Electrical Systems Can Be Shocking For DIY Homeowners

Author: Robbins Services Home Inspection Company | | Categories: 4-Point Inspection , Home Inspection , Pre-listing Inspection

Blog by Robbins Services Home Inspection Company

We all like to think that we are DIY (Do It Yourself) professionals, but not all residential housing systems should be tampered with and the electrical system in your home is a prime example. The electrical system within your home is complex. We want to emphasis how important it is to have a licensed home inspector perform any inspections and a licensed electrical contractor perform the repairs or updates to the electrical system.

Here are some of the reasons why DIY homeowners should not try to repair their homes electrical system:

  • Electricity can be dangerous - Opening a wall outlet or your electrical panel exposes bare wires and if you don’t know which electrical wires are “hot” or are carrying electrical current, the result could end in getting severely shocked or even worse, electrocuted.
  • Pulling an Electrical Permit - It is important to pull a permit when trying to repair any major household system. Only a licensed electrical contractor can pull a permit to work on the electrical system in your home. When a permit is pulled, it will more than likely be inspected by a local city or county inspector, which checks the electrical contractor’s work.
  • Potential Fire Hazards – Faulty or outdated wiring, overloaded circuits, and improper grounding are just a few of the electrical hazards that could cause a fire. It is extremely important to let the trained professionals such as home inspectors and electrical contractors point out these defects.
  • Costley Future Repairs – If a DIY homeowner attempts to repair their electrical system and manages not to get shocked or electrocuted, they could still be causing problems down the road.  DIY electrical repairs are a result of a homeowner trying to repair the problem only to make it worse and end up having to call an electrical contractor anyway.  Save yourself time and money and go with a licensed professional.

Our inspectors at Robbins Services Home Inspection Company are highly trained and experienced at understanding electrical systems and encourage you to trust our ability to discover potential electrical issues to help keep you and your family safe.  Book an inspection with us today!