DIY Electrical Repairs: A Risk Not Worth Taking

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If you tackle various jobs around your home, it’s likely that you’ll want to take up electrical repair and maintenance on your own. Electrical work is nothing to be played with, though. You might think you have the necessary skills to restore power within your home after wiring or circuits fail, simply by witnessing the experts do it, but this is never the case. All too often, homeowners run into problems or accidents that only worsen the situation, whether it regards their safety or the power distribution of their homes. All in all, no matter what the case is, you should always call an electrician or contractor to conduct repairs for your electrical systems. We outline why do-it-yourself electrical jobs are never the way to go. 

Saving Money? Not Entirely

Homeowners usually have this misconception that they can save time and money by going about electrical work on their own. Trips to the home improvement store, watching tutorials on the internet, rolling up their sleeves—all to increase the risk of even more failure and danger. Electrical jobs are inherently dangerous without the presence of a professional and if a repair job isn’t done right, the likelihood of electrocution increases. Believe it or not, the cost of hiring an electrician turns out to be less than the price you pay with your amateur electrical work. DIY’ers who approach the electrical world to conduct home improvement rarely walk away successful. Overall, having a professional is absolutely necessary. 

Beyond Electrocution: Electrical Fires

Interfering with the wiring is unpredictable. You could either shock yourself or cause an electrical fire or, worst case scenario, both! Electrical shock can even be fatal. Besides the risk of electrical shock, poorly done electrical repairs can also induce short circuits and sparks that could lead to fires. Electrical fires caused by faulty wiring are common, dangerous, and costly, mainly when done by an amateur. If you want to keep your household safe and free of dangers, do yourself the biggest favor by calling an electrician the minute you run into problems. 

Future Costs: Only When You Do Repairs Yourself 

In addition to the money you spend the first time you attempt to conduct repairs on your own, you’ll find yourself having to spend even more money later on. Unqualified electrical work, even if it doesn’t cause injury or damage, has a high probability of failure, shorting, or anticipated extensive repairs that you will likely run into the near future. Unless you obtain experience as a licensed electrician, performing electrical work within your home is highly discouraged, especially if you want to save as much money as possible. 

Complying With Codes 

All areas of electrical work, whether it is residential or commercial, are governed and dictated by very strict regulations and codes of law. There are reasons why electrical codes for buildings and structures exist, and it’s usually for our safety. If your own DIY electrical work fails to meet current standards, you may be at risk of deeming your homeowner’s insurance invalid. With that being said, even if your DIY handiwork holds up for a while, any damage that occurs in the future will not be covered by your insurance, leaving you with long-term problems. Saving money in the meantime can possibly cost you much more in the near future. If a fire loss claim results from poor wiring that you installed yourself, the company may classify you in a higher risk category, or in some cases, your insurance company will fail to honor your claim altogether. 

Homeowners Without Training: Lacking the Proper Tools and Equipment

Beyond not knowing the proper steps to take when going about electrical work, homeowners without electrical training are usually unaware of some of the most basic things such as:

  • Wearing rubber-soled shoes does not mitigate the risk of electrical shock
  • Some extension cords being used are most often designed for outdoor work and not for electrical wiring
  • Wooden broom handles are not the proper tools to move fallen power lines
  • Even when wearing rubber gloves and boots, the danger of collecting debris from fallen power lines is still present 

Get The Expertise You Need with Secure Contractors 

Here at Secure Contractors, our electricians are equipped with the proper tools and knowledge necessary to safely get your electrical wiring back to a fully-functioning state. Contact us today if you are in need of electrical repair and more.

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