We’ve all been there – an electrical fault occurs at the most random of moments and BAM: do you need to go all out and call an electrician, or is it something you can fix by yourself? Finding the right time to call an electrician is primarily dependent upon your own DIY skills and the DIY skills of the people you are with at the time. However, we have compiled a list of scenarios in which you may wish to contact your local electrician:
- Dodgy Plug Sockets It’s all well and good changing a faulty fuse from a plug, but you should never opt for interfering with the actual plug socket – this is where the danger can occur. Instead, if your plug sockets have experienced some form of damage, be that damp or structural depletion, you need to seek some professional guidance, if not a professional check-up. Do some research to find a contact number or email for your local electrician, and then ask them for advice and a quote, if necessary. If you are not happy with the quote, shop around.
- Power Cut Sometimes we experience power cuts, and electricians can come and find out whether or not it’s exclusively your house and consequently, a problem with your electric, or whether it’s your neighbourhood. Getting this sorted as soon as possible is important, especially if you need to run things from your home – e.g. a business, or your kid’s school work or college assignments.
- Rewiring The House If you are in the midst of a renovation, you may opt for rewiring the electrics in your house. To do this, you really ought to seek the assistance of an electrician, as this can be very pricey if it goes wrong – not to mention, you could fry yourself in the process. If you book in advance and ensure you shop around for the best deal, this can be a relatively cost effective method for rewiring – as opposed to attempting yourself, making a mess and potentially injuring yourself.
- Safety The main reason for hiring an electrician has to be safety. Electricity, whilst vital to our everyday life, can also take it away just as easily – it really isn’t worth the risk. A menial, everyday electrician’s job can be that little thing that manages to seriously injure an uninformed DIY amateur. Make sure that the electrician that you hire has all the relevant qualifications and safety certification before letting him loose in your home.
- Efficiency If you want the job done quickly and properly, you’re going to want to get the professionals in. It always seems a good idea to get stuck in yourself, until you manage to do more damage and thus, end up having to fork out more money in the end. Just drop the pride and save the pounds – it’ll be worth it in the end. Again, always ensure that your chosen electrician is properly qualified before letting them get started on the job ahead.