Electrical Faults in residential settings

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Electrical faults can occur in all homes, new or old. Unfortunately, many homeowners and landlords fail to acknowledge the dangers that electrical faults can pose. This can lead to huge risks being taken, and lives being put in danger. Here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electricians, and we excel at providing electrical services across both commercial and residential settings. As a result, we have produced this guide to electrical faults in residential settings.


Electricity is one of the most dangerous things in your home and faulty electrics are not to be messed with. Before you check any wiring or connections you need to make sure you have followed all the necessary guidelines and procedures. In fact, you should never attempt to interfere with an obvious electrical fault yourself. Instead, get in touch a professional and qualified electrician.

Discovering electrical faults in residential settings

If there are electrical faults in residential settings, you can usually discover these through some clear warning signs. These include:

Unusual socket behavior

A socket that is hot to touch, is a socket that is overheating. This is commonly seen on sockets where an extension lead is plugged in and this is supporting a range of appliances. Socket overload can lead to serious and long lasting damage to your socket and electrical circuits.

A sparking socket is also a key indicator of electrical faults in residential settings. Never plug a appliance into a sparking socket, and never try and remove the socket yourself. Either of these options can lead to lasting socket damage and potential harm to your health. Instead contact a professional and qualified electrician.

Unusual light behavior

Lights that flicker and become dull can indicate a potential wiring issue that needs to be investigated by a registered and experienced electrician. If the flickering is persistent, this is more likely to be a real issue that must be investigated. However, many of us will simply put flickering lights down to age or needing a new light bulb. This is why a regular electrical maintenance test is essential.

If you notice any of these electrical faults in residential settings, you should get in touch with the professionals at Walker Electrical today.