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What is Considered Electrical Work?

Electrical work is a collective term for any form of labor or materials used in the installation, maintenance, or extension of an electrical wiring system in a building or structure. It requires the experience and expertise of professional electricians because of the risks and complexity involved in electrical operations. All electricians must follow the National Electrical Code and the state and local building codes when performing their work to ensure everything is up to standard. Besides installation and maintenance, electricians also inspect the building to address any electrical problems before breakdowns occur. This article gives a few examples of what is considered electrical work.

  • New Electrical Installations
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An electrical engineer first prepares a detailed electrical wiring diagram for the building comprised of calculated electrical loads, cable sizes, currents, and protective devices for the installation. The electrical wiring diagram indicates the locations of the building where socket outlets, lighting, small appliances, and other machinery will be positioned. The components and quantities of material needed for the task are worked out based on this information. This is one of the most crucial stages of electrical wiring systems as it determines its stability and efficiency in the long term.

  • Frequent Electrical Surges

Power line problems and lightning strikes are the most common causes of electrical surges. However, frequent electrical surges can be due to faulty appliances and bad wiring. It not only causes damage to appliances but can also result in accidental fires. If you constantly experience electrical surges, you need to call in professional electricians to assess the intensity of the issue. Some of the preventive measures that can be taken include changing older electrical panels, wiring, or overloaded circuits.

  • Frequent Circuit Breaker Trips

Circuit breakers offer control and protection to individual circuits in an electrical system. If a circuit breaker trips, it can cause all lights and fixtures to go dark at the same time in a portion of the house. However, if it happens all the time then it needs some little fixing as part of electrical works. An overloaded circuit, ground fault, arc fault, and short circuit can cause frequent circuit breaker trips. There are rare cases when the breaker or fuse may be broken and might need a replacement. In most cases, the breaker is just doing its job when it trips and turns off the power to prevent dangerous situations from happening.

  • Electrical Shocks

An electric shock can occur when electrical energy flows through a portion of your body. If you experience minor shocks when operating electrical appliances, you need to turn off the circuit breaker and call for professional help. Electrical shocks indicate bad wiring or something wrong with your appliance. Live wires that have popped out of their insulation material could cause serious electrical shocks. It is important to hire an electrician to find the source of the problem and fix it to prevent further injuries from electrical shocks.

  • Dimmers or Switches Not Working Properly

Lights that stay dark when you turn on the switch indicates a problem with your circuit or wiring. This could be a sign of poor workmanship in the mode of installation or use of substandard electrical products. If your dimmers or switches do not work properly when everything else seems just fine, then you need the expertise of a professional electrician to work out your problem. This is a ‘find-and-repair’ kind of electrical works where the electrician needs to find out the source of the problem before fixing it.

  • Electrical Inspection and Testing

This is an investigative process done by professionals to verify the safety of electrical installations in a new or existing building. New installations are inspected to ensure they comply with the state and local building codes and safety measures. Inspections done in older buildings allow electricians to perform necessary changes to improve the safety and efficiency of your electrical system.

Older electrical installations become defective over time the more they are used. This can occur because of wear and tear, neglect, or poorly executed alterations and additions. The frequency of electrical inspections and testing may vary depending on the usage and size of the building.

Each of the above situations demands a unique set of skills and experience, as they are very risky to attempt on your own. Professional electricians are highly trained and experienced in handling different kinds of electrical problems. Both commercial and residential buildings need to make electrical maintenance a top priority to guarantee the safety and efficiency of their electrical systems.

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