Many people will find an outlet that sparks from time to time. When an excess amount of electricity discharges either to form an electric field or to find a connection an electric spark occurs. But there are a few concerns with a frequent electrical outlet sparking when you plug it in despite the random electrical sparks normalcy. We at Burley Electrical Service, Inc would like to take the opportunity to discuss sparking outlets. Inserting a plug into a wall outlet could be an indication of improper wiring, old connections, or moisture build up among other things, when electrical sparks are produced.
Causes of Electrical Outlet Sparking, Popping & Smoking
Ordinary Electrical Discharge: An ordinary electrical discharge, or a normal spark, can be seen simply when a plug is removed from a wall outlet. An electrical spark can form from the unused and built up electricity as the electricity continues to flow through the electronic device leading up to the moment you unplug. For the most part, these sparks are normal even though they can be startling when they occur. To avoid the electrical spark from occurring, you can remove the plug steadily and evenly as you pull it from the wall. Electricity will build up on one side of the connection and will continue to flow through the device through an arc when the plug is removed at an angle.
Buildup from Water or Moisture: Moisture can buildup on wall outlets in bathrooms and other areas water buildup may be more of an issue for outdoor outlets, often present in places like laundry rooms and kitchens as well. In any case an electrical spark can be created when the moisture and an electrical connection between the wall outlet connections occurs.
Worn Electrical Connection: A wall outlet’s electrical connections will begin to wear down and loosen over time and with continued use of inserting and removing plugs. Because there is more play in the connection which can cause electrical sparks as the metal contacts begin to loose, more spark can be made.
Loose Electrical Wiring: A lack of a grounding wire, or un-insulated electrical wiring as well as additional issues can be due to an older electrical outlet. In the event your outlets are indeed old, consider upgrading them to GFCI wall outlets as they offer additional protection from electrical short circuits. GFCI are safer because the power directly shuts down at the outlet when an electrical issue is detected.
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There are multiple reasons as to why your outlet is sparking. If it continues to do so frequently, it is a safety hazard that can cause electrocution as well as be the source as to an electrical fire that can be fatal or cause damage. Unless you have training with electricity it is crucial you contact a licensed professional to discover the cause of the sparking outlet and allow them to make the necessary repairs or replacements. With Burley Electrical Service, Inc being readily available, we can ensure the safety of you and your home and make the necessary repairs to your sparking outlet.