When to Call an Electrical Contractor
Some of the most dangerous work you can do around the house is electrical work. And it’s not necessarily the work that’s dangerous, but what happens if that work is done improperly.
It makes sense to hire a licensed electrical contractor when it comes to electrical safety, and here’s why.
The number one reason to hire a pro to do your electrical work is safety. Sue, you could watch DIY tutorials online to do electrical repairs, but one mistake could end in tragedy.
Expert electricians have spent countless hours in training and hands-on experience, which means they’re better equipped than the average homeowner to troubleshoot electrical problems and know what to do to fix them.
Hiring a certified electrician to troubleshoot problems saves you time and money.
Most people do their own repairs to save money, but in many cases, they end up spending more than if they hired a pro, to begin with.
Professionals identify problems more quickly and accurately than someone inexperienced. As a homeowner, your time is valuable, and you don’t want to waste countless hours figuring out what the problem is when you could be doing other things.
Also, professionals have access to specialized tools, which means no more trips to the home improvement store to spend money on something you’ll only use once.
Peace of Mind
Do-it-yourself electrical work could lead to shocks or electrocution or additional problems down the road. When you hire a pro, you get peace of mind knowing the work was done correctly, safely, and up to code.
Don’t be another DIY Electrical accident statistic. Let the pros from Grand Canyon Home Services do your electrical work to protect you and your family from harm.
Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Electrical Outlets
If you’re like most homeowners, upgrading your home’s outlets probably isn’t on your list of home improvements, but they should be.
Here are the most common signs that your outlets are outdated and need replacing.
If the slots in your outlets are loose and the plugs constantly fall out, it means the contacts are worn. This might seem like a convenience issue, but it can be dangerous as it creates the potential for electrical arcing, which can cause a fire.
Outlets Feel Hot
An outlet that’s hot to the touch indicates damaged wiring behind the walls, which is also a fire hazard, and you must call an electrician as soon as possible to fix it.
Your Outlets Are Discolored
Discolored outlets are a huge red flag because they are usually damaged and prone to short-circuiting. If you notice one or more of your outlets are discolored, don’t use it and call for help.
You Don’t Have GFCI Outlets
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) outlets are designed to protect you from shock or electrocution in areas where water and electricity are present.
The National Electrical Code requires GFCI outlet installation in bathrooms, kitchens, crawl spaces, outdoors, and anywhere else water and electricity are nearby.
The circuitry in these outlets monitors for ground faults and shuts off the power, protecting you from shock.
To ensure your home’s electrical system is safe, call one of our certified electricians for an inspection.
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