When to Fix-It-Yourself and When to Call an Electrician

Messing with electrical appliances and components is serious business. Hello, my name is George Tanner. I’m a retired electrician. I can’t even begin to tell you how many horror stories I heard over the years of working as an electrician. People who thought they could quickly fix something in their homes but never should have even tried. Some got hurt and others were lucky. My goal here is to provide you with some guidelines as to what electrical malfunctions are easily fixable by nearly any adult, and what you should never attempt on your own. One thing you are going to hear me stress more than once is that electrical components are not to be taken lightly. We protect our children from them; we also have to protect ourselves. I hope you find this blog to be helpful!

Own An Older Home? These Inspections Can Help Save You Money

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As a homeowner, there are many benefits to take advantage of – most notably the ability to make aesthetic changes and renovations without having to seek permission from anyone. But with all the benefits of home ownership comes the responsibility of taking care of maintenance and repairs throughout the years. If you live in an older house, repairs and maintenance tasks can get expensive as time goes on. Having different aspects of your home inspected periodically can help keep it in optimal condition as the years pass and save you some money on both maintenance and repairs. Consider incorporating the following home inspections into your long-term management plan:

Electrical

Your home's electrical system can develop a variety of problems as it ages. Having periodical electrical inspections done by a professional will help ensure that your system isn't being exposed to unnecessary wear and tear, and that there aren't any problems with interior wiring and concealed components that you should be aware of. Having clear insight into the condition of your electrical system should help you avoid having to deal with malfunctions that are costly to repair. In addition to inspecting the basic electrical elements of the home, your electrician should also:

  • Inspect the circuit panel and breakers.

  • Replace outdated fuses and wires.

  • Inspect outlets for proper installation and function.

Your service technician can teach you how to keep tabs on many aspects of your electrical system between professional inspections so you can catch small issues as they arise and before they become too costly to address. Electricians like CMC Electric can offer more guidance.

Trees

Consider having an arborist inspect any large trees that are growing in your yard each year to ensure that they don't damage your home or property as they age. When trees get old, sick, or weak, their branches can break off and fall on your home, garden, or patio furniture and cause serious damage. Keeping your trees in good health can save you quite a bit of money on repairs throughout the years.

Your arborist will be able to determine whether or not your trees are suffering from tree rot, fungal infections, and other health issues that challenge their integrity. With the information gathered, the arborist should provide you with recommendations to address your tree problems, such as using specific trimming techniques and incorporating various mechanical support systems.

These inspection options shouldn't take too much time or investment, yet they are sure to provide you with peace of mind for as long as you own your home.  

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30 May 2016