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Insurance and Electrical Work

licensed and insured electriciansWhy should you hire licensed and insured electricians if you can do your own electrical work? Many people who are avid do-it-yourselfers often ask if they can do their own electrical work. There are many reasons why someone might want to do their own work and many reasons why it may not be the best idea. Here are a few considerations to think about.

 Experience and Knowledge

People who work on electrical systems, upgrades and simple wiring, need to be knowledgeable about what they are doing and how to do it. Even simple wiring can be done wrong and not up to code. There is a big controversy about what will happen if you have an insurance claim (say your house burns down) and there is unpermitted work done on the house. Many people feel the insurance will pay the claim as long as the work wasn’t the cause of the fire. Safety codes and licensed and insured electricians and contractors are available to insure your home can meet inspection and to protect you if there were a problem. You may think you can cut corners and save money but it may end up costing you more in the long run.

Getting Loans and Refinancing

When it comes time to resell your property or get refinanced, you may find that repairs or additions to your home will end up hurting you instead of helping you. When you refinance or sell your home an appraisal will turn up any unpermitted or uninspected work that has been done to your house. This can in some cases hurt your chances of getting refinanced. Some lending institutions don’t want to take the chance that there might be a problem with the work that will end up costing you money and possibly foreclosure. Licensed and insured electricians or contractors remove this type of liability.

Licensed and Insured Electricians

When you hire a professional electrician, you are hiring a licensed and insured company. If you are required to get building permits, they will do that. They will also be aware of the building codes in your area and they make money by doing their work in a way that will pass inspection the first time. Insurance will ensure you that their work is covered if there were a problem later down the road. If they were responsible, your homeowners insurance may not pay the claim, but their insurance would. They also have worker’s comp so that if a worker is hurt on the job, you are not responsible for the injury and medical claims.

If you have any questions about electrical work, permits, licenses or electrical inspections, please call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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When To Call Your Electrician

professional electricianSome homeowners like to tackle most of the do-it-yourself projects in their house, including some of the electrical repairs and simple installations.  They know how to replace a light switch, install a ceiling fan or perform some basic wiring jobs.  They also know that dabbling in electricity can be a real safety hazard.  Home electrical systems cause around 55,000 fires a year costing billions of dollars in property damage.  If you are unsure what you’re doing when tackling an electrical repair, you’re better off calling a professional electrician.

Electricity Precautions

Always assume overhead wires are live and could kill you.

Leave fallen wires alone and let the utility company handle the repairs.

Never operate electrical equipment in or near standing water.

Turn off any electricity to an appliance or fixture before cleaning or repairing the item.

Do not attempt to repair electrical devices without training.

Circuit Breakers

Many safety features are built into your electrical system to shut off the power at the first sign of anything wrong.  If you notice power outages in part of the house but not the entire house, you probably have a tripped circuit breaker.  Find the main breaker panel (usually in the garage, basement or utility closet) and find the breaker that is off.  It is a good idea, if your circuit breaker panel isn’t labeled to label the circuit breakers by turning them off one by one and seeing what appliance or part of the house is connected to each circuit breaker.

Once you switch the circuit breaker back on, be aware if it shuts off again.  This is an indication that something isn’t right.  This also may be the sign, you need to call a professional electrician.

Appliances can cause the circuit breakers to switch off if there are too many high wattage items running at the same time.  Your professional electrician can install a separate circuit for these appliances.

Faulty Outlets

electrical repairsIf an electrical outlet isn’t working, make sure a wall switch isn’t hindering it from doing so.  If it is not part of a tripped circuit breaker, the outlet itself may be burned out.  If you notice any signs of blackening in the outlet plug, you need to have the plug replaced to avoid the possibility of a fire.  Don’t use the outlet, even if one of the plugs appears to be fine.

Sparks sometimes appear in an outlet when the power is quickly diverted away.  This is normal and doesn’t mean there is a problem.  On the other hand, if an outlet gets too hot, it can melt the insulation of the wires.  As the wires become exposed a serious spark can occur.  This is a short circuit that can cause an electrical fire.

Exposure to water can also cause an outlet to spark and short out. Make sure you have a special outlet known as a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installed in all your outlets that are in areas exposed to moisture.

Faulty Lights

Make sure you use the correct bulb in all your lighting fixtures.  If you find your frequently changing your light bulbs, it could be they get burnout because the wattage is higher in the bulb than the fixture can handle.  Recessed lights will also turn off if they have a built-in mechanism to prevent overheating.  The wrong bulbs may cause these lights to go off until the unit cools down.  If the bulbs are the right ones, it could be insulation touching the fixture causing it too get too hot.

Flickering lights are usually a sign there is a poor connection somewhere in the line.  Your professional electrician can help locate the break and repair it.

Calling Your Professional Electrician

If you aren’t the person who is asking, “Can I do this myself?”  you may be glad to have an electrician who can help you repair your electrical problems.    Your professional electrician at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is here to help you no matter how big or small the job is.  When it comes to safety and electrical repairs, they are just a phone call away.

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4 Signs You Need Electrical Repairs

Electric ShockElectrical repairs are a normal part of house maintenance.  You should be aware of warning signs that indicate you need to call an electrician.   It is all about keeping your family safe and your home and belongings secure.  Here are some common warning signs that indicate you need electrical repairs.

Light Bulbs Burn Out or Flicker

If you are constantly replacing popped light bulbs, you may have a bad main neutral connection.  You should call an electrician before this becomes a bigger problem.  If you ignore this sign, it could progress to your appliances and cause severe damage.

If you notice your lights flickering, you could have a poor connection somewhere.  This can be from one outlet or fixture or it can be more widespread and include the whole house or area of the house.  Your professional electrician will be able to determine the cause and repair any problems.

Outlets Needing Electrical Repairs

Over time electrical outlets will wear.  If you have a dead outlet or switch, you probably have a broken wire.  This needs to be repaired.  It is common at times for an outlet to spark but if you have an outlet that is continually sparking it is best to have it looked at before a fire or injury occurs.

Outlets can become warn.  You should replace an outlet that is loose or not working properly.  Switches can have loose connections as well and need to be replaced when they begin acting up.

If you notice a burning smell at the outlet you need to call your electrician immediately.  If you suspect a fire, call 911.

Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers that are continually blowing fuses or tripping are an indication that you could benefit from some electrical repairs.  Adding another breaker might be the best option.

Shocking Appliances

If you notice that your getting shocked by appliances, it’s a good idea to call your electrician and make sure the appliance is grounded properly and safe to use.

Your professional electrician can inspect your electrical system any time you are concerned there is an electrical problem.  Getting electrical repairs early will prevent them form escalating and will keep your family safe.  If you have any questions about your electrical system, please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today!

 

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