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How to Convert Two-Prong Outlets

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If you live in an older home, you may find that some of the outlets in your home only have two prongs instead of three. This can be inconvenient when you go to try and plug in appliances that need three prongs. However, there is a way that you can give these pesky two-prong outlets a makeover and turn them into a new and improved three-prong outlet! Rose Brothers & Sons Electric gives you the inside scoop on how to get the job done.

Converting from a two-prong outlet to a three-prong is definitely a good idea for both your convenience and your safety. Three-prong outlets are designed to have a fault path that prevents devices from shorting out, so they’re a lot safer for your home! According to Apartment Therapy, before you start rewiring your whole house or apartment, you should have an electrician inspect to see if your building’s fuse box has been grounded. Chances are if you only have two-prong plugs in your house, you can probably assume that it has not been grounded. However, always get your electrician’s approval before making any assumptions about your home’s wiring. This will help you in deciding what type of outlet to buy. If your electrician tells you that your home is not grounded, then you can install a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) or have your electrician rewire the outlet.

If your house is grounded, then you can follow these steps, as recommended by This Old House:

  1. First you must turn off your fuse box and unscrew the old receptacle and detach the wires.
  2. Next, you attach the black wires to the brass terminal and the white wires to the silver terminal.
  3. After that you can tighten the ground screw to the threaded hole in the back of the box.
  4. Then, connect one end of the grounding wire to the green terminal on the three-prong receptacle and place it into the box.
  5. And last, but not least, turn on the power to make sure that the circuit is working properly.

This can be done on your own, but refer anyone to a trusted electrician instead of doing the work yourself if you ever at all feel uncomfortable. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to dealing with electricity! Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is your electrician in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas.

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Adding Electrical Wiring to Your Basement

Basements are notoriously dark. If you are tired of the poor lighting in your basement, and are ready to brighten up your décor and lighting, adding new electrical wiring to your basement may be necessary to add the lighting fixtures that you love. If you are building a home, the electrical wiring in your basement is an important thing to consider so you avoid any lighting issues in the future. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., your best choice for an electrician in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas, we can give you tips on adding electrical wiring to your basement that will help the process run smoothly.

Installing Electrical Wiring in the Basement

First and foremost, if you are going to attempt to rough-in your electrical wiring yourself, it is important to acquaint yourself with the process of electrically wiring a room. Pick up some books and study. Plan the design for your lighting remodel of your room and attain your measurements before you start doing anything. After you have your measurements, it’s time to learn about nailing up boxes, drilling holes for wires, how to properly and safely pull cables, stapling cables, and connecting all the wires. Once you have done this, purchasing or renting the appropriate tools for your project are a necessity. Do not overlook any of these steps. Be prepared to be frustrated if this is your first DIY project, and don’t rush. Make this remodel a fun project and the work will not seem like work, but rather an accomplishment at the end.

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Designing a Basement’s Lighting

If you are not attempting a DIY project, but are instead designing the lighting for the basement of your new home, make sure you add in as much pre-wired lighting as possible. In addition to permanent light fixtures, another thing you must plan for in your design is the number of outlets and outlet placement in your basement. In the case of outlets, less is not more. Design your outlet placement for convenience. If you have a bar in the basement consider putting outlets on the bar. If your basement is a large, open room, consider placing outlets on the floor near where you will place furniture. This prevents annoying cords covering the floor and gives you more lighting placement options for décor purposes.

When to Call an Expert

Whether you are doing a DIY lighting project in an existing room, remodeling, or designing a new basement entirely, if you reach a point where you aren’t sure what to do, have an electrician come in and help you. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., we can help you with all electrical rewiring, remodeling, and design projects in your home. As an Angie’s List member with an A+ rating from the BBB, and over 45 years of experience, we can guarantee that our services will meet your needs. Contact us today with any questions on electrical contracting, wiring, or lighting you may have.

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How To Tell If Your Electrical Box Is Grounded

Appliances with three-prong plugs are designed to operate properly when the ground plug provides a path for electrical current all the way back to the electrical panel.  Surge protectors will only provide protection for electrical devices if the power source is grounded.  Most questions asked about grounded electrical boxes come from homeowners with lots of two-prong power outlets in their homes.

