Electrical installations: the electrician is so important when renovating
Do you know how important an electrician is when you renovate rooms where electrical installations are to be done? Without an authorized electrician for a renovation, you could have fatal consequences. Here we tell you how important an electrician is and what to think about.
Electrician and renovation
Electrical installations are not something to play with. Sometimes it may feel tempting to do certain things yourself because it does not feel so advanced. You may find it unreasonably expensive to hire an electrician when you can pull cables and fix your electrical outlets yourself. In fact, if something goes wrong, it can have devastating consequences if not professionally executed. It will also be even more expensive because it has to be redone so it is always best to hire an authorized electrician right from the start.
It is worth knowing that you as an individual can use your ROT deduction when you hire an electrician. You can then deduct up to 30% of the labor cost. Hope it makes you feel that it is worth hiring an electrician instead of risking the damage that can occur if you start doing electrical installations yourself.
ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS WHEN RENOVATING BATHROOMS
In bathrooms, it is extremely important to hire an electrician. The risks of electrical accidents are extra great because there is moisture and many earthed objects there. Previously, it was not allowed to have an electrical outlet in a bathroom, but now it is allowed to have a 230 volt electrical outlet if it is earthed and has an earth fault circuit breaker. These sockets may only be placed in certain places in the bathroom and it is an electrician who must perform this electrical installation.
ELECTRICIAN EARLY IN THE PROCESS
As you understand, it is extremely important to hire an electrician even for an electrical installation that you yourself think you can handle. When you are going to carry out a renovation, it is good to contact an electrician at an early stage so you can go through together what needs to be done. The electrician can also remind you if there is something you have missed, from the right socket in the right place to pulling the electricity correctly and also installing the appliances if it is the kitchen or bathroom you are going to renovate. It is also good if the electrician can review your electrical safety even before you start renovating so you know that it meets the standard.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF YOU DO NOT HIRE AN ELECTRICIAN?
If you are not a licensed electrician and start fixing your electricity yourself, you risk injury or there may be someone in the family who moves into your home when you have moved out who is damaged. According to the Swedish Electrical Safety Agency , more than 800 people are injured so badly every year that they need to go to the emergency department. On average, a person dies every year as a result of an electrical accident in the home or in connection with the home, and this usually happens in leisure time.
(Source: Swedish Electrical Safety Agency )
It can also be very expensive for you if a fire should occur due to an electrical fault where it is you who has carried out the installation or hired an electrician who is not authorized and thus lacks licenses. Most insurance companies have a requirement that electrical installations must be carried out by an authorized company in order to receive compensation in the event of an accident.
WHEN DO YOU NOT NEED AN ELECTRICIAN?
If you have control and knowledge, there are some smaller electrical installations that you can do yourself.
Below we have listed which ones they are, but if you are the least bit unsure, you should definitely hire an electrician.
Replace plugs and reset tripped circuit breaker
Replacing light bulbs
Replace lamp holder
Install splice cords
Install cord switch
Replace the existing wall socket for a maximum of 16A which is in a separate box
Replace the existing switch with a maximum of 16 A which is in a separate box
EXAMPLES OF THINGS WHERE YOU MUST HAVE AN ELECTRICIAN
Replacement from unearthed to earthed wall socket
Electrical installations in wet areas such as showers and bathrooms
Electrical installations in the kitchen
Installation of underfloor heating and heating cable
Laying of cable in the ground
HAVE YOU BOUGHT A NEW HOME?
If you have bought a new home in an old house, it is recommended to do an electrical inspection of the house. If the house is very old, it can be good to look over the entire electrical system because electrical gadgets have a limited lifespan.
If the house is old but not very old, it may be enough to inspect the electrical installations to see that they can withstand the use of electrical appliances of our time. In old houses, it is not entirely uncommon for electrical appliances to overheat due to electricity.
Always ask the electrician to check for an earth leakage circuit breaker. If there is no such thing, from an electrical safety point of view, it is the first thing that should be installed to get a safer home.
HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT THE ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION IS PERFORMED CORRECTLY?
When you hire an electrician, it is important that it is done correctly. Partly so that no one will be injured and because your insurance will apply if the accident occurs. The electrician must check that the work has been carried out in accordance with the Swedish Electrical Safety Agency’s requirements. It is important that you request documentation that the check has been performed. It will be your proof that the installation has been completed correctly.
Are you renovating soon?
Are you planning to renovate soon? You are doing the right thing if you start researching which electrician to hire in good time before you start the renovation.