No matter how handy you are around the house, dealing with electricity is rarely a DIY job. Sure, you may have single-handedly installed a new toilet or sink in the bathroom, not to mention doing a pretty professional-looking job tiling the floor and the shower, but when it comes to rewiring or repairing electrical problems, you really need to ask yourself if the risks involved are worth the cost of hiring a licensed electrician. Here a few very good reasons to hire one for your next electrical project:
The Danger Factor
Amateur or shoddy electrical work is far more than sub-standard or unprofessional-looking. It’s downright dangerous! It can and frequently does result in a nasty shock or in the worst-case scenario — accidental electrocution. Ask yourself, would you rather save a little money, or still be alive tomorrow morning? It’s that simple and straightforward. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), thousands of people in the U.S. are critically injured and/or electrocuted each year in their own homes due to electrical mishaps, including attempting to do their own electrical work.
It Can Cause More Problems Than it Solves
Licensed electricians undergo extensive training in order to receive their electrical licenses. It’s virtually impossible for somebody with only rudimentary understanding of electrical work to perform DIY electrical work that meets the same safety and reliability standards as someone who’s undergone a high level of training. Shoddy work can result in premature failure and/or shorting and create the need for extensive repair work down the road.
Increased Fire Risk
According to a report by the National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA), the annual cost in the U.S. resulting from damages, injuries and deaths due to electrical fires totals $3.4 billion per year. Electrical fires are among the most devastating fires in the country, and according to firefighting officials, they also cause more injuries to firemen than any other type of fire. And electrical failure accounted for 89 percent of electrical fires in residential buildings in the U.S. between 2003 and 2005.
It May Not Be Up to Code
If your DIY electrical work doesn’t meet your state or local building code requirements, it could actually void your homeowner’s policy if it causes a fire in your home. That means that for the sake of saving a few dollars by doing the work yourself, you could be setting yourself up for a substantially higher bill down the road if your insurance carrier refuses to cover damages caused by electrical work that doesn’t adhere to building codes!
When to Call a Licensed Electrician
You may feel confident about dealing with certain simple electrical problems like swapping out a light switch or replacing an outlet cover, but if you encounter one that you even suspect may be beyond your skill level, put down your tools and call a licensed electrician. Examples of when to call include
- your circuit breakers seem to be tripping frequently
- your lights are flickering
- you notice switches or electrical circuits feel warm to the touch
- you have older electrical components that need replacing
- you’re renovating and part of the project includes electrical work
- you notice exposed wires anywhere in your home
- your lights dim when you turn on your air conditioning
- you discover wiring that’s been attacked by “critters”
If you live in the Las Vegas region (including Henderson, Summerlin, Green Valley, Boulder City, or any of the surrounding Southern Nevada areas, and need electrical work of any kind, contact us at Penny Electric. We’re a full service commercial and residential electrician, offering safe and dependable electrician services with a licensed, bonded and insured electrician. Request a service quote online or give us a call at 702-279-6040 today!