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How To Stay Warm During Power Outages

how to stay warm during power outagesWe’ll show you how to stay warm during power outages. Hopefully you will never experience a significant power outage. If your power goes out in winter or during a winter storm, staying warm can be difficult.  Many times ice and winter storms will cause power outages.  If you cannot use your electrical system for heat, you may find yourself looking for alternative ways to stay warm.  The most important thing to remember is that alternative fuels need to be used safely.  The University of Georgia website offers some good advice on heating safety.

Tips For Staying Warm Without Electricity

Make sure your HVAC equipment is working properly and well maintained before a winter storm occurs.  Many times homeowners put off regular maintenance.  When the weather gets really cold your heater or furnace has to work extra hard.  If a problem is going to occur, this is when it usually happens. Winter storms can easily down power lines causing power outages. If you need electrical repairs during an emergency, we are available 24/7 to get you’re electricity up and running.  If you know you will be without electricity for days, consider purchasing or renting a power generator.

How To Stay Warm During Power Outages

Only heat one room – Try to stay in only one room. Choose a room on the South side of the house.  Make sure you allow natural sunlight in as often as possible.   You can close off the room so that only a small area needs to be heated.  Hang blankets or shower curtains in the windows to keep cool air out.  Rugs and blankets can be used on floors that seem cool.

Dress Warmly – your body will keep warm if you dress warmly.  Keep yourself clothed and use blankets to keep your body heat in.  Wear a hat so that warm air doesn’t escape out of your body.

Eat Before You Go To Bed – If you eat before you go to bed, your body will be digesting. This will allow you to stay warmer.

Put Up A Tent – If you are keeping your family in one room, tents can add some heat.  You can pretend you’re camping out.  This closes off the area you need to heat even more.  It also allows you to share body heat.

If you have questions about how to stay warm during power outages, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We are your trusted Northern Kentucky Electricians.

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Losing Power To Your Refrigerator

losing power to your refrigeratorLosing power to your refrigerator can result in ruining food. This can get costly, especially if you have a lot of things in your freezer.  If you have lost power to your refrigerator, there are a few things you can check.

GFCI Receptacles

Many of the outlets in your kitchen are required to be GFCI receptacles.  These outlet prevent shock and are great in areas where water may cause a problem.  They shouldn’t be used for refrigerators though.  The GFCI receptacle often trips and is very sensitive.  It will turn off if it detects a slight possible problem.  That is what it’s designed to do.  This is a real problem if you have your refrigerator plugged into a receptacle of this type.  You could spoil all of your food if your refrigerator went off and you didn’t notice it.  If your losing power to your refrigerator and you have it plugged into a GFCI outlet, push the button to reset the outlet.  Have your electrician replace the outlet with a regular receptacle as soon as possible.

Circuit Breaker Blowing

If you have a circuit breaker that is blowing, you may have too many things attached to the breaker.  You may also have faulty wires or a faulty circuit breaker.  You also may have a problem with your refrigerator.  Your professional electrician will be able to tell you if the problem is in your wiring or if it is in the refrigerator itself.

Losing Power to Your Refrigerator

If you cannot restore the power to your refrigerator, you can use an extension cord to plug your refrigerator into until your electrician arrives.  If you are unable to find power, you can use your cooler to keep things cold.  Call your electrician for emergency repairs so that you get power to your refrigerated items quickly.  Your electrician in Northern Kentucky at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is available 24/7 to help with all your electrical repairs.

 

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How To Keep Puppies From Damaging Electrical Wires

how to keep puppies from damaging electrical wiresAnyone with a new puppy will appreciate learning how to keep puppies from damaging electrical wires.  Puppies chew a variety of things when they are young.  If you’re like most people, your puppy has ruined shoes and torn up important papers.  Hopefully, you have kept them from electrical wires and cords that could possibly injure them.  Here are a few helpful  tips to keep your pet from chewing power cords:

Distract Your Puppy

If you can keep your puppy distracted from the power cords you will be well on your way to keeping your pet safe.  Don’t leave your pet unattended where power cords are.  You should provide plenty of things for your pet to chew on while they are in the chewing stage.  Electrical cords and power supplies should be kept away from your puppy.  You can hide the cords or place something else in the way of the cords.  This will keep you puppy safe until they learn what they can chew and what they can’t

Use A Puppy Deterrent

You can purchase a good puppy deterrent or make one.  Things like hot sauce, Cheyenne Pepper and other items can be mixed in a concoction to keep your puppies from chewing the electrical cords in your house.  If you can put something that will taste awful or hot on the cord and reinforce it with a sharp “No” your puppy will soon learn cords and power supplies are a bad thing to chew.  How to keep puppies from damaging electrical wires is as much about consistency and obedience as anything else.

Cover The Cords

Not every cord you use can be hidden under furniture or blocked from view.  Those cords that are out in the open can be covered with an insulation that will keep your puppy safe until you can get to him or her.  Items like PVC pipe, pieces of rubber hose or bubble wrap will work well.  When you see your puppy chewing through the insulation remember to scold your puppy and let them know this isn’t ok.  Reward any good behavior.

