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What are some indicators your home has electrical problems?

When you purchase a new home, you have every reason to expect that you will be able to live in it safely for many years to come. And if the builders did their jobs correctly, you should have no trouble doing just that. However, if the homebuilders cut corners by using substandard materials or if the work itself was not done properly, then your home could have serious defects.

Construction defects often do more than cause cosmetic blemishes; they can create very hazardous living conditions. And electrical defects can be among the most dangerous. A faulty electrical system could all too easily cause a fire. Therefore, it is vital to be aware of the signs that indicate that your home has electrical problems.

Here are a few things that could indicate that your electrical system poses a threat:

  • You frequently experience tripped breakers or blown fuses.
  • There is sparking from your outlets, breaker panel or fuse box.
  • You hear buzzing sounds originating in your outlets.
  • You have the incorrect type of kitchen or bathroom outlets. These outlets should have ground fault circuit interrupters and typically have a pair of small buttons on the panel.
  • Your switch plates or outlets become hot to the touch.

If you encounter any of these issues, you should contact an electrician who can check your wiring. If it turns out that the builder was responsible for these problems, then they should be willing to make proper repairs. But if the builders are not willing to correct their mistakes, you may want to contact a Florida construction defects attorney. The attorney could assess the issues and work on your behalf to have the dispute settled by mediation, negotiation or in court if necessary.