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Why Are Bathroom Fans Important?

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – conveniently located in Walton, Kentucky (KY) – is here to help you see why bathroom fans are so important. Call us today for all of your electrical needs.

Many people believe that the only necessary pieces in the bathroom are the main fixtures, like the shower, the toilet, and the vanity. However, the bathroom fan plays a huge role in keeping your bathroom functional and in good shape. Exhaust fans are an incredibly important system to have in your bathroom. Not only do these fans clear the humid air while your showering, they provide beneficial ventilation to your room that could otherwise cause a major problem. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, located in Walton, Kentucky, we want to help you understand how necessary this bathroom feature is, so you can see why bathroom fans are so important.

Moisture Removal

The main function of the bathroom fan is moisture removal. If you’ve ever taken a steaming hot shower and forgotten to turn on the fan, it’s obvious what this feature prevents. Stepping out of the shower into a room full of steam may seem like a sign that your shower was hot and relaxing, but a room full of steam can cause big problems for a bathroom that is not equipped for it. Unlike saunas that are built to accommodate wet heat and steam, bathrooms are not made entirely of ceiling to floor tile.  The moisture generated from your hot shower can seep into your paint, wallpaper, and drywall and cause major water damage over time. If you have wooden fixtures, the heat and steam can warp these pieces as well.

Fume Eliminator

The bathroom is host to a wide range of smells, from unpleasant odors to delightful perfumes and scents. Bathroom fans allow you to keep any odors contained and stop them from spreading throughout your whole home. In addition to protecting your home from odors, the bathroom fan is also beneficial when it comes time for cleaning. Because bathrooms require the use of relatively harsh chemicals to keep them looking sparkling clean, they can be potentially dangerous. Exhaust fans help eliminate the danger and whip the chemical odors away to keep you and your family safe and protected.

While bathroom fans are commonplace in the home, many of these systems can have problems with installation, age, and other malfunctions that can lead to even bigger issues for your home. To ensure that your bathroom fan is installed properly and functioning at its best, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is here to help. Proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, our team of qualified professional electricians can help ensure that all of the electrical wiring in your home is working at peak performance. With our team of trusted electricians and an A+ rating from the BBB, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and dedication to every project we complete. No matter what your electrical need may be, Rose Brothers & Sons can ensure a great experience. Contact Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today!

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How Should You Choose the Best Outdoor Lighting?

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) – is here to help you choose the best outdoor lighting for your home. We handle a variety of electrical issues and can help keep your home in perfect working order.

Outdoor lighting is a simplistic way to enhance the outside of your home, add security to your property, and make your home safer. Choosing the right outdoor lighting may seem like a no brainer, but there are actually a lot of lighting options available that may be better suited to certain homes or personal preferences. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, located in Walton, Kentucky, can guide you through your lighting options and show you how to pick the best outdoor lighting for your home.

Why You Should Buy Outdoor Lighting?

The right outdoor lighting will add a sense of ambiance and character to the outside of your home. You can add unique lighting accents, like a whimsical hanging lamp over your front door or light posts that line your driveway as a way to make your home more inviting and appealing to all who see it. In addition to making your home look special, outdoor lighting adds a whole new level of safety to your home. Well-lit homes have a much lower chance of experiencing crime than homes that are not well lit. Ample, functional lighting pieces also allow you and your family to better maneuver the terrain of your yard if you are ever outside when it starts to get dark, possibly preventing falls or injuries.

What’s the Right Lighting?

While lighting choice is mostly a personal preference, each type of lighting option will function in a different way depending on where it is placed. Wall lights and sconces can add light to the outside of your garage, patio, and anywhere there is a wall of your home. Ranging from simplistic to elegant, wall lights and sconces will illuminate a small area around them and shine against your home.

Hanging lights can be decorative or simplistic but are ideal for the entryway above your front door. Not only do these lights add much-needed lighting for guests, they can be used to really accentuate the style of the interior of your home to make your design feel cohesive.