How To Keep Puppies From Damaging Electrical Wires

We hope these ideas will help you keep your puppy from damaging electrical wires and cords in your home.  Most importantly we hope your pet will stay safe and not get into anything electrical.  It can get pretty expensive re-wiring lamps and fixing small appliances.  Power supplies for computers and other electronics can get expensive to replace too.  If you need electrical repairs no matter how small, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and we will be happy to help.

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Why Do Sparks Come Out Of My Outlet?

why do sparks come out of my outlet?We often get calls from people wondering, “Why do sparks come out of my outlet?”.  This is a common question many homeowners face.  If you haven’t seen a spark coming from your outlet recently, you probably will soon enough.  Why? Because an arc at the outlet is a common occurrence.   Don’t get the idea that because it can happen often that it isn’t signally a problem though.  Here’s why:

Why Your Outlet Sparks

Current goes through your house very quickly.  Appliances and items you plug into your outlet draws the current out.  If you unplug your appliance while it is still on, you can cause a spark.  This can happen on appliances like your iron that don’t have an on/off switch but are turned on by turning the temperature knob up from zero.  You can avoid this kind of spark by making sure the appliance is turned off before unplugging or plugging it in.  When appliances are unplugged before turning them off, it causes the wires to get hot. This in turn can melt the insulation and cause a short circuit.

When Your Outlet Sparks Too Often

If you notice your outlet sparking often or sparking no matter what is plugged in, you should call your local electrician to examine the outlet. Don’t leave the question, “Why do sparks come out of my outlet?”, unanswered.  If your outlet is older or if the insulation has melted, you could have a short circuit.  This is a “hot” wire that could burn your house down.  A professional electrician can make sure your outlet is safe and fix a short circuit.  Like everything else in your home, your wiring can get old and worn out.  Fixing the wiring when you notice a problem will protect you, your family and your belongings.

Why Do Sparks Come Out of My Outlet?

There are a few possible answers when you ask why sparks come out of an outlet.  Any time you have a question about your electricity and especially when it involves a spark, you should call your electrician to have them check if something is wrong.  Don’t spend time worrying about a problem when the fix is a phone call away.  If you have trouble with a short circuit at your outlet or you notice sparks, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.  We will be happy to help.

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Electric Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off

electric repairs you shouldn't put offThere are a variety of electric repairs you shouldn’t put off. Many homeowners put off home maintenance because other than being costly, it can be time consuming. You may notice a small leak under your sink and think it’s not that big a deal. Likewise you may see your lights flickering and just think it’s the wiring in your crazy house. But what if you ignore the problem too long and it becomes a safety issue. Or like the leaking sink, it can actually cause more problems later on or be the indication of a larger problem brewing under the surface. Here are a few electric repairs you shouldn’t put off:

Water Heater Repair

If you notice your water heater is corroding or there is water leaking, you should call your electrician for water heater repair. If the safety valve is leaking, pressure could be building up that may explode if the situation isn’t corrected. Many times sediment builds up in the tank causing it to corrode and leak. These problems are often ignored until a bigger problem surfaces.

Bad Wiring

If you ignore the signs of electrical problems in your home, it might be causing you more problems than you thought it would. The real issue is that it might also create a dangerous situation and a fire hazard. Older homes are at risk for electrical issues. Bare wires can short-circuit your electrical system. You also might need an electrical upgrade so that your electrical system can handle the demands of modern appliances and fixtures. The cost of completely re-wiring your home may be expensive but it will be worth it in the end. Knowing your family is safe is priceless.

Electric Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off

Of all the home maintenance and repairs you might think can wait, electric repairs should be handled as quickly as possible. Throw away small electrical appliances if the cord is ruined or damaged. Follow all electrical safety precautions and if you know you have an electrical problem like bad wiring, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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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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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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When It’s Time To Call For Emergency Electrical Repairs

when it's time to call for emergency electrical repairsHelp my power is out! When it’s time to call for emergency electrical repairs, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is here!

This is the call we get quite often. You can lose power to your home for several reasons. If it isn’t a planned interruption from your utility company and you’ve paid your electric bill, it could be a switch tripping or a fault with your wiring or electrical appliance.

Losing Power

If you lose power and you’re not aware of why, check the neighborhood to see if anyone else on the street has a power outage too. If the rest of the street appears to have power you may have tripped a circuit breaker. This usually doesn’t result in losing power to the whole house. If you have some areas of the house still working, then it’s probable you need to flip your circuit breaker switch. There are a number of reasons why your home could be without power. You should first check with your utility company in Northern Kentucky to see if they are aware of the outage. If not it is time to call for emergency electrical repairs.

Checking the Circuit Breaker

Your circuit breaker box is often beside your meter. It’s always a good idea when you move into a new house to locate your circuit breaker box before you have a need to. On the box, each switch relates to a different area or appliance in the home. If one of the switches is tripped, it is usually appears as opposite of the other switches (in the off position). You can flick it back to restore the power supply to that area or appliance. If the circuit breaker flips off again, you have a problem with the wiring or one of the appliances. You can turn the appliances off and test each one to see which one is causing the problem. If you cannot find the problem, it’s time to call for emergency electrical repairs.

