In today’s world electricity is often taken for granted. If your power provider has a failure, you understand you may have to go a few hours without electricity. When the failure happens to be on your end of the line, it's your responsibility and up to you to handle, whether out of pocket or through an insurance company. There are some common problems you may have to address as a homeowner which you may or may not be familiar with.
The first thing you need to know about electrical code compliance for your home is that you should never work on your house’s electrical system. Government agencies ranging from your local authorities all the way to state officials urge homeowners to hire professional to do the work. State licensed and state-certified electricians should perform all installations, repairs or system replacements for all components on the property.
When we talk about energy efficiency in the home, we’re opening up a can of worms. The fact is, there are numerous factors involved in energy efficiency that range from power-hungry appliances to an outdated heating and cooling system. Something that is often overlooked, however, is the electrical system itself.
It isn’t hard to install new electrical outlets, but it’s important to prep your home accordingly. To avoid any strange scenarios, check out the three tips below:
Tip One: Turn Off the Breaker
Before adding a new outlet, you’ll need to make sure your breaker panel is turned off. Double-check that your breaker is turned off with a voltage tester. If you don’t have a voltage tester, plug in a lap to the nearest-available socket. Additionally, it’s a good idea to test the new socket directly by plugging the excess length into an electrical application.
Storm damage can cause headaches for homeowners in the form of electrical equipment damage. Not only does this type of damage leave you with no electricity, it can also be an unexpected financial burden. However, by following the below tips, you can have electricity restored to your home in a safe and secure manner.
Summer storms are bad enough for the damage they cause to your home and the inconvenience of having to make repairs. Winter storms can be worse as they can as much or more damage. When the power goes out in winter, it is scary and potentially dangerous if you aren't prepared to spend some time without power. Most of what you do while at home relies on power, whether hobbies to pass the time or heating the space and keeping yourself and your family comfortable.
At Harrison-Electric, we understand how complicated your electrical system can be each day. Following a severe storm with strong winds can make matters worse for homeowners. We want you to know how to handle the situation so that you are not in harm’s way. The following are three tips for handling electrical damage following a severe storm.
It's one thing if a power problem is outside your home. You’ll tell your friends the next day, “There were trees falling. I hate storm damage to my electrical lines.” All you need in this situation is some sympathy and the utility company to deploy its professional crews to safely restore your electrical service.
Home fires are much more common than many homeowners think. What's even more alarming is the fact that tens of thousands of those residential fires are caused by the home's electricity. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association in the United States says that between 45,000 and 50,000 fires in the home since 2000 have been caused by defective electrical wiring. Those electrical fire hazards have taken the lives of hundreds of people each year and cost over $1 billion in property damage.