With the wonders of the Internet at our disposal, do-it-yourself housework has become easier than ever. However, despite the detailed instructions we may find online, some projects are safer to take on than others. When it comes to electrical work, the potential hazards are pretty obvious. When not handled properly, electricity can be dangerous, resulting in electrocutions, fires or, at the very least, damage to your home appliances.
If you’re thinking about tackling an electrical project on your own, here is why you may want to reconsider:
Small Electrical Mistakes Lead to Big Problems
Many times, when taking on a DIY project, people tend to favor speed over efficiency. The end goal is to get the job done, not necessarily to get the job done safely. And without proper experience and electrical knowledge, you may end up making a dangerous mistake without even realizing it.
Electrical circuits are complex systems, and to safely operate on them, you must understand where each leads. Failing to switch off the correct circuit breaker before working on wiring, or using the wrong tools to perform a task can not only lead to faulty work, but may also leave you with severe burns, or worse. Simply nudging the wrong wire could end up having deadly consequences.
Though you may accomplish your goal safely and your work may appear to have been a success, a tiny mistake made along the way could lead to serious issues later on. Improper connections, piling too much wire inside an electrical box and other common errors could lead to blown fuses, melted wires and house fires.
Your Electrical Work Must Be Up to Code
To ensure safety and efficiency, all electrical work in your home should be in compliance with the National Electrical Code. Adherence to the code is also important for legal reasons. For example, if you plan on selling your house in the future, you will have to pass an electrical inspection. If something is not up to code, you will likely have to hire a licensed electrician to solve the issue, which may take away from your overall profit. By hiring a licensed electrician to handle your electrical work in the first place, you can avoid this dilemma altogether while ensuring your home’s electrical system is safe for you and your family to operate.
Call the Professionals to Avoid a DIY Disaster
When it’s time to take on your next electrical project, carefully consider whether a DIY job is the right way to go. If you don’t have sufficient knowledge and experience, you may find yourself in a dangerous situation. So remember, when it comes to your safety, there’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help!
For projects big and small, Mister Sparky is here for you! Our team of experienced electricians always complies with the National Electrical Code to make sure your home’s electrical system is operating safely and properly. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today.