Do-it-yourselfers are always looking for a way to save money. However, when it comes to electrical work in the home, this usually isn’t the best idea.
Electrical wiring is tricky and complex, even if you’re an expert! This post discusses some of the risks that come along with DIY electrical work and why hiring a professional is often your best option.
The first risk of DIY electrical work is that you could cause a fire. There are many different types of wiring, and it can be hard to know what each type does or how to put them together. If done incorrectly, this may result in an electric shock or accidental fire at any time.
The second major risk of DIY electrical work is the fact that it might not be up to code with local regulations. Without a full understanding, your work might not meet code. This means there will likely need to be additional changes made after everything has been finished, which can cause more expenses for you as the homeowner! If you are making improvements to put your house on the market, you might face big costs to repair shoddy electrical work before the house can sell.
Another risk is that DIY electrical work could mess up the power supply for other people in your home. If you’re not careful with all the wires and connections, this could happen from just running an extension cord across too many rooms! It’s important to make sure everything is working properly before turning anything on so there aren’t any surprises later on down the line.
If you don’t know what the problem is, it’s hard to fix it! If there are sparks and smoke coming out of your outlets or they just stop working all together, a professional electrician will be able to diagnose the issue. And a professional will be able to make the repairs so that no one has any surprises down the line, like I mentioned before.
There are many reasons why you should let an expert handle electrical work at home instead of doing DIY electrical work. The risks can be high for things such as: safety hazards for yourself and others in your household; not following code with wiring changes; causing other people power supply problems in their homes.
Hiring a qualified professional also comes with its own benefits: they have experience doing home renovations and making sure things stay safe; their fees come bundled for all services (including permits); and they’re licensed and insured.
DIY projects can be super fun. You can search out amazing and different projects all over the internet. Paint your cabinets. Build a coffee table from some pallets. Put some faux wooden beams on your master bedroom ceiling. But we recommend leaving the electrical work to the professionals.
DIY electrical is not the place where you can afford to make a mistake.
Live Oak Electrical Service is a licensed electric company familiar with the potential hazards and dangers of Federal Pacific Electrical, Zinsco, fuse board, and other outdated panels. We are able to provide you with an in-home estimate to replace these hazardous panels. Call us at (843) 505-1167 today and have one of our professional electricians come take a look.