It can be tempting to want to handle a simple circuit upgrade or fix a blown wall socket. It may seem like a waste of money to call an electrician to repair the problem for you. However, when you take on an electrical problem in your house without professional experience, it can end in a major accident. Anytime you are dealing with electrical projects there is an aspect of danger that must be taken into consideration.
When you fail to hire an electrician, not only does this increase your chance of being electrocuted, but it also has the potential to void home insurance or any warranties in your home. There are many other issues and dangers that come with DIY electrical projects and we have gone over a few of the critical ones below:
Electrical Projects Could Set Your House on Fire
One of the biggest risks when it comes to DIY electrical projects is the possibility of overloading your circuits and starting a house fire. If there is any form of a faulty connection, a wrong gauge of wire and any other kind of mistake can lead to overheating, sparks, and fires.
In most cases, when an untrained professional takes on a DIY project they rarely take into account the original circuit’s capabilities. The new fix may work for a time but that additional strain on your system will lead to issues over time and potentially a fire.
Electrical Code Violations and Home Resell Value
Most amateur electrical projects don't take into account local building and contracting guidelines. Since no one is inspecting your home during or after your DIY project, you can get away with skirting past regulations to cut costs. If you plan to stay in your home for the rest of your life then there is no major problem. However, if you end up putting your house on the market, inspectors will be called in and notice your faulty wiring and other electrical code violations. This will lower the value of your home and deter potential buyers.
Too Much To Handle
Electricians follow a strict code of standards when installing new systems to ensure that electricians in the future will know what is going on with the system and understand how to fix future issues. Something as simple as choosing the right wire gauge will help the next technician who wants to tap into that circuit to power something else.
If you take on a similar project yourself, you might decide to cut costs and use poor-quality wiring or even use a circuit breaker that is incorrectly related to your lining. This will create a mess for future electricians who don’t know what was changed. This can lead to catastrophic failures and fires from an improvement that could have been solved simply.