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Lightning and Home Wiring Repairs

home wiring repairsLightning is one of the most incredible and terrifying natural phenomena on Earth. You do not want to be struck by lightning, and you definitely do not want lightning to strike your home. This article will break down what happens when lightning hits your home requiring home wiring repairs and how you should deal with it.

Fire Damage

The biggest danger to a house struck by lightning is that it might catch on fire. Lightning tries to travel through conductive materials on its way to the ground, and your home is full of them. Electric, gas, and water lines are all easy paths for lightning to travel through. And when the lightning is passing through these systems it will most likely come in contact with wood or other highly flammable materials. Most lightning caused fires start in the roof area because it has to pass through that structural material before it can reach the more conducive pathways. However, if it gets through the roof fine you still are not safe. Lightning tends to burn up electrical wires, presenting another serious fire hazard that is throughout your entire home.  Even if you are lucky enough to not end up with a fire, your home will still require home wiring repairs.

Power Surge

Another major issue with lightning striking your home is surge damage. If lightning is passing through your home’s electrical wires, it can over power devices connected to them and cause serious damage with an explosive power surge. The sheer force of a power surge can damage even non-electrical devices. Even if just a little bit of lightning travels through your electrical wires while the rest takes another path to the ground, there still could be a surge with enough force to destroy most connected electric items.

Shock Waves

Another huge source of damage from lightning is from an explosive shockwave. These shockwaves produced by lightning are what causes the thunder we hear from miles and miles away. If that is the sound they make from far away, just imagine how destructive they will be up close. Lightning can easily shatter concrete, brick, and stone. They can also crumble plaster walls, shatter glass, and cause serious damage to your home’s foundation. Plus it also can produce shrapnel, with tiny, sharp pieces of debris flying everywhere causing even more damage.

Home Wiring Repairs In Northern Kentucky

Now that you know all of the terrible things lightning can do to a house, if something is wrong with your electric system call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, the best place for electrical repair in Northern Kentucky.

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5 Signs You Need To Call Your Electricians

 electriciansHave trouble with your electricity; call your electricians. We all use electricity. Well, unless you are Amish, of course. But if you are Amish you are probably not reading this online article. Electricity is important to all of our daily lives, and it is now almost impossible to live normally without it. That is why you need to make sure that the electricity in your house is working fine. Think about how unpleasant and inconvenient a power outage is, or how dangerous an electrical fire is. Nobody wants to deal with either of those issues if they do not have to. That is why this article will break down 5 key signs that you need to call your electricians right away, for you and your family’s sake.

1) Circuit Breaker Problems

Circuit breakers are designed to trip when they become overloaded. This is designed to prevent fires and keep you safe. However, circuit breakers can also start to trip when they are old. Occasional tripping means it is probably an overload. If it becomes a regular thing, however, consult an electrician to check it out. Instead of messing with the panel and making things worse, call in an expert and have them take care of it for you.

2) Hot Ceiling Fixtures

You should regularly check your ceiling fixtures to see if they are too hot. Some fixtures are not insulated so plenty of heat escapes, or you may have a bulb with too high of a wattage installed. Both of these can quickly turn into fire hazards if you are not careful. One easy solution is to replace your bulbs with fluorescent or LED versions that produce less heat and use less energy. That means they save you money, which is always a plus.

3) Flickering Lights

A flickering light is not always the fault of a defective or loose light bulb. If replacing the bulb does not fix it, consult an electrician because the issue may be within the light fixture itself. It might also be a loose connection to the circuit breaker box, but either way get professional assistance from electricians as messing with those things can get dangerous quickly.

4) Switches and Outlets Not Working

Fewer things are more annoying than an outlet or light switch no longer working. But not only are these frustrating, they can also be signs of electrical damage. The wiring may have gotten loose, or the device may be cracked on the inside. A loose plug can, at the very least, give you an unpleasant shock when trying to remove it. Call an electrician to get any loose wiring diagnosed and faulty devices repaired or replaced.

