All of the unlikely events with an electrical issue, faulty appliance or tripping power tends to fall just before a long weekend. This struck again with a night call on the Friday that the customer had lost half of their power to the house. I tried to walk them through some easy electrician fault finding steps but to no avail. So Carling Electrical became their Somerton Park electrician this cold night on the cusp of a long weekend. I normally have some tricks that would lead me to the fault fast but these were coming up with nothing. Unfortunately it came down to splitting the cables throughout the house to track down this menacing fault.
The customer was telling me while working that they were happy that at least one 24 hours electrician answered their phone as many would have gone away for a quick holiday. I did not want to let them down and decided to get some extra info to find this fault fast. When you are fault finding it is a lot of detective work both physically and with some verbal investigation. I found out from the wife that about 2 weeks prior they had a leak repaired and fixed on the far wall but that should have nothing to do with it.
That was my next port of call and with that vital clue I found the issue. The power points on the wall had been getting damp from the initial leak upstairs and had rusted over the terminals. I dried out the cables and made it so no moisture can return. The power points needed replacing but at least I was able to restore the power to the house. So this electrician job was a success and next time instead of them looking for any cheap electrician or southern suburbs electrician, they assured me they will call Carling Electrical.