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Will My Electrical Service Handle A Room Addition?

will my electrical service handle a room additionWe are often consulted to determine if a home needs an electrical upgrade. Homeowners often ask “will my electrical service handle a room addition?’ This is a good question and one that pays you in the long run to ask ahead of time. You don’t want to be in the middle of renovations only to discover you need to upgrade your electrical system.

Why Having Enough Electrical service Is Important

If you don’t have enough electricity to adequately power your house, you will experience fluctuations in the voltage. This isn’t just an inconvenience but it can damage electrical equipment and electrical appliances. Many home today are wired for 60 amps when they really need a 200-amp panel. Not having adequate outlets is also a concern. If you are running extension cords and using power strips all over the house, you have a potential safety hazard on your hands.

Upgrading Your Electrical System

Upgrading your electrical panel can be a messy job and in some cases it can be expensive. You want to make sure any additions to your home are done by a licensed contractor who can let you know up front what electrical service changes and upgrades you need. Adding a room may not be that big of a load on your electric. What really draws power are modern air conditioners, media and appliances. Electric wires are often run in the walls of the house. This can make rewiring your house a messy job. It is often a good idea to upgrade your electrical system when you do remodeling.

Will My Electrical Service Handle a Room Addition?

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric will be happy to help you determine if you need an electrical upgrade or rewiring. If you have the question, “will my electrical service handle a room addition?”, we can let you know before you begin a remodeling project.  We are local, licensed master electricians who work hard to provide our customers with great, friendly service. We are reasonably priced and dedicated to be honest and trustworthy. If you have questions about adding electrical service to a room addition or you want to upgrade your electrical service, we can help.

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Hiring An Electrician To Move Your Washer and Dryer

Hiring an electrician to move your washer and dryerIf you are thinking about relocating your laundry room, hiring an electrician to move your washer and dryer may be a good idea.  If you are unsure what electricity you need for your washer or dryer, an electrician can help you stay within budget and keep you safe.

Dedicated Dryer Circuits

Your washer and dryer should have a dedicated 240v circuit.  This means it will be wired to the circuit breaker and be on it’s own breaker.   Your professional electrician can make sure when you’re wiring a new laundry room that it is done according to electrical codes and building codes.

GFCI Outlets

The outlets near your washer and dryer will most likely need to be GFCI outlets to protect them from water.  Because it is not uncommon for your washer to overflow, you should most likely have GFCI outlets throughout the room just to be safe.

Dryer Vents

You cannot just move the dryer vent in some cases.  The vent needs to be the right length and put in properly to avoid lent getting stuck in the vent.  This is a possible fire hazard.  You should also use the right type vent material in the wall.  The accordion type vent or soft flex aluminum vent is for the space between your dryer and the wall only.

Hiring An Electrician To Move Your Washer and Dryer

When it comes to laundry room wiring, hiring an electrician to move your washer and dryer, makes the most sense.  You shouldn’t attempt wiring a new laundry room unless you know what you’re doing.  Improper wiring can be a safety hazard and can cause a problem should you have an accident or fire.  Your insurance may not cover a problem if the wiring is not done correctly.  If you are considering hiring an electrician to move your washer and dryer, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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When The Lights Go Out – Keeping Your Business Open

when the lights go out - keeping your business openTwice this week I have been out doing my usual weekly activities when the lights go out and I am reminded how important electricity is and how important it is to have a good electric repair company.  If you own a business, you know how important keeping your business open is and that time lost without electricity can have a negative effect on your bottom line.

What To Do When The Lights Go Out

I was eating lunch the other day when the restaurant lights went out.  The manager and cook ran out back and checked the breakers as fast as they could.  When the lights go out – keeping your business open is your first concern.  This time, the reason the electricity went out wasn’t a blown fuse or a problem with the wiring but someone wrecked into something a few blocks away.  Lucky for us, we knew the manager and were offered to either pay cash or pay the next time we visited.  You see without the electricity not only could we barely see to eat but they could no longer cook and they couldn’t use their debit machine.

