Are you a DIY kind of homeowner?
If so, heads up—you’ll need a permit from the city to perform the following electrical and plumbing projects:
We know what you’re thinking: “Yeah, but just because something requires a permit doesn’t mean I need a professional, right?”
Yes, that’s correct. You aren’t required by law to hire a professional for these projects.
BUT you should hire an electrician/plumber if you want to avoid:
Let’s take a closer look at why a professional should handle the 3 household electrical/plumbing projects we mentioned in the beginning…
Need help right away? Give us a call, and we’ll quickly send over one of our plumbers and electricians to handle the project for you.
If a GFCI outlet is “mandated by code requirement”, a permit is required to install it.
So when is it mandated by code?
Well, according to the National Electrical Code (NEC) (Article 210.8), GFCI outlets have to be used for all 125-volt, single-phase, 15 and 20 amp receptacles in the following areas:
So anytime you add a GFCI outlet (or update an older outlet to GFCI) in these areas, you’ll want to hire a professional.
You see, DIY GFCI installations can easily result in the outlet being improperly grounded, which can cause loss of power—or worse, an electrical fire. Additionally, if any wires are installed incorrectly, the outlet won’t protect your family against electrical shock.
A licensed electrician will obtain the proper permits to install/replace your GFCI outlet and perform the job quickly, properly and safely.
Arizona electrical code requires a permit to install any new electrical appliance greater than 30 amps. And, like we stated above, that means it’s best to let a professional install these appliances.
Common electrical appliances over 30 amps include:
You see, installing a new appliance greater than 30 amps requires running wire from the appliance to the main electrical panel. This is a potentially dangerous job, as rewiring anything on your home’s electrical panel could lead to electrocution or even a fire.
And remember, to get your home’s certificate of occupancy, all electrical work will need to be verified by an electrician. So why not have a professional do the work, in the beginning, to make sure it’s done correctly?
Three main reasons you need a professional to replace a water heater include:
Just give us a call or schedule an appointment online with one of our licensed and trusted electricians or plumbers. No matter what your household electrical or plumbing project is, we can help!