Licensed Commercial Electricians in Ottawa
What are backstabbed wires?

If the wires of an outlet or switch are shoved into small openings in the back of the outlet instead of secured by screws, this is called backstabbing. This is an unacceptable shortcut and should be remedied.

electrical problems

Circuit breaker problems

Electrical shocks

Hot ceiling fixtures

Flickering lights

Light switches or electrical outlets are not working

Burning odor or sparks


Uncovered Junction Box

Too Few Outlets


Overwired Panel

Aluminum Wiring

Plug Falls Out of Receptacle

Sags And Dips In Power

Circuit Breaker Tripping Frequently

Electrical Problems

Backstabbed Wires

Ungrounded Receptacles

Knob and Tube

Circuit Overload

High Electrical Bill

Lights Too Bright Or Dim

Are backstabbed wires dangerous?

Yes. This is an extremely dangerous situation that can lead to fires. All the wires must be securely in place on outlets and switches. This prevents the wires from coming loose. Any of these things can happen as a result of backstabbed wires:

  • Electrical fire
  • Interruption of power
  • Damage from overheating
  • If you suspect you have backstabbed wiring, contact us at Electricians Ottawa. We will set up an appointment for an inspection.