Three ways to ant-proof your electrical installations in the Northern Territory
Carrying out electrical work in the Northern Territory comes with its’ own set of unique challenges and obstacles. One problem we come up against, especially in remote communities, is the ants. Often times faults on electrical circuits in remote communities is the result of ants having eaten away the cable insulation resulting in damaged circuits.
We are not sure why ants are attracted to electrical installations? Some believe they are attracted to the heat given off from the resistance in the cable, some say it is the magnetic field around the live wires which attracts them. However, regardless of the reasons, they are definitely causing costly problems.
Here are three simple steps that can be taken to ant-proof your electrical fittings and switchboards in the Northern Territory.
- Switch appliances off and unplug them. Most modern appliances draw a current even when switched off, this creates a warm environment around switches which ants like. To avoid attracting the ants to these areas, switch off your appliances and unplug them.
- If your electrician is doing works on your switchboard,or carrying out an annual electrical inspection, ask him to apply one of the many ant powders that are available on the market to the base of the switchboard. If they are removing any switches or sockets request that they apply a bit of ant powder in and around the enclosures.
- You can apply silicon around any cable or conduit penetrations to prevent ants or any other insects invading your electrical installation.
If you suspect ants may be causing faults on your circuits, please contact us to book an electrical inspection. PH Electrical Services operates in Darwin city, rural and remote communities of the Northern Territory.