Emergency Electrical Repairs

The next day or so, I had picked up my grand daughter for gymnastics.  We arrived at the gym to the eerie feeling of only a few cars in the parking lot.  Moments later our instructor came out to say she had no power.  She had turned on the air earlier in the day and when she came in and turned the lights on everything appeared to be normal.  It wasn’t until she turned the thermostat down that something major went wrong.  It wasn’t a fuse and she called the electric company only to be told she needed emergency repairs from a licensed electrician.  I know the thought of needed repairs had her worried.  Not only was she losing a days worth of business but she was going to have to make up the time or reimburse students.

When The Lights Go Out – Keeping Your Business Open

When you need emergency electrical repairs, you can depend on the services of Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.  We have been serving businesses in the area by providing electrical installations, electrical upgrades and emergency electrical repairs whenever and where ever we are needed.  Don’t let power outages leave you scrambling.  When the light go out – keeping your business open is top priority. We’ll have you up and your business back to normal in no time.

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What Lights Should I Add To My Bathroom?

what lights should I add to my bathroom?We are often asked, What lights should I add to my bathroom? The bathroom area is often overlooked when it comes to adding the right light fixtures. Modern baths and showers need more light than ever because the bath area is typically larger than in older homes. Here are a few things to consider when you consider where to place bathroom light fixtures.

Overhead Lighting and Recessed Lights

You will want to have an overhead light or add recessed lights to your bathroom. One of the mistakes people make is when they place these lights right above where you’ll stand. This puts light on top of your head, which isn’t flattering. It is better to have the overhead light behind you so that it doesn’t interfere with the task lights and what you see in the mirror. Don’t add too many recessed lights either. Shower and bathtub areas should also have overhead lights.

Task Lights

You should have a well-lit mirror. As we age, looking in the mirror becomes harder and harder. Task lights should be placed either above the mirror or on either side. Your electrician in Northern Kentucky can help you decide which is better and what will look the best when choosing light fixtures. Another common mistake when adding lights is to add them on one side and not the other. This causes an imbalance in the room that doesn’t usually look right. Although you rarely think of your shower light as task lighting it is usually best if the shower light is placed directly over where you stand so that you can see what you’re doing. Larger tubs and showers may need two lights.

What About Moisture Concerns

When you think about installing bathroom lighting, you should also put in a exhaust fan. This will help keep moisture down to a minimum. When choosing light fixtures don’t just ask yourself, what lights should I add to my bathroom? but also ask, which light fixtures will hold up to moisture? Avoid fabric on your light fixtures because of mold and mildew. Also brass and copper are not as durable as nickel, chrome and stainless finishes.  Shower light fixtures should be completely enclosed.

What Lights Should I Add To My Bathroom?

When it comes to adding light fixtures to your bathroom, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you determine what lights you need and what will illuminate your bathroom so that you can see what you’re doing. Having the right light in the right place can make a world of difference. If you have questions about adding light fixtures to your bathroom or other electric installations, call us today. We look forward to working with you.

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Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips

outdoor electrical safety tipsThis is the time of year when outdoor electrical safety tips are important to consider. With Halloween just around the corner, millions of Americans will be hosting outdoor activities or participating in trick or treat. While decorating your house and using fancy lights, blow up figures and other electrical decorations is fun, you also need to ensure the safety of your friends and family. Rose Brothers and Sons can provide outdoor outlets and other electrical services. Here are a few outdoor electrical safety tips to keep you and your family safe:

Outdoor Outlets

It is important to keep outdoor outlets away from water. Outdoor outlets installed correctly will have protection from the weather. This includes outlet covers and a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). This will offer additional protection from electrical shock.

GFCIs are required for outlets within 20 feet of a water source. Outlets near the pool, hot tub or other water using appliances should have a GFCI.  This is one of the most important outdoor electrical safety tips you can’t ignore.

