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              Reasons to hire a licensed electrician or electrical contractor
 Various Tasks That Will Require
A Licensed Electrician in Washington State
Electrical problems and requirements may be very confusing, so how can you tell if you will need a licensed electrician to do the work? Almost all electrical work requires a licensed electrician if there is electricity involved. There is a good reason for this, a licensed electrician has the training and knowledge to safely work on or install electrical systems and appliances to meet code. Electricity can be very dangerous, in addition to becoming a big necessity. Proper techniques must be used to ensure that the electrical wires and components are installed and grounded safely. Shoddy or inept electrical work has contributed to home and business fires, where many times the entire building has burned up, along with everything that was inside. There are a number of various tasks that will require a licensed electrician.
Anytime a new home is built, the electrical systems must be installed and electricity needs to be run to the home. Without these two components, the new home will not have any lights or power. A licensed electrician must be the one to install the electrical systems in any new home. The building permit, the electrical permit, and the electrical inspection will require the license number of the electrician doing the work on the new construction. This offers reassurance to the local government that the work is being done according to the local electrical codes and expectations. Using an unlicensed electrician for new construction can lead to the revocation of your permits and a big fine. Electrical codes may vary slightly depending on the area and location, and a licensed plumber will be familiar with the codes and regulations in your area and state.
If you are planning a remodeling project on your home and the electrical systems will be affected at all, a licensed electrician should be used. Just like with any new construction, if building or other permits are needed it may be necessary to give the license number of the electrician who will be doing the job. Electric codes are in place to protect the public, and because of this most areas insist on a licensed electrician for any remodeling jobs that require any electrical changes from the existing systems in place. Many times the licensed electrician you choose should be in on the planning stage of the project, to allow for minimal changes if possible and to advise about the best place for switches, wires, and other electrical components of your new home.
Sometimes electrical problems can occur, and this may happen in a home that was finished last month or a home that is two hundred years old. Many times it may require an electrician to pinpoint the problem and the recommend repairs or fix it. A licensed electrician has advanced knowledge of how electrical circuits and systems work, and this will allow them to quickly troubleshoot the problem and repair it. Electrical problems can cause a lot of damage. They may cause sparks which can lead to a fire, surges in electricity that can cause damage to appliances like refrigerators and microwaves, as well as damaging computers and other electronics including television sets. These problems can also include lights or electrical sockets that do not work, scorch marks on any electrical system components like wires or fuses, a loss of power, or even flickering lights and power.
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If you own an older home, you may need to have the wiring and electrical systems replaced. Advances in technology in the last few decades have made older electrical systems and components obsolete, but many older homes still have these components and systems in place and in use. If you buy a home and it has an older system, a licensed electrician will be needed to completely remove  the older components and replace them with safer and more efficient systems and components instead. This will prevent any fire or safety hazards associated with outdated electrical components, and will save you a substantial amount on your electric bill each month at the same time. This process is very dangerous, especially when live power sources are involved, and only a licensed master electrician should attempt this project.
Sometimes your home may have a new and efficient electrical system in place, but it may not supply all the energy you need in your home. If this happens, you may need to upgrade and increase your electrical system. Only a licensed electrician can do this. Your optimum power supply will be determined, and the existing systems will be modified to meet your electrical needs. In addition, new components may have to be added to your existing systems to ensure that there is a large enough power supply to fully meet your needs. Sometimes homes may be small or older, and so the power supply installed is not sufficient for modern appliances and electronics. It can be quite easy to upgrade and increase your home's electrical supply to meet your individual needs, but a licensed electrician is required to do this project.
Homes are not the only structures that require power and electricity. Manufacturing plants and industrial compounds require electricity to light and heat their buildings, for the machines used to make or create products, and for other uses as well. Companies and manufacturers may need to upgrade and increase the amount or electricity  once they have been in operation, and new plants will need to change the electrical systems to meet their needs. In addition, because of their high energy use industrial plants usually have a high demand for repairs and maintenance on their electrical systems. Only a licensed electrician can perform these jobs. For this reason many plants and factories have a licensed electrician on staff, and this allows them to address the electrical problems and needs not just of the building itself but also electrical problems involving the machines and other equipment used by the company.
