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Signs It's Time for an Electrical Rewiring

When you have been living in the same house for a long time, you get comfortable and forget to regularly inspect your electrical wiring. After a while, the wiring can become a safety hazard. Many fires that start in the home occur because of faulty or older interior house wiring, outlets, and receptacles. If you see any of these signs, you may need to consider giving Ostrom Services a call:

Dimming or Flickering Lights

If you notice the lights in your house flickering and dimming often, you may have an electrical issue on your hands. First, you’ll want to test and see if it’s a bad bulb and if that isn’t the case, it may be a sign of an overloaded or loose connection.

Frequent Blown Fuses

Many older homes’ electrical services don’t have any kind of circuit breaker. They are controlled by fuses in the central fuse box. Instead of getting reset after a trip up, you must manually replace the fuse. These fuses can burn out, and if left without fixing, they can start a fire.

Hot or Discolored Switch Plates, Cords, or Plugs

You should be checking your outlet covers and plugs to make sure there isn’t any kind of discoloration happening to them. Also if they feel way too hot, you could be dealing with an overloaded circuit. Never let that fly for too long, a fire could happen faster than you realize!

Burning Smell

If you smell a strange burning, metallic smell, that is often a sign there’s something wrong with your electrical wiring. The wiring is letting out a warning to you about potential problems, and the smell should be checked immediately.

Buzzing or Sizzling Sounds

These strange sounds and buzzes should be like an alarm for you! It is not normal for your wiring to be making those kinds of noises. The issue could continue further if not dealt with and short circuit your electrical wiring. Any sound pop in a fuse can spark a fire, so listen closely to any strange noises coming from your home.


If you notice any of these signs, you may need to consider an electrical rewiring. Ostrom Electrical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning professional electricians are here to help! All our services come with upfront pricing and a 100% satisfaction guarantee! Contact us (540) 253-1559, today!
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