Lamp posts are great to use however you choose. Place them at the end of your sidewalk or line your entire driveway for a style that really stands out, these lighting options will help you navigate walkways and set your home apart.

Security and fence lighting are usually subtler in appearance. Mounted on the top of windows, doors, and fences, these lights function with the main goal of shining the light in vulnerable areas of the home.

As you can see, the number of lighting options can actually be quite overwhelming. Don’t let this decision becoming stressful. The experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric are here to help you make the right choice and ensure proper installation. Proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati for the past 30 years, our team of master electricians can make your lighting installation and selection run smoothly. For more information about the electrical contracting services we provide, contact Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today.

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Finding the Right Pool Lighting for Your Home

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – located in Walton, Kentucky (KY) – is here to help you choose the right style of pool lighting. We proudly solve a multitude of electrical issues in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio areas.

Whether you are having a pool installed or you already have a pool in your backyard and are looking to enhance the area, pool lighting is a great thing to consider adding. The perfect pool lighting allows you to enjoy your pool at all hours of the day and night and can completely change the ambiance of the space. From fun choices, like color changing LEDs to more practical halogen lighting for a more well-lit area, you can make your pool completely unique with lighting. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, located in Walton, Kentucky, we can help you find the right lighting for your pool, so you can make sure you are completely satisfied once installation is complete.

Why Lighting is so Important

It is important to really consider all your pool lighting options before you have your pool installed. While you can makeover an already installed pool if necessary, the process is much more difficult and time consuming. Knowing this, it is easy to understand why making the right lighting choice the first time is always the better option. As mentioned, pool lighting allows you to enjoy your pool whenever you feel. Aside from the obvious functional needs, the lighting inside your pool and the lighting you choose for your pool area will create the atmosphere of your pool. Whether you want a relaxed and luxurious spa-like pool or you crave something more dramatic with bold or colorful lighting options, your lighting should enhance your theme.

Lighting Options

Lights can be added inside of your pool and the area around your pool depending on your personal needs. There are three basic lighting types: halogen, LED, and fiber optic. Halogen lights are affordable and will give you optimal, natural lighting around your pool. LED lights are much more efficient than halogen lighting and will provide you with a bright and crisp lighting with far fewer lights. Lastly, fiber optic lighting allows you to change the look of your pool the most. With the ability to change colors, you can change the ambiance of your pool with ease.

Pool lighting also comes in a wide variety of styles. You can choose floating pool lights, built-in lights around the wall of your pool, lights behind a water feature, in-ground lights around the top of your pool, or even lighting that sits farther away from the pool to add ambiance to the whole pool area; whatever lighting options you choose will alter the feel and function of your space.

To make sure your pool lighting is perfect and incorporates your functional and personal style needs, planning out your lighting with an electrical contractor will ensure the smoothest installation. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, we can help you make your pool dreams come to life. With our team of experienced master electricians with over 45 years of combined experience, we can ensure a safe and efficient pool lighting installation that you will be satisfied with for years to come. For more information about our electrical contracting services or to set up an appointment to talk about pool lighting options, contact our team today!

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Bringing Your New Construction Up to Code

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) from their Walton, KY location – is here to help you learn about ways you can get your new construction up to code. Call us today to handle any electrical issues that arise with your new build.

Making sure your home is up to code after a new construction project is extremely important when it comes to keeping yourself and your family safe. Building codes guarantee that everything in your home is in top shape and makes sure every new renovation was done with high-quality craftsmanship. Though there are many arguments for and against new building codes, statistics speak for themselves when they show the number of building collapses, fires, and flooding that were prevented by the evolution of codes.

When it comes to making sure your home is up to code, it is super helpful to plan ahead. Before you even start your project, you should ensure that you meet all building codes for your state and/or city. You can browse building codes for Ohio here and Kentucky here. There is a good chance that if your building plans, themselves, aren’t up to code, you will receive a suspension of your building permit. Of course, when you are just doing small home renovations, you won’t necessarily need a building permit, it is still important to make sure your home is up to code to ensure that it is safe for your family.

