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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 electric 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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Properly Labeling Your Circuit Breaker Box

labeling your circuit breaker boxLabeling your circuit breaker box properly may not seem like a big deal. The problem is that in an emergency it can be very important. Most homes in Northern Kentucky don’t have properly labeled circuit breakers. Unless it is a new installation or a new home, over time people have worked on their breaker box and changed or removed labels.

Why Labeling Your Circuit Breaker Box Is Important

Besides being a safety issue, a properly labeled circuit breaker panel is part of the National Electrical Code. This is because in an electrical emergency you want to be able to shut power off to the item or appliance without having to shut power off to the entire system. If you wanted to shut off the circuit breaker to your dryer, would it take a few seconds or a half hour? If you have a problem with one of your appliances or electrical devices, it is important to keep you and your family safe that the circuit breaker can be found quickly.

How To Label Your Circuit Breaker Box

A well-labeled circuit breaker box has stickers with one item on it. These stickers can be replaced without scratching off an item or trying to write over it. It is uniform and easy to read. If you need help labeling your circuit breaker box, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you run through your circuit breakers and label your box properly. If you get into a situation where you have to turn off all electricity, you will end up being without power until an electrician arrives to figure it out. This could end up costing extra for time sorting through your circuit breakers during off hours

Electrical Inspections and Circuit Breaker Repair

If you would like to have an inspection of your electrical system or need electrical repairs, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric will be happy to help you. We are a full service electrical company with master electricians available for every electrical job. If you need a dependable, experienced electrician, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Meter Base Installation

meter base installationRose Brothers and Sons Electric can help with all your electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky including meter base installation. Although it is not common, sometimes we get calls to repair or replace a meter base. You may be remodeling your home and need a new meter base installation. The city or utility company may also require that you upgrade your meter base on your older home also. Here is what you need to know:

What Is A Meter Base?

The meter base is the unit that holds the utility companies meter. Normally it is located outside. It connects the utility companies wires with your home’s electrical system. The meter itself is the device that calculates how much electricity you use so that the utility company can charge you.

Why You Need To Replace a Meter Base

Outdated Meter Bases – Your old meter base may no longer be up to electrical codes. It may no longer pass inspections because it isn’t up to the National Electric Code (NEC). This is often something a homeowner will need to replace when selling their home. Often when permits are pulled for electrical work, the city or county may want the meter base to be brought up to code as well.

Changing Amp Size – Changing the size of the electrical service to the home may necessitate a new meter base installation.

Electrical Panel Upgrades – when upgrading the electrical system in your home, you may need to replace the meter base.

Improper Installation– Meter bases that were installed improperly may cause a problem within a short time. These can corrode or burn and need to be replaced. This is a electrical safety issue that needs to be addressed quickly.

Meter Base Installation

If you need meter base installation and you want to make sure it is done correctly with the proper wires and protection from corrosion, you can rely on Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.   If you have questions about meter base installation or electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky, please call. We would be happy to help you.

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Common Electrical Repairs in Winter

electrical repairs in winterThe winter months can create extra problems for your electrical system. If you find yourself needing electrical repairs in winter, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. They are a locally owned, family run business who services Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area. Here are some of the problems your may experience as the temperatures drop.

Overloaded Circuits

People often overload their circuits in the wintertime. Using portable electric heaters can often cause a problem because they use more electricity. You will notice if your circuit is overloaded that your circuit breaker will trip more often. If you are having this problem and can’t find an outlet in the room to hold the load, you can call an electrician who can help you add another circuit or upgrade your system to handle the electricity you need. Don’t forget portable heaters can be dangerous, so use precaution to avoid a house fire.

Wet Electrical Connections

Another repair that tops the electrical repairs in winter list is wet electrical connections. Water and electricity don’t mix. You will find in areas that commonly have water near them, that you have GFCI outlets to protect you and your electrical system. They are usually located outside and in the kitchen and bath areas. If your electrical system or outlets get wet, they can short out your electrical system and create the need for an electrician.

Electrical Repairs in Winter

Don’t play around when it comes to solving your electrical problems. Be safe. If you’re experiencing problems with your electrical system, call a professional electrician to figure out the cause, fix the problem and educate you about your house and how the electrical system works. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric have 3 vans loaded with electrical supplies and tools so that they are prepared to handle your winter electrical repairs. They also send out master electricians who know how to handle the situations they come across. For excellent service and dependability, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. They are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for all your electrical needs.

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When To Call Your Electrician

professional electricianSome homeowners like to tackle most of the do-it-yourself projects in their house, including some of the electrical repairs and simple installations.  They know how to replace a light switch, install a ceiling fan or perform some basic wiring jobs.  They also know that dabbling in electricity can be a real safety hazard.  Home electrical systems cause around 55,000 fires a year costing billions of dollars in property damage.  If you are unsure what you’re doing when tackling an electrical repair, you’re better off calling a professional electrician.

