Fixing a flickering light, adding an outdoor outlet or upgrading a ceiling fan are seemingly easy DIY projects. But the safety risks far outweigh the cost savings when you tackle electrical projects with just a YouTube education. Consider these three reasons to hire a professional electrician in Bradenton, Florida, before jumping into basic residential repairs:

Putting Yourself and Your Home at Risk

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) estimates that 51,000 electrical fires each year are responsible for 1,400 injuries, 500 deaths and $1.3 billion in property damage. More than half are a result of arcing faults due to overloaded circuits, compromised and incorrect wiring, or faulty connections. These issues not only lead to painful electrical shocks that could turn fatal. They can also significantly increase the risk of your home catching on fire.

Voiding Your Homeowner’s Insurance

DIY electrical repairs that are not permitted and up to code can void your homeowner’s insurance. That will leave you liable for any damage that results from faulty materials, structural changes or low-quality jobs. You could also jeopardize your ability to sell your home and lose hundreds of dollars in violation fees.

A professional electrician has the proper knowledge of residential building codes, applies for the required permits with the City of Bradenton Development Services, and has the finished work professionally inspected.

Creating More Expensive Problems

Even if you follow all the rules and have intermediate knowledge of how electrical systems work, minor DIY repairs can quickly turn into nightmares. Professional electricians often receive frantic calls because wires have been damaged, equipment has failed or a larger problem has developed. In the end, you’ll shell out more cash fixing the damage than what you would have paid to hire a professional electrician from the start.

When you hire a professional electrician, you’re investing in your personal safety. It’s essential that your electrician is certified, licensed, insured and bonded to protect your Bradenton, Florida, home. Contact Air & Energy at 941-778-0773 to learn more about the residential and commercial electrical service we perform.