5) Burning Odor and Sparks

The most obvious sign of possible danger in your electric system is if you smell something burning or see large sparks coming from an outlet. Small sparks occasionally are not unusual, but large sparks that happen every time can be evidence of something much worse. These are both signs of possible electrical fires, and an electrician should be contacted right away if either are noticed.

Now that you know the kinds of things to look out for, if you see anything wrong with your electric system contact your electricians, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, the best place for electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky.

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Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda: Wished I’d Called An Electrician

electricianHave you ever accidentally shocked yourself with static electricity? Hurts, right? Well imagine that but only way, way, way, way, way stronger. That is what you could experience if you decide to go digging around in your wires and messing with your electrical system. It can get pretty confusing in there with all those cords, wires, and switches, and the more confusing it gets the more dangerous it is for you to mess with. One wrong move and you could be zapped like a mosquito buzzing around the wrong back porch. That is why you should always consult an electrician when dealing with anything potentially “shocking.”

DIY Electricians Or The Real Deal

But what if you are not confused by all the tangled wires and circuits? No matter how confident you are, if you are not a licensed electrician you should not try and fix any electrical issues in your own home. Besides obvious personal injury concerns, there are also numerous building codes and inspections that your electrical system must pass. If you have not been properly trained, you most likely are not aware of those codes and how to adhere to them. Plus, the untrained eye most likely would miss most of the minor electrical issues that could be causing your problems, and you probably would also not be able to tell when you made a small mistake that could lead to a colossal deadly electrical fire. What looks like an easy fix can turn into a major disaster if the wrong person is trying to fix it.

But what if you get out of there with everything appearing to be all fixed up and you did not electrocute yourself? Well, you are not quite out of the woods yet. You might switch up your wires so that your light switch now turns on your garbage disposal and vice versa. Or that new ceiling fan you installed all by yourself might come crashing down during a nice family dinner. No one wants to deal with problems like that, so do not put yourself in those situations. If you notice something wrong with your electrical system, call an electrician and let a professional fix the problem. Trying to save a few bucks on a routine installation could end up costing you much more if something goes wrong.

Your Local Electricians

So now that you have been duly warned of the dangers of DIY electrical work, if you have an issue call Rose Brothers & Sons, the best electricians in Northern Kentucky. And do not end up paying hospital bills twenty times worse than your electrician’s bill would have been.

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Electrical Repairs On A Newly Purchased Home

electrical repairsFinding your newly purchased home needs electrical repairs can be a nightmare. Unexpected expenses are often part of purchasing an older home and should be considered normal but with seller disclosures and a good home inspection, the electrical repairs you need should be limited to things you were aware of or items that have broken after the home inspection. At Rose Brothers and Sons Electric, we can help with all your electrical repairs. We cannot give you legal advice. A good attorney will be able to help you understand real estate laws and who is liable for electrical repairs. Here are a few things for you to consider:

Did Your Have A Home Inspection

Most realtors will urge you to have a home inspection if the house is an older house and even if it is new construction. A home inspection is designed to prevent you from purchasing a home and later finding out there are costly repairs you were unaware of. If you choose to skip the home inspection to save a little money, you are more than likely going to have to pay for the electrical repairs. If you feel that the seller knew about the problem and failed to disclose it, you may need to contact a good attorney.

Was The House Sold “As Is”

Wording in the purchase contract may be stated that lets you know you’re buying the home the way it is. If “As Is” wording exists, then you are more than likely responsible for repairs to the home. If you feel that the seller misrepresented the home or failed to disclose the extent of the needed repairs, you should check with your attorney to see if anything can be done about it. A seller who purposely misrepresented the home can be charged with fraud in some cases.

Were The Repairs Obvious

Another thing to consider when determining who is responsible for electrical repairs to a home you recently purchased is to determine if the problem was obvious or not. What this means is that if you could have found out about the problem by simply turning the lights on, then the courts will often assume you should have known about the electrical problems and you will be responsible for electrical repairs.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you with all electrical repairs you need. We service the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Call today for an estimate or electrical inspection and we will be happy to help.

