Residential electrical hazards are extremely common. Harrison Electric discusses four of the most prevalent electrical issues for today’s homeowners.
Outdated aluminum wiring can present a hazard to you and your family. Harrison Electric explains why it’s important to replace aluminum wiring with modern, industry-standard materials.
The charm and character of an older home cannot be understated; however, the electrical wiring within such homes often calls their safety into question. Times have changed, and with them, electrical codes—primarily for heightened safety and to accommodate our growing desire for electronic devices. Why do you need to upgrade your wiring if you live in an older home? The experts at Harrison Electric in Plymouth, Minn. are here to explain:
Thinking about doing your own wiring to save yourself a few bucks? Think again. Do-it-yourself wiring is not only dangerous, it can actually cost you more money than you realize if you don’t do it properly. If you’re not a trained electrician, step away from the wiring, and call a professional. Sure, with the advent of DIY Youtube videos and tutorials online, you may think electrical wiring is a piece of cake; however, nothing could be further from the truth. The safety of your entire home and family is at stake when you attempt to install or repair your home’s wiring—mistakes are simply not an option. Here to explain why you should never wire your own house are the professionals at Harrison Electric.
Older homes are often charming due to their unique attributes, and you may have recently bought yours for this very factor. However, not everything that's unique is visible—or good. In many cases, previous homeowners will have made their own changes, fixes, and what they thought were upgrades. The problem is that not all of them will have had the skills or training needed to do it right. When this situation involves electricity, it often leaves behind fire hazards, shock hazards, and breakers that mysteriously trip.
Installing new lighting seems like a pretty easy job, but if you don't have the right experience, you can accidentally end up with injuries and a dangerous wiring job. There are many reasons that unexpected hazards can arise, so it's easy for homeowners to end up making errors that licensed electricians would know how to avoid. Here are some of the things that make it worth it to get a professional to update your lighting fixtures or add new ones:
It’s heartbreaking when a home floods from storm surge. The damage done is extraordinary. Most people want to re-enter a home as soon as they can to access the damage and remove whatever things that they can salvage by drying them out.
Repair of electrical wiring, components and fixtures often-times requires the skill of a certified electrician, given the risks and tools involved. An experienced professional can make cost-effective repairs in a safe and efficient manner, giving you lighting in your home that you can trust. Below are examples of when you should call an electrician for work.
It is recommended that both homes and businesses use surge protectors. There are two different types of surge protectors. This includes a whole home or building surge protector and an outlet or strip surge protector. A whole home or building surge protector protects the entire building or home, whereas an outlet or strip surge protector just protects the items that are plugged into the surge-protected outlet or strip. If you are considering getting and using a surge protector, you may wonder why it is important to have one. Here are two reasons ways surge protectors can help you.
Did half your lights go out and everybody shouted out, "Not again!" A popping circuit breaker can be an indication your home is in need of professional electrical service. Circuit breakers are designed to switch off power to the circuit when too much electricity is being drawn through the lines, preventing a short and possibly a fire.