In recent years, “DIY” (do-it-yourself) work has become extremely popular. From building gardening beds out of shipping pallets to painting your own walls, homeowners are making their dollar go farther by doing some professional services in-house.
Here’s where that line should be drawn, though: never DIY electrical work. As we’ll discuss in this blog post, it’s extremely dangerous for your home and your family.
#1. You’re putting yourself in danger
Electrocution is no laughing matter, and it’s more common than you think. Almost 30,000 Americans electrocute themselves every single year. Most of these incidents are minor, but many of them are serious, resulting in disability or death.
Many electrocution cases occur when a live, exposed wire is taken out of a wall for a project and the homeowner—either by accident or not knowing the danger—brushes against it.
Any kind of home rewiring project carries this risk. Honestly, as nice as it might be to add an outlet to your living room behind the couch, it’s not worth your life. It’s much easier and safer to call Bob’s for electrical services.
#2. You’re putting your home in danger
Incorrectly setting up a rewiring project doesn’t just carry the risk of electrocution. It could also result in improperly placed or grounded wires, putting your home in extreme danger of a future fire.
A professional electrician knows the right type of wires to use in a project, as well as how to arrange them so that they’re safely behind your walls, providing electricity to your home without being a constant source of danger.
There are many things that can cause your home’s electrical wiring to go wrong. Don’t let your own DIY electrical work be the root cause of the thing that destroys your home or puts your life in danger.
#3. You’re lowering the value of your home
If you’re able to pull off completing your own DIY electrical work without electrocuting yourself or sparking a fire, you’re still looking at a project that most home inspectors will probably notice was done by someone other than a certified electrician.
This matters when you go to sell your home. If the home inspector has reason to suspect that your wiring work isn’t up-to-code, that’s a huge barrier to successfully selling your home at its market value.
Never DIY electrical work. Instead, call in the electricians at Bob’s!
There’s many things that you can do yourself around your home. But, when it comes to your electrical, never take it on by yourself. It’s not worth your life or your home.
Instead, call Bob’s. We’ll send out a friendly, experienced electrician with the tools and skills needed to do the job right.
At Bob’s, we serve Morgan City, Houma, Thibodaux, and surrounding areas in Southern Louisiana. Get in contact with us online, or give us a call at (985) 384-0283.