The electrical system in a residence connects to an electrical grid. Efforts to fix electrical systems yourself can backfire with some serious ramifications. Homeowners should call an experienced professional for peace of mind. Let’s review four reasons why you should never attempt to fix electrical systems on your own.
Injury or Death
While making repairs to an electrical system, the power must be shut off. When restoring power, shorts can occur, resulting in electrical shocks or even death with a high enough voltage. The tools and supplies used may not be suitable to fix electrical problems. With a lack of experience, those who try to perform a repair are not aware of dangerous circuitry, improper work or deteriorating wires prior to beginning the job. This is especially true of older homes with outdated materials that do not fit into current standards.
Electrical Fires Can Happen
The residence can catch fire due to improper work. Homeowners may have the best of intentions, but that will not save anyone in case of a fire. If a fire occurs in the home, homeowner’s insurance will likely not cover the incident because the work was not performed by a licensed professional. Attempting electrical repairs with no training not only puts you at risk, but your peers as well.
Not Meeting Standards
Some work must be done by professionals in your state. Minimum standards must meet state codes of the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the Energy Code in a specific city. If you neglect these codes and issues arise, you can be held liable for damages. Work completed must also be inspected to meet standards. This is done for the property owner’s safety and for all who reside in the property.
You Can’t Resell Your Home
Problems with reselling your home may happen. Proper permits must be received before most work in your home can be done, especially in construction or electricity. When work is not permitted, owners may be fined, have to tear down new additions and receive additional penalties. Homes not within code will have difficulty being sold. Owners may have to go back to a licensed professional to get the house to meet market standards.
Save yourself a headache and get a qualified professional for your electrical needs. Dangers and legal ramifications are not to be taken lightly. Call us at (502) 636-4357 and we’ll handle all your electrical needs in a safe environment.