There are many repairs that a savvy Snohomish homeowner can handle alone. When it comes to electrical work, however, the job is best left to a skilled professional hand. One such project that homeowners are not advised to tackle is adding a circuit to your Snohomish electrical system. This is for several reasons, including the complexity of the job at hand, the legal components of local building codes and ultimately, your safety.
Not an Easy Job
Leaving aside for a moment the dangers of delving into your home’s wiring, adding a circuit is a difficult job to accomplish. Wiring a circuit is a job that requires some skill and training. There are lots of ways to do it wrong, but only one way to do it right.
There may be other challenges, too. For one, your breaker box may not accept another circuit, which means you would have to upgrade to one with a higher capacity. Right away, this project has gotten way more complicated than you would have liked.
Knowing the Code
Building codes are often complex and difficult to follow, which is why contractors have to spend hours in training learning about changes and modifications to local codes. If you were to inadvertently add a new circuit in a way that violated local codes, you could have a big mess on your hands.
In addition, many local codes prohibit anyone other than a licensed contractor from even performing electrical work– including the homeowner.
Lastly, but clearly most importantly, consider the safety issues involved. Electrical wiring can be a serious hazard, and so it is best to hire professional electricians trained in how to properly and safely do electrical work.
Call a Snohomish electrician like G & S if you need any help with your electrical system!