There are a few things you can do without the assistance of a qualified electrician to safely determine whether an outlet or its electrical box are grounded.  You will need a two-lead circuit tester and some basic familiarity with your electric panel.  Choose a working outlet that you intend to use with a surge protector or with an appliance with a three-prong plug.

Start with the power to the circuit switched on.  Use the circuit tester to confirm there is voltage between the hot and neutral terminals of the outlet.  The hot wire is connected to the smaller slot of the outlet, and neutral is connected to the larger slot.

Once you have confirmed there is voltage across hot and neutral, you will use the same circuit tester to determine whether there is voltage between hot and ground.  Voltage measured between  the hot terminal and the ground hole is a good indicator that the outlet and its electrical box are grounded.  

If you are dealing with a two-prong outlet, you can test for a ground at the cover plate screw before taking any steps to look inside the box.  Many older homes with two-prong outlets were originally wired with metal boxes and armored cable, providing a reliable ground path to the panel.  Still others were wired with dedicated ground wires despite the two-prong receptacles.  three-prong to two-prong adapters that use the cover plate screw as a ground are still commonly available. Connect one lead of the circuit tester to the cover plate screw and the other lead to the hot slot.  Measured voltage is a good indicator that your outlet and its electrical box are grounded.

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If you did not find a reliable ground using the circuit tester and you want to be certain there is no ground wire inside the box, you can inspect behind the receptacle safely before calling an electrician. Turn off the circuit, and confirm there is no voltage in the hot terminal.  Next, remove the cover plate and the screws securing the receptacle to the box.  Once removed, you should note whether there is a bare copper ground wire coming into the box with the hot (black) and neutral (white) wires.

Once you have confirmed that your electrical box is not grounded, you should discuss your options with an electrician.  Proudly serving Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana, Rose Brothers & Sons can help you with anything from small electrical repairs to large electrical construction projects. Contact our experienced and professional electricians today.

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How to Tell if Your Water Heater is Going Bad

When your water heater starts acting up and the problems don’t seem to go away, it could be time to find a replacement. If you are concerned that your water heater is on the fritz, Rose Brothers & Sons, your trusted electrician in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas, wants you to know a few warning signs that will help you determine if your water heater is going bad.

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Age

If your hot water heater is old, it may very well be going bad. If you are unaware of how old your water heater is, it’s simple to find out. Look for the serial number towards the top of your water heater. Your serial number will contain the manufacturing date of the heater in what may look like a strange code of numbers and letters. However, this code actually contains some valuable information about your water heater. The first letter in the number correlates to the month the heater was manufactured (A=January, B=February, C=March, etc.). The next two numbers in the sequence are the last two digits of the year the heater was made. Any hot water heater that is between ten and fifteen years old could need to be replaced.

Discolored Water

If you turn on your hot water one day and the water is tinged brown or orange, it may be a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced. This discoloration is either a sign of rust in your water heater or increased sediment in the water tank, both of which are bad news. To get a closer look at the water in your water heater, attach a hose to the drainage bib on the tank, turn the unit off, and then drain the water to examine the contents.

Strange Noises

Pay attention to the noise your water heater makes if you are concerned about it going bad. While water heaters naturally make some sounds, loud cracks, pops, and rumbling are not common and usually mean that the heating mechanisms are causing mineral deposit within your tank. The mineral deposit will harden at the bottom of your tank which will lead to less efficiency, which costs you money, and more damage, which can lead to cracks and holes in the tank.

Water Accumulation

If you see water leaking from or accumulating around your water tank, get rid of your water heater immediately, it has gone bad. Before removing the water tank, disconnect all electricity to the water heater or turn off the gas that runs to it. Let the heater cool down and then drain the water from the tank before you remove it.

If you are worried that your hot water heater may have reached or is close to reaching the end of its days or if you see any warning signs that are listed above, contact the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. for immediate hot water heater repair and replacement. As an Angie’s List member with an A+ rating from the BBB, we can guarantee that our services will meet your needs. Contact Rose Brothers & Sons today with any questions and let our team help you with all your water heater troubles.

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Electrician for Attic Ventilation and Outlet Installation

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At Rose Brothers and Sons we have the know-how and experience to install ventilation and outlets in your attic. We are committed to doing the job right the first time. We want your repeat business because we did a great job the first time, not because you had to call us back to fix our own mistake. Hiring a professional with a good reputation is the smart thing to do, every time. So call us today and we’ll get right out there.

