Are you pretty handy around the house? Have you been working your way through the honey-do list and finally made it to the somewhat more demanding projects? While there are plenty of tasks local homeowners can do themselves when it comes to beautifying their homes, five jobs warrant a call to our friendly Georgetown electrician.
The ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) reduces the possibility of electrocutions in areas of the home where moist conditions make the use of appliances a bit more hazardous. These outlets disconnect power faster than a standard breaker or fuse. As a well-informed homeowner, you know that you need to test the GFCIs once a month. If pressing the test button does not result in an immediate power disconnect, call out a professional.
Discovery of aluminum wiring.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has warned that aluminum wiring increases fire hazard conditions by 55 percent when compared to copper wiring. This usually affects homes that were built before 1972.
Too many extension cords.
If you are relying mainly on power strips and extension cords to give you the electricity you need for your high-tech lifestyle, it may be time to upgrade your home’s wiring. A Georgetown Electrician can visit your home and install additional outlets with ease. They eliminate the trip hazard and fire danger that strips and extension cords represent.
Rust at the panel.
The Copper Development Association warns that signs of rust at the electrical panel are synonymous with dangerous problems. Rather than cleaning up the rust and fixing the symptoms, it is time to have a professional come out and evaluate the root cause.
Code compliance problems.
When you have done a remodel project by yourself, you probably should have it inspected. This is particularly crucial if you anticipate putting your home on the market at some point in the future. Owner remodels are notorious for causing problems during a home inspection, and it is better to know ahead of time if your handiwork can pass muster. If there are problems with the way you did some of the work, do not try to fix it. In the end, you may have a patchwork of fixes that does not look attractive and may prevent a buyer from being comfortable with your work. Call us! We can probably take care of the non-compliance issue rather quickly.
There you have it. Even the handiest Georgetown homeowner sometimes needs a helping hand from a friendly neighborhood electrician. When this is you, Skilliez Electric is here to help. Contact us today to end your electrical worries.
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