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Selling Your Home? Watch Out For DIY Wiring!

diy electric birmingham house sellAs a homeowner, you have every right to carry out any work that needs to be done in your home, including electrical wiring and there are many cases when DIY electrical wiring may seem like a tempting option. Installing a light switch, replacing an outlet cover, or installing a ceiling fan for instance, may seem like minor work that wouldn’t warrant a call to a professional electrician.

However, when it comes time to sell your home, as the homeowner, you will be asked to show permits for any electrical work performed on your home. You will not be able to obtain the appropriate permits following DIY installation of electrical wiring later in the game. Further, should  someone be injured or you incur property damage, your insurance will not be valid without the appropriate certification to prove the system is safe.

So what are some of the DIY electrical projects that can cause you problems in the long run? Here are a few of the most common:

Replacing fuses or breakers with higher rating units.

Some homeowners assume that in order to combat the issues that occur with out of date circuit breakers or fuse box, the solution is to replace the existing unit with a higher rated or more up to date unit. In actuality, this is extremely dangerous. The risk of fire is significantly increased and a fire can easily be sparked when the existing circuit breaker is overloaded and unable to handle the amount of amp load the higher rated circuit breaker or fuse incurs.

Rewiring without proper insulation

Insulation commonly wears out due to excessive heat from overloaded circuits and should be routinely inspected by a professional electrician. Adding to that problem by attempting a DIY wiring project without proper insulation could spell serious trouble and should be avoided at all costs. Improper insulation causes wires to frequently short out, or outlets to become shocking outlets. These shocks can range from mild to severe and even cause electrical fires.

Overloading circuit breakers

Probably the most common DIY mistake that homeowners make is the overloading of a circuit breaker or fuse. The most tell tale sign of this issue is dimming or flickering lights, commonly tripped breakers or buzzing, discolored or charred outlets. Left unchecked, this issue can lead to fire, electrocution or even an electrical arc.

When in doubt, leave all electrical projects in the hands of a professional like 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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What others say about John's Electric Service

This company did an incredible job on our house. Had a few issues to get home ready for sale and he came next day - completed everything with perfection and great price. Aubrey is very honest and trustworthy! Will use him any other time I need electric work and strongly recommend him


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Mr. Teele arrived quickly, diagnosed our outage problem and fixed it that same afternoon. We have an older electrical system that many other electricians simply won't work with. But Mr. Teele confidently made repairs and even called to check on us the next day to ensure all was working well.

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Very good and professional. Solved problem and went the extra mile to fix another issue.

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