Commercial buildings may have special electricity requirements, and at times this may mean the installation of many components and systems. Office buildings may need electricity for lights, heat, a large number of phone systems and phones, computers, printers, copiers, shredders, and much more. These buildings can pull a substantial amount of electricity, and this can mean hundreds or even thousands of wires and components. This can lead to a very complex wiring diagram. Only a licensed master electrician should even attempt these jobs, because the risk of injury, electrocution, or even death is high if they are not done correctly, not just for the person doing the work but for others as well. This is one reason why commercial buildings must legally use only licensed electricians in many states.
Large multi unit apartment complexes have sprung up all over the United States, and many times these complexes can contain one hundred or more different apartment units. Many times these businesses have their own maintenance men to fix repairs, but in most states only a licensed electrician can perform these tasks. If the apartment complex does not have a licensed electrician on staff, they may have to call one in and pay for it instead. This is done to protect the safety and security of all the tenants in all of the apartments. Because these complexes have a large number of people and units all closely spaced, a fire could spread rapidly, and cause damage to a large number of units affecting many people. The electrocution or shock potential may also be higher because of the large number of people living in one of these complexes.
When In Doubt, Use A Licensed Electrician
Whatever your electrical needs are, think carefully. Weigh the risks involved. Is there a potential for injury? Could there be a fire hazard if the project is not done correctly? Thinking about the risks and hazards involved will help you determine whether a licensed electrician is needed. If the electrical system, supply, or components will be affected or changed in any way at all, a licensed electrician is probably needed to do the job. If you have any concerns or problems with your electricity, consult a licensed electrician. The same is true if your home has older or inadequate electrical systems to meet your current power needs. A licensed electrician is normally insured as well, so if there is a mistake made the electrician can be held accountable. These professionals receive years of training to learn and understand electricity, safety, and building codes. Only a licensed electrician can safely and effectively work with electricity. Using one will help you protect your loved ones, your home, and your belongings. Always verify the license number and state of an electrician before allowing them to start work, and you should also ask for verification of any insurance they carry as well.
A Licensed Electrician Is the Only Safe Alternative
In the do it yourself culture today, many homeowners are saving money and doing home repairs and improvements on their own, without hiring any professional help. This trend has become so popular that many home improvement stores have started holding classes and training sessions for homeowners who buy the project materials at the store. There are some things that a homeowner should never attempt though, and one of these is electrical work. Most states have laws concerning licensing, education, and experience requirements before a person can work on electrical components, and for good reason. Electricity is very dangerous, and not just to the person doing the work without the proper training and licenses. Electrical fires commonly occur, and this can affect not only your home but also the homes and buildings that are close by. Often the electrical work may be small, such as replacing a socket or wiring, but some homeowners have even tried to install systems without a licensed electrician, and many times this has cost them much more than the savings found from using unqualified electrical help.
Whether you are building a new home or remodeling a current one, a licensed electrician will be needed for any work that involves electricity or any electrical system component. For new construction, you will need the license number of the electrician just to apply for a building permit or electrical permit. This number will also be used on the electrical inspection form. A licensed electrician not only understands the safe way to install and repair electrical systems, but they are also knowledgeable about the electrical and safety codes in the building laws for the area. Building codes were developed to ensure all new buildings are safely constructed, and can be inhabited without fear of electrical hazards and other safety issues. Understanding these codes will prevent any safety hazards and ensure that your new home complies with all the building laws. Using an unlicensed electrician can cause you to lose your building permit, face very stiff fines, and will put your family at risk. Electricity is very dangerous and can cause death, so it is important that any electrical systems and components are properly installed, wired, and grounded. Only a licensed electrician can do this.
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Any remodeling project that requires installing, changing, or removing any electrical component also needs to have a licensed electrician for this work. If a remodeling project requires any permits at all, the license number of the electrician may be needed for the paperwork. Using an unlicensed electrician can cause the permits to be pulled, you can pay a big fine, and the work may have to be redone by a licensed electrician, costing you even more money. Anytime the electrical systems are changed even the slightest bit, a licensed electrician should be used. Involving the electrician during the planning stage can help minimize the amount of electrical work needed and keep project costs down. This step can also help decide on the optimal place for any switches, wires, or other electrical components that may be installed.
