Maintaining Electrical Power In Your Home

When to Call a Residential Electrician to Your Home

Electrical repairs and upgrades should never be considered DIY jobs by any homeowner, as working with electrical wiring can be very dangerous. Even if you shut off all the circuits to your home while performing this work, you may get wires crossed, use the wrong wiring, or make other simple mistakes that could put you at risk of a shock once the power is restored. You could also create the risk of an electrical fire! Note when it's good to call a residential electrician to your home, and why their professional services can be so important.

Adding water features

If you want to add a sink to a kitchen island or install a walk-in shower area in the bathroom next to the tub, it's good to call an electrician. As you may know, water conducts electricity, so your electrical wiring should be checked and possibly rerouted when you have these new features added. You may also need new plugs with built-in circuit breakers installed in the room, so that you're safe when you use electrical devices near your new water feature. This will avoid the risk of shock or even outright electrocution when you're using your sink or shower.

Adding specialty appliances or systems

Large kitchen appliances including washers and dryers, a hot tub, a large hot water heater, an entertainment centre or a new home security system may all overload the home's current wiring with their electrical demands. If you have these installed without having the wiring checked and upgraded as necessary, you may see these and other electrical devices slow down and work intermittently, which puts added wear and tear on their parts. Have an electrician assist with the installation of these devices rather than thinking that you can simply plug them into your current outlets.

Addressing damage to circuit panel

If the circuit panel of your home is rusted, or the labels are faded and unreadable, it's good to call an electrician. If you ever have an electrical emergency in your home, being able to quickly and easily shut off the right circuits will be important, but a rusted panel may not allow those switches to move freely, and you may not know which switch goes to which room of the home if the labels are not accurate. An electrician can replace the panel, test all the wiring to ensure it's not damaged due to that rust, and then also label the panel properly, so it's accessible and easy to use in case of emergency.