Is it a DIY job, or something for the pros?

Is it a DIY job, or something for the pros?

There are lots of home repairs and improvements that the average homeowner can handle on their own with a high level of success. Painting, basic plumbing, landscaping, etc. – these are all relatively low-risk investments of time and money. Electrical work, on the other hand, is a different story. Unless you are a savvy homeowner who has experience in performing those types of repairs, it’s better to leave most electrical repairs to the professionals.

Electrical work I potentially very dangerous. For one thing, wiring that needs to be fixed poses a potentially serious fire risk. That reason alone is enough to hire an electrician Claremont residents. Whatever the repair or renovation you are going to do in your home, if it involves the electrical system it involves risk. There is a potential to cause a fire and cause injury to yourself or others. It’s not worth the risk you may be running to save a few dollars.

Here are some of the best reasons to call in an electrician:

  1. A broken circuit: If your circuit-breakers trip or your fuses blow easily and/or often, this could be an indication that there is a fault in one of your circuits.
  2. Your lights flicker: If turning on your washing machine makes your upstairs lights flicker or dim for a few seconds, your circuits may be overloaded. An electrician rewire so that the appliances causing the problem can be on dedicated circuits.
  3. You don’t have enough outlets: If you have a tangle of power bars and multi-receptacle addon plugs in your home, you are putting a lot of demand on your home’s electrical system. An electrician can install additional outlets and circuits to ease the stress on your system.
  4. Cords crisscross under your carpet: Do you have to run cords under your rugs? You need more outlets. The same is true when you have a maze of extension cords running through your house.
  5. You don’t have any three-prong plugs: If you live in an older home, this may be the case. This can be a problem when you can’t plug in certain appliances, such as your microwave. An electrician will safely change over a two-prong plug to a three-prong, grounded one.
  6. Your electrical is not up to code: If you have an older home, there’s a good chance that the electrical system doesn’t fully meet current electrical standards. An electrician can make the necessary adjustments to bring your system up to code.
  7. Water hazards abound: Outlets that are near water (such as over the kitchen sink, in the bathroom and in the laundry room) are required to be outfitted with GFCIs, or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. If any of your outlets are missing them, call an electrician to have GFCIs installed.

If any of these problems exist in your home, don’t attempt to fix them yourself. Instead, call a qualified electrician in your area to do the upgrades for you. What you spend in money you’ll make up for tenfold in safety and peace of mind that the job has been done by someone who really knows what he is doing.

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