Posted on: 24 June 2017
The electrical work in your home needs to be up to date and good quality or it could have some very bad consequences. There are over 5,000 electrical fires each year in the United States. These fires kill approximately 40 people and injure another 100 people each year. That is a really ugly number when considering these are mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. Another very ugly number is that it cost $700 million dollars worth of damage.
Do not think that it could never happen to you, because it truly can happen anytime and anywhere, unless it is prevented properly. The best way to ensure that your home is safe is to have the electrical work done by a professional. Here are a few instances where you may want to hire an electrician.
If you live in an older home, there is a good chance that you need to get the electrical system updated. This is especially true if your home was built before 1960 and has not had an update since. Old wiring can be chewed through by mice and can short out very easily. You may also notice that the bulbs are discolored and flicker often. If you ever feel a tingling sensation when you touch a light switch or plug in an appliance, it is time to get the electrician to your home.
Constant Power Outages
If your neighborhood looses power, there is usually nothing to worry about. However, if you have constant isolated power outages, then you may need to worry. If you have old wiring, your electrical work may not be able to handle the energy that is flowing through the home, and it may trip the breaker. This can be extremely dangerous and needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.
The contractor that does your remodel, whether an add on or a demolition job, will most likely hire an electrician to do any electrical work. However, it is still a very good idea to have an electrician come look at the old wiring and the new wiring. The new electrician will get a fresh look at what has been done and be able to tell if it is a well done job. Getting a second pair of trained eyes on the project could save your home from a fire. When it comes to electrical fires, there is no such thing as being too safe.Share