February 12, 2018
The smell: A “fishy” odor in your home.
Now, we know— chances are, you’re not experiencing this problem right now but for the love of your home, your family’s safety, and your wallet, keep reading.
Well, reading up on this issue now can prevent 2 future problems
We’ll explain why fishy smells mean electrical danger and what you should do if and when you ever come across this common issue.
Nine times out of 10, a fishy smell throughout the home means you have overheating electrical components (circuit breakers, outlets, wiring, etc.).
You see, most wires, circuit breakers, etc. are made with heat resistant chemicals. But if those wires/outlets/breakers overheat, the chemicals they’re made of release a weird odor that smells exactly like… fish.
So why would your home’s appliances start overheating in the first place? Well, several electrical hazards can cause overheating, including
The bottom line? Call an electrician right away.
An electrician will quickly find and repair the overheating component. They can also check for other potential overheating problems.
The longer those wires/devices overheat, the more likely it is that the heat being produced will cause a fire—especially if the device is near flammable objects such as wallpaper, cellulose insulation, paint, or wood.
The scary part is that most homeowners misdiagnose that smell as either a sewer gas, mold or a dead animal in the walls, attic, or basement. That means they waste valuable time (and lots of money) trying to fix a problem they don’t have.
We’ll save you some time: sewer gases, mold and dead animals will never give off a fish odor.
Note: Sewer gases smell like rotten eggs/sulphur while mold is often described as a sweet/musty/rotten wood smell. A dead animal will smell more rotten than it will “fishy”.
Annual electrical safety inspections are the best defense against overheating electrical components in your home.
The good news? Starting at just $6 a month, we offer electrical maintenance plans that include:
Want to learn more about our electrical maintenance plans? Just contact us. We have multiple options that will fit your budget and keep your home and family safe. We have locations in Sarasota, Orlando, Naples, and Tampa Bay and serve SW Florida, Tampa Bay and Central Florida.