A Tenant Asks: Are Sparks in Sockets Normal?
When It’s Time for a Tenant to Call For Electrical Assistance
When It’s Time for a Tenant to Call For Assistance
When we put plugs into the sockets we see little sparks everywhere. We told our landlady and she said this is not dangerous, but we think otherwise. Please help, what do we do?
This electrical question came from: Sarah from United Kingdom
Thanks for your electrical question Sarah.
Electrical Wiring and Electrical Repairs
Sarah, NO this is not normal. If your landlord is not willing to have this checked out then you need to call your local housing authority to get assistance. If you are seeing sparks when you put plugs into the sockets then this should be checked out by a professional electrician right away!
Dave’s Note – If you are a renter or tenant, you have rights for your protection. There are agencies available to help you with situations such as this where you believe that something is dangerous and your landlord is not willing to listen or have it checked out.
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