You can still see the flames ripping through the building as the fire engines arrive on the scene. Try as they might, the firefighters were too late to save the fitness center you had opened just two years ago. It was a total loss. Investigators determined an electrical short circuit caused the fire. Then, just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, the insurance company told you they wouldn’t pay the claim because the person who did the wiring wasn’t a licensed electrician. Total despair washed over you like a flash flood. You put everything you had into this business including money from your retirement fund. Now it was all gone because you were trying to save a few bucks.
Hopefully this is when you wake up and determine it was only a bad dream. The truth is, stories like this can and do happen in real life. Whenever you are looking for an electrician or electrical contractor in Montgomery or Auburn, AL, you need to make sure that person has gone through the rigorous training process to become a licensed electrician.
Many times, people will call Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air and ask us when is a licensed electrician required? Our answer is simple: Every time you are having electrical work done on your business, no matter how simple the job might seem. If you’re asking HOW to hire an electrician, you should always start with the license:
- Ask to see the license
- Make sure it’s current
- Check for any restrictions on the type of work the license includes
- Do online research to double check
You should also make sure the person is insured in case there are any problems on the job site. As much as you like to do business with a handshake, you need to see the insurance policy in person to make sure it hasn’t expired.
This is where we want to assure you about the electricians who work for Dixie. We will send no one into your business who is not properly licensed and certified to do the work you need. It’s our pledge to you, and just one part of what we call the Dixie Difference.
Another way to prevent scary stories like we started with is to make sure regular commercial electric maintenance is performed at your business, retail store, or rental property. Whether it’s human error or deterioration caused by age, a licensed electrician with sophisticated test equipment can often locate and fix problems before disaster happens.