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The Difference Between a Short Circuit or Ground Fault?

short circuit or ground faultWhat’s the difference between a short circuit or ground fault and do I need to know? You may have heard the terms short circuit or ground fault used and wonder what they mean to you and your electrical system. If you have a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker, you may have a faulty breaker, a short circuit or  ground fault or a problem with one of your appliances.

Why Does My Circuit Breaker Trip?

If you have a fuse box or circuit breaker box, it is put in place to protect you and your home from too much electricity. Circuit breakers or fuses are designed to work with a certain amount of electricity or AMPS. When that amount is exceeded because too much electricity is required, the fuse will blow or the breaker will trip to off. For example when you have a 20-amp fuse and your appliance starts using 30-amps you will exceed the amount of electricity and your circuit breaker will trip or your fuse will burn out.

Short Circuit or Ground Fault

What Is A Short Circuit?

A Short circuit is when a wire gets exposed or is open to touch another wire. When the wires are connected wrong or insulation wears away so that wires touch, you can end up with a hot wire touching a neutral wire and this can result in a short circuit. Often you’ll see a spark or smell smoke. Sometimes you cannot detect where the problem is. Your electrician can help determine the cause of the short circuit and rewire any areas that have trouble. A short circuit will draw more electricity and cause a short. Sometimes the hot wires melt the insulation on the wires and could potentially cause a house fire.

What Is A Ground Fault?

A ground fault occurs when the hot wire is exposed and touches either the ground wire or it touches metal in the junction box or in the appliance. For example if your air conditioner compressor has a ground fault it means a wire in the compressor broke and is touching the sides of the unit. This will also cause a surge in power that will trip the breaker or blow the fuse.  Another term for ground fault is a short to ground connection.

What Should You Do If Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

If you notice a problem with your circuit breaker, you need to have it checked out. The circuit breaker is there to keep you safe and notify you if there’s a problem. Sometimes the only problem is a loose wire at the circuit breaker box. Other times, you have either a short circuit or ground fault causing the breaker to trip or the fuse to blow. Your electrician at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help you determine where the problem is and make the necessary repairs. Rose Brothers serves the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area and we are ready to help you with all your electrical repairs.

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Can Ceiling Fan Installation Save On Cooling Cost?

ceiling fan installationThere are many good arguments that would recommend ceiling fan installation to save on cooling costs.  The trick is not just to install a ceiling fan but to install it correctly and to use it wisely.

What To Expect From Ceiling Fans

Unlike air conditioners that actually cool the air, ceiling fans work by creating air flow.  It’s important to note that like a portable fan or table fan, unless you are in direct contact with the air flow, it won’t do you much good.  Ceiling fans have 2 settings. The counter-clockwise setting is best in the summer and the clockwise setting is best in the winter.  The direction of the air is determined by the slant of the blades.  During colder weather, the warm air can be pulled up to the ceiling and redistributed around the room to help heat colder exterior walls.  Likewise in the summer, the blades will push air down and create a draft.  Some people are comfortable with ceiling fans and use their A/C less or on a lower setting.

How To Save Cooling Costs With a Ceiling Fan

If you use your ceiling fan as intended, it could produce some savings on your electric bill.  You should attach your ceiling fan to the light switch so that it turns off with the light when you leave the room.  Ceiling fans only help you while your in the room.  They cannot cool air in other rooms.  Also if you can enjoy the breeze from your ceiling fan and adjust the temperature down on your thermostat, then you will be able to realize a greater savings.

Ceiling Fan Placement

When installing a ceiling fan, make sure you think about the affects of blowing air on your room.  Some people don’t like ceiling fans in the kitchen for this reason.  It can lower the temperature on the stove or create a hazard if you own a gas stove.  Potentially a ceiling fan above your dining room table could cool the food faster than you like.  Also when considering ceiling fan installation, make sure you add enough ceiling fans in the room to create even temperatures that will cool the entire room.  Many people who install bedroom ceiling fans get so they cannot sleep comfortably without the airflow and noise of the ceiling fan.

