Rewiring A House: Why You Should Never DIY

Wondering if you can rewire your house by yourself? Read our guide as we highlight five reasons you shouldn’t attempt to rewire your home yourself.

Like most electrical jobs, rewiring a house is best left to the professionals.

While the DIY culture is at an all-time high, only a handful of such projects are successful. And by now, it’s time we established that online tutorials do not show the actual difficulty of such tasks.

Similarly, when it comes to rewiring a house, other than the technical difficulty, there are many factors that you must consider. To name a few, you must take proper safety precautions, be well-versed with the building codes of your locality, and more.

So, rewiring a house isn’t something you should DIY. But if you’re still not convinced, here’s what you should know!

Rewiring A House: Why You Should Never DIY

1. Safety

A professional electrician or technician has the theoretical and practical knowledge to fix electrical issues and appliances. They’ve spent significant time and effort honing their skills and ensuring that they follow all required safety protocols.

During their apprenticeship and training, they cover various subjects like electrical circuits, blueprint reading, and more. So, you cannot expect yourself to become as adept as them after watching a few YouTube tutorials!

Not to forget that working with electrical wires is always a risky affair. Unlike a craft project, there’s no way you can wing it. DIY-ing could be dangerous for you and the other residents in the case of more significant tasks like rewiring a house.

Only a trained electrician will know the root cause of certain electrical issues, and guesswork will not suffice. For instance, whenever we face a hitch on an appliance or device like our phones or laptops, the first thing we do is switch it off.

However, merely turning off the power will not help when the situation calls for an electrical repair; it may even cause more problems. A trained electrician will know how to fix the issue, wiring required, prevent further glitches, and more.

2. Risk

If you try to rewire the house without proper expertise, you are putting the entire property and other people in danger. It could even result in hazards such as electrical fires, electrocution, etc.

Another note is that faulty wiring does not always show immediate consequences. Faulty wires can go undetected for several years, resulting in a fire later.

So, getting the job done by a professional is the only way to avoid such electrical risks. However, if at all you DIY some minor repairs, we recommend getting the repaired part inspected by a licensed professional.

3. Insurance Concerns

As mentioned earlier, faulty wiring can cause fires. An insurance company can deny your claims in such a case as you caused the accident due to negligence.

If you call an electrician to perform the repair work, ensure they are licensed to do it because anyone who performs faulty electrical work will also be held responsible. After all, your home is your responsibility.

So, even though calling a professional may seem unnecessary initially, it is much more economical than having your claim denied later.

4. Legality

One may require several permits to get any electrical repair work done at home. These permits uphold the safety protocols and local building codes; thus, every professional must obtain them.

Those who perform and get paid for repair work without a license can be detained with fines or jail time.

On the other hand, allowable repairs include fixing light fixtures, replacing switches and wires, etc., at your residence. But you must check with the local laws to avoid getting into trouble.

Getting a licensed electrical inspector is the best option in all other cases. They can connect the wires to the electric supply, ensure it adheres to the local code, and issue a Certificate of Compliance.

Another advantage of hiring a licensed professional is the workman’s compensation and insurance. It simply means that they are responsible for their repair work, and they will cover any discrepancies later.

Additionally, a licensed electrician service/company takes the liability for its workers. So, if a worker gets injured while working in your residence, they will not be able to sue you.

5. Failed Inspections

Inspecting any electrical repair by a licensed electrical technician is necessary to ensure the work is up to code. In case of uninspected maintenance, you could end up with heavy fines.

For instance, when selling your house, the buyers will inquire about the electrical fixtures, and DIY repairs can be detected during a sale inspection. While the inspector may not directly take any action against you, they will inform the prospective buyers, who may look at other safer options.

If the buyer hires a licensed electrician to check for unpermitted DIY repairs, you will have to pay for faulty electrical work. This can occur when the sale is under contract and after the house has been sold.

Always Speak To A Licensed Professional

As a result of the legal formalities and the risk involved, electrical repairs should be left to the professionals.

However, simply calling an electrician is not enough. Make sure you do your research and hire a licensed professional only. Only they follow the law by keeping the required permits and having insurance.

The team at Bright Force Electrical can assist you with faulty wiring in Sydney. We will diagnose, identify, and fix the problem quickly and safely, so you can get back to normal! In an electrical emergency, we are available 24/7, so please do not hesitate to call.

We hope you found this guide helpful. Stay tuned because we’ll be back with another informative piece soon.