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5 Important Questions You Should Ask Your Electrician
Before allowing a electrician to work on the electrics in your home or business, it is important to first establish whether they will be able to do the necessary work to the highest quality standards. Asking these 5 important questions will ensure that you are getting top electrical work.
- What Are Your Qualifications And Experience?
Electricians do not all have the same level of qualifications. Right at the top, there is a state licensed electrician. It is less than likely that an electrician with this level of experience will do the actual work but will probably supervise the work of a less experienced electrician. An apprentice is the lowest level of electrician and cannot work unsupervised.
Check their licence to determine what their current qualification is and call your local building department to find out whether the level of qualification is sufficient to perform the specific electrical work that needs to be done.
A qualified electrician will be able to work unsupervised and is the ideal fit for most electrical work. It is also important to ask about the qualifications and experience of the person who will be doing the actual work as well as those of the electrician working in a supervisory capacity.
- What Work Will Be Performed?
Most of us have a limited understanding of electrical work and the job that will need to be performed. A good electrician will take the time to explain the work that they will be doing in terms that are easy for you to understand. If any problems are found while the work is being performed, the electrician should inform you of this and the steps that should be taken to rectify the matter. However, it may be necessary to ask if any additional electrical problems have been identified.
- Do You Have Insurance?
As a property owner, you are liable for any injuries that occur on your property – this includes any contractors such as electricians you hire to provide a service. However, if the electrician has their own insurance to cover them in the event of an injury, you will not be responsible for paying medical or other expenses related to the injury.
- Do You Have References And Credentials?
It is always a good idea to ask your electrician for references from previous work that they have completed. Call these references and ask about their experience with the electrician. It is best to get references from jobs that were similar to the work that you need done.
You should also check any additional credentials such as an affiliation to the Better Business Bureau. This will give you a better idea of the reputation and reliability of the electrician.
- Do You Have A Specialty?
An electrician may specialize in a certain area or type of electrical work. If you need specialized work performed, it is recommended to choose an electrician that specializes in that area. However, it is a good idea to ask about specialties to get a better understanding of their skills – even of the electrical work you need done is basic.
Safety Is of Utmost Importance When You Carry Out Repairs to Damaged Electrical Wiring
Electrical wiring, even in low voltage circuits, can lead to shocks if the appliances, switches, and wiring are not in the best of condition. This can lead to injury and even death, and more so if the electrical wiring in any circuit is badly damaged. This damage quite commonly occurs when new drywall is being installed or changes are being made to a room, and during which electrical wiring is exposed and becomes vulnerable to damage.
Repairing electrical wiring is preferably carried out by trained and licensed electricians who have the requisite hand tools and testing devices. When any repairs are carried out to damaged electrical wiring, it is necessary to identify the circuit that has been damaged and isolate it from the power. This can be done by switching of microcircuit breakers that most electrical systems are mandatory required to have. If it is not possible to identify the circuit, it is safer and more advisable to switch off the mains so that all power is switched off. This can be inconvenient, especially if repairs are to take a long time, but is the safest thing to do, that will prevent any chances of accidents.
One of the most common damages that occurs for electrical wiring is when the wiring gets nicked during any work that is carried out close to the wires. If this is minor and no wires have been cut, and only the insulation has been damaged, the nick can be covered over with electrical tape. This is a special tape that is available in any hardware shop and the nick must be covered over sufficiently to prevent it from getting exposed again.
If the wires have been damaged, it is best to make an inline spice repair with proper splice connectors. These connectors must be of the crimp type that allows the wires to be firmly connected. A crimping tool will be required and this is a fairly standard tool that most electricians will have as part of their tool kit. Splice connectors are plastic clips that have a sharp metal insert that cuts through the covering of wires and connects them. A connector does away with any need for soldering the wires together.
You can also make this connection by the wires by exposing a sufficient length of the ends of the wires to be connected and then intertwine them and then cover them with insulation tape. Any exposed copper wires must be covered by at least three layers of the tape. Once the connection has been made and the wiring is placed in its original location, you can switch back the power or circuit and test the wiring for its working.
When you are carrying out any repairs to damaged electrical wiring, and you need to introduce new wires for replacing any damaged one, care must be taken to see that these wires are of the same type as the ones that have been damaged. Most wiring used in homes is uniform and this may not be a problem, but in certain cases, this may not be the case and you need to be careful.