Outdoor Electric Services
APR. 8, 2021
Spring has sprung and that means you will probably be spending more time outside. But before the outdoor activities begin you may need to do some maintenance, like installing or replacing light fixtures and wiring your hot tub. While it may seem like an easy task to take on yourself, there are several reasons why you should hire an electrician to do it. Here are just a few reasons your outdoor electrical maintenance should not be a DIY project.
Bonding and grounding mistakes are very easy to make and can lead to serious issues. If bonded or grounded incorrectly, you run the risk of a short that can result in electrocution for anyone coming in contact with the fixtures or hot tub. Improper wiring can also result in breaker problems. This is a major risk and can cause severe safety issues.
Outdoor outlets are required to have ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection. GFCI outlets are designed to automatically switch off when moisture or short circuits are detected. Failure to install, or if improperly installed, increases the risk of fire and electrocution. GFCI also require regular tests to ensure they are working adequately.
Proper Use/Choosing of Materials
By hiring an electrician, you are guaranteed the use of materials and equipment that are best for the job and that the materials are installed correctly. Some products are advertised for outdoor use but may not actually be suitable for that or require specific steps in the installation for them to work properly. An electrician knows which materials are best for outdoor use and can help you choose based on your needs.
In most cases, insurance coverage on items like hot tubs will require you to comply with safety laws. If your hot tub, or any electrical item, cannot pass an inspection, insurance providers will likely deny coverage or claims. The best way to ensure that you are meeting the safety requirements is by hiring an electrician to do the job for you.
CREM is here to help.
If you are prepping your backyard for the warm season, let our team of licensed electricians help you. We can guarantee installation and maintenance to the highest and safest standard. Contact us or give us a call at (509) 215-2736.