Outdoor Lighting and Decorations

Inspect your outdoor lighting and replace burned out or broken bulbs. Inspect power cords for fraying, loose plugs or other damage. Make sure if you are having guests walk through your yard that you allow enough lighting to prevent falls in the dark. If you are using an extension cord make sure it is in good working order. Extension cords should only be used for temporary needs. When using an extension cord make sure it is approved for outdoor use.   Keep cords and other items out of the way to avoid trips and falls. Never remove the third prong from a plug. Only use lighting and decorations that are manufactured for outside use.

Power Line Safety

When using a ladder to hang stringing lights or other decorations be careful and stay away from overhead power lines.   Always carry your ladder sideways instead of vertically to avoid contact with a power line.

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

Arcing of Home wiring is responsible for multiple home fires each year. Your home’s circuit breakers can’t respond quickly enough to arcing conditions to prevent household fire. An arc-fault circuit interrupter acts quickly and prevents fires.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, AFCIs will reduce electrical fires started by arcing and sparking.

Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips

We hope you enjoy your Halloween festivities. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is here to help you and your family stay safe. If you need electrical repairs, electrical installations or other wiring we can help. We also offer emergency electrical services in Northern Kentucky 24/7 for your convenience. When you need an electrician in Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help and also ensure your outdoor electrical safety is taken care of. Our licensed electricians can provide professional electrical repairs for both residential and commercial service.

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How To Save On Your Utilities This Winter

how to save on utilities this winterWe’d like to show you how to save on your Utilities this winter. If you haven’t already had an energy assessment, now may be a good time to call your electrician in Northern Kentucky to see how efficient your home is. You might be surprised to learn there are many ways to cut utility costs this fall. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Open all south facing window coverings to allow the sun to warm your house naturally in the daytime.
  • Cover drafty windows with tight fitting plastic. Select energy efficient window treatments the next time you replace your blinds or shades. Consider installing storm windows, which can save you 25% to 50% on heat loss through your windows.
  • Set your thermostat to the lowest setting you can tolerate during the day. Wear warm clothing to stay warm. At night lower the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees more for savings of up to 10%.
  • Seal Leaks around windows and doors using weather stripping or caulk. Find and seal leaks around pipes, gaps around the chimney and fireplace, gaps around recessed lights, and leaks in the unfinished spaces in cupboards and closets.

Fall Maintenance Prepares Your Home For Winter

Fall maintenance is a preventative way to prepare your home for winter and avoid winter time home repairs.  Your HVAC technician will make sure your heating system is clean and well lubricated: filters and vents that need changed or cleaned will be taken care of. Now is a good time to inspect the furnace, chimney, ducts and pipes for leaks, cracks or needed repairs. Insulate pipes, sweep the chimney, and cover your AC unit to get ready for colder weather.

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector.  If you don’t have a quality smoke or carbon monoxide detector system, we can help with installation.

The Truth About Fireplaces

If you leave your chimney flue open all the time, you are losing heated air. It’s like having a window open in your home. Close the chimney flue after you’ve had a fire. Traditional fireplaces are not too effective when it comes to heating your house. Unless you have a newer fireplace insert you could be taking warm air from your room and simply sending it up the chimney. A better option to keep some of the heat in is to open a window near by about 1 inch. Close the doors to the room and turn your heat thermostat down to 50 or 55 degrees. This allows more of the heat to come into the room. Traditional fireplaces have been banned from new construction in some places because of the air pollution they cause.  You can save on your utilities by using your fireplace properly, adding a new insert or closing the flue between uses.  For more information visit the Energy.gov website about fireplaces and fireplace inserts.

A Simple Step To Save Electricity

One of the easiest ways you can save on electricity is by turning appliances off when you’re not using them. It is estimated over 3.5 billion dollars are wasted because most people leave computers and other appliances plugged in when they’re not in use. Using a power strip is the easiest way to save electricity from being used this way. Simply turn the power strip off when you’re not using the computer or appliance. This one simple step can save on your electric bill.

Replace Older Appliances

It is no coincidence that older houses and appliances use more energy. If you are wondering how to save on your Utilities this winter, consider upgrading your electricity or replacing older appliances with newer more energy efficient products. You’ll see savings right away.

