The Do-It-Yourselfers are growing in numbers these days, with the thousands of instructional videos and articles available on the internet. A DIYer loves tackling odd jobs around the house. However, when it comes to electrical jobs, it may be wise to call a licensed electrician than to do it yourself.
Working with electricity put you at risk of electrical shock or even electrocution, and let’s not forget that a home with faulty wiring is a common cause of home fires. While the thinking of do-it-yourself may be a good way to repair or upgrade your home on a budget, unless you’re well-prepared and well-equipped to tackle a DIY electrical job, don’t risk it.
Here are a few suggestions to know when to DIY and when to hire a licensed electrician like Bowman Electrical Services. (210) 667-5717
If you have the right tools & you have the knowledge to do so, you certainly don’t need to call a professional for every small electrical need. Depending on your experience, there are some electrical jobs that you may be able to do yourself.
For example, the following jobs may be handled by people who are handy.
- Replacing a light fixture
- Replacing an electrical outlet
- Replacing a light switch
These jobs require only a few common household tools, however, we do caution you to be extremely careful & call us to do the work if you have any hesitations. It is better to be safe than sorry – always. While these jobs are rather basic, it is always important to put safety first. Always make sure to turn the power off at power mains before beginning any electrical job, and ALWAYS make sure that all wires are screwed firmly in place to avoid a fire hazard.
Always remember – MOST of electrical work should only be handled by a professional electrician. Even if you feel confident in your ability to DIY, there could be building and electrical codes to follow that you aren’t aware of. Failure to follow these codes will render your insurance invalid, or leave you liable in the event of a fire. A licensed electrician will have a good working knowledge of the codes and will easily be able to comply to keep you and your home safe.
When should you call an electrician? Here are some of the most common electrical jobs that should only be handled by a licensed electrician.
- Electrical panel or breaker box work
- Rewiring parts or all of the home
- Electrical code correction
- Installing new circuits or dedicated circuits
Although some DIYers may be hesitant to call a professional, knowing when to call our licensed electricians can save you time and money in the long run. We have the experience to give you the peace of mind knowing that the job was done right. Call the licensed electricians at Bowman Electrical Services today. (210) 667-5717