Unlike a business that is required to by law, homeowners aren’t obliged to test their electrics.

“Why would I need to do that?!” you may be thinking…

Well, without a condition report from a qualified electrical contractor, how do you know that your electricals are in safe working order?

You don’t… as this Essex homeowner soon found out…

Can a loose electrical connection cause a fire?

Have you noticed an appliance that is unusually hot? This is a tell-tale sign of a loose connection. 

In short, a loose connection = poor electrical contact. This results in a resistance to the electric current flow causing power to be dissipated as heat. If the electrical fault isn’t addressed swiftly, you run the risk of a house fire.

The image below shows a case that was caught just in time. Gainsborough visited a home in Ongar, Essex, who noticed her plug socket was black!

An overloaded socket with a loose connection had caused the plastic to turn black. A fire could have started at any moment…
Luckily, it was caught in time and the homeowners contacted Gainsborough for an emergency condition report!

Loose electrical connection

The importance of an electrical condition report

Usually, electrical safety is only considered when a house is going onto the market and a Part P certification is required. 

However, cases like this highlight the importance of electrical condition reports – just as we should check our smoke detectors weekly! You never know if a small problem could be festering and erupt when you least expect it, putting your home and family at risk.

Our qualified electrical engineers can:

  • Highlight potential fire risks
  • Give you the peace of mind that your electrics are safe
  • Supply paperwork for your Part P certification if you are selling your home

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