Winter will soon be over, and the warm weather will be ready to settle in. Spring is the perfect time to take care of some much-needed home improvement projects and maintenance needs. Once the warm weather settles in, you and your family will be using your electricity more, whether it's to power your personal fans, or to get the pump going on your swimming pool. Regardless of your energy needs, it's important that you take some time to make sure your electrical system is ready for the additional use that the warm weather is going to bring. Here are four easy steps you can follow to make sure your electrical system is ready when spring comes to town.
Install Outlet Covers
If you're like most people, you probably have a few outdoor electrical outlets. If you do, it's a good idea to install outlet covers. The addition of outlet covers will provide protection against water exposure, which can happen with outlets that are located near swimming pools or in other areas of the yard where kids might be playing with water. If you have small children in your family, it's a good idea to install outlet covers on your interior outlets, as well. This will prevent small children from experimenting with the outlets and seriously injuring themselves.
Replace Damaged GFCI Outlets
You may not realize this, but those GFCI outlets in your home aren't designed to last forever. In fact, they may wear out completely, after a few years. Unfortunately, once they wear out, they'll no longer be able to protect you and your family against electrical short circuits or electrocution – which can happen when electrical devices come in contact with water. If your GFCI outlets are damaged or shorting out more often, contact your residential electrician and have them replaced. While you're at it, take a look outside. If you don't have GFCI outlets around your pool area or on your porch, you should have them installed before spring arrives.
Get Rid of Damaged Power Cords
If you have power cords that are no longer working properly, it's time to replace them. Those cords to your phone chargers that need to be held in just the right position could be an electrical fire waiting to happen. Now that you're getting ready for spring, inspect all your power cords. If you have damaged ones, toss them out, and replace them.
Schedule a Home Electrical Audit
If you've never had a home electrical audit, now's the time to schedule it. A home electrical audit will help identify issues such as faulty wiring, hot spots in your outlets, and other electrical problems that could result in electrical fires. Your electrician will be able to take care of the audit and any repairs that need to be taken care of.