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Why Electrical Work Is a Priority for Basement Remodels | HedgeHog Electric

Whether you are doing a basement remodel to make it a separate apartment to rent out or as a convenient addition to your current space, the basement wiring and other electrical work should be at the top of your list.

As electrical work can represent the most hazardous work to try to DIY, it is best to call in your local Utah licensed electricians to ensure that the work is done quickly and correctly.


If your basement is not finished and is merely framed in, it is the perfect time to have professional electricians come in and work. Before the drywall is hung, it is far easier for wiring to be run, outlets and switches set up and put into place, and any other wiring needs to be taken care of while everything is visible.

Even if your basement has drywall hung, you should still start with electrical work. If you find out that you need to cut into the drywall to replace some wiring or add additional switches and outlets, you don’t want that to happen after you have already patched and painted the walls.


Another critical reason why you should prioritize the electrical work is that basements can often hide electrical problems that may cause issues in the near future. The unsafe electrical work can span several reasons, such as:

Wiring Not Up-To-Code

Electrical wiring can be not up-to-code due to a number of reasons. Maybe the previous owner attempted some electrical DIY, or a handyman contractor took some shortcuts. Also, depending on the age of your home, the electrical work may not be up to power the needs of a modern home. Not only can these things fall into the not up-to-code category, but it can represent a serious fire hazard.

With our wiring services, you can have your basement wiring updated and brought up-to-code, as all our electricians are trained and licensed to perform quality electrical work.

Water Damage Near Electrical Work

Basements can easily become water damaged, as this part of the home sits below the ground level, allowing lawn water to run off into the basement or become flooded after a heavy rainstorm. Not only is this kind of water damage dangerous structurally, but it can deteriorate the integrity of the electrical work, especially if your circuit breaker panel is located in the basement.

If you notice water damage in your basement, it is best that you have an electrical inspection. That way, if there are any issues from a shorted out outlet to a damaged circuit breaker panel, it can be found and corrected.

Not Optimal Wiring Layout

Basements are often left last during the construction process if they are completed at all. Due to this, the electrical work can be poorly thought out or a bit sloppy and hurried in an effort to finish the work.

Rather than struggle with one oddly placed outlet per room and upside-down light switches, you can have our electricians come in and optimize your basement electrical work.


When it comes to basements, they often get a reputation for being dark and uninviting. Likely, if you are remodeling your basement, you want it to become a more functional space. Whether you want to make a theater room, second den or living room, or add rooms for a growing family, having the right lighting is the key to making your basement more inviting.

Most basements, if they are wired with lights, have a single source of ambient lighting. However, since basements generally only have window well lighting, this type of lighting is not enough. Instead of buying a bunch of lamps, you can have our electricians add recessed lights and other types of task lighting to your basement. That way, you can easily transform your basement into a welcoming space.

If you are ready to have the professionals tackle your basement’s electrical work, feel free to contact us and set up your consultation. We look forward to helping to transform your space!