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Signs of Burning Around an Electrical Outlet

Emergency room doctors treat over 4,000 individuals each year for injuries caused by faulty electrical outlets—don’t let anyone in your family fall victim to an electrical accident. Electrical fires and related injuries can be prevented by properly inspecting the outlet receptacles in your Northern Virginia home. John Nugent & Sons has compiled a list of warning signs that signal an electrical problem is occurring behind your walls.

Warning Signs of Dangerous Wiring

Keep your home safe by being aware of three common signals of burning around an electrical outlet. If you notice any of these signs, contact us immediately and we’ll help you repair faulty electrical outlets.

Discoloration of Wall Outlets

If the wall appears to be discolored, this is the biggest warning sign that your electrical outlet may be burned. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a discolored wall outlet can be caused by burning inside your outlet. It could also mean your outlet is damaged or improperly installed. Do not ever attempt to use a discolored outlet. Please contact us immediately if you see a discolored outlet, and we’ll send one of our qualified electricians to inspect it.

Experience a Tingling Sensation

If you plug in any electrical device, such as a radio or toaster, and then you experience a tingling sensation when you touch the device, it is a sign of major electrical trouble. Please do not just ignore this sensation and pass it off as a random occurrence. If you do not address this electrical problem, you could face a more serious injury later on. One of our expert electricians can investigate the problem for you and begin the process of replacing your electrical outlet.

Burning Smell

If you notice a strong burning smell coming from your outlet, it is a clear sign that replacing your electrical outlet is an immediate priority. If you touch an outlet and it feels hot, this is also a sign of electrical trouble. The sound of sizzling or popping near an electrical outlet should also be taken very seriously and means that your electrical outlets need to be inspected as soon as possible.

Outlet Wiring Throughout Northern Virginia

It’s easy for us to pass these signs off as minor issues that do not warrant any attention or inspection. However, it is incredibly important that you contact John Nugent & Sons immediately if you experience any of these signs of burning around an electrical outlet. We can repair or replace your outlets in time, ensuring your home is safe for you and your family!

Call John Nugent & Sons for Outlet Installation

We want you to feel 100% sure about your decision to work with John Nugent & Sons, which is why we offer free estimates on our installation projects. We are a family-owned and operated business, so you can expect to receive the personalized, caring service you can’t get from a big corporation. We’ve been providing electrical services to residents all over Northern Virginia since 1975, so you can trust any and all of your electrical repairs to our experts.

Our electricians are highly trained so you can rest assured knowing you will have an expert working in your home. Schedule your appointment online or call us as 703-291-1926!

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