When It’s Time to Call For Emergency Electrical Repairs

If you have a faulty appliance, there might be a fuse blown in the cord to that appliance. As with most electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky, if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s time to call for emergency electrical repairs. You don’t want to keep turning a faulty appliance or lights on when they keep tripping the circuit because it can cause more damage. The circuit breaker is there to protect you and your appliance. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is available 24/7 for help with electrical repairs. We provide fast affordable service on all electrical systems and small electric repairs. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric when it’s time to call for emergency electrical repairs.

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Why Does My Electric Bill Fluctuate

why does my electric bill fluctuateCustomers often ask our electric repair crews, why does my electric bill fluctuate so much. Often they indicate they are keeping their thermostat at the same temperature and they just don’t understand how their electric bill can be higher one month and lower the next. Here are some reasons why your electric bill is high.

Changes in the Temperature

With Northern Kentucky weather, we are used to having temperature changes throughout the year. If the outside temperature is around 65-70 degrees it’s pretty easy to heat and cool your home. Most of the time however the temperature changes. If it’s any colder or hotter, you can expect your air conditioner or heater to work harder. This causes more energy to be used to keep your house at the same temperature. If temperatures outside are over 100˚, or less than 40˚, your bill will be even higher. At these temperatures your heating and cooling systems have reached capacity and will require more energy with less results.

Having Guests

If you entertain a lot or have company coming to stay a few days during the summer months or over holidays, you can expect a higher Northern Kentucky utility bill. More people mean that appliances are used more, heating and cooling use more electricity and you get the idea. It doesn’t take much. Extra lights on in rooms you rarely use or in the basement guest room can make a big difference.

Faulty Appliances

If you have electrical appliances that aren’t working right they could be using more energy. Dirty air filters on the air conditioner, a pool pump continually running, a faulty thermostat, refrigerators that don’t seal, all seem like small matters.  But the amount of electricity you waste with a faulty appliance will raise your electric bill.  Rose Brothers and Son Electric can help you keep your appliances in working order.

Seasonal Items

If you consider all the items you use differently during different parts of the year, you can see why your electric bill fluctuates. Pool pumps, electric leaf blowers, Christmas lights, patio lights and other seasonal items use electricity. When you are using these items, it can cause a raise in your electric bill.

Why Does My Electric Bill Fluctuate

There are many answers to the question,  why does my electric bill fluctuate. You can see from this list there are many items in your home that use electricity. You can help keep your electric bill down by turning items off and unplugging items you’re not using. Try to keep your thermostat at a setting closer to the outdoor temperature. If you have guests, remind them to conserve energy too. If you need electric repairs, call Rose Brother’s & Sons Electric and we will be happy to make sure your electric and electric appliances are running efficiently. We can also do an energy audit to see where you could improve on your electric use and consumption.  Many people take advantage of average billing that allows them to pay an average bill so that their bill is more manageable.  You can contact your utility company to see what they offer.  If you have any questions or we can help in any way, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.

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Common Electric Wiring Mistakes

common electric wiring mistakesTo avoid common electric wiring mistakes, you need to have some knowledge about electrical current and electric wiring. There are many areas in your home where you can do repairs yourself but your electric wiring isn’t one of them. To make sure you avoid these common wiring mistakes, make sure you hire a professional electrician for all your residential or commercial electrical needs. Here are some common electric wiring mistakes we see:

Reversing Wires

It is easy to get the wires mixed up in your outlet. Unfortunately your lamps and other appliances will still working even though the wiring is wrong. The result could be fatal and you usually don’t notice a problem until someone gets hurt.  Every wire has a purpose and needs to be correctly used.  If you don’t know which wire does what, you shouldn’t be messing with your electric system.

Not Using The Proper Insulation and Electrical Boxes Correctly

There are right ways to do things and wrong ways. When it comes to electricity, it’s important that you don’t skip steps or skimp on materials. Wire connections should be insulated. All electrical wires should be connected inside a junction box. This prevents short circuits and sparks that could start a fire. Your professional electrician will do all the work according to NEC (National Electrical code) standards to make sure you and your family is safe. They will have all the necessary junction boxes and insulators to make sure your electrical system is safe and not over loaded.

Loose Connections

Your wiring should be done correctly to avoid common electrical wiring mistakes. When the connections are loose or put together poorly so that they become loose, a potential disaster could occur. Wires can arc and overheat causing a fire.

Common Electric Wiring Mistakes

It is important to know what you’re doing when you work with electricity. Hiring a trained electrician to do your repairs and electrical installations will prevent common electrical mistakes that could cause damage or hurt you or someone in your home. The money you save hiring a handyman to do the work isn’t worth the price you’ll pay if they don’t know what they’re doing. For complete residential and commercial electric service repair in Northern Kentucky, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.

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