Electrical codes are especially important, and we can help you with those. One of the most common causes of house fires in the United States is faulty electrical wiring. This is why it is so important to make sure you are following all electrical codes. Not only do these house fires caused by electrical wiring cause loss of lives, they also cause millions of dollars in property damage. Aside from worn out plugs and sockets, DIY wiring projects, outdated circuit breakers and fuse boxes, a majority of these fires are caused by noncompliance with electrical installation codes. In addition to being able to help you decipher these codes, so you understand them, we can also help you by inspecting your home and projects in order to make sure everything is in great shape.

Some general codes to consider are as follows:

In Bathrooms:

  • All outlets must be Ground Fault Current Interrupter.
  • There must be an electrical receptacle three feet from the sink.
  • There can be no face-up receptacles on countertops.

In Kitchens:

  • All countertop receptacles must be Ground Fault Current Interrupter.
  • Receptacles cannot be more than twenty inches above countertops.
  • Kitchen Islands must have at least one receptacle, if not more.
  • Once again, no face up receptacles.

In General:

  • Wall receptacle every twelve feet.
  • Any wall space that is more than twenty-four inches wide should have a receptacle.
  • Hallways that are longer than ten feet must have at least one receptacle.

Rose Brothers & Sons Inc Electric and Construction is here to help you keep your home in perfect condition. Whether you are renovating and need an electrician for your new construction or just need help with regular inspections and maintenance issues, we are here for you. We specialize in residential service changes, upgrades, and breaks in service and storm repairs, so we definitely know what we are doing. We also offer 24-hour emergency service. We operate out of Walton, Kentucky, but we are proud to inform you that we serve all of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Give us a call today and let us help you keep your home up to code!

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Adding onto Your Home? Make Sure It Is Wired Properly

If you are considering adding onto your home, one of the biggest concerns you should have is that your wiring is correctly installed. Improper wiring can cause a hassle when repairs need to be made, make for a longer construction project, and be dangerous for your home. At Rose Brothers & Sons, located in Walton, Kentucky, we want to make sure that your addition project goes as smoothly as possible by making sure that everything is wired properly.

 

Wiring for Necessities

When adding an addition to your home or remodeling your space becomes a necessary task, there are many aspects of this new space that need to be considered. Typically, adding space in an unfinished basement or attic is the best option if possible because the structure is already present and ready to be completed. But, completing these areas still require important wiring checks to accommodate the use of the new space. Rooms will need to have wiring installed for common items like outlets, lighting fixtures, smoke detectors, vent fans, air conditioning, and thermostats. In addition, these rooms may also need to have electrical wiring that is customized to the specifics of the space. To ensure that you are taking all your wiring needs into account when you begin your project, write up a detailed plan of the design of the room.

 

Specific Wiring Requirements

While some wiring has simple and standard code requirements, like outlets and overhead lighting, some areas need special care. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are typically linked to one another in a home- all of the alarms sounding if one goes off. Depending on the system you have, wiring will have to connect the new smoke detector to the electricity and then to all the existing detectors. Three-way switches at the top and bottom of staircases is also a tricky wiring task, but one that is incredibly helpful when adding on a space in the basement. Ceiling fans will require 2 separate electrical tracks- one for the lighting component and one for the actual fan- to ensure reliable use. When installing any wiring it is also important to remember that receptacles shouldn’t be any farther than twelve feet away from one another according to code.

 

Due to all of the specific requirements and necessities that are involved with wiring a new addition in your house, calling an expert to have your electrical wiring installed properly and safely is always the best option. Unless you are experienced in electrical wiring, the task can be tricky and dangerous. Avoid any hassle during installation or complications after your room is complete and contact the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons for your next electrical wiring project. Proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. specializes in electric and construction needs. A trusted electrician with an A+ rating from the BBB, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer services and professionalism towards every job. No matter what your electrical contracting job may be, Rose Brothers & Sons can ensure a great experience.