Ceiling Fan Installation

If you are thinking about installing ceiling fans this summer or would like to replace existing ceiling lights with a ceiling fan fixture, contact the electricians at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.  Rose Brothers can help with all your lighting and ceiling fan installation. Rose Brothers services the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.  Contact us today and live cooler!

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Are Electrical Repairs and Upgrades Tax Deductible?

electrical repairs and upgradesYou may be wondering if electrical repairs and upgrades are tax deductible. According to experts, if you only use your home for personal use, then the amount of the home repair is not tax deductible. You can however use the amount of the home improvement for your benefit. Here’s how it works:

Rules For Home Owners

According to IRS rules, if you made home improvements like kitchen remodeling or a room addition, you can add the cost of the expense to the base price of your home. For example, if you purchased your home for 200,000 and spent 30,000 on remodeling, then the base price of your home would go up to 230,000. When you sell your home, this would offset any capital gain you may have. In our example, if you sold your home for 250,000 then you would only have 20,000 in gains instead of 50,000. You may also qualify for exemption from those gains so it’s important to get all the facts before you file your taxes.

Rules For Home Businesses

If you use part of your home for business, the rules change and you can deduct some of the home improvements or all of them depending on where the improvement was made and how much of it benefits your business. If you remodel your kitchen or need electrical upgrades and you use your home in a business type situation, then the cost of the expense may be deducted. This is especially true if you are upgrading the electric in the part of the home that is your office. If the upgrade or electrical repair is an improvement to the entire home, the amount you can deduct is often based on the square footage of the office in your home or the portion you rent out. If however the expense is part of the office or part of the rental room, you may be able to deduct the full amount. You may also be able to depreciate the expenses similar to the way you would depreciate a building. Your accountant will be able to show you which rules apply to you and how to make the most of your tax situation.

Rules For Landlords

If you own rental property then you can claim all of your electrical repairs and upgrades as a tax deduction. There is a difference in the way you classify the expenses as an improvement or repair. If you choose to write off the expense as a repair, you can take the full amount as an expense in the year you claim it. If you classify the amount as an improvement, then you can depreciate the amount over many years.

A good tax attorney or accountant can show you the best way to write off your expenses and electrical repairs to offset your income.

Electrical repairs and Upgrades

If you need electrical repairs or upgrades, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. We have experience with remodeling, electrical repairs and upgrades. Many of the home improvement you make, including electrical repairs and upgrades can affect your tax situation. When you need a good electrician in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is the company to call. We specialize in all sorts of electrical projects from new construction to simple electrical repairs.

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Appliances That Require Dedicated Circuits

appliances that require dedicated circuitsThere are many appliances that require dedicated circuits. In fact, if you are constantly experiencing your circuit breaker tripping or lights dimming, you may have a problem with how your breaker box is set up. This can cause not only damage to your appliances but it’s also a fire hazard. You owe it to yourself and your family to keep your electrical system safe and working properly.

What Is A Dedicated Circuit?

A dedicated circuit is a circuit breaker in your electrical box that is used for only one appliance. It in effect is dedicated to doing only that one thing. Some major appliances that draw a lot of electricity will require more than one switch we usually refer to these as double pole circuits as opposed to single pole circuits. This configuration keeps you and your home safe from fires. Double pole circuits are for appliances requiring 30-50 amps and single pole circuits are for appliances requiring 20 amps.

