If you make the decision to replace an outlet or add a light fixture to your house you may assume that it is no big deal and you can just take care of it yourself. The problem is that there are many different things that can go wrong when working with electrical lines that can turn out to be disastrous. It takes experience, knowledge and training to take on these kinds of tasks and you want to be sure that you hire a professional electrician. A professional electrician has the ability to make changes to the electrical in your home safely and the way that you want. When you decide to take on either small or large electrical work you can run into some major problems.
Burley Electrical Services lists some of the things that can go wrong when you try to do your own electrical work.
You Can Cause An Electrical Fire: There are house fires all over the United States and many of them are electrical fires. The electrical work in your home – if installed correctly, will last for a long time causing no major trouble. If however, the wires are worn or worse installed incorrectly, they can easily cause a fire. The wires can become hot and when they touch the insulation or wood around it the fire will ignite. A fire is scary and can cause a serious amount of damage; even if you catch it fast and have it extinguished. When a professional electrician does your electrical work the work will be done up to code and be safe.
Electrical Safety; You Can Cause Injury: Electrical wires that are part of your home are referred to as live. That means that the wires are full of electrical currents and when they are touched by someone while they are live will send shock through your body. The electrical current will cause damage to the person that is in contact with it. This can happen just by simply touching the wire while trying to decide what you need to do. An electrician will be able to stop the current and make sure that the electrical wires are safe to reroute and connect to new fixtures.
You Can Fry The Electrical Fixture: If you have done the wiring incorrectly when you attach it to the fixture that you are trying to replace or install it can cause a large electrical jolt that can fry the fixture and deem it worthless. Once the lines are fried you will need to start all over and purchase another fixture.