If you own a home or a business, it can be difficult to know when, exactly, you need to call in an electrician. After all, some electrical problems seem fairly straightforward, and they seem like things that you can handle on your own. Why not do it yourself? Won’t this save you money, time, and the hassle of calling in other people?
However, taking on large electrical projects on your own can actually be dangerous. Many times, electricians go into homes where people have done electrical work themselves to find dangerous wiring situations. These can cause fires, power outages, and overloaded circuit breakers. Not only that, but wiring that has not been inspected is definitely not up to code!
If you have any significant electrical projects, then, it’s always a good idea to call in an electrician to do the work. Sure, there’s an added expense, but this is much less expensive than paying for damages from a house fire, or paying someone to go in, find the problem, and fix it later.
Doing your own electrical work can also be a safety hazard. Sometimes, people think they have turned the electricity off but they have not. They may have turned it off to a different circuit, or there may be something not working correctly and the power is still on. When people try to work with wires in these situations, they can get badly shocked. This can cause serious injury or even death.
Even routine things, like installing plugs or putting in new switches, are much easier to handle when done by professionals than when you’re trying to do it yourself. Professionals know exactly how to put things in so that they work well, function properly, and do not present any sort of safety hazard. Unless you are a licensed electrician, you probably do not have this kind of knowledge and expertise.
In addition, electrical code requirements are always being updated. Electricians are familiar with these, but most other people aren’t. Since these rules are put in place for the safety of you, your family, and your home, it’s important to follow them. Unless you feel absolutely sure that you can do that yourself, it’s better to have an electrician come in and do the work for you.
When you try to do your own electrical work, you can create problems that are bigger and more expensive to fix. Sometimes, you just complicate the matter. You may think that the problem is in the wiring, but it may actually lie elsewhere. Other times, you create problems that need to be undone before the professionals can actually fix the original situation. This is always more expensive and more time-consuming than simply calling in a professional in the first place.
At Piper Electric, we are always happy to come to your home. Even if you have done some work and it’s not working out, we are happy to come out and fix it for you. Never hesitate to call us, especially if you think something might be dangerous.