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The Dangers of Do It Yourself Electrical Repairs

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As a homeowner, there are moments when the temptation to tackle repairs on your own can feel more convenient than reaching out to a professional electrician.

While it may seem more cost-effective and efficient to start digging around in your electrical panel or attempt to rewire an outlet, there can be severe consequences if you decide to fix any electrical problems yourself.

In this blog, we’ll dive into some of the dangers of repairing electrical issues independently.

Improper handling of DIY electrical repairs can result in accidental bodily harm.

Electrical shock poses a significant risk to individuals attempting DIY electrical repairs. Unlike other home improvement projects where mistakes might result in minor setbacks, improper handling of electrical components can have life-altering consequences.

Without the proper experience and knowledge of basic electrical safety, you are vulnerable to accidental contact with live wires or electrical currents, which can lead to severe injury or even death.

The National Safety Council and the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission say that there are approximately 400 in-home deaths per year due to electrocution. From accidental contact with live wires to mishandling electrical components, each mistake increases the likelihood of fatal outcomes.

Electrical fires are a common cause of injury and death. The Electrical Safety Foundation found that electrical fires account for about 51,000 fires per year with about 500 deaths as a direct result. Unknowingly, working with faulty wiring can lead to an electrical fire.

Recognizing these hazards and opting for a professional electrician can prevent tragic outcomes and ensure both personal safety and the protection of property.

DIY electrical repairs pose an immediate threat not only to yourself but also to your home.

A single error made during installation or repair can lead to costly damage to your home. Beyond physical danger, there’s also the risk of property damage that could result in expensive repairs or even the loss of your home. An overloaded circuit or faulty wiring can have devastating consequences.

A small spark from an improperly connected wire or incorrect electrical materials can escalate into a full-blow inferno, engulfing your home in flames within minutes.

An overloaded circuit occurs when too many electrical devices are plugged into a single circuit. Reaching capacity can lead to overheating of wires, melting insulation, and, ultimately, a fire.

Aged, worn or improperly installed wires increase the risk of electrical arcing. Electrical arcing is when electricity jumps from one conductor to another. This arcing generates intense heat, capable of igniting nearby combustible materials.

Given these risks, it’s clear that attempting DIY electrical repairs is not worth the potential consequences. Instead, it’s crucial to prioritize safety and leave electrical work to trained professionals.

Call Black Diamond instead of doing it yourself.  

At Black Diamond, we have a professional team of licensed electricians with the expertise, experience, and tools to diagnose and repair electrical issues safely and efficiently, giving you peace of mind and confidence that the work is done right the first time. 

We’ll be there when you need us, day or night, with our 24-hour emergency services. Call us today at 815-444-0979.

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