Faulty electrical wiring is one of the most common causes of electrical fires, accounting for hundreds of thousands of dollars in property loss, as well as repairs and reconstruction of homes and businesses. Whether it is due to outdated or substandard installation or damaged and poorly maintained wiring, faulty wiring remains a hidden hazard unless you know how to look for the signs and take steps to correct the problem.
Common electrical issues to watch for
There are a number of important signs that can warn the home or business owner of electrical problems:
- Flickering or dimming lights, or buzzing light fixtures
- Smoky or burning odors close to the outlet
- Damaged wiring that looks frayed or chewed
- Circuit breakers that trip too often
- Outlets that have scorch marks or discoloration
- Outlets that have vibration or feel warm to the touch
Any of these signs would not pass a home or building inspection and would require remediation by a professional. All are warnings of potential hazards, and it is important tofollow up as soon as possible by calling an electrician to fix the problem. Owners shouldn’t try to fix it yourself without the proper experience.
Then, once one problem is solved, the next step may be to proactively check elsewhere in the home or building for underlying issues that may affect the structure’s circuitry. Replacing an entire electrical system is quite costly, but so is cleaning up and paying for damages after an electrical fire. Even with homeowner’s insurance, the home and belongings will likely not be covered completely.
Taking steps to obtain compensation for damages
It may is possible to file a successful suit for damages if responsibility for a pre-existing electrical problem lies with a third party, such as the inspector who did not catch the problem, or the previous homeowner and/or agent who did not disclose an obvious default, or who lied about it. In Kentucky, signed seller disclosures do not have to be verified with an inspection or engineering report.
However, if it can be proven that the inspector hired was incompetent or that information from the realtor or the previous owner was fraudulently withheld, it may be possible to successfully sue for damages. Getting informed and experienced counsel can help those in similar situations involving construction defects understand the available legal options.