Any troubleshooting of an existing electrical system also should utilize a licensed electrician. The education and training these professionals receive means that they understand electricity and the electrical system components clearly, and they are trained in ways to fix problems so that there are no safety risks or electricity hazards in the finished project or home. Electrical problems may occur no matter how new or old your home is. Rodents, weather, home repair issues, and even simple age can cause problems in your electrical systems that need to be repaired. Hiring an unlicensed electrician can cause you to have higher risks of hidden hazards that are not noticed by an unlicensed electrician. This can lead to sparks and fires inside the walls of the home, electrocution and even death from a switch or wall socket that is not grounded, and other safety hazards that are serious. As the electrocution of soldiers in the shower in Iraq has shown, any time that an unlicensed or unqualified person does any electrical work at all there is a much bigger chance that there are problems and issues which can be life threatening.
If you buy or own an older home, you may want to upgrade the electrical systems. Older systems are less efficient so they cost more each month in higher electric bills. These components and systems are also less safe and involve higher risks. Sometimes the best option is to completely remove the older system and install a new one, while at other times only certain components of the electrical system need to be upgraded because some areas of the system are modern and up to code. Either way, only a licensed electrician should do the job. Advances in technology mean that the currently available electrical systems are some of the safest ever. Installing a new system can make your home more efficient and help to keep bills low and conserve electricity. A licensed electrician can ensure that there are no fire or injury risks after the systems and components are installed.
If you are planning on installing or changing the current electrical systems, or building a new home and installing the initial system, or you suspect electrical problems, only use a licensed electrician. These professionals carry insurance that can help protect you financially if a mistake is made and a fire, injury, or death occurs because of the error. An unlicensed electrician does not carry this insurance usually, so if there is a fire which causes damage or expenses due to injury caused by faulty work you may be out a home or have to pay for your own medical care. Many homeowners insurance policies have clauses requiring any work done is done by a licensed or qualified professional to avoid damage, injury, death, and other difficulties due to inexperienced and unlicensed electricians, plumbers, and other building trade professional. This protects the insurance company against claims caused by unlicensed contractors and others.
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Home Safety Checks Upon completion of each job, our electrician will perform a FREE Home Safety Check to ensure your home is free of hazards and up to code.
Inspection includes:
•Your electrician will inspect your breaker box and tighten connections
•We check your meter base and ensure proper grounding
•We ensure proper G.F.C.I protection in required areas
•Your Electrician will visually inspect wiring in your attic
•Smoke alarms and CO detectors will be tested and batteries replaced if needed at No Charge (ceilings under 12ft)
•Wiring hazards, hanging fixtures, or anything else your electrician finds that might be harmful to you or your family will be brought to your attention.
Common Services Offered•Switch/Outlet
•New Device
•Light Fixture
•Keyless Light Fixture•1-2 Standard Lamps•Fan Light Kit•Light Kit Pull Chain•Fluorescent Tombstones•Coax/Phone Outlet
•Coax Splitter
•W/P Fixture Box•Bubble Cover
•600W Dimmer
•G.F.C.I Outlet
•Range / Dryer Receptacle
 •Appliance Cord
•15-20A S/P Breaker
•10-30A Fuse
•110V Thermostat
•110V Smoke Detectors
•Ceiling Fan Install
•Door Bell
•Small Medallion
•Small J-Box
•UL Brace Box
•Photo Cell Unit
•Floor Outlet & Cover
•120V Stack Switch
•Door Bell Transformer
•Fan Speed Control Switch
•2ft/4ft T-12 Ballast
 •35-60A Fuse
•Puck Light Install
•Medium Medallion
•60A Disconnect
•70-100A Fuse
•70-90A DP Breaker
•15-30A SP Breaker
•Direct Burial Splice Kit
•Cable/Phone Jack
•Door Bell Chime Kit
•Install Ground Rod
•Home Inspection up to 3,000 sq ft
•50A Breaker Enclosure
•Roof Ventilator Fan Motor
•Energy & Safety Inspection (3,000-6,000ft)
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•Track Lighting
•Fluorescent lighting
•Ceiling fans
•Under cabinet lighting
•Can lights
 •Outdoor lighting
•Floods- security around your home
•Attic lighting
Need a Second Opinion?
At Hi Amp Electric, we understand that spending thousands of dollars can be unexpected. We recommend getting a second opinion for any large job. Even third opinion is a good idea. Upgrading or adding to your existing electrical system is a major decision. We offer free estimates. Here are some things to look for when comparing estimates.
