Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Dangers of DIY Electrical Work


Electrical work is not something that should be conducted based on trial and error. Those with little or no experience run significant risk when attempting do-it-yourself electrical repairs. Here is a closer look at why that concept should be avoided altogether.

Fire

The National Fire Protection Agency reported that between 2010 and 2014, there were more than 31,000 fires caused by electrical problems. The threat is very real and even a simple mistake can cause problems. For example, when working on a high-load circuit, the use of low gauge wiring has the potential to overheat the wires. A small mistake like that could turn a home into ashes and rubble.

Codes

Most municipalities require permits to conduct any substantial electrical work. These permits are mandated to ensure all buildings remain up to code. Skipping the permitting process may save a few dollars, but it could create more problems in the long run. Many municipalities will only issue permits to licensed electricians who have been trained and certified to conduct this kind of work.

Shocks

Depending upon the number of milliamps, electrical shocks can cause labored breathing, muscle contractions and even death. Live wires coming in contact with metal tools can also produce potentially dangerous shocks. Faulty wiring may also create issues of reverse polarity that has the effect of energizing wires that are not in use. The next time someone attempts to do any electrical work, those wires have the potential to do a good deal of damage.

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Costs

The cost of fouling up electrical work could be severe. Poor wiring could lead to larger problems in the future. That would not create new issues and also require the services of a professional electrician. But cost can be more than financial. Wiring that is inadequate risks the lives of everyone in that residence. Whoever is responsible for that faulty wiring could be liable should something go wrong.

Loss

When an untrained individual attempts electrical repair, there is the risk of losing power. That could mean being without heat on a frigid winter night. Loss can also be financial, as insurance companies will not cover losses when damage was caused by DIY electrical repair.

When you have an electrical issue in your home, don’t put yourself or your family at risk with a DIY solution. Contact the licensed electricians at Neighborhood Home Services and let us introduce you to the best electrical service Charlotte, NC offers its residents.