Why You Should Never Trust an Amateur Electrician

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When you need electrical work done in your home, there’s a good reason we recommend only trusting trained and experienced professionals for the job. Sure, it may seem more convenient to try and complete Denver electrical services, such as rewiring or electrical installations, on your own, but you could very well be sacrificing your time, effort, and safety for a shoddy job.

Professional electrical work is also the best way to ensure that it’s done correctly, and that your risk of repair needs later on down the line is reduced. Read on to learn more about why you should never trust an amateur electrician for your wiring work—or more importantly, what can go wrong if you do.

Poor Wiring Job

Something as seemingly minor as staple placement can unintentionally cause serious damage to your electrical wiring. If the staples are driven in too tightly, for instance, and securing the wires to the beam or stud where they’re installed, it can cause the wiring to break down. This eventually renders the electrical appliances and fixtures attached that wiring useless, and also creates a fire hazard in your home.

Incorrectly Sized Wiring

Most homeowners, and many amateur electricians or handymen, wouldn’t even consider this factor. However, if the installed wiring is too thin for its intended purpose, it will carry more electrical current than it was designed to withstand. Generally speaking, the thicker your wiring is, the more electrical current it can safely carry.

Similar to poor staple placement, too thin of wiring can create a fire hazard. If, after installation or rewiring, you discover that the wires feel warm to the touch—or if the switch or wall where the wires are placed feel warm when in use—then you could very well be dealing with a sizing problem.

Exposed Wires

If wires are left uncovered and/or unprotected, then they can pretty easily accumulate damage due to weather conditioners or any sort of tampering, even if that tampering is unintentional. The most common case of this we see among homeowners is the case of an uncovered electrical panel or power box located on the outside of the property.

This is a safety risk, and you could find yourself with a sudden and unexpected whole-house power outage. This isn’t something you want to deal with any time of the year, but with winter coming up it’s an even bigger risk, as you’ll be without a functioning heating system.

Loose Electrical Connections

Safe wiring jobs necessitate tight electrical connections. Without this in place, your electrical system can suffer from arcing and overheating, which leads to fires and potential injury. Our highly experienced electricians will be able to accurately choose the right connectors to fit your wiring.

Building Code Violations

This could possibly be the biggest reason it’s important to trust a trained and experienced professional versus an amateur electrician. Electricians who are certified to work in your community know the building codes in the area. This means you won’t have any unexpected surprises, such as fines or instructions to have your electrical problems fixed, if you sell your home in the future.

Get peace of mind by calling Bell Plumbing and Heating, the company metro area homeowners have been trusting for over 90 years!

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