Dangers of DIY Electrical Repairs
When it comes to electrical repairs and installations, it's always best to leave it to the professionals. Many homeowners may be tempted to try and save a little money by doing the work themselves, but this can often lead to further damage, electrical fires, and other safety hazards.
In this blog, we will explore some of the risks of performing electrical tasks without professional help. So before you grab your tools and start tinkering with your electrical system, read on for some important information that could save you time, money, and in the most extreme case, your life.
1. Risk Electrocution
One of the most obvious risks of electrical work is electrocution or electrical shock. This can happen when you come in contact with live electrical wires. While this may seem like a rare occurrence, it's actually quite common, and can often happen without you even realizing it.
Even if you're just working on a simple repair or installation, if you're not careful, you could easily come into contact with live electrical wires. And while most electrical shocks are relatively harmless, they can still be quite painful, and in some cases, they can even be fatal.
So what can you do to avoid this? Our team of professional electricians suggests you always contact an electrician to diagnose and repair your electrical issues before trying your own hand at them.
2. Risk Igniting a Fire
Another serious risk of electrical work is igniting a fire. This can happen when electrical wires are not installed correctly, or when they become damaged and start to spark.
While electrical fires are relatively rare, they can be extremely dangerous, and often cause a lot of damage. In fact, electrical fires are one of the leading causes of house fires in the United States.
So how can you avoid this? Again, our team of professional electricians suggests you always contact an electrician to diagnose and repair your electrical issues before trying your own hand at them.
3. Risk Damaging Your Electrical System
Another major risk of electrical work is damaging your electrical system. This can happen when you don't know what you're looking for, the correct electrical connections, or understand the difference between regular and faulty wiring.
And while electrical repairs can often be fixed, they can also be quite expensive. In some cases, electrical repairs can even lead to a complete rewire of your home. You don't want to put yourself in the position to have to spend more time and money on extra repairs due to a lack of experience and expertise.
4. You Don't Have Permits
Most homeowners do not process the proper permits to complete a DIY repair on their home's electrical system. According to the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan, you will need a permit to perform electrical installation in any home or farm.
Not only is this a legal requirement, but it's also for your own safety. These permits help to ensure that all electrical work is completed up to code and meets all safety standards.
If you're caught performing electrical work without the proper permit, you could be fined or even put in jail. So before you start any electrical repairs or installations, make sure you have the proper permit from your local municipality.
5. Risk Failing Inspections
If you're planning on selling your home, any electrical work that was completed without a permit will have to be inspected by a professional electrician.
And if the electrical work does not meet the code, you will be required to have it fixed before your home can be sold. This can often be quite costly, and in some cases, the electrical work may need to be completely redone.
So before you start any electrical repairs or installations in your home, make sure you understand the requirements and process for getting a permit. It's always better to be safe than sorry!
6. Rely on the Experts at Centennial Plumbing, Heating & Electrical
Electricians don't spend years training and getting licenses for no reason! We do it so that we can provide excellent services for you so that your home's electrical system remains in its best condition. For professional and reliable electrical services, contact Centennial Plumbing, Heating & Electrical at to schedule an appointment!