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What Types of Electrical Outlets Should Be Installed Where in Your Home?

Monday, October 25th, 2021

gfci-outletThe electrical system of your household is one of the most important parts of your household. Pretty much all of your appliances require this system to function. Even gas-powered equipment typically has an electric starter or ignition. So if your electrical system is struggling, you can experience all kinds of problems within your living space.

Safety is also a concern when your electrical system isn’t functioning correctly. Electrical issues of any type could pose a serious risk to your household and family members. Electrocution is a real threat, which brings us to our blog topic today. We want to ensure that you have the right outlets in place! Read on to learn more about GFCI and AFCI outlets.

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How to Best Prevent Electrical Problems

Monday, October 11th, 2021

cord-being-plugged-in-with-sparksHow much time do you think you spend considering electrical safety? If you’re like the average homeowner, probably not much. However, this is one of those things you want to think about every now and then. And if you’ve come across this blog post, it probably means it’s something you’re thinking about right now!

Many homeowners think their living space is free from electrical hazards as long as they aren’t experiencing full-on blackouts or electrical fires. But small electrical problems left unmanaged can turn into bigger problems that will cause blackouts or electrical fires. And this is what we would like to help you avoid.

Any time you need reliable and safe electrical services, our team is the one to turn to. Electrical work should only be left to trained professionals to prevent injury to you or anyone in your family. Our professionals are aware of current building codes and we understand what it takes to do electrical work to the highest standards. Read on to learn a couple of the best practices in preventing electrical problems.

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Fun and Useful Electrical Upgrades to Consider This Summer

Monday, July 19th, 2021

string-of-outdoor-lights-turned-onWhen it comes to both protecting your household and keeping your family comfortable, one of the most important aspects of your home is its electrical system. Properly caring for this system and knowing when to call for repairs or an electrical panel upgrade (which we’ll talk about below) are essential to a hazard-free home. The good news is, there are some electrical upgrades you can make that are not only quite useful, but can be fun too!

Don’t forget, however, you always need a professional electrician for any work involving your home’s wiring. This is the law, first off—there are certain municipal building codes we have to abide by. Then there is your safety to consider, and the integrity of your property.

With that said and without further ado, here are some upgrades you might want to consider this summer. We’ll start with the fun ones!

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Could Your Home Use an Electrical Upgrade?

Monday, June 21st, 2021

electrical-wiring-and-outlet-coverThe electrical panel of your home, also referred to as the circuit breaker panel, is tasked with keeping your household’s entire electrical system running smoothly and safely throughout the years. You probably don’t think about this home component very much—unless you have to constantly reset breakers. But because of this, problems can crop up without you knowing about it until it results in an outage or some other more serious problem.

If you’ve lived in your home for 25+ years and have never had an electrical inspection done, now is the time. Older electrical panels require professional care and attention to make sure that they are not operating in a way that could threaten your home or your family’s safety. If you do find that you have an urgent electrical problem, we’re the team to call. However, we’d like to help you avoid electrical problems altogether, and for that reason, we’ve put together these signs for you:

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Signs That You Need Electrical Repairs

Monday, April 26th, 2021

checklist-with-red-markerElectrical problems can be among the most dangerous of household issues you can have, depending on their severity. We say this because not all electrical problems lead to just blackouts—they can lead to electrocution or even house fires. Hopefully, you invest in professional electrical maintenance once a year to avoid this problem.

Even with maintenance, however, it’s also a good idea for you to make sure that you keep an eye out for indicators that your system is struggling. The faster you can identify potential electrical issues, the less likely they’ll progress far enough to pose a threat. Take a look at some of the signs that your home’s electrical system is suffering.

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5 Scenarios That Call for an Electrical Professional

Monday, February 15th, 2021

electrical-outlet-with-screwdriver-and-wire-on-tableNobody wants to face an electrical problem in their home. After all, they can lead to blackouts and even worse hazards such as electrical fires. But understanding how electrical problems happen and keeping up with services like electrical inspections (plus only trusting professionals for your electrical installs) is the best way to avoid these issues.

Many times, homeowners will see a problem and think they can just fix it on their own. With the plethora of “do-it-yourself” videos out there online, there’s no doubt that you will find a video or article telling you how to fix the exact electrical problem you have. The issue with this is twofold:

  1. If you aren’t aware of building codes, you could find yourself liable for changes you make when you go to sell your home.
  2. It can be dangerous. Making a mistake with an electrical repair can lead to electrocution or even electrical fires.

Read on as we uncover 5 of the most common electrical issues that homeowners should absolutely call on a professional to repair.

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4 Signs You Need an Upgraded Electrical Panel

Monday, October 26th, 2020

2-electricians-working-on-electrical-panelAlso referred to as the circuit breaker panel, the electrical panel in your home is tasked with keeping your entire household’s electrical system running smoothly … and more importantly, safely.

It’s likely you don’t think a lot about your panel, unless maybe you’re resetting breakers on a regular basis (we’ll cover this among other signs below).

If you’ve lived in your home for a couple of decades or longer and have never had an electrical inspection done, then you definitely want to keep reading. Aging service panels require special care and attention to ensure they’re not operating in an unsafe way that can threaten your home and family.

If you do realize you have an emergency electrical need, we’re the team to call. But we would also like to help you avoid power emergencies. We’ve gone ahead and shared four signs that you need an electrical panel upgrade.

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Signs You Have Electrical Issues in Your Home

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

burnt-wall-outletIf your home experiences even a partial blackout, but none of your neighbors experience the same thing, then it’s pretty clear you have an electrical problem, right? You’d know to call in a professional electrician and get it fixed as soon as possible. After all, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy any of the modern conveniences of everyday life without electricity!

Of course, when signs are more subtle—flickering lights every now and then, a constantly tripping circuit breaker—you may be more tempted to just “let it be” for now and keep on living your life. Unfortunately, this can lead not only to inconveniences but actual safety hazards too. Read on as we uncover the signs you have electrical problems, and why they matter. 

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When Should You Upgrade Your Electrical Panel?

Monday, February 17th, 2020

electrician-working-on-electrical-panelAlso known as the circuit breaker panel, the electrical panel of your home is what controls your entire electrical system—incoming electricity is routed to the different circuits through this hub, and the breakers are designed to shut off circuits if there is a voltage overload.

If you have an aging circuit breaker panel, however, or worse yet a fuse box, chances are that you are very much overdue for an electrical panel. Most circuit breaker panels last anywhere form 25-40 years before they need replacing. This is largely depending on how much the electrical demand of the home has increased, and if you’ve experienced any problems with the panel.

Read on to learn more about how to tell if you need an electrical panel upgrade!

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Power Surges: What You Need to Know

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

power-stripIf your home is like most throughout the Eugene area, then there is more electrical equipment in it than even just a couple of decades ago, right? You likely have multiple devices connected to your power supply at any given time. You likely have a handful of charging stations handling your portable devices, too.

What’s the best way to protect them in the case of a power surge? It’s important to know the answer to this since power surges actually happen all the time (not just when there is a storm) and voltage spikes can and will cause irreparable damage to complex electrical systems.

“Do I really need to worry?” you may be asking, “After all, I have power strips at all of my outlets!”

Here’s the thing—power strips don’t offer the kind of protection your appliances and electrical equipment needs. Whole-house surge protection is the answer. Read on to learn more!

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