute you or your family members if the problem gets worse.
- CIRCUITS TRIP OFTEN
The breaker box, which is the brain of your entire electrical system, has a safety feature that trips if the system is overloaded. It happens when you have too many appliances used all at the same time. But if this happens quite often, call your electrician to check if you need to increase your load or if there are issues that need to be corrected, because this can start an electrical fire.
- SERIOUS ODOURS
When you notice very unpleasant odours in your home emanating from toilets and sinks, it’s a sign of a severe problem in your drains. Severe clogs underneath are most likely the culprit and it could be detrimental to your family’s health.
- TOILET BACK-UPS WHEN FLUSHING
Gurgling noises are signs of a clogged toilet, which precedes a toilet back-up. It is filthy and dangerous as it exposes your family to raw sewage. When this happens, call for plumbing services immediately.
- MAJOR CLOGS
Normally, minor clogs can be fixed with a plunger or drain auger, but when this problem persists, it is an indication of a major clog deep within your drainage system that can only get fixed by a professional plumber.
- BROKEN WATER HEATER
This is quite technical and if you are not professionally equipped, it could be hazardous to you and your property. It is best to contact a licensed plumber to fix it immediately.
Some leaks are visible and easy to fix with some tools but there are leaks that are hidden in your walls or floors. These might be coming from your pipes and only professionals can fix this problem.
If repairs are more serious than you think, do not rely on DIY fixes found on YouTube. It is always a good idea to contact a professional to review and fix your plumbing and electrical problems. It is safer, faster, and saves you money in the long run.