Attic Ventilation –

To Vent or Not to Vent?

Having enough of the proper ventilation for your attic can be very important. If your home doesn’t have enough ventilation, there is a possibility of moisture problems in the winter and a decrease in your home’s energy efficiency in the summer months. It’s just a myth that attic ventilation is more beneficial in warmer climates and in the summer months than in colder climates and in the winter. Actually, the colder the climate, the more your home may benefit from attic ventilation.

DIY or Hire a Professional Electrician

There is certainly no shortage of Do it Yourself websites and You Tube videos out there to show you how to add an electrical outlet or ventilation fan in your attic. But some things really probably should be left to professionals. Electricity is dangerous at best and down-right deadly at worst. A professional electrician will know how to do the job safely, be up to date on building codes, know when or if a building permit is needed as well as obtain the necessary permits. Additionally, if electrical wiring is not done properly it can cause even more problems, like shorting out the entire house, or worse, starting a fire.

Do Your Homework

Not every electrician is created equal.   In this digital age it’s easy to find trusted businesses to hire for your home repairs. Websites like Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau will give you a good starting place to look for an electrician in good standing and with good reviews. Some electricians only care about making money, so they do a lot less for a lot more (of your money). Like a good mechanic, an experienced and trustworthy electrician is worth their weight in gold.

At Rose Brothers and Sons Electric we have an excellent record on Angie’s List and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We have years of experience, a great reputation and loyal customers who call us time and again whenever they need electrical work done. Call today for an appointment.

 

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Trends in Electrical Charging Cars

electrical charging carsIn order to discuss the trends for electrical charging cars, you must first look at the purpose behind the technology, and then at the challenges that manufacturers have faced in expanding the market.

History of Electrical Charging Cars

The first electric car in the United States made its debut in the late 1890’s and is credited to William Morrison, a chemist from Des Moines, Iowa. Although today proponents of electrical powered cars tout the “green” benefits, it seems as if the first electrical cars were simply an outgrowth of exploring the uses of battery technology. Sales reportedly were strong and steady as electrical charging cars, despite their short range, were great for getting around urban areas. The rough terrain of non-urban roads hampered the travel of most vehicles anyway. Henry Ford’s production of the Model T in 1908 negatively impacted the upward popularity trend for electric vehicles by providing a combustion engine that was affordable, roughly a third of the cost at $650, and widely available. As road improvements hit their heyday after 1920, the combustion engine took hold as people wanted to get out and explore. With discovery of oil in Texas, gasoline became readily available and inexpensive. Few people outside of cities even had electricity.

Early Development Fueled by High Fuel Costs and Gasoline Shortages

During World War II, the US was a regular exporter of oil to Allied Forces. Following the war, economic expansion and increasing travel created a glut in the market and America was unable to meet its own demand. Importing oil became a regular occurrence. High gas prices and shortages occurred following the US intervention in the Yom Kippur War in 1973. The Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) took exception to US involvement and raised the price of oil by 70% creating massive shortages and sky rocketing prices. Automobile manufacturers renewed their interests in alternative fuel vehicles. Although electrical charging car interests grew, a limited range of about 40 miles and top speeds of 45 mph hampered industry growth.

Later Development Fueled by Environmental Concern 

In the mid 20th century, conservative movements began looking at the effects of pollution on our environment and our health, spurred on initially by wildlife enthusiast and hunters. Protected to this time by state laws, in 1970 it became the purview of the Federal Government. With the passage of The Clean Air Act and other pieces of legislation, automobile manufacturers ramped up their research and development on electric vehicles.

21st Century-Status of the Electric Car

With the introduction of the Toyota Prius in 1997, followed by electric car production in California by Tesla Motors, the electrical charging car rapidly began establishing a growing market. A major drawback for consumers was where to charge their vehicles. Manufacturers rapidly found a solution to that dilemma by creating a hybrid vehicle; one that was battery powered but had combustion engine capabilities when necessary. But the fully electric car was still the goal. In 2009, as part of the American Recovery and Re-investment Act, congress invested over 115 million dollars to mitigate the major drawback of charging electric cars by creating a nation-wide charging infrastructure. Improvements in battery technology have increased the range of electrical vehicles and are reducing the cost of batteries and electric vehicles.

