Alabama has its share of Do-It-Yourself homeowners. Although many citizens of our beautiful state are quite capable and knowledgeable of home repair skills, electrical repair, upgrades, installation, and other electrical services are an area the average homeowner should leave to professional electricians in Huntsville, AL.
Electrical accidents are responsible for as many as 6000 injuries in the home every year, with a cost of almost $1.5 billion in damages resulting from electrical fires and accidents in the home. These figures are the reason a number of homeowner’s insurance policies, local laws and code require electrical services to be provided by a licensed electrician.
When Simple Isn’t Safe
If a non-licensed electrician provides electrical work in your home, it may lead to fires or injury. Seemingly, simple electrical work can have serious consequences when not correctly performed. A common source of safety hazards due to DIY electrical work is the installation of new switches and plugs.
Switches and Outlets
While installation seems straightforward, switches and outlets are a common source of home fires and shock. However, the DIY homeowner isn’t always the cause. Age and wear contribute to the hazards, and this is why your home should receive a periodic electrical inspection. Screws loosen, plugs wear, and rodents can chew through wire insulation. Whenever a light switch crackle or arcs when you turn it on, or the lights have a habit of flickering when the light bulbs are tight, it is time to call Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL for inspection and possible replacement.
In addition, when outlets spark, loses power, throws a circuit breaker, or can no longer hold a plug firmly, it time for their replacement. Furthermore, if your older home still has two-pronged outlets, call our electricians in Huntsville, AL for replacement. National building codes require the modern 3-prong outlets be installed in all new constructions and replacement projects in older homes.
DIY light fixture installation poses the same risks as switches and outlets if incorrectly installed. In older homes, this is especially true with older wiring, or outdated wiring that may be unable to handle the current the indoor or outdoor fixture draws.
Ceiling fans are an additional fixture that should always be installed by a professional, licensed electrician. The wiring requires inspection, especially in older homes, as well as the wiring behind the wall switches. In additional, it is essential for the safety of the home’s occupants the ceiling box is rated for ceiling-fan use. Furthermore, it is important for the structural aspect to be taken into consideration to ensure the ceiling joists holding the ceiling fan box are adequate.
Panel upgrades, wiring replacement, surge protection installation, and electrical services for the installation of a whole house generator are also jobs that require professional electricians in Huntsville, AL.
Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL offer the electrical services you need, and provide the professional expertise you require to assure your family’s safety. From small to large projects, our electricians can provide the electrical repair service, installation, and the inspection you require. Our dedicated electricians are available for your emergency electrical services 24/7. A Mister Sparky licensed, qualified electrician is only a phone call away.