What are the common electrical risks of doing your own wiring?

For many homeowners—especially recent first-time homebuyers—their home is “the house that YouTube built.” Having online videos, guides, and tutorials at the fingertips has empowered many homeowners to take on new projects and maintenance tasks in the home, from replacing drywall to painting their own cabinets. However, there are some projects that are still best left to the professionals, and that includes electrical and wiring work. There are many electrical risks that comes with seemingly simple tasks like hanging a chandelier or adding an outlet, and we advise that you make the smart choice by calling us for your electrical service needs here in South Louisiana.

Avoid electrical risks by hiring an electrician from our team.

Adding electrical outlets can be dangerous if done incorrectly. Avoid taking electrical risks by calling a professional electrician for your home rewiring needs.

What are common home projects that involve rewiring?

Any significant home remodel will probably involve some degree of rewiring or electrical work, but there are three common projects that most homeowners will tackle at some point in the next five years:

  • Adding light switches and outlets: Homebuilders 40, 30, and even 20 years ago could not have anticipated the degree to which we use electricity in our homes to power everything from smartphones and gaming consoles to alarm clocks and power tools in the garage. Many homeowners, when remodeling, make it a priority to add high-capacity electrical outlets and switches to the living spaces of their home.
  • Wall-mounted TVs: The advent of flat-screen televisions has made wall mounting a popular way of saving space in the home while also making the TV the centerpiece of the living room. Doing this requires running wiring behind walls to reach the television’s position.
  • Hanging lights and chandeliers: A classic home improvement project. Anytime a homeowner changes out a chandelier, there is some degree of rewiring involved. Adding new pendant lighting in the kitchen also requires running new wiring in the ceiling above the light.

What are the risks associated with doing your own electrical work?

  • Electrocution: When working with wiring or electrical systems in your home, you should always make sure the power to that circuit is off and that the wires are not live. As a general precaution, we recommend that homeowners turn off all power to the home when working with wiring. Your safety is paramount, and even a slight electrical shock while on a ladder can quickly turn into an extremely dangerous situation.
  • Fire: Installed incorrectly, electrical wiring can pose a serious fire hazard to your home. Faulty wiring is a major cause of home fires. Some warning signs include dimming or inconsistently running lights; an appliance that regularly trips the circuit; or an electrical outlet that cannot handle the electrical load that it should be able to.
  • Incorrect Installation: Even if you don’t end up hurting yourself or putting your home at risk of a fire, incorrect wiring installation can lead to your new outlet or light not working as intended. Then, you’ll need to take everything apart and start over again. It’s just not worth it.

Why hire a professional electrician?

For one, the peace of mind that the wiring was installed safely and correctly is priceless. You don’t want to be laying awake in bed at night wondering if that new chandelier is going to result in a home-destroying fire while you’re at work the next day.

Beyond just the safety component, an electrician will also do the job correctly, which means that the wiring will perform as expected and that there will be no damage to appliances, your television, or anything else you plug into the outlet.

The professional and experienced electricians at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help you with all your electrical and rewiring needs in South Louisiana. We’re proud to bring our expert electrical services to the homeowners of Morgan City and beyond. Don’t leave your home’s wiring to chance: hire a professional.