Charging Stations, Tax Incentive, Premium Parking, HOV Access

According to the Alternative Fuel Station Locator there are currently 15,112 electric stations and over 39,331 charging outlets in the US. Tax incentives are available on both the state and federal level to encourage more electric car use. Consumers may even notice premium parking spaces assigned to electric cars as well as waiving or reduction of fees on High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes (HOV).

What the Future Holds

  • Greater Electric Range

In 2016, only four of the 17 plug-in hybrids available offered greater than 19 miles of electric power. In 2017, models are available with ranges from 25-30. Fully electric vehicles are now capable of 115 miles and more. Legislation is pushing for a future electric range of 225 miles. MIT studies indicate that the average driver does not exceed 73 miles per day so it is predicted that range anxiety will lessen drastically.

  • Increase in Model Selection, Luxury

Hampered to date by low speeds and streamlined luxury, auto manufacturers are encouraging greater market interest by improving self driving enhancements and horsepower.

  • Incentives for Private Charging Stations

Tax Incentives abound for public charging stations and a growing number of states are offering tax credits for installing a private charging station in your home. Requirements vary by vehicle but generally a charging station is best run on a dedicated electrical circuit. Charging times will vary by vehicle and by voltage available.

Most Hybrid cars or hybrid vehicles are supplied with a standard plug to connect with your 110-v electrical outlet. Before charging your car, have your home inspected by an electrician to ensure that charging your car won’t overload your current circuitry. If the circuit near where your car will “plug-in” also controls lighting and appliances, you may need an upgrade to your current circuit panel.

A Fully electric vehicle will need an Electrical Charging Station (available in price ranges from $500-$5000). Charging Stations run on a 240-v circuit, similar to that used by your clothes dryer, or air conditioner. Only a professional electrician will be aware of the circuitry necessary and any building permits that may be required by the electrical upgrades to your home. For a professional electrician in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas, call Rose Brothers and Sons.

 

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Electrical Wiring For New Laundry Room

 

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Unlike other rooms in your home, the laundry room has special requirements for the electrical wiring because the laundry room must supply the washer, the dryer, and the lighting. Due to the complexity of supplying all of the necessary electrical hookups to your laundry room, it is advised to seek help from a professional electrician. The qualified team of electricians at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you install new electrical hookups to meet all of the electrical needs in your new laundry room.

In most laundry rooms, there are typically three different electrical circuits to supply all of the necessary electrical power to the laundry room.

  • The washing machine requires a 20-amp electrical circuit to supply the required 120-volt power supply. The washing machine plug consists of a hot wire with 120 volts, a neutral wire and a ground wire.
  • An electric dryer requires a 30-amp dedicated electrical circuit to run both the 240-volt and 120-volt power supplies. The dryer requires 240 volts to run the heating element and 120 volts to run the timer, clock, buzzer and other electrical features. The dryer has a four-prong plug with two hot wires for the 240 volts and 120 volts, a neutral wire and a ground wire.
  • The lighting requires a standard 15-amp circuit to supply power to the light fixtures in the room. The lighting circuit can be on the same circuit as an adjacent room or hallway.

Electrical Wiring

Adding electrical hookups to your new laundry room is not a difficult task for professionals, but there are specific requirements that must be met. Before beginning, the electrician will need to confirm that your electrical panel has an adequate load capacity and space for all of the required circuits and breakers for the new laundry room.   Next, the electrical hookups will be installed within six feet of each unit approximately 34-36 inches off of the ground.   All outlets in the laundry room are required to be ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets to protect against electrocution.  As previously mentioned, the washer and dryer will also each require specific electrical circuits in order to provide the required amount of power. Then, the lighting and any other outlets will need to be electrically powered through a standard 15-amp circuit. Finally, if there is no outdoor window, an exhaust fan is required to provide a minimum of five air exchanges per hour and will need to be connected to the electric circuit.

For an experienced and qualified electrician, adding electrical wiring for a new laundry room is not a challenging task. The electricians at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric have years of experience offering electrical services in Northern Kentucky, southern Indiana, and the Greater Cincinnati area. We specialize in residential service changes, including installing primary services and electrical hookups in new laundry rooms. Stop by our office in Florence, Kentucky or call us today to learn how we can help you add electrical hookups for you new laundry room in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas.

