With home improvement television shows rolling non-stop and big box hardware stores on every block, it can be tempting to throw your hat in the ring by undertaking some do-it-yourself projects. There is nothing wrong with tackling the basic odd job around the home, which can make for a fun weekend project and save you some money in the process. However, when it comes to electrical installations, you might be biting off more than you can chew. Electricity is no laughing matter. Consequences for getting it wrong could cost you your time and money, your home, or even your life!

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Code Enforcement

Many home repair or improvement projects require proper permitting prior to the starting the job and inspection by the city afterwards. This is obvious when you are adding new structures on your property, but you may also need to be compliant when it comes to electrical work. In fact, many cities and states require master electricians to supervise jobs that involve tying into the municipal power grid. Even basic installations within your home may necessitate extra paperwork you are not familiar with. Code enforcers can come down hard on unsuspecting DIYers. Penalties for non-compliance may include fines, as well as shelling out extra cash to hire professionals to tidy up the work to pass inspection.

Insurance Coverage

Many homeowner’s insurance policies require professionals to make repairs and upgrades on your home. If you damage your electrical system or start a fire while performing an electrical DIY project, you can bet the insurance company is not going to want to cover the damages. Some shoddy wiring could cause an electrical fire that could destroy your entire home. You do not want to be left out in the cold with no roof, no possessions, and no payout all over a simple DIY installation gone wrong.

Health and Safety

The physical dangers of electricity are no joke. Mistakes can kill. If you brush up against a hot wire - a wire with live electricity flowing through it - you could be in for fatal consequences. Even if you make your home safe and power down breakers, there is still a risk of a short circuit causing a fire in the future. A house fire can destroy more than your possessions. It can claim the lives of you and your loved ones. Don’t mess around when it comes to electrical installations. Duggan's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® has a team of electricians standing by to complete your project. Contact us today at (706) 914-1617.