•Are all companies reputable and members of the Better Business Bureau?
•Have you compared the B.B.B reports and checked for complaints?
•Are all estimates for the exact same work. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples.
•Check warranty information. How long a company stands behind their work is often a good for decision making.
•Are all estimates relatively close in price? There is an industry average for electrical work. Bids that appear to be too high should really be examined closely.
There are many companies working illegally without insurance, licenses, or a Master Electrician who charge extremely cheap prices. There are also companies who charge 3x the average cost of work and hope you pay because you don't know any better. If you have a question or just want to know if your estimate is in the right price range, give us a call and we will be glad to help you.
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We specialize in Electrical panels, meter bases, and code compliance issues. If you feel that your electrical system needs to be inspected by one of our licensed electricians, please contact us today by calling 888-278-3616 or submit an online request form.
Have you heard of a Federal Pacific or Zinsco electrical panel?
•Has someone told you "Your breaker box is dangerous"?
•Did you know that these "Stab-Lock" breakers can fail to "trip"?
•Federal Pacific and Zinsco breaker boxes are no longer UL listed and should be replaced
*Hi Amp Electric is not implying that if you own "Stab Lock" designed breakers your home will burn. It is however, safe to say that if you do in fact own this type of breaker, have a short circuit, and it fails to "trip", the potential for a fire is great.
Here are a few facts from the U.S. Fire Administration regarding house fires.
During a typical year, home electrical problems account for 67,800 fires, 485 deaths, and $868 million in property losses. Home electrical wiring causes twice as many fires as electrical appliances.
The Facts
December is the most dangerous month for electrical fires. Fire deaths are highest in winter months which call for more indoor activities and increase in lighting, heating, and appliance use. Most electrical wiring fires start in the bedroom.
The Cause
Electrical Wiring
•Most electrical fires result from problems with "fixed wiring" such as faulty electrical outlets and old wiring. Problems with cords and plugs, such as extension and appliance cords, also cause many home electrical fires.
In urban areas, faulty wiring accounts for 33% of residential electrical fires.
Many avoidable electrical fires can be traced to misuse of electric cords, such as overloading circuits, poor maintenance and running the cords under rugs or in high traffic areas.
Home Appliances
•The home appliances most often involved in electrical fires are electric stoves and ovens, dryers, central heating units, televisions, radios and record players.
Safety Precautions
•Routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring.
•Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately.
•Use electrical extension cords wisely and don't overload them.
•Keep electrical appliances away from wet floors and counters; pay special care to electrical appliances in the bathroom and kitchen.
•Whey buying electrical appliances look for products evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as
•Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
•Don't allow children to play with or around electrical appliances like space heaters, irons and hair dryers.
•Keep clothes, curtains and other potentially combustible items at least three feet from all heaters.
•If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
•Never overload extension cords or wall sockets. Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker. Use safety closures to "child-proof" electrical outlets.
•Check your electrical tools regularly for signs of wear. If the cords are frayed or cracked, replace them. Replace any tool if it causes even small electrical shocks, overheats, shorts out or gives off smoke or sparks.
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Office Suites,
Shopping Centers,
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Industrial Services Include:
Manufacturing Facilities,
Machine Shops,
Plant and Equipment Relocation,
Clean Rooms,
Printing Press Facilities,
Maintenance Services Include:
"In-House" Electrical Service,
Lighting Repair,
Cubicle Relocation,
On Call Troubleshooting,
Parking Lot Lighting,
Machine Connection,

Hi Amp Electric is a licensed, bonded, and insured electrical contractor in all of Washington State including in these areas:


SERVING SOUTH PUGET SOUND Including: South King County,  Pierce County, Thurston County, Mason County, Lewis County, Seattle, Sea-Tac, Burien, Federal WayAuburn,  KentCovington, Sumner, Pacific, Gig Harbor

Algona, Maple Vally, Black Diamond, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake, Orting, Buckley, Ruston, Milton, Fife, Puyallup, Eatonville, Lake Tapps, Edgewood

Elbe, Ashford, Morton, Steilacoom, DuPont, Lakewood, University PlaceTacoma, Parkland, Spanaway, Graham, Roy, Mckenna,

 Yelm, Nisqually, Rainier, Tenino, Bucoda, Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Shelton, Centralia, Chehalis.