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While an increasing number of people are finding that they are able to complete their own home improvement projects, there are still some aspects of home renovation that should be left to the professionals. When it comes to installing electricity, a seemingly straightforward task can easily become challenging and even dangerous. For renovation or repair projects that involve the installation or removal of electrical components, it is best to call a licensed electrician.
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When a major power outage or other large electrical disruption occurs, it is usually clear that the services of an electrician will be needed. However, learning to identify signs of electrical problems early on can lead to substantial savings that might otherwise be spent on massive repair bills for a problem that has gotten out of hand. Frequent dimming or brightening of lights is often indicative of a problem with a circuit. If the problem persists after checking the bulbs and tightening if necessary, the issue should be examined more closely by an electrician. Unexplained frequent tripping of the GFCI receptacles may also indicate a situation that requires professional intervention to avoid a more severe problem.
One preventative measure homeowners can take to maintain the safety of their electrical setup is to schedule annual safety inspections. Having an electrician evaluate a home's electrical components can bring added peace of mind and also give homeowners ideas on how to make their house safer. Furthermore, an electrician can ensure that a house's electrical system is properly grounded, and parents may wish to inquire about additional measures that can be taken to protect small children from accidental shock.
Licensed electricians are available to come to the rescue when installing new wiring or electrical components. Adding a room to an existing house typically involves expanding the existing electrical setup. Professional electricians are able to ensure that wiring and fixtures are installed correctly and that they are also up to code. While some homeowners may be able to do simple electrical tasks on their own, other projects are better handled by an electrician in the interest of saving time and money by avoiding the need to have mistakes corrected and alterations made in situations in which the electrical work does not meet the requirements of local laws and regulations.
Choosing An Electrician
There are certain guidelines homeowners should follow when choosing an electrician. First, when entrusting a technician with electrical work, the homeowner must ensure that he or she is licensed. Licensed technicians are able to provide an official state-issued licensing number or documentation upon request. Many electricians who advertise online openly post their license number to allow potential customers to do their own research. If a repair or renovation project requires knowledge in a specific area of expertise, it is typically best to search for contractors who are highly experience in that area. Experienced contractors are usually more familiar with the project at hand and can complete the job efficiently. When searching for an electrical contractor, word of mouth can provide solid leads. Friends, family members and neighbors who have had similar electrical work performed with satisfactory results are typically willing to recommend the electrician who completed the service.
In addition to friends and family members, online review sites can also provide multiple customer reviews of local service providers. Finally, checking a service provider's reputation with local government agencies who regulate consumer affairs and/or electrical work can help in weeding out electricians against whom other consumers have filed a complaint. Homeowners may also consult companies and technicians that offer a free consultation and compare services offered and prices before choosing a contractor to do the job.
Last updated on Nov 14, 2013