If you are looking for a Portland electrical contractor to do some work for you, it is vital that you do your research ahead of time. Although finding a qualified electrical contractor can be very challenging, is in your best interest to ensure that you have chosen a professional that knows what they are doing. Often, electrical issues to most people is simply knowing that something is not working properly, but you cannot figure it out by yourself. This leaves you at the mercy of the electrical contractor, and sadly, not all contractors are created equal. There are unscrupulous contractors out there, which is why you need to find one that will help you in every way possible to ensure that they can identify your particular problem, in spite of your difficulty to describe it to them. Often, the jargon that is used by professional electrical contractors is similar to listening to someone speaking a foreign language that you have never heard of before. So, there are a few things that you can do to identify your particular problem, in spite of not being able to pinpoint it before you start investigating electricians.
First, you need to ask yourself if the electrical issue you are having is for a new construction or if it is for a renovation in your home. Is it simply a service or repair of some existing electrical items that you have in your house? Often, individuals need help with electrical problems in their home, such as lighting. Also, you will want to decide if the problem that you are having is an emergency. Things that are obvious, such as a faceplate coming off of one of your electrical outlets and you have wires sticking out, sparks flying somewhere or some other extremely scary issue. It is also important to identify, if possible, the work you need done includes or affects your alarm system, your sound system, communications within your home, wireless networks and more. At least try to answer a few of these questions before you start contacting electricians, this will allow you to better describe the electrical problem you are having to the individual you’re talking to. This will make it much easier to find a qualified contractor to help you with your electrical issue.
Once you have figured out exactly what the problem is, if you can narrow it down, you need to find a contractor that has an excellent reputation, is financially stable, has extensive training in electrical contracting, and can provide you proof of all of these. This does not mean that you need to see their bank statements, but you should ask them for references, proof of their education and check up on this information. In Portland, there are a few things that you may want to look at before hiring electrical contractor, and that is that they can provide you with certification from the National Electrical Code, or NEC. This is a nationally recognized electrical safety standard that has been adopted by building inspectors across the country. It is also important that your electrical contractor be licensed in Portland, providing you with peace of mind that they completely understand and will comply with NEC standards.
It is extremely important that you also ask your electrical contractor about their warranty services and proof of insurance. You want to get this information in writing, to protect your self and your home. It is important to get a guarantee that the work being done will meet Oregon state building codes, and that they will correct any work that has not met those standards. It is also important for you to get a written estimate and a copy of their insurance certificate, and ensure that contract you are given clearly states that all work being performed is going to comply with all National Electrical Installation Standards as well as the National Electrical Code. Any contractor who is unable or refuses to provide you with references, proof of insurance, proof of proficiency or if in speaking to them you just do not feel right about it, look somewhere else and find a reputable company that will provide you with the help that you need with the guarantee that you deserve.
Call Phoenix Electric today at (503) 231-8006 to have a good Portland Electrical Contractor to come out to your home or business and help you with your electrical needs.