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What to Do If You Have Bugs in Your Electrical Outlets

Bug infestations in your home can be distressing and quite serious. The bugs can lurk in places you would not think and cause destruction too. If you have this problem it is important to know how to handle it.

Bed bugs are a growing issue in the United States. One of the reasons for this is the myth that they only live in mattresses and other furniture that is soft. Bed bugs can actually hide in a plethora of areas you may not expect, which allows the infestation to increase much easier. Some of the obscure spots they may be lurking in include library books, alarm clocks, underneath beds, dresser drawers, and electrical outlets. In homes that have a high number of bed bugs, they will spread out. They will crawl into the outlet slots and hide behind the electrical outlet plates. The outlets in bedrooms have the highest chances of housing the bugs, especially those that are located nearest to the beds. This is due to the fact that they prefer to live closest to their food source. However, no room free from this problem.

Cockroaches like to inhabit tight spaces where their shells and bodies area able to touch. This has led to their preference to hide inside table legs, hollow walls, the undersides of furniture, and electrical outlets. Once roaches make their way into the outlets it creates a dangerous situation. They produce secretions that have the power to corrode the receptacles. This can damage the wiring of your home, and potentially start a fire. This concealed infestation can put the safety of your loved ones in jeopardy. If you find you have cockroaches in your outlets, there are ways to eliminate the problem and prevent it from reoccurring. First is to apply a dusting of boric acid to all the outlets in your home. The dust attaches to the shell of the pest and kills it. Then you set up bait near the affected areas, to draw them out. They then become trapped in the bait and can easily be taken care of. If you have unused outlets install child-safe covers as this will keep the roaches from re-infesting the receptacle. When they do not have an entry point for the outlet, you do not have to worry about them hiding there.

If you do find bugs in electrical outlets, it is important to handle the matter immediately. You will need to contact a pest removal service to get rid of the infestation but also an electrician. It is imperative to have a professional electrician inspect the wiring of your home to ensure the bugs have done no damage to it. Hiring an electrician ensures that if there are any problems are present, they will be repaired before a fire occurs.

For a trusted electrical contractor, you can count on the professionals at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We have training and expertise to handle any electrical issues whether they are residential, commercial, or industrial. We are located in Walton, KY to provide the highest quality of service to Cincinnati and Northern KY. Call us today.

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Should You Invest in Solar Power?

Solar power is gaining popularity due to the shifting focus on renewable sources of energy. Solar panels can work anywhere; they do not require you to live in an area that is constantly sunny. The Northeastern U.S. has the highest amount of panels installed, and they have snowy winters. There are many benefits provided when you rely on this source of power. However, you should first learn if it a good fit for you.

Solar power is friendly to the environment. The panels are able to generate electricity solely by the energy of the sun. Since the power is all derived from the sun it is completely sustainable as opposed to fossil fuels which are exhaustible. Another plus, is that the photovoltaics are green and silent. This differs greatly from coal, nuclear power, and oil drilling, which can all act as a pollutant and be quite loud. There are also no greenhouse gases emitted by solar panels and it does not pollute water when in the process of creating energy either. So for those who are environmentally conscious, this is a great alternative to traditional power sources. This can lower your carbon footprint which will reduce the damage sustained by the planet. Utilizing solar energy will help improve the world for future generations.

Once the panels are installed, solar power is totally free. This allows you to save money as you will be less reliant on the power from your energy supplier. Solar panels have the ability to cover most or even the entirety of your energy needs, so you can reduce your energy bills significantly. The only downside is that the panels only function during the day, so this would require you to use energy from the grid at night. However, a simple solution is to reschedule your task so that your most energy-dependent activities are completed in the daytime.