Electricity Precautions

Always assume overhead wires are live and could kill you.

Leave fallen wires alone and let the utility company handle the repairs.

Never operate electrical equipment in or near standing water.

Turn off any electricity to an appliance or fixture before cleaning or repairing the item.

Do not attempt to repair electrical devices without training.

Circuit Breakers

Many safety features are built into your electrical system to shut off the power at the first sign of anything wrong.  If you notice power outages in part of the house but not the entire house, you probably have a tripped circuit breaker.  Find the main breaker panel (usually in the garage, basement or utility closet) and find the breaker that is off.  It is a good idea, if your circuit breaker panel isn’t labeled to label the circuit breakers by turning them off one by one and seeing what appliance or part of the house is connected to each circuit breaker.

Once you switch the circuit breaker back on, be aware if it shuts off again.  This is an indication that something isn’t right.  This also may be the sign, you need to call a professional electrician.

Appliances can cause the circuit breakers to switch off if there are too many high wattage items running at the same time.  Your professional electrician can install a separate circuit for these appliances.

Faulty Outlets

electrical repairsIf an electrical outlet isn’t working, make sure a wall switch isn’t hindering it from doing so.  If it is not part of a tripped circuit breaker, the outlet itself may be burned out.  If you notice any signs of blackening in the outlet plug, you need to have the plug replaced to avoid the possibility of a fire.  Don’t use the outlet, even if one of the plugs appears to be fine.

Sparks sometimes appear in an outlet when the power is quickly diverted away.  This is normal and doesn’t mean there is a problem.  On the other hand, if an outlet gets too hot, it can melt the insulation of the wires.  As the wires become exposed a serious spark can occur.  This is a short circuit that can cause an electrical fire.

Exposure to water can also cause an outlet to spark and short out. Make sure you have a special outlet known as a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installed in all your outlets that are in areas exposed to moisture.

Faulty Lights

Make sure you use the correct bulb in all your lighting fixtures.  If you find your frequently changing your light bulbs, it could be they get burnout because the wattage is higher in the bulb than the fixture can handle.  Recessed lights will also turn off if they have a built-in mechanism to prevent overheating.  The wrong bulbs may cause these lights to go off until the unit cools down.  If the bulbs are the right ones, it could be insulation touching the fixture causing it too get too hot.

Flickering lights are usually a sign there is a poor connection somewhere in the line.  Your professional electrician can help locate the break and repair it.

Calling Your Professional Electrician

If you aren’t the person who is asking, “Can I do this myself?”  you may be glad to have an electrician who can help you repair your electrical problems.    Your professional electrician at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is here to help you no matter how big or small the job is.  When it comes to safety and electrical repairs, they are just a phone call away.

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Pests Causing Electrical Repairs

electrical repairs Pest can cause you to need electrical repairs in Northern KY because of exposed wiring.  Many rodents like mice, rats and squirrels like to chew through the insulation on your household wiring.  This exposes the wires and can be a fire hazard. It can also cause your electrical appliances and household wiring to need electrical repair.

Noticing Pest Infestation

You may notice rodent droppings in enclosed areas or the attic.  Rats and mice will come into your home through small openings in the floors and doorways.  They are usually after food and in the winter a warm place to nest.  Squirrels are often found in the attic.  If you have noticed a rodent problem, you can bait and trap the animals or call an exterminator to get rid of squirrels. If you are looking for professional exterminators, you could check something like pest control Des Moines for the most effective solution to the problem of pests. If you use poison, you need to be careful with pets and children.  You will also run the risk or having the rodent die inside your house where it will smell offensive.

Checking Your Wiring

You may find that animals have been gnawing on your wires in your home.  If you find chewed wires, you may have a short in your electric.  You can call a professional electrician to help with your Northern KY  electrical repairs like these.  You may also notice your lights flickering or your electric going in and out.  This may be a sign of an electrical short and wiring that has been chewed.

Calling for Dependable Electrical Repair in Northern KY

If you are looking for a company to do electrical repairs in Northern KY, choose a company you can depend on to provide you with excellent customer service and knowledgeable electrical repair.  Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is a company servicing the Northern Kentucky area with electrical repair service.  They have master electricians who are qualified and experienced in all types of electrical repair.

If you need service, they are available 24/7 to help with all your electrical repairs and electrical needs.  They are experienced in repairing small problems and larger problems in residential and commercial areas.  For all your electrical repairs in Northern KY, call the electricians you can trust, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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