Don’t Regret the Wrong Contractor, Consumers Beware…

There is no shortage of “qualified” electrical contractors out there, ready to take your hard earned money and deliver sub-standard workmanship. As consumers, you need to do a little homework to ensure you don’t hire the wrong contractor.

When seeking out contractors to perform work at your home, selecting the right one can be a daunting task. If you do not know someone in the trade, or have a recommended option from a trusted friend or family member, you are left to fend for yourself. Price is a factor, but when it comes to your home, it should not be the deciding one. Online review sites are a start, but they only tell part of the story. To make sure you are selecting the right electrical contractor, you should look for a company that has a great reputation, with a foundation based in customer service. That is exactly what you will find if you choose Hawke Electrical, Inc. to complete your next electrical project.

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Here is a an exposed splice, with no ground path present for potential stray current.

 

We are only as good as our reputation, so we strive to make your experience a great one. All of our uniformed technicians are background and drug tested. They take classes periodically throughout the year to remain the most knowledgeable in their field. All of our labeled vehicles contain drop clothes, vacuums, and shoe booties, so we can show your home the respect it deserves.

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This is a lighting circuit ran in 18 gauge wire, much smaller than the minimum required conductor.

We also have a brick and mortar office building which is home to our generator warehouse and consumer idea showroom. We purchased a high visibility location to show the public that we are here to stay. It should give you piece of mind that by choosing Hawke Electrical, Inc. you made the right decision. We have all heard horror stories of customers giving contractors deposits, only for the contractor to disappear with their money, never to be seen again. Call us, and our friendly office staff will answer the phone. Stop by and see our showroom for yourself, we love discussing electrical projects with prospective customers. Hawke Electrical, Inc. is here, and we intend to be here to stay.

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Here the grounding conductor is taped up and used as the grounded conductor, yet another code violation.

 

While working and estimating in countless homes in the suburbs of Philadelphia, I have seen my fair share of sub standard electrical work. The difference between a bad paint job and bad electrical work is a bad paint job has never burned down a house. Unfortunately, an uninformed customer assumes that since they paid a “professional” to complete their work, they have nothing to worry about. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, electrical malfunctions are the 3rd leading cause for residential fires. Additionally, Pennsylvania ranks number 3 in the entire nation in fire related deaths.

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Here a loose neutral melted a receptacle. The compromised wire was originally white before it burned inside the wall.

 

Do not let yourself be a victim of a bad electrical contractor, or worse, a statistic. If you live in the Philadelphia suburbs and are looking to have some electrical work completed at your home, call Hawke Electrical, Inc. Do a little bit of homework and look us up, or stop in our showroom and ask us why we should be your electrical contractor. We take your electrical work very seriously, and as the consumer, so should you.

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