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The Risks of Hiring an Unlicensed Residential Electrician

Once in a while, our properties require electrical maintenance or repair. But sometimes, due to our desire to save money, we tend to take risks to make things less expensive. Hiring an unlicensed electrician may get the job done, but their work may leave your house and electrical appliances at risk.

Despite their lower costs, unlicensed electricians may not go by the rules and follow regulations in their work. To ensure safety, hire a licensed electrician who follows rules and regulations. In addition, every electrician undergoes specialized education, skill training, and the acquisition of permits needed.

1. Damaged Wiring

A house or a building has various types of electrical wirings that require different installation practices. An unlicensed electrician might damage those wires, which could lead to an electrical fire. More than dangerous, these fires can cause irreversible damage and risk the lives of residents. As much as possible, hire someone with the right knowledge and skill to fix any type of wiring.

2. No Insurance

Unlicensed electricians usually work alone and don't get the same benefits as an electrician associated with a company. Most of the time, insurance is provided by electrical companies as a backup in case an accident occurs. The accidents may include structural damage, fire damage, and even the electrician's insurance.

Without insurance, you may be liable for any damage caused by an unlicensed electrician and harm caused to him. That alone can cost thousands of dollars, more than the money you have saved by hiring an unlicensed electrician.

3. Many Accidents

Hiring a trusted electrician means paying for both the work done and your safety. Handling anything connected to live electricity can be dangerous. However, industry experts are trained to handle such dangers with minimal risk. Therefore, the next time you think about saving by hiring an unlicensed electrician, think about the danger you might bring closer to you. Keep in mind that you're paying for years of training and experience.


Aside from hiring an unlicensed electrician, try hiring someone to check on your wiring once in a while. Prevention is always better than cure, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Having an expert inspect your electrical system every few months can keep everyone at home safe.

It is always better to be safe than sorry in this situation, even if it costs a little more. A bad electrical repair job doesn’t just result in broken appliances and shattered bulbs; it may result in fire, injury, and even death in certain cases. An unlicensed professional may save you money, but the appropriate professional can protect the lives of the residents.

DHT Electrical Inc. is the leading electrical contractor based in London, Ontario. We provide electrical help in residential, commercial, indoor, and outdoor spaces. Our projects include electrical repairs and troubleshooting, lighting installation and changes, electrical panel upgrades, surge protection installations, and maintenance, generator service installation and maintenance, outdoor and landscape lighting, and smart home installations. Get in touch with us and let's find ways to make your life brighter.

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