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Hi everyone this is Simon Barker, S Barker Electrical and I’m gonna go through the hidden electrical issues and faults
that YOU can find, before they turn into expensive replacements. So it’s SEVEN simple things that you can have a look at in your home or your office and if you’ve got these issues you know you can do something about it now before it
turns into an expensive job.
So I’m going to give you the seven signs … the seven things to look for so that you can do that.
So first up … Are your lights flickering? Occasionally, you know, now and then you’ve got some lights flickering. Whether it’s when you touch your switches or they just randomly do it while you’re sat down. Have you got any sockets or switches that are crackling when you use them? So you plug it in and it’s crackling. You can hear something in the background but you’ve burned some switches sockets different accessories when they’re in use or when they’re switched.
The second thing … Do you have any occasional tripping of the breakers or blowing fuses back at the fuse board? Because if you have that, it’s an indicator of … it could be a number of things but it could be an appliance on the way out. And if you just
ignore it and keep resetting it, that problem is likely to get worse and worse and worse and escalate into something, till you’re not going to be able to switch it on at all. By that point it might be more costly to repair.
So the third thing. Do you have any dated, worn or discoloured fittings? They tend to be light fittings a lot, especially the old ceiling pendants where a lot of people used to have the old 60 watt halogens or even a hundred watt halogens or filament …
the filament lamps or bulbs whatever you want to call them. They were replaced eventually with compact fluorescent, the little tubes or LED. So if you still got those you might have this discolouring. Even if you haven’t that discolouring, could mean that the cable inside has dried out and the installation is very brittle. So they could do with being looked at and that’s the indicator of it … dated, worn or discoloured and so forth.
Spotlights! Are they going out all the time? Are you getting them where the odd one goes out, another one goes out after … and if you’ve got mains ones it’s not too bad, but if you’ve got 12-volt ones the Transformers, they can go just as often as what the lamps do. So they are going a lot though because it could be more than just cheap parts. It can be bad fittings, loose connections …
things like that. Again they can lead to overheating hazards. So you definitely want those looked at as well the next thing.
Number five. Do you notice what’s described as a fishy burning smell? Especially on ovens or oven switches, shower switches or shower pull cords or back at the board again? Because you can get loose connections and those loose connections are normally discovered when you get an Electrical Condition Report [EICR]. Because that’s one of the things you [I] would check.
But if you haven’t had a check for a while, those are gonna get loose. It just happens all the time! But if you leave it you can smell it … but you leave it … they’ll end up burning out! A really common one is shower pull cords, so look out for that!
Number six … Have you got an RCD device in place? Now, an RCD device … remember the old ones you used to get … the plug one, when you use the Mower outside? These are the little units with a t “Test” button on … a Test and a Reset button on. Well nowadays you would get them on your fuse board or distribution board. And so that … again they’ve got the little test button on, normally a yellow button with a “T” on it or a black button with a “T” on it and you’re supposed to press them [Quarterly] to make sure it works.
So if press yours, make sure it works and that it trips out when you press it and then you can reset it … and you’re back on again. If you don’t have any RCD devices it means that you’re missing out on having the most up-to-date and most sensitive
protection. The fuses and breakers are all well and good, but RCDs are much, much quicker. They go instantly when there’s even a hint of a fault developing. So if you are getting an RCD tripping as well you know that an appliance might be starting to fail or something else and it wants looking at.
So finally … but I’m going to give you some more information after this as well … so hold on!
But finally in this list of seven…
Does the wiring look like it’s a DIY job or something that of builder or kitchen fitter might have done while they were doing the other work? If it is something that’s not … it’s suspicious and it looks like it hasn’t been put in by an electrician … telltale signs are just how it’s not very good cosmetically or there might be cables loose down the wall, not even secured properly within the plaster and things like that. Just a bit shoddy. Look and you know what i’m saying!
Now … I said I’ve got something else for you as well and I have …
and it’s completely free … don’t worry I’m not trying to sell you anything. I’ve got more information if you thought that this was useful … I’ve actually got 6 eBooks and 21 videos and they’re all in one place and I don’t even want you to put your email address in! … Nothing like that! They’re just in ONE area of my website,
[The link is https://www.sbarker.co.uk/downloads/ ] …
So if you’re interested in those six ebooks and 21 videos which explain a whole load of different electrical things, for homeowners, estate agents, landlords, offices, tenants and so on … PAT Testing, Inspections … The lot! It’s all in there and that’s yours …
So if you like this [Video], the other thing I’d like you to do is share it with a friend, so that they can also check their home using this list of seven things I’ve mentioned. And finally if you like this video just give me a Like, show me some love or add your comments below.
Thanks for watching.