Posted on: 7 August 2015Share
When your home's electrical system undergoes damage or isn't performing up to your standards, repairing it yourself may seem both difficult and dangerous. In these instances, hiring an electrician is an excellent way to guarantee the service that you desire, but many people go in to electrical work on their homes without any understanding of the process they're about to endure.
Below, you'll find a guide to some questions you should be sure to ask your electrician before you start a home electrical repair project. Having the answers to these questions will give you confidence that your home is in good hands, and will also allow you to develop a baseline of knowledge that could allow you to perform some basic repair tasks in the future.
Ask About Permits
Electrical work is unique in that it often doesn't only affect your home. Your house is hooked into an electrical grid that serves your neighbors as well, so the potential for work to have an effect on the operation of that system is of concern to some public authorities.
In some cases, permits have to be secured before certain electrical work can be performed. Be sure to ask your electrician which of you is responsible for securing those permits, and if it's you, be sure that you have an exact understanding of the scope of work to be done so you can receive the proper authority.
Ask About Warranties
Even the most skilled electrician may face conditions from time to time that make a project difficult to complete. Old or inadequate wiring or malfunctioning appliances can cause unforeseen damage to an electrical system that may be exacerbated by a fix performed in another area of the system.
You should be sure to ask your electrician about the guarantees and warranties that he or she offers on their work. Often times, your electrician will be willing to make adjustments until you're satisfied at no additional cost, but it's important to have this understanding fully fleshed out ahead of time.
Ask About Insurance
While all professional electricians (including Dr Electric) carry insurance that will shield you from liability in the event of an on the job accident, you should also be aware of the way electrical work could affect your homeowners insurance premiums. In many cases, electrical improvements will decrease your liability and could even cause your payments to drop, so it's important that you consult with your electrician about his or her experience in that area.