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Start The New Year With An Energy Audit

 

 

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If one of your New Year’s Resolutions centers on gaining better control of your finances, you might want to start the New Year right by calling for an energy audit. Now I know that anytime you hear finance and audit in the same sentence, you immediately jump to taxes and an IRS audit. But this time, that’s not what I am talking about. Get better control of your budget this winter by calling your local electrician for an energy audit or electrical system inspection.

Signs That a Home Energy Audit is Needed

  • If you walk through your home and feel drafts
  • If your floor feels cold in the winter
  • If your electric bills are high
  • If there are pockets of heat or cold as you walk your home 
  • If lights flicker or switches aren’t working properly

What is a Home Energy Audit?

A trained professional will utilize specialized equipment to evaluate the heating and cooling efficiency of a home or business. The goal of the audit will be reducing energy costs while maintaining or improving the comfort of the building occupants. An energy audit usually consists of three main areas of scrutiny; the building envelope, the mechanical systems, and user behavior.

Building Envelope

When mailed, a letter is protected by an envelope. Your home’s envelope refers to ceilings, walls, floors, doors, windows, and skylights, or basically the physical structures that separate the interior of your home from the exterior environment. During an energy audit, each element of the envelope will be assessed for how well it resists heat loss and the element will be assigned an R-value. A higher R-value indicates better heat retention or efficient insulation properties. The EPA, through their Energy Star Program, publishes a schedule of recommended R-values based upon locality. Tax Credits are available for improvements made to existing homes. If an element of the building envelope receives an R-value that is below the recommended value, the auditor can make suggestions on ways to improve heat retention.

Mechanical Systems

The second area of scrutiny in an energy audit will be the efficiency of operation provided by the mechanical systems that heat and cool your home. In other words, the auditor will look at your heater, air conditioner, and thermostat and assess them for physical condition, programming and efficiency of operation. If deficiencies are found, the auditor will provide recommendations to increase the efficiency of the mechanical systems.  If new HVAC equipment is necessary your electrician can wire the system correctly to avoid an electrical hazard.  Rose Brothers and Sons also correct faulty wiring to help reduce problems with your HVAC system.

User Behavior  

An area that we as consumers of energy typically overlook is how our behavior affects the energy efficiency of our home. Do you turn off lights when you leave a room? Do you typically keep some interior doors closed? Do you have a programmable thermostat that allows adjustment of temperature based upon time of day and occupancy? After all, why heat or cool to the level of comfort of occupants if the occupants aren’t home. In addition, studies have shown that reducing the temperature of the room you sleep in is conducive to a good night’s sleep.

Audit Recommendations

Following an energy audit your home will be given a report card. Common recommendations include;

  • increase insulation in walls, ceilings, or basements
  • repair or replace inefficient windows
  • installing weather stripping
  • repair or replace inefficient furnace
  • Correct ductwork issues
  • Fix electrical wiring

 

Rose Brothers & Sons can help you meet your New Years Resolution to conserve energy and meet budgeting goals. For service or repair of your electrical systems or for an electrical system inspection, call today.

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Electrical Safety and The Winter Holidays

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As the holidays come into full swing, it is traditionally a festive and great time of the year with visits from friends and family. Unfortunately, statistics have shown that house fires and electrical accidents increase during this time. Don’t fret though! These electrical safety steps can be taken to reduce the chance of these accidents occurring in your home this season!

Electrical Safety Tips:

  • Space Heater Safety– As the temperature continues to drop during the winter season, space heaters may become a convenient source of heat in your home. However, if not used properly, they have a risk of fire and electrical shock. When buying your space heater, it is important to first read the instructions and warning labels carefully before using. Make sure to inspect your heater for any defects such as broken plugs or loose connections also. Only use your space heater when you are actually in the room in which it is in use. A critical element of space heaters is their placement; be sure to keep yours at least three feet away from anything that can burn and on a flat surface. Also, plug space heater directly into a wall outlet, not using an extension cord or power strip.
  • Holiday Cooking Safety– During this time of year, many families bond over food which means that the kitchen is used a lot during this season. Sadly, the kitchen is home to many accidents during this time as well. It is important to never leave your cooking equipment unattended when it is on. You can also prevent fires by ensuring that your stove is clean. It can also be helpful to relieve your cooking area of any towels, napkins, or anything that could catch fire.

