- Richard Johnson
Three Reasons to Hire an Electrician for Your Next Project
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects have become more and more popular. Especially with tools such as YouTube, there isn’t much out there anymore that you can’t find a how-to video on. While DIY projects have the ability to save you money and allow you to complete the work in your own time frame, you run the risk of safety hazards and adding complications.
Issues with electricity can be costly, problematic and hazardous if not performed properly. Licensed electricians undergo extensive training and must stay educated about the newest electrical codes. Instead of putting you and your family at risk or potentially making a bigger mess out of a problem that started small, hire an electrician for your next project or repair.
Most homeowners lack the professional training and experience that is required to safely tackle electrical work. Here are three reasons why you should highly consider hiring an experienced licensed electrician for your next in-home electrical project:
1. Electricity can be dangerous.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), each year thousands of people in the United State are critically injured as a result of electrical fires, accidents and electrocution in their own homes. When doing electrical work yourself, you not only pose an immediate safety risk, but also a long-term risk. If work is completed incorrectly, problems may arise down the road. To help mitigate this potential issue, consider hiring a licensed electrician to complete your work.
2. Experience and education.
An electrical project may start out simple and seem like it’s something easy for you to tackle. But once it becomes more complicated, you may lack the knowledge to know how to troubleshoot and adapt. The wiring may seem basic at first, but once you dig deeper, you soon realize that the wire is connected to a much more expansive interdependent electrical network. This can lead to a much more complicated mess than anticipated. Calling a qualified electrician from the start can mitigate complications, thus saving you money in the long run.
3. Don’t forget about the permits and inspectors.
With a system as complicated as electric, many rules and regulations are put in place to ensure long-term safety and durability. A permit is usually required to run new wiring, converting a fuse box to a circuit breaker, installing or altering low-voltage systems (such as a security system) and for many other reasons. If you are required to have a permit for the type of project you are undertaking, the work must then be inspected. Working with a licensed electrician will help ensure that your project is completed correctly and will pass inspection.