Another bonus of using solar power is that you can eventually make money from them. If your solar system is hooked up to the grid, you will receive a payment for each unit of electricity that it produces. This is due to the Feed-In-Tariff, which is free from tax and is guaranteed for fifteen years. So while the upfront cost of the panels is expensive, you will ultimately earn the money you pay for them back and then some. There are also incentives and rebates to lessen the cost too.

There are many positives to switching to solar power, but you have to determine if it is worth it. To find out how much your potential savings could be you need to look at your current electricity bill, as this is the largest factor. Those with higher electricity rates will have the greatest savings. Solar calculators are available online to estimate your savings, and find how swiftly the investment will pay for itself.

For all your electrical needs, you can rely on the electrical contractors at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We have electrical expertise to handle a variety of projects ranging from residential to construction. We are located in Walton, KY to serve the Northern KY and Cincinnati area. Call us today.

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3 Reasons Your Light Bulbs Could Keep Blowing

Almost all varieties of light bulbs are vulnerable to blowing. This is because they rely on the electrical stimulation of an enclosed gas or filament to produce light. Along with light, heat is also generated. The combination of heat and electricity is enough to cause the bulb to explode. The only type of bulb not susceptible to this issue is LEDs. There are several reasons why this problem can repeatedly occur.

When light bulbs keep blowing, one cause could be a loose connection in the lamp holder. This is due to the fact that the circuit has not been completed as tightly as possible. This can lead to the electricity to jump across the contact or to “arc”, instead of merely flowing through it. When this occurs, more heat is produced than the bulb is expected or tailored to handle. Arcing electricity has the ability to melt the metal it is jumping onto. Once the heat surpasses the limitations of the light bulb, it can blow. A certified electrician can check your lighting circuits to see if there is this is the problem and correct it for you.

Incandescent light bulbs are most prone to exploding. This is because of the high amount of heat that is generated as compared to other types of bulbs. Inside a traditional incandescent bulb is the filament which glows. The glowing occurs as a result of the filament material resisting the flow of electricity. In addition to the radiating effect, the resistance also creates heat. If the bulb manufacturer has failed to correctly insulate the base of the light bulb, the heat produced is enough to melt the socket material. This allows the pressurized inert gases within the bulb to rapidly escape. This is one reason why it is best to avoid cheaper light bulbs. It is best to spend the money on more expensive ones as they are better quality, and you can be assured that they have been manufactured properly. They are also cheaper in the long run as well. The materials in the cheaper bulbs are much thinner, which causes even the slightest surge of power to break them down. To eliminate any chance of risk, it is in your best interest to splurge on the higher priced bulbs.

Another reason for light bulbs to continually blow is an electrical overload of the bulbs internal capacitor, which is a common cause of compact fluorescent bulbs exploding. While CFL bulbs do not produce nearly as much heat as incandescent bulbs, the issue can still happen. The blowing can occur as the result of the CFL being placed on a dimmer circuit. They are not designed to be used with a dimmer so when it is, it will cause an electrical overload.

If you are having electrical issues, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is an electrical contractor you can trust. We provide electrical services on a wide assortment of projects from small residential repairs to work on construction sites.  We take pride in providing customers the highest quality of service, which is why we have such a positive record on Angie’s List. We have a location in Walton, KY to serve Cincinnati and Northern KY. Call us today.

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Temporary Electrical Fixes to Get Your Through an Emergency

Emergencies can occur in an instant, so it is in your best interest to know how to deal with them if a problem arises. Preparedness is your greatest asset in urgent situations. There are several common electrical emergencies that can occur.

When your house loses power, the first thing you should do is check to see if there is power in nearby homes and the streetlights. This will determine if it is a widespread electrical issue for your neighborhood or an isolated incident solely affecting your home. If the outage is only at your house, try to make it to your circuit breaker box if you can safely do so. The problem could have been caused by a breaker overload, so check to see if any have been tripped. To correct, you simply need to flip the breaker switch to the original position. If power is not restored, it is time to call your power company to notify them of the outage. While this problem can have a simple fix, most do not.

