Vermin damage to electrical fittings, in Eatons Hill home, a Northern suburb of Brisbane,

Vermin damage to electrical fittings. Identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service and Queensland Building Inspection Service, QBIS

These photos show vermin damage from to down-lights and wiring in the roof of a relatively new house.

In most cases this potentially dangerous problem can be rectified by a qualified electrician for a reasonable outlay.

Vermin damage to electrical fittings

Damage from rats in a roof.

Electrical fitting damage from vermin

Exposed wiring caused by vermin damage.

Important points:

  • Vermin damage to electrical cables and fittings can be dangerous.
  • Immediate rectification is required by a qualified electrician.
  • This problem can potentially cause electrocution also fire hazards.
  • It is highly recommended having the roof void of your house checked periodically (where physically possible and readily accessible) for possible damage to electrical wiring and/or fittings.

Never attempt any alterations or rectification of electrical fittings, cables or installations. A licensed electrician must be employed.

It is not worth risking your life to save a few dollars!  

Related information:

Qld Government Worksafe on risk management

Turn off all power and light circuits at the switchboard, before entering the roof void!

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