What Residential Electricians Really Do

Electricians are called in to do a variety of work, either in your home or in your commercial building, and all of it must be done correctly and up to local building codes.  Let’s have a look at what residential electricians really do.

Testing & Certification

Every electrical installation in the premises must be up to code and tested for safety, all electrical work should be done by a qualified local electrician.  Periodic inspections of the premises are a good idea to make sure that there had been no deterioration and that everything is still up to code.  Any electrical work that is done in your home must be certified to the standards of your state or municipality.  Here is a look at an inspection and what goes on.

A good electrician constantly being educated on the latest techniques and materials, along with the latest building regulations.  They are sent for training every year and their testing and certifications are kept up to date.  Any team that comes to do any electrical work in your home is fully licensed, insured and bonded so you can relax knowing the work will be done right.

Rewires & Wiring

There are many homeowners who take their electricity for granted, but older properties may need the wiring replaced by a licensed electrician.  It’s easy to forget about your wiring, after all everything works when you plug it in.  However the wires can become outdated and then it becomes a safety hazard.  Old wires can cause electric shocks and fires.  Here are just some of the reasons to have your wiring inspected and replaced if need be.

  • You currently have switches in the bathroom
  • There are sockets on the skirting
  • Green residue is found on the wiring
  • Wiring is covered in cotton
  • Rubber cables are black
  • The sockets are the round pin variety

Fusebox / Fuseboard Upgrades

To make sure that your home is safe and the electricity is in good order make sure that the fusebox is in good working order along with the wiring.  If you have just bought an existing home this is particularly important.  You may not be able to get homeowner’s insurance without having your fusebox inspected and replaced.  This is not something you should try doing on your own, you need an electrician to replace your fusebox.

Lighting Installations

New lights should be installed by a qualified electrician, both in your home and on commercial property.  While lighting can enhance the look and atmosphere of your home but your electrician can help you choose energy efficient lighting.  Your electrical contractor can also install security lights for greater security.  The same goes for garden and outdoor lighting.

DIY Plumbing Projects Versus Hiring a Professional Plumber

DIY Plumbing Projects Versus Hiring a Professional Plumber – What Is Best?

You’ll have just purchased and moved into a new home, the price of which actually leaves you with a pretty small budget for renos and repairs. It is the dream house and you are planning on staying for a long time nevertheless over the next couple of months you would like to keep costs to a minimum. What fixes can you postpone for a little bit and what needs to be repaired at the moment? Will you repair your own plumbing or hire an expert to fix it?

Here’s a few things to think about:

Benefits of DIY Projects

This is a good idea if:

1. You’ve got some general plumbing knowledge. If you’re handy and can repair stuff around the home on your own, then you ought to try. Be very truthful with yourself about your skills in fixing the plumbing. You do not want to make the problem a whole lot worse and even more expensive.

2. The plumbing repairs are quite straightforward. Plumbing, when mistakes are made have a tendency to make the problem much worse as opposed to better. Big repairs need a plumbing technician, but trivial things like replacing a tap is ok.

3. Make sure you’ve got a plan B. You might end up with a flood in the basement or bathroom if the issue is more serious than you first thought. In the middle of a flood is absolutely not when you want to try and find out how to repair the plumbing. Keep the phone number of an emergency plumber close by, should you need it.

Disadvantages

DIY projects are a bad idea when:

1. The necessary repairs will be considerable and difficult, ensure you are able to differentiate between basic do it yourself repairs and a major restoration. Big repairs will need a professional not a band aid solution. Things like leaking pipes need to be repaired as soon as possible. Structural damage and decaying wood can occur if leaks are not repaired.

2. You have a home that needs a lot of repairs. Older homes that have not been correctly looked after often need a lot of work, such as upgrading the entire plumbing system. This is too large a job to do all on your own, it demands a plumbing company.

3. The amount the plumbing company is charging is reasonably low. Let the professionals do the work for you.