If you plug too many cords in a single area of your home and one is damaged, electrical sparks can result. The sparks can eventually cause a fire. If you notice sparking when plugging something into your outlets, remove the cord from it. You should refrain from using that outlet until you can have it evaluated by an electrician. Sparks can cause a dangerous situation for your family and home.

Bad wiring can lead to a serious electrical issue. This problem is more prevalent in older homes, as the wires can deteriorate as they age. Faulty wires can also cause a fire. To prevent problems with bad wiring, you should regularly have your wires inspected to ensure they stay in working condition. Any faulty wires should be immediately replaced, so your home maintains optimal electricity output.

Another frequent electrical emergency occurs due to appliance malfunctions. This can happen as result of leaving the appliance plugged in to a socket for an extended period of time or simply because the wiring has gone bad. If you believe that your appliance has stopped working due to a malfunction, it is best to call a professional electrician to service it. To prevent any damage to your stove, it is important to know how to handle a grease fire. If it is possible, simply cover the fire with a lid until the fire dies down. If there is not a lid around, throw baking soda on the fire until the flames are gone. Being able to quickly handle a fire will keep the wiring of your stove from sustaining damage.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric we are available 24 hours a day to repairs any electrical emergencies that arise. We are an electrical contractor available for residential, commercial, and industrial services for the greater Northern KY area.  We don’t provide quick fixes but rather long-lasting results so the problem is entirely eliminated. We have a location in Walton, KY to deliver high-quality service to Cincinnati and Northern KY. Call us today.

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Why You Shouldn’t “Do It Yourself” When It Comes to Electrical Work

DIY projects are a great way to save money. Instead of relying on someone else to perform services on your home, you simply do them yourself. However, electrical work is not something that should be attempted by amateurs. While you think you have the capability to handle it, it is best to leave the job for a professional.

The biggest concern when working with electricity is serious harm or death. Electrocution can easily occur if every step is not done correctly. Even if you know how to do a majority of the work, the part you do not know can hurt you. Most homes have 200 amps circulating into their service panels, which is high enough to kill a person. Depending on the conditions, someone could still die from even 15A or 20A. The risk for danger does not go away once the project is completed either. A fire can occur if your home is not properly wired, which puts your family and property in jeopardy. To eliminate any potential threats, it is safest to hire a professional electrician to handle any electrical issues you have.

While supplies and tools can be purchased at home improvement stores, there are more steps involved in the process. If you are doing things by the book, electrical work requires permits to be pulled and inspectors to visit your home. These frustrations can be bypassed by having an electrician tackle the project for you.

When searching for an electrician it is important to conduct research to find the most qualified candidate. Find a professional that possesses the proper licenses and certifications, as this can give you confidence in the electrical work they will provide you. To attain the licenses, they would have to gone through testing to show their competence at performing a variety of electrical tasks. A professional electrician would have undergone rigorous testing and training, so you can be assured that they can handle whatever project you have for them, as well as dependability and reliability. Their extensive schooling also ensures that their work follows all building codes and is in compliance with any city, town, or area they provide service to. Before any labor has begun, they will acquire any permits the work calls for. Another benefit of hiring a licensed electrician is that they are insured. They carry insurance to cover any liability, in case any problems arise. Contracting a professional electrician ensures that you will be able to reach them if you would ever have to file an insurance claim. Overall, the peace of mind of relying on a professional for electrical work is well worth the cost as opposed to trying to do it yourself.

For a licensed professional electrician, you can depend on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We are a local electrical contractor available to perform countless residential, commercial and industrial services. We are a family owned business that was built on the values of honesty, trust, and hard work. Our main priority is the happiness and wellbeing for all of our customers. We have a location in Walton, KY to serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today.

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