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What Is the Difference Between Two- and Three-Prong Outlets?

Three-prong electric outlets feature three holes, where the left slot is a tad larger than the right. The right opening is known as “hot” and the left is referred to as “neutral”, while the hole at the bottom is called “ground”. The neutral and ground slots are exactly the same. If you were to look at the breaker box, you would find that the ground and neutral wires from every single outlet both go to the same place. Electricity flows from the hot to neutral slot. When an appliance is plugged into the outlet, the circuit from the hot to neutral hole is complete and power is able to flow through the appliance. The purpose for the ground slot is to protect people who are plugging in an appliance encased in metal, from sustaining an electric shock. The ground prong is connected straight to the casing.  Even with devices such as computers that have a plastic case with a metal-encased power supply inside of it, they also utilize the ground slot to keep users from harm. Another safety concern is burns. A dangerous situation can arise if a wire were to become loose from within an ungrounded metal case. If the wire is hot, it can heat the metal and potentially fatally shock or burn anyone who touches it. However when the case is grounded, this problem will not occur. Electricity runs from the hot wire directly to the ground, and will trip the breaker so the power is not being misdirected.

The biggest difference between two- and three-prong electric outlets is that the two-prong does not have the grounding feature. The omission of a ground slot means that two-prong outlets have a higher chance to give an electric shock. Beyond the lack of a safety component, there are really no large dissimilarities between the two types of outlets. An appliance that utilizes a three-prong outlet will be able to operate when plugged into one with two-prongs. This is possible when someone uses a cheater plug or cuts off the ground prong to make it fit. This is a highly dangerous practice though and is ill-advised as this bypasses a critical safety element. Now the user has created the opportunity to be shocked or burned by disabling the effect of the ground slot.

If you are interested in increasing the protective capabilities of your electric outlets, you can have them upgraded. Switching from two-prong to three-prong outlets will eliminate any worries of members of your household being harmed. Contact a professional electrician as they will be able to execute this task for you.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we perform a wide array of electrical services from residential to industrial and commercial. We take the time to fix the cause of any issue so it is permanently resolved. We value our customers and listen to their needs, which is why we have a Better Business Bureau A+ rating and outstanding reviews on Angie’s List. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Thinking of Upgrading Your Outlets? We Can Help!

Functionality and appearance are just some of the reasons that a person may want to change their current outlets. The design of receptacles has progressed to perform several purposes beyond just plugging a cord into the wall. Hidden dangers may be hiding in your outlets as well. Here are some things to consider when you are in the market for power outlets.

USB power outlets are a great option to eliminate bulky chargers and adaptors. This allows you to plug devices directly into the outlet, and frees up the plug-in space you would have needed before. This is extremely convenient for those who find they lack the proper outlet access for their needs, and need to frequently charge their phone.

There are many benefits to switching to a LED night light outlet. This option provides longer light without taking up any plug spaces like a traditional night light would. You will also save money because this style has a life expectancy of twenty years. Your children will no longer fear the darkness of night, and you will spend less money too.

Tamper resistant receptacles are a very safety conscious option. These are designed with a barrier that makes it impossible for children to insert foreign objects into the outlet. No longer will you have to worry about your son or daughter being shocked or burned. The peace of mind is well worth the price to upgrade.

If you find plugged in cords sticking out from the wall to be annoying, recessed electrical outlets are the perfect alternative. This model places the outlets deeper in the wall to ensure that the plugs do not extend beyond the surface. Recessed power outlets also opens up more furniture placement options as there is no longer any plugs hanging out to cause interference.

Cracked electrical outlet plates may seem harmless, but they are actually fire hazards. The accumulation of dust, lint, and hair in the cracks can act as kindling. This problem can also occur in undersized wall plates. Dust can even explode in certain situations. Clogs can develop in the outlet due to dust buildup. To eliminate the chances of your house burning down, you should replace your outlet covers as soon as possible.

