When to Call for an Emergency Electrician Rather Than Wait for an Appointment

When you know that your home's wiring needs upgrading or you want to install a new entertainment center, you can often wait until a nearby electrician is available for an appointment. However, there are times when you don't want to wait for an appointment and instead, call an emergency electrician. Electricity can be very dangerous and ignoring certain problems can put you at risk for a shock or electrocution and put your home at risk for an electrical fire. Note a few times when you want to call an emergency electrician rather than wait for an appointment.

1. Smoke

If you notice smoke, or black marks that signify smoke, from any outlets in your home, then it's time to call an emergency electrician. This smoke or the black marks left by smoke typically mean that wires are frayed and bare and are coming into contact with something else that is then burning or causing a spark. This in turn can mean an electrical fire behind your walls. Don't assume that black marks around outlets are just dirt; this is usually soot that is the result of fire and shouldn't be ignored or overlooked. The same is true if you think you can smell smoke from outlets; don't ignore this, and call an emergency electrician right away.

2. Water damage around the circuit panel

The circuit panel of your home should never be around water since water is such a good conductor of electricity, and if you notice water damage around this panel, this usually means there is a water leak in the ceiling or behind the walls. You don't want to overlook this as the water can cause a spark when in contact with wires and building materials such as drywall can get singed and burned. Call an emergency electrician if you notice water marks, dark circles, rust, and other such signs of water damage around the panel.

3. Bare wires

If you pull down drywall or remove ceiling tiles or floorboards for any reason and note that there are bare or exposed wires, you want to call an emergency electrician. These bare wires are a danger for you and for your home and shouldn't be left unattended or ignored. If the wire should start to drop and come into contact with insulation or drywall, an electrical fire can start immediately. In some older homes, wires were not protected from insulation, and when you pull the insulation away, this can expose those wires and put your home at risk. So call an emergency electrician to have them replaced right away.