Finding Good Emergency Electricians
Electrical emergencies are, fortunately, relatively rare occurrences. But it would be a very lucky person indeed who went through life without encountering a few electrical problems. If you are considering having electrical work undertaken in your home, you would most probably take some time to find a reputable electrical company, get two or three quotes for the work, ask friends or family for recommendations and make an informed decision as to who you would employ. When the job is urgent, you might be more likely to agree to accept the services of the first emergency electricians you call that offer to help, but this may not be the best course of action.
Even in an emergency, it is worth taking a little time to establish that the electricians you have contacted are going to perform a good job, safely, and at a reasonable cost. Below are some factors to consider before hiring an electrician, even in an emergency.
Is it an Emergency?
If you have an electrical emergency outsider normal business hours, you will expect to pay a higher rate for electrical services. But the first question to consider is whether you have a genuine emergency, or whether the situation can wait a little. A reputable company will be able to advise you according to the nature of the situation. If the emergency is confirmed, than they should be able to send someone out immediately.
Are your Electricians Licensed?
Always ask if the electricians are licensed and bonded. The State of California requires all electrical work with a value of $500 or more to be undertaken by licensed contractors, to ensure that it is carries out safely. Electricians have to pass exams and have several years of work experience to obtain their licenses.
Are your Electricians covered by Insurance?
Ask if the electricians have insurance and for confirmation that any works carried out will adhere to the State’s electrical code. Otherwise you could be putting your home and family at risk and laying yourself to having to have further work carries out in the future to rectify problems.
How much will it cost?
Establish the costs you will incur for an immediate call out. A reliable contractor will have a clear pricing structure and once you have explained the nature of your problem, they should be able to quote you a fixed price, so you know in advance exactly how much money you are committing to spend.
Are you Trustworthy?
Use your instincts as to whether the person you are speaking to seems like a regular guy who you can really trust. Does this person really sound as if they know what they are talking about? Do they instill confidence in you that they have dealt with similar emergencies in the past and can handle your problem? If you don’t feel comfortable, call another company.
Below is a brief reminder of the sort of problems that should not be allowed to fester and can constitute an electrical emergency.
Signs of an emergency
If you have a power outage with no obvious cause, exposed wires, especially if they are in contact with water, an outlet that is emitting smoke, sparks or smells of burning, crackling switches or circuit breakers that trip repeatedly, then you are advised to contact an electrician at once. If you already have an electrical fire, then call 911 and evacuate the building. Otherwise, contact a firm of emergency electricians, check out their credentials and follow their advice for the safety of you and your family.