Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Electrical Services You’ll Need to Remodel or Build a Home Addition in Charlotte

Room AdditionIf you want to remodel part of your home or build on an addition, you’ll need to hire an honest Charlotte electrician to help you plan for your electrical needs. After all, what good would your new or improved space be if you can’t safely access the electricity you need? Remember, DIY electrical work is extremely risky, so before you get too far into your remodeling or building plan, you’ll want to consult with our licensed Charlotte electricians to assess what electrical services you will need.

Some electrical services you may need include: 

Electrical Wiring – You will definitely need new electrical wiring if you are building an addition, and you may need it if you’re converting an attic or basement into a more functional space.

Lighting – Our electricians will help you to determine which types of lighting will make the most sense for your new space. Whether you need task lighting, energy-efficient lighting, or accent lighting, we offer a variety of options that will help you to achieve the function and look that you’re after.

New Electrical Outlets – Of course you’ll need new outlets if you’re building an addition, but many remodeling projects will require new outlets as well. Kitchen remodels, for example, often require new outlets, so that appliances can all reach the electricity that they need to run. Whether you’re doing a minor renovation or taking on building a large addition, you’ll also want to consider installing ground fault circuit interrupters for safety purposes.

Electrical Panel Upgrade – Depending on what you plan to do with your new space, you may need an electrical panel upgrade to ensure that your electrical system can safely handle your electricity requirements.

Appliance Hookups & Ceiling Fan Installation –The best way to maximize the lifespan of your electrical appliances and to ensure you don’t create an electrical hazard is to have them installed by a professional.

Surge Protection – New appliances and electronics can be costly, so you when you invest in these new items for your home, you may want to invest in protection for them as well.

With the help of our local electricians, you’ll be able to get the most out of your new or upgraded space. For any electrical service in Charlotte, give Douthit a call—we’ll make sure you get the electrical function that you want along with the electrical safety that you need!

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The Hazards of DIY Electrical Work in Charlotte

House FireMany people love doing their own work around the house. It feels good to save a little money and complete a finished product that you can be proud of. DIY projects like painting, installing a new door, building a deck, or landscaping the yard are all examples of DIY work that can feel rewarding. Unfortunately, not every household project is safe to do on your own. At Douthit Electrical, we discourage homeowners from doing electrical work on their own, not just because we want them to come to us, but because we know the consequences that can occur when electrical work is completed improperly. Our Charlotte licensed electricians have thousands of hours of training and experience and are qualified to complete electrical installations and repair electrical problems safely.

Before you begin a DIY electrical project, consider the risks:

  • Property Damage: In many cases, insurance companies won’t cover property damages that occur when electrical work is completed without a licensed electrician. Some common damages that occur during DIY electrical work are melted or fried wires in appliances or walls.
  • Fire: Improper electrical wiring causes hundreds of house fires every year. Whether you start a fire right away or it happens at some point down the line, you are putting your home and family at serious risk.
  • Injuries & Fatalities: Any good licensed electrician considers safety his or her number one priority because the truth is that electricity can be very dangerous. Even the slightest misstep could cause serious injury or death.

Being an inexperienced painter might leave you with some messy edges. Installing a door wrong might make you have to take it off and start over again. But attempting electrical work without the proper training and experience could kill you. At Douthit Electrical, our licensed electricians are just a call away. If you need a ceiling fan installed,  an electrical upgrade,  a repair, or any other electrical service in Charlotte, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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