Some home maintenance tasks are easy for the layman to manage, if he or she has time to spare. However, there are a handful of things that should only be handled by the professional, and topping that list is electrical work.
Electrical systems in homes can be complicated, and it’s not wise to fiddle with them without proper background on how all circuits are connected and how to change things safely. Furthermore, electrical shorts and crossed wires are the foremost causes of household fire risk.
Common Causes for Necessary Electrical Work
Electrical work is often called for when other changes are being made to your household. For example, if you’re adding a room or two to your house, it will require your electrical system to be reworked in order to incorporate the addition seamlessly. It also might be necessary to rework your electrical system if you are adding an appliance to your home that could overtax a breaker. For example, the addition of a hot tub can be an electrical drain that requires specialized installation.
Of course, electrical services can go beyond new installation. Here are a few of the services that we offer:
- Diagnosis and troubleshooting: If you see some of the common signs of electrical distress in your home (enumerated below) it’s smart to have an electrician take a look before it becomes a bigger problem, possibly causing a fire in your home or harming your appliances.
- Standby generator installation: In the case of a power outage, your home could stay up and running with an independent power generator. This can be especially useful in the case of extreme cold or heat.
- Updates that increase energy efficiency: New technology allows for more efficient electricity use, which means that an old home could be draining much more electricity than necessary. Simple upgrades throughout your home can do a big favor to the environment, as well as your wallet.
- Safety checks: As we stated before, electrical complications are the most common cause of household fires. Performing a safety check on the electrical system can ensure that your home is safe from the risks of misfiring electrical wires.
- Specialized lighting: Would you like your home to be equipped with motion-sensor lighting, track lighting, recessed lighting, or an overhead chandelier or ceiling fan? All of these projects are best handled with the help of an electrical professional.
- Arc-fault breaker installation: If your home was built before 1999, there might be a risk of arc-faults, wherein wires are stapled too closely to the wood, causing the electricity over time to arc due to the metal staples attaching the wire to the wood. This can carry a risk of overheating the wood, causing a fire to start in the walls of your home. Arc-fault breakers can detect this and deflect energy from the circuit, decreasing your risk of fires.
Danger Signs of Electrical Problems
- Flickering lights
- A tingling sensation when you touch an appliance or plug
- Consistent problems with overheated or blown fuses
- Burning smells
- Discoloration around outlets
If you spot any of these signs in your home, it’s time to have a professional electrician take a look. We can help you organize all of your home maintenance needs in one simple service. Give us a call today!