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3 Electrical Repairs to Leave to the Professionals

Electrical repairs might seem like some of the easiest projects to DIY. Replacing a light bulb, for instance, only requires a quick online search. Most of us practically learned this kind of work from our parents when we were kids, so there have to be other electrical repairs in Cedar Rapids that you can do on your own, right?

Well, yes and no. Light bulbs, tripped circuits, and other small issues can usually be fixed on your own. But anything beyond this gets into some dangerous territory. We’re not just talking about dangerous for your personal health and safety, but the work you do could end up doing more harm than good and costing you more in the long run.

These are just a few examples of why calling for a professional could be the simplest and most cost-effective choice.

Outlet Repairs and Replacement

Outlets are required for practically everything we rely on these days. But simple, two-pronged outlets aren’t going to cut it.

Our team specializes in the repair and replacement of broken outlets, as well as grounding your home electrical system so they’re protected from a power surge. This can be hard to do if you’re not a licensed electrician, but it’s simple and affordable when you hire us.


Wiring might seem like a simple job to do from the top down, but it can get complicated very fast. Not only are there different types of wires with different materials, but depending on the age of your home, those materials and wires might be entirely different. Also, the less you know what you’re doing, the more likely you are to experience something like the following:

  • Hurting yourself. Trying to repair wiring that’s live or that hasn’t been correctly turned off can lead to an injury. This is no joking matter.
  • Damage to your home. Wiring usually exists in your walls or ceilings, and the more you’re bumping around trying to repair them, the more damage you’re likely to do. Electricians are trained to fix things efficiently to minimize damage to your home’s aesthetics and fix them quickly.
  • Burnt out parts. One wrong connection and the part you just purchased could get blown out. This might not seem like a serious issue but it sometimes turns into multiple trips to the hardware store and a very frustrating experience.

Safety Inspections

If you’ve got an older home, safety inspections are an important thing to consider. Many houses still have old knob and tube wiring from the pioneer days that can be a fire hazard if not taken care of soon. The problem is that if you’re not a trained electrician, they can be hard to spot.

Safety inspections are affordable to purchase and they give you a full picture of how safe and effective your home’s wiring is. One of our electricians can do a thorough walkthrough of your home and point out any issues that might cause an outage or anything that looks like a potential fire hazard. Then, we can set up a time in the near future to have them fixed.

At Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., your comfort is our promise! To set up an appointment in the Cedar Rapids area, give us a call at the number above, email or schedule an appointment online.

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