How To Save On Your Utilities This Winter

If you are concerned about how to save on your Utilities this winter, contact Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and ask about ways you can ensure your electrical system is working properly and not wasting energy. A programmable thermostat may be an option that will help you keep your heating temperature under control. We would love to help you find ways to lower your heating costs and electric utilities. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today!

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Electrical Safety and Fire Prevention

electrical safety and fire preventionElectrical safety and fire prevention is an important topic to think about as the winter approaches. Families will spend more time in the home increasing the use of lights, heaters and appliances. It is estimated that most home fires occur in the wintertime. Here are a few facts about electrical safety and fire prevention:

The Statistics For Electrical Fires

The United States Fire Administration collects fire statistics each year.  Electrical fires claim over 450 lives in America each year and account for over 2300 injuries. Home electrical problems cause 67,800 fires and over $860 million in property losses. Although electrical appliances do cause some fires, home electrical wiring causes twice as many. Most of these can be attributed to poor maintenance, electrical wiring that is installed incorrectly and overloaded circuits or extension cords.

Causes of Residential Electrical Fires

Electrical Wiring causes  1/3 of fires because of faulty electrical outlets and old electrical wiring. Other fires are caused by incorrect use of extension cords. Most of these fires can be avoided with electrical safety and fire prevention. Overloading circuits, not maintaining appliances properly and not getting necessary electrical repairs cause a majority of home fires.

Electrical Safety and Fire Prevention

  • Routinely check you electrical appliances and wiring. If you see or smell smoke don’t use the outlet or appliance.
  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace any worn or damaged appliance cords immediately.
  • Use extension cords properly and don’t overload them. Don’t run extension cords under rugs.
  • Keep electrical appliances away form water sources at all times. This includes wet floors.
  • Don’t allow children to play around electrical appliances. Use child-proof plug covers.
  • Keep clothes, curtains and other combustible items away from heaters.
  • Don’t use a 3-prong plug in a 2-slot outlet.
  • Call your electrician is your outlet or light switch gets hot to the touch or your lights flicker.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm and that it is rated to detect flames as well as smoldering smoke.

Rose Brothers & Son Electric is available to help with all your electric repairs and electrical wiring. We have 3 master electricians who are on site during all electrical installations and repairs. We will make sure your home is wired properly. Electrical safety and fire prevention is always a top concern.

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How To Replace A Ceiling Light Fixture

how to replace a ceiling light How to replace a ceiling light fixture may seem complicated at first. As with all electrical projects, you should not attempt them yourself unless you feel completely comfortable working with electricity and you understand the safest ways to connect electrical wires. If you don’t follow safety guidelines and use wire nuts for this project, you could put you and your family at risk for electrical fires. If you need help with replacing a light fixture, Rose Brothers & Son Electric will be happy to help.

How To Replace A Ceiling Light Fixture

Before you begin, stop and make sure all power to the light fixture is turned off at the circuit breaker. It is more than possible that other wires besides the 3 that you’ll be working with are close by. You can use a circuit tester to check for hot wires or just turn the power off to the entire house. Now your ready to begin the steps- how to replace a ceiling light fixture:

  1. Remove any light bulbs or light bulb covers that could break during the transition.
  2. Unscrew the bolts that hold the fixture base to the mounting strap or outlet box.
  3. Lower the fixture base and you should see 3 wires. The black wire is hot, the white wire neutral and the green wire is the ground. This is the basic wiring that is used, your house may use a different color for the hot wire or have no ground wire.
  4. Disconnect the wires from the old fixture base by removing wire nuts or electrical tape
  5. Connect the wires from the new fixture. Match up the wires with their corresponding wires in the outlet box. Use a wire nut.
  6. Raise and position the new light fixture. Screw the fixture base into the mounting strip or outlet box.
  7. Add light bulbs and any bulb covers
  8. Turn the power back on.

The Easiest Way to Install A Light Fixture

For most people, working with electricity and changing a light fixture in the ceiling is more hands on then they feel comfortable with. Your Northern Kentucky electrician can install a ceiling fixture.   It is easy, safe and inexpensive. If you need help replacing a light fixture, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.

