(May 12, 2011) - Do-it-yourself home improvements can be risky business – particularly when it comes to installing electrical outlets, fixing plumbing problems and putting in your own heat and air system.
May is Building Safety Month and property owners are reminded that, for safety reasons, City ordinance requires they hire a licensed contractor for plumbing, electrical and heat and air work.
Plumbing, heat and air, and electrical contractors are also required to get a permit with the City before starting work on a property. Upon completion, City inspectors will follow up to make sure the work was performed correctly and complies with national and local code requirements.
“Our building codes are in place to ensure the safety of your family and home,” said Development Center Manager David Adcock. “When inspections are performed by nationally-certified inspectors, the value of your biggest investment is protected, safe construction standards are met and you have the peace of mind knowing the job was done right.”
“Never attempt to fix plumbing, heat and air or electrical problems on your own, and always ask to see a copy of the contractor’s license before hiring them,” Adcock added.
More than 550 plumbing, 650 heat and air and 500 electrical contractors are licensed through the City.
For more information, call Bruce Stokke the Development Center, 297-2381.
Contact: Kristy Yager, 297-2550