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Why are My Outlets Sparking?

Do you keep seeing your electrical outlets sparking? Should you be concerned? Are you curious why they are sparking and what you can do about it?

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Why Your Outlets Are Sparking

Have you ever rubbed your feet across a carpet and felt a spark? That is static electricity. Therefore, if you feel a spark once in a while, there might not be any problem.

If you feel a spark, every time you are near the electric outlet, then there might be an issue. You can consider the following troubleshooting questions:

1. Do you have old, frayed electric cords?
2. Was their moisture or water on your hands or the electrical outlet when it sparked?
3. Does the electrical outlet feel hot?

These could be signs that you have exposed wires. You might have a short circuit. You might want to have old electrical wires, outlets and appliances replaced.

Solutions to a Sparking Outlet

If the sparks occur regularly, you might need to be concerned. It could mean that there is a problem with your electrical wires, cords, outlets or appliances. You could use duct tape for frayed wires, but that is only a stop-gap.

If you fear a short circuit, then you should call professionals. They can look at your electrical system. You also might have overloaded your outlet with too many plug-ins. We can discuss safety devices, like a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), which could be invaluable.

If you want a professional inspection, then contact your professional plumbing, heating, air and drain experts at Dean’s Professional. You can call 24/7 – we are ready for any emergency in Minneapolis or Saint Paul. Sleep better at night by calling your Twin Cities electrical services pros at Dean’s.

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