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Successfully completing your own DIY chores around the house can be rewarding, but despite your skills, you need to know when it’s time to hire a professional. This is especially important when it comes to electrical projects. While you may feel self-assured because you can change fuses or install a light fixture, addressing projects like rewiring can be extremely dangerous if you don’t have the necessary skills and training to carry out the task properly and safely. While having the skills and confidence to handle DIY projects is admirable and economical, there are times when it’s worth the money and peace of mind to leave the job to the pros — licensed electricians. Electrical projects fall into this category and there are many compelling reasons why this is the case.

Risk of electrocution.

Even if you are very careful and shut the power off, you still risk coming into contact with a live electrical wire. Even a survivable “mild” shock can seriously damage your heart, lungs, and nervous system. Don’t risk it.

Fire hazard.

You could start an electrical fire if the wiring gets too hot. Some mistakes that can cause electrical fires include using the wrong fuse size or amperage, using the wrong type of electrical wire, and incorrect installation of switches or outlets. 

Damaging your electrical system.

One mistake can have a domino effect on your home’s entire electrical system.  The result: very expensive repair by a licensed electrician.

No permits.

Some extensive electrical renovations require a permit, a common error made by DIY homeowners. When you use a licensed electrician, they will handle all the permitting for you.

Failing inspections.

If you did some DIY electrical work in your home, be forewarned that your home may not pass inspection if you try to sell it. 

If you need electrical work done in your home, do it right. Contact the licensed electricians at Safe Electric at 614-267-4111. We’ll come to your home and discuss your electrical needs with you, discuss solutions, and give you a quote. You can rest assured that the job will be done correctly and safely. You’ll be able to enjoy your upgrade and avoid the pitfalls associated with DIY attempts.