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Sparks flying out of the circuit breaker

I live in a basement suite and our lights and electrical outlets on one side of the suite blink and stutter a lot. We did have a flood thru the bathroom fan about 7 - 8 months ago and ever since that we have had the problem. The other thing we have noticed is when everything is blinking and stuttering the circuit breaker for that particular side of our suite has sparks coming out of it. I know this a huge problem but we are having a tough time pin-pointing our problem. Any suggestions what it could be?

Thank you,
Langley, B.C.

Stop - Do Not Cross Go - Do Not Collect $200. Sparks flying out of a circuit breaker and you call the electrician immediately. You do not even wait for the landlord to 'get around to it'. Sparks from a circuit breaker indicate that not only do you have a hazard caused by mixing water and electricity, but your panel protection is not working properly. Circuit breakers should turn off the electricity when problems arise, not sit there and spark. This is very serious and should be dealt with by a professional as soon as possible.

Keywords: Wiring, Circuit Breakers, Fire, Security, Safety, Electrical

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