Causes of short circuits in commercial settings

commercial and industrial electrical services

Keeping a commercial business running is never easy but if your electrics keep short circuiting, things can be even more difficult. Not only does this disrupt daily processes, it can also be damaging to equipment and cause loss of important data. So what are the most common causes of short circuits in commercial settings? And how can you prevent this?

What are the most common causes of short circuits in commercial settings?

There are a number of factors that can play a role in inconvenient and potentially damaging short circuits in commercial settings. These factors include:

  • Electrical overloading- In commercial settings, the demand for electricity is often high due to various equipment, machinery, and systems running simultaneously. If the electrical load surpasses the capacity of the circuit, it can result in overheating and an overload, leading to a short circuit.
  • Faulty wiring and inadequate electrical installations- Poorly designed or aging electrical systems, improper insulation, or damaged cables increase the likelihood of short circuits. In commercial buildings with extensive electrical networks, it is crucial to regularly inspect and maintain the wiring infrastructure to prevent such issues.
  • Inadvertent damage to electrical components and cables- This damage can occur due to accidental drilling, hammering, or improper handling during maintenance or renovation activities. Damage to the insulation or exposure of live wires can lead to direct contact and subsequent short circuits.
  • Water infiltration- This can be particularly challenging in areas where moisture levels are high or where liquids are present, such as kitchens, bathrooms, or outdoor environments. Water acts as a conductor and can bridge the gap between electrical components, causing a short circuit. Proper insulation and the use of waterproof materials are essential precautions to mitigate this risk.
  • Manufacturing defects or substandard electrical equipment- Low quality or counterfeit electrical components may lack the necessary safety features, making them susceptible to failures and malfunctions that result in short circuits.

Here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical professionals. We work with companies and businesses, across a variety of industries, throughout the North West, to provide high quality, professional electrical solutions. Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help resolve issues with short circuiting for commercial properties.