The Importance of Hiring A Professional Electrician

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The Importance of Hiring A Professional Electrician

When I bought my first house, I figured that I could do most of the repairs. After successfully installing a backsplash and replacing some of the carpet, I started focusing on things like electrical work. Unfortunately, the reference guide I was using was outdated, and I was shocked by a new type of cable. That day, I decided that some tasks simply aren't cut out for novice homeowners. I shifted my focus to hiring professional subcontractors, and it made a world of difference. This blog talks about the dangers of doing your own electrical work, and why you should always use a professional.

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4 Electrical Dangers To Avoid When Installing A Hot Tub

Installing your own hot tub is doable with the right knowledge, tools and experience, but it can also be highly dangerous for the unprepared. Any system that places water and electricity in such close proximity has the potential to be hazardous, particularly if it is not wired to code, and a single mistake can be fatal. While it is recommended that new hot tub owners take advantage of the electrical services offered by professionals, there are several important mistakes to avoid should you decide to install the tub on your own. 

Running Wires Beneath a Hot Tub

Underground wires are generally not allowed within five feet horizontally from a hot tub. This is to prevent any leaks from seeping down into the wiring, where it can ruin the wires and even conduct electric shocks. If you have no other option but to run wires underneath your hot tub, they must be encased in metal conduit, PVC or concrete to protect them from water. 

Drawing Too Much Power From Your Panel

Before you purchase a hot tub and begin installation, make sure that your electrical system can handle the added burden. Most homes built within the last few decades should be able to cover the amperage of a 220V/240V hot tub system, but older homes were designed with lower power needs in mind. Hot tubs require their own circuit, and you may need to install a new breaker or upgrade your electrical service if your system cannot handle the additional load. 

Improperly Placing an Emergency Shut-Off Switch

Hot tubs require an immediate shut-off switch, which can be used to turn off electricity in case of emergencies. This switch, however, cannot be within five feet of the hot tub, and it must be water-tight. Place it on a wall or fence nearby, where it can easily be seen from the hot tub. Installing the switch too close to the tub creates the same risk of electric shock as any other wiring, but you should still be able to reach it quickly. 

Placing The Hot Tub Under Power Lines

Despite the warning labels on nearly all hot tub installation guides, many people still make the mistake of installing their hot tub beneath power lines. This will likely land you in trouble with local building codes, but it can also be dangerous and put you at risk of electrocution. Whenever you are uncertain about coding and electrical installation, consult with an electrician for experienced guidance and the ease of mind that comes with a professional installation.