True Tale of Electrical Safety Hazards

Need electrical work done? Never skimp on safety. Read this tale of a family's fortunate misfortune.

A series of unfortunate events became a home and lifesaver.

You know that saying "Things happen for a reason?" Well, a client of mine recently saw that first hand. She and her husband ripped out a built-in cabinet from her dining room. Upon moving this piece, she found termite and rot damage to the hardwood flooring under the cabinet. Well, that was an unexpected surprise that led to repairing and refinishing the entire floor in the room. Then, the floor refinishing crew tripped a circuit while running their floor sanders; circuits would not reset and that led the homeowner to call an electrician. Sounds like a costly chain of events, doesn’t it? Yes. But that unfortunate series of mishaps may have actually saved the family home. 

Upon inspection of the circuit breaker panel, the electrician found three improperly wired circuits that had shorted out. One circuit had melted plastic corners and there was heat damage to the breaker panel box, evidenced by black soot inside the panel box. This situation was a fire just waiting to ignite. Several of the circuits had been improperly wired years before and the homeowners had no idea they were living with a fire hazard. Lesson learned: When it comes to
electrical work be sure that you hire a licensed and insured professional
electrician. Wiring circuits is one house project that you should not DIY or skimp on the budget. Safety of your home and family is worthy of a pro’s fee.

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Margaret Bartha March 22, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Thank you, that is exactly the kind of recognition we electricians appreciate the most. I cannot tell you how many times I have to come behind horrible wiring jobs and try to make heads or tails of it. Our services are really not that expensive if you hire a small guy like me who does not have a lot of overhead. Just make sure that your electrician is a professional with license and insurance. http://woodbridgeelectrician.com
Dolores Forget March 22, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Two jobs you should definitely leave to the professionals: electric and gas.
Margaret Bartha March 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM
And Dentistry :)
Beth Allen March 23, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Thanks for the input. I want to encourage self-reliance but keep folks making wise, safe choices. Love the dentistry comment. The nurse in me says medical self -diagnosis is ill advised too!
Beth Allen March 23, 2012 at 02:51 AM
As capable as I am. I hired a pro to hook up my new gas oven. Some things just need to be respected.


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