While some home projects can be easily performed by the average do-it-yourselfer, others are best left to the professionals. This is especially true when it comes to dealing with electricity. Even a simple mistake could lead to disaster. Here are some of the biggest dangers of DIY electrical work.
The Potential to Burn Down Your House
If you aren’t a certified electrician, your best bet is to steer clear of electrical repairs. Simply watching a video on YouTube won’t give you enough knowledge. There’s always a chance for amateurs to start a fire. Every year, more than 50,000 homes are destroyed as a result of electrical problems. When hooking up electrical components, every step needs to be performed correctly. Even choosing the wrong gauge wire can cause a circuit to overheat. Although your completed project may seem fine at first, a short circuit could occur weeks down the road. Remember, electrical fires are especially difficult to control. By the time firefighters arrive, it may already be too late to save your home.
Bad electrical work puts you at serious risk of getting shocked. When working around electrical currents, you absolutely must know what you’re doing. The average 110-volt household outlet is powerful enough to knock you off your feet. Higher voltages can be deadly. This is why professional electricians must take so many safety precautions. Simply forgetting to turn off the power at the breaker box can lead to electrocution.
Building Code Violations
Before you can sell your home, it must be inspected. Code violations will cause you a heap of trouble. To fix the issues, an electrician will likely need to tear everything out. This means you’ll be forced to spend a lot more money in the long run.
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