 

  • Holiday Decorating  Electrical Safety– During this time of year, many decorate their homes for the holidays. While these decorations enhance this season, sadly, they also increase the change of fires and electrical accidents if not properly used. Before decorating, it can be helpful to be aware of where available electrical outlets are located and decorate accordingly. Do not overload outlets with too many decorations as it can overheat and cause a fire. It is also important to never connect more than three strands of lights together when decorating. Do not damage the cord’s insulation by leaving it in a location where it might be pinched. Always turn off your indoor and/or outdoor decorations before leaving or going to sleep.

 

Hopefully these tips help lower your risk of fire or electrical accidents this holiday season. However, if you have more questions, you can always reach out to Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. We have been serving Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas for over 45 years. If you find yourself in a risky situation, please do not hesitate to contact us for an emergency electrical repair!

 

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Emergency Electric Repair Service

Emergency electric repairPower outages are not an unusual experience in the Midwest; after all, we do have some exciting weather events from time to time. Power failure is only one of the emergencies that can occur when it comes to electricity. Damaged or faulty wiring, falling tree limbs breaking a live electrical wire, and sparking electrical plugs are just a few of the emergencies that require a professional, licensed electrician.

What to Do When the Lights Go Out

I’m sure that all of you know how to change a light bulb, despite the multitude of jokes that exist on that topic. But what if it isn’t just a blown light bulb? What do you need to do if you lose power to your home or business?

  • Turn off all major appliances and lights. This will prevent a surge or circuit overload when power is restored.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage. .
  • If your neighbor has lights but you don’t, reset your home circuit breakers. If your neighbor’s home is also dark, there is probably an area wide power failure.

Emergencies happen when you least expect them to. That follows true even with your electricity. Being prepared is your best defense when it comes to losing power. In the Midwest, snowstorms and ice storms are pretty typical in the winter months, and with them come broken tree limbs and downed power lines. Unfortunately, an electrician is not of great benefit if the entire power grid is down. Planning ahead can have you calmly weathering a power outage.

Make sure you have on Hand

  • A working flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Battery Powered Radio and spare batteries
  • Charged Mobile Phone
  • Fresh Water (if your water pump relies on electricity)
  • An alternative cooking source that does not require electricity
  • A current list of emergency contacts.

Consider a Power Backup System

If being without power is not an option for your home or business, consider having a power backup generator installed. A backup generator can be hard-wired into your electrical system. Within seconds of a power loss it will engage automatically. If your business is dependent on a steady power supply or if you have health issues that require electrical machinery to run without fail, a standby generator is recommended.

Damaged or Faulty Wiring 

If you have had work done in your home by an unlicensed person, you may have wiring that does not meet building codes. Faulty wiring is a fire hazard. Have you ever felt a slight shock or vibration or heard a buzz when you turn on a light or an appliance? These are all clues that you need to have the wiring in your home checked by a qualified electrician. Changes in temperature and old age can lead to frayed wires or cracks in wiring insulation. If you’ve ever smelled an overheated transformer, the smell is distinctive. Unfortunately, faulty electrical wiring, and the resultant potential electrical fire, is odorless and invisible. You need to be vigilant of subtle changes in the way your appliances behave and call an electrician for a home electrical evaluation before you need emergency electrical repair.

Falling Tree Limbs, Live Electrical Wires

That tree that you love in your front yard can create an electrical emergency if a limb breaks during the next storm and brings down the electrical wire that runs under it. Utility companies try to be diligent in trimming tree limbs above power lines but if you notice a potential problem area, notify your electric company. If you see a downed electric line, stay back from the area and maintain at least 100 feet of space from the live wire. Call your power company immediately. If you are in a vehicle that comes in contact with an electric line, stay in the vehicle and wait for assistance. If you must leave the vehicle, jump clear with both feet together, insuring that you do not come in contact with the ground and the vehicle at the same time. Maintain your feet together position and shuffle away while maintaining contact with the ground.

Sparking Electrical Outlets

Your electrical outlet should not spark, or be hot to the touch. If you experience either of these, or if you notice charring around the outlet, stop using the outlet and call for an electrician.

For assistance with any home emergency electrical repair, or for assistance in electrical preparedness, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric Service or schedule an appointment through our webpage. We proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas.

 

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