Can you smell something fishy or burning in your home but can't see an obvious source?
That fishy smell could be a fault in your electrics that is causing something to burn, melt, or overheat.
That stink can be because of the chemicals used in the insulating for the wiring throughout your home. If you notice a fishy smell in any rooms of your house, call an electrician as soon as possible. As these types of faults can lead to fires, you must get it checked out as a priority.
In wires, sockets, fuses (circuit breakers), lights, and other electrical components, They use plastics and heat resistant chemicals. These are the elements that would be causing the fishy whiff. Sometimes people also compare it to a urine odour. The best and safest way to sort out that awful scent is to call a qualified electrician to investigate and repair the faulty electrics.
Types of problems like this that can lead to the fishy aroma could be identified early through an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report). Learn more about an EICR here. In short, an EICR is a report and investigation into the current condition of the electrics within your home to make sure they are safe. Electricians recommend getting an EICR if your electrics are more than 25 years old or if unsure when they were.
According to www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk, over 14,100 domestic fires originated from home electrics during 2018/19 in England. That’s over 53% of all accidental home fires!
That is why you should get that smell investigated now, not tomorrow.
Wires that are exposed and not entirely insulated can also increase the chance of electrocution. Getting a zap from a power socket or light switch is dangerous and sometimes fatal. That is why it is essential to get a qualified electrician to investigate and repair the problem.
Recently the Doctor Electrical electricians have been called out to two homes in Nottinghamshire, near Arnold and Clifton. Both have reported a fishy smell in their homes. One was a light switch, and the other a fuse box was the source of the fishy smell.
The team at Doctor Electrical was able to investigate, identify, and rectify the issue quickly and without making a mess.
The electrician could show evidence of the problem. The solution was explained and then fixed.
By recognising this fishy smell and calling an electrician, both of these clients saved themselves from a potential electrical fire.
Doctor Electricals electricians are friendly and always transparent with customers. They explain the problem, so you fully understand how to rectify it.
Duane Gilbert is the Managing Director of Doctor Electrical. A problem solver with 'hands-on' experience. He has been in the electrical industry since leaving school and built up a wealth of experience. Connect with Duane on LinkedIn >>