The C.A.R.E. Team

When to Use a Professional: Electrical

If your project requires direct contact with electricity, call a pro. This includes rewiring, adding power to areas that do not currently have power, and any installation of large or heavy light fixtures (likeĀ a chandelier.) Electricity is no joke, and the last thing you want is to cause yourself harm, or harm your home, during a DIY project.

It’s recommended to call to electrician in these cases: if electrical circuit breakers trip often, or fuses blow frequently, your circuits are drawing more current than they can safely provide. This may also indicate a dangerous fault on one or more circuits. If plug strips and multi receptacle add-ons are strangling your outlets, your electrical system is working beyond capacity. Additional circuits with duplex receptacles are needed to restore order and safety.

If you have a lot of wires in your living room, under the rugs or the furnitures, a dangerous condition exists and you definitely need more outlets. If some of those wires are extension cords, the outlets you have, are too far apart.

Also, are outlets, switches or other electrical system surfaces warm to touch? Do you see any blackening nearby on the Switchplate or wall, switch terminals or wire ends? Does a switch or outlet give a mild shock? The problem could simply be too much demand on the circuit, or something far more complicated and dangerous, you need to check it with a pro.

Furthermore, if you begin to notice rust or moisture on or under your home’s main service panel, it’s a sign that something’s going wrong and you definitely need to call in an electrician. BE SAFE!

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