Why Loose Electrical Outlets Are Dangerous and How to Fix Them

Over time, the electrical outlets in your home can get loose. You may notice this as the box wobbles or the plug slips out of the socket. These issues can be annoying and potentially dangerous, too. If you have a loose socket, you need to get it fixed as soon as possible.

Loose Sockets

Loose sockets cannot be repaired. The whole socket must be replaced. These plugs can loosen up after frequent use. At GVEC Home, we suggest hiring a licensed electrician to replace the socket for you.

Wobbly Box

A loose outlet is often caused by a box recessed too deeply in the wall. This isn’t an issue with the outlet but a problem with the installation of the box. If your outlet box is wobbling, you are in danger of loosening up the wires. In turn, loose wires have the potential to cause a fire.

Can I Fix the a Wobbly Box Myself?

Technically, it’s possible to fix a wobbly box on your own, but the job is fairly involved, difficult or even dangerous for the inexperienced. As with all home electrical work, GVEC Home recommends against do-it-yourself-style repairs. If you’re seriously considering doing it yourself, though, we strongly recommend, in the least, consulting a professional electrician before you proceed.

GVEC Home Electrician Services is Here to Help

Do-it-yourself electrical repairs are dangerous, time-consuming and costly—especially if you don’t get the job right the first time. GVEC Home’s got a better way. We can tackle all your home electrical needs—including repairs to a wobbly outlet or loose plug. Our team of licensed, professional electricians can also do whole-home or small business electrical inspection, electrical troubleshooting, interior/exterior lighting, plug and switch wiring, farm, and ranch wiring, electrical safety upgrades, and more.

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