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Hiring an Unlicensed Electrician: What’s the Risk?

Unlicensed ElectricianWhile the thought of hiring an unlicensed electrician in order to save money may seem like a tempting solution, in reality the risks you’re taking could cost you much more than the few bucks more you’ll pay with hiring a licensed professional electrician to perform your electrical work.

Every year in the United states, $100.000.000.000 is lost by property owners who hire unlicensed or “underground” business to perform electrical work. In addition, unlicensed electricians are responsible for 55,000 electrical fires, 1.4 billion dollars in property damage and at least 500 deaths, annually.

Unlicensed electricians most frequently cause these electrical fires through faulty wiring and bad electrical sockets. Even worse? As a property owner, you are 100% liable for damage or injury to the unlicensed electrician or anyone else that is injured or killed as a consequence of faulty work; no one is exempt: in 2009, industry leader Windsor Industrial Services was fined more than two hundred thousand dollars for hiring an unlicensed electrical contractor to perform electrical upgrades.

In short, hiring an unlicensed electrician could spell disaster for both the safety of your home or commercial property as well as your bottom line. Do yourself a favor and leave electrical projects in the hand of a professionally licensed, bonded and insured electrical contractor. You’ll be glad you did.

For other electric tips and for all your electrical needs contact the professionals at John's Electric. 

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About John's Electric

Linn Park Fountain, Birmingham, AL

John's Electric Inc. is a family owned and operated electrical contractor business that proudly provides electrician services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas such as Hoover, Homewood, Chelsea, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster, Trussville, and Mountain Brook. John's Electric provides residential and commercial electrical solutions at competitive rates. We have been in this line of work for 30 years, giving us not only experience but expertise as well. You can depend on us. We are a state licensed electrician (#03875) for your protection.

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I called for help and Aubrey came to my home when it was convenient for me. He was on time and very professional. All issues I needed to be fixed were. I am very happy with the service and the prices. I will use Aubrey again and I would recommend him to my family. Thanks so much. mvb

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John's Electric was wonderful! I called and he was at my house within an hour!! I was at great risk of fire because of my breaker overheating, and he got me taken care of quickly, and affordably! I have a home warranty, that wouldn't cover my issue, and he jumped in and took care of me. If I ever had need again, I know who to call. Couldn't recommend John's any higher!!!

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Even though I thought the price was a little high the service was fantastic. Aubrey came right away and did a great job. He cleaned up all of the "mess". I can't tell you how much that was appreciated. I have had other contractors that left all of the packaging, etc when they completed their work--as if they just couldn't be bothered. it was greatly appreciated

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