The Appliances That Require Dedicated Circuits

Heating and Air Conditioning Equipment

Electric Ranges and Ovens

Refrigerators and Freezers

Dishwashers

Washers and Dryers

Microwaves

Electric Fireplaces

Garage Door Openers

Car Charging Stations

Garbage Disposals

Water Heaters

Sump pumps

Jacuzzi, hot tubs and Pools

Upgrading Your Electrical Circuits

If you are adding a new appliance or an older used appliance, you need to make sure your electric is set up to handle the new addition.   You can check the rating on the new appliance or electrical equipment to determine how much electricity it will use. Many appliances are compliant with Energy Star ratings and use less electricity than older models. If you experience fluctuating power, dimming light or you are constantly throwing a breaker switch, you should call your professional electrician in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky and have your electrical system checked out. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help you with fast, dependable electrical repairs and upgrades. Call today to speak with a professional electrician or to schedule a repair or estimate.

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Choosing the Right Electrical Contractor

choosing the right electrical contractorChoosing The Right Electrical Contractor can be tricky if you don’t know the right questions to ask. At Rose Brothers and Sons Electric we work hard to maintain a good reputation and keep our customers satisfied. We are also dedicated to making sure our work meets and exceeds industry standards and that we do our work with excellence and abide by the National Electrical code and local city and state requirements. It’s one thing for us to say that and quite another thing for our customers to agree. If you are looking for an Electrical Contractor in Greater Cincinnati, call our office and we’ll be happy to supply you with a list of references or give you some of our latest projects so you can speak with existing customers yourself. Here are a few other things you can do to make sure you are choosing the right Electrical Contractor.

Questions To Ask

  • Are the electricians who will be working on the job licensed, insured and what are their qualifications?
  • Has the electrical company been in business long?
  • Do they have a good reputation with workers, customers and vendors?
  • Do they have experience performing the task at hand?

Things to Be Aware Of

Make sure you know exactly what you want done. If there are any questions, ask them. Take note of how knowledgeable the electrical contractor is and if they add to what you are saying with logical ideas. Make sure you get any proposal in writing. If you have an estimate, check to see that equipment and parts are considered. Make sure you can agree on the labor charges so that you know what to expect when the job is complete.

Choosing The Right Electrical Contractor

When it comes to choosing the right electrical contractor, you need a company that can handle your project no matter how big or small it is. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is dedicated to providing quality electrical repairs, upgrades and electrical installations for remodeling projects, new construction both residential and commercial and other industrial electrical projects. If you need a company you can rely on to be on time and on budget, contact us at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Energy Management For Commercial Facilities

Energy Management for Commercial FacilitiesEnergy Management for commercial facilities begins with an energy usage evaluation and includes adding features like a remote Wi-Fi controlled thermostat. Energy usage is a large expense for commercial facilities like schools, offices, restaurants and other public places. Many times the ability to control things like lighting and heating and cooling equipment can lower your company’s utilities by drastic amounts. Here are a few things to consider when adding a remote controlled thermostat.

Energy Management For Commercial Facilities

Remote Wi-Fi thermostats allow you to control your thermostat from a single login. You can detect things from your system such as: weather, high and low temperatures and data usage statistics that can help you identify problems sooner. With the ability to check on your system at any time from a remote location, you can make sure customers and employees are more comfortable and energy waste is kept to a minimum. You can also coordinate multiple HVAC systems to coordinate effortlessly together.

Smart Phone Apps

With the addition of a free smart phone app you can use your remote control thermostat with ease from anywhere. This allows you to control your home or business HVAC system while you’re at home or the office and when you’re away. If the cost of energy waste is lowering your bottom line, then the installation of money saving home automation device like a remote controlled thermostat makes perfectly good sense.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric in Northern Kentucky can help you lower your energy costs by first identifying areas where you are wasting money or need electrical repairs or equipment that can result in better optimization, greater energy efficiency and lower utility bills. Electrical equipment as simple as installing a Wi-Fi remote control thermostat can give you greater control of your energy usage. Contact the expert electricians at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric your industrial electricians can help with energy management for commercial facilities like yours. We can supply you with information to help you make better decisions about your electrical and HVAC system and we can provide you with a free estimate on any service or repairs we recommend.

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