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How To Connect Two Wires Together Using A Wire Nut

how to connect two wires together using a wire nutThis is how to connect two wires together using a wire nut. If you are working on anything electric, you should always turn the electricity off or unplug the appliance you’re working on before you start. Any Northern Kentucky Electrician will tell you that if you are unfamiliar with electricity or circuitry it is always a good idea to call a professional electrician and don’t attempt DIY repairs.   There are specific electrical codes that require the right connections and the right size wire nuts.  Electricity is not only dangerous to work with but repairs that are done poorly or incorrectly pose a fire hazard that is not worth the risk. This is how to connect two wires together using a wire nut the correct way.  If you are attempting to fix a broken lamp cord or extension cord, it is often safer to buy a new cord or lamp than use a cord that has been mended.  This is not a how to mend cords.

Strip Wire Insulation

Electrical wires are insulated for protection from heat and to keep the wires from touching. Find the end of the wire you want to splice and using a wire cutter or wire stripping tool, you will first strip the insulation off the wire about an inch. Look at your wire stripper and you will notice holes with numbers. These numbers refer to the gauge size of the wire. Insert your wire into the proper hole and holding the wire with your fingers or pliers, pull the wire through the hole. It should strip the end of insulation.

Twist the Wires

After you have stripped the insulation from both wires, hold them together and using your thumb and forefinger twist the wires together. This should form a good connection that doesn’t come apart when pulled upon. You can cover this with electrical tape.

How To Connect Two Wires Together Using A Wire Nut

Once you have the electrical tape on, you can add a wire nut to the end for extra protection and insulation. This is an often-overlooked step that can cause problems in the future.

If you have questions about how to connect two wires together using a wire nut or you would like to have a professional electrician do your repairs, please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We specialize in small appliance repair and offer 24/7 emergency electrical repair services.

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

fall home maintenance checklistAs fall approaches, homeowners need to think about getting out their fall home maintenance checklist and begin preparing for the next season. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric wishes to provide this simple fall home maintenance checklist so you can prepare your home and property for the cooler temperatures of fall and winter. This checklist will ensure your home is safe, energy efficient and ready for the months to come.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

  • Inspect the gutters for debris. Fall is the time gutters can get clogged.
  • Plan to drain outdoor faucets and winterize your sprinkler system.
  • If you have a chimney, now is a good time to have your chimney cleaned and ready for the first chilly night.
  • Maintain your HVAC system.
  • Drain the water heater and remove build up
  • Test electrical outlets & GFCI outlets
  • Test carbon monoxide and smoke alarms
  • Inspect for drafts and winterize windows and doors
  • Prepare for winter storms with necessary supplies

Professional Electrical Inspections

If you need an electrical inspection, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help. It is our goal to educate commercial and residential customers while protecting families and businesses from preventable risks. Our experienced team of master electricians can assist you with your fall home maintenance checklist.

We have the expertise and knowledge to address any electrical project you have. For questions about proper maintenance of your electrical system or to request our services, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today! We will be happy to help!

 

The following is a full list of our services:

  • Residential, commercial and industrial electrical contracting
  • New construction
  • Service work
  • Renovation electric
  • Electric system inspection
  • Electrical service changes and upgrades
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement
  • Problem solving
  • Break downs in electrical service
  • Receptacles, breakers, panels
  • Lighting
  • Landscape lighting
  • Security Lighting
  • Recessed lighting
  • Ceiling fansand light fixtures
  • Computer lines
  • Spa and Pool Heater connections
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation
  • HVAC wiring
  • Transformer pads
  • Duke Energy service integration
  • Code violation repairs
  • Exterior lighting, security lighting, parking lots
  • Generators
  • Electrical storm damage, surge protection, lightning damage insurance claims accepted
  • Meter base changes
  • Commercial wiring, large amp underground service installs
  • Underground cabling
  • Industrial plant wiring, lighting, maintenance
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