With the advent of numerous power hungry devices, and our high consumption of power, everyone is now stuck with frequent power failures and disruption of circuits seems a norm these days. Just like distribution systems are archaic in the country, the wiring system is antiquated as well. Therefore, the wiring system in households is unable to cope up with the requirement of power these days, and snap. Here are a few hacks that would help in times of electrical problems:
Protect the fuse box and circuit breakers:
Any extension box these days comes with replaceable fuse boxes, and voltmeters and ammeters fitted inside to show the amount of current flowing through that box at that moment. This is particularly useful to keep the extension box’s wiring intact, and keeping it from getting overloaded. Read the manual for the overload values and use the extension boxes wisely.
Similarly, about the circuit breakers; these are the best things that could have ever happened to your houses. It switches off the power supply if it detects any overload or power leakage, thereby keeping other equipment from danger.
- Keep away from open junction boxes:
Junction boxes usually come with a risk factor of open cables. These cables are extremely dangerous if they are within reach and come in direct contact when switched on. It can cause extreme shocks. Though there is zero risk when these open junction boxes are kept far from reach, it is better to secure junction boxes from open wires.
- Flickering of equipment during inclement weather:
This usually occurs when the wiring overhead near the house has not been connected properly. This causes the cable to sway during strong winds and causes flickering, and in the worst case scenario, arcing might occur and cause a fire. Contact the electrical repair center to look into the matter as soon as possible.
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters:
These are the saviors that every human requires. This is the extra socket present excluding the potential and ground slot present in a plug. This prevents electrocution when there is current leakage, and cuts it down before a shock. Replace all the old GCFIs with the newest ones to avoid this situation.
- Old wiring is not safe:
Old wiring was designed only for usage during the olden days where electricity demand and consumption was less than half of what it is today. Therefore, replace all of these with new wires to handle the required electrical pressure and but keep in mind to hire a professional and trained electrician for the job as replacing the old wiring is more complex job than installation of fresh wiring. Hence hiring an experience electrical contractor is a must.
Note: These life hacks should be performed only when circuits are switched off, and no power supply is given to the equipment that is being repaired.