If you are thinking of selling your home, even the smallest upgrade can make a world of difference to potential buyers. Without spending thousands of dollars, simply changing the power outlets can transform rooms. Appearance is an important aspect of real estate, so any damaged outlets will affect how people think of your home, and can turn them away from making an offer. New electrical outlets are a cheap way to positively alter how buyers feel about your place.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we can upgrade your outlets for you. We specialize in residential service changes, breaks in service, storm repairs, and upgrades. We are available 24 hours a day in case of emergency. Our business was built on honesty and hard work, which is evident in the exceptional quality service we provide. We value each customer, and take pride in our outstanding record on Angie’s List. We are located in Walton, KY and serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today.

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A Quick and Simple Guide to Electricity

Electricity in its simplest definition is electrons flowing from one area to another, but more precisely flowing along a circuit. When an electron is freed from an atom and required to move, it carries with it a charge that is then able to produce electricity. Valence electrons are the outermost electrons of an atom and need the lowest amount of force in order to be freed. The free electrons then search for new atoms to attach to, and must evict one of the existing electrons in order to make enough room for it. The process then starts all over again, and an electric current is created. Certain elements are excellent conductors of electricity due to the fact that they have electrons that are extremely mobile. This applies to elements such as gold, silver, and copper. Elements that are made up of atoms that do not allow current to flow easily are known as insulators.

Electricity can take two different forms, either static or current. Static, meaning at rest, electricity occurs when an object amasses opposite charges that are divided by an insulator. This type of electricity only exists until the clusters of conflicting charges are able to find a pathway to connect and thus balance out the system. When the charges equalize, a static discharge happens. An intense example of static discharge is lightening. Current electricity is what is utilized to power all devices and electronics. This form of electricity relies on charges that flow continuously. This is possible with the use of a closed loop of conductive material otherwise known as a circuit.  A circuit typically involves a combination of wire and other mechanisms to control the flow of electricity. The only restriction is that any insulating gaps cannot be included.

Electric fields in the space between charges act as the pushing or pulling force. This concept is similar to Earth’s gravitational field. The route of electric fields is always described as the direction a positive test charge would travel. If the positive test charge was dropped near a negative charge, there would be an attraction to it from the test charge. The electric field would then be drawn with arrows pointing inward to the negative charge. On the opposite side, if the positive test charge was placed nearby another positive charge the result would be outward repulsion. The electric field would be drawn with arrows going away from the positive charge. Electric fields preform a critical task in that it induces the current flow.

For your electrical needs, rely on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We have over four decades worth of experience providing electrical services for residential, commercial, and industrial jobs. We are able to handle any type of electrical situation, varying from major construction projects to small home repairs. Our primary focus is making sure our customers are satisfied, which is why we have such positive feedback on Angie’s List and with the Better Business Bureau. We are located in Walton, KY and proudly serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today!

 

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The Care and Keeping of Your Generator

By properly maintaining your generator, it has the potential to last for decades. Taking care of the generator will enable it to function correctly without the need for costly repairs.

For every use, ensure that the generator has enough gas. If the tank is not adequately filled and becomes empty when running, it can cause problems to arise. Damage can occur as a result of the magnetic field from the generator coils being exhausted. Your home’s electrical load will continue to draw out the magnetic field from the generator after it has stopped producing power. It is important to make sure that the tank is filled if you want to avoid having to revive the coils.

An enclosure or cover for the generator is a smart investment. Electricity is vulnerable to water and even the lightest rainfall may cause harm to one of the parts. The type of shelter you need is dependent on whether the generator is a portable or standby model. You could even build a structure to house the portable generator similar to that of a doghouse. To ensure a long life, do not leave your generator susceptible to precipitation.

To avoid premature burn-out, you should use heavy-duty cords that use less voltage. Relying on lighter cords will increase the voltage and increase the chances of burn-out. Also due to the noise generators create, it is in your best interest to get a longer cord that will allow you to sleep peacefully.

Manufacturers recommend that generators should be powered up every three months and left running for 30 minutes. The purpose of this is to keep the charge of the battery for the electric starter. This is an essential tip to make sure the machine is ready to go at any moment. The last thing you would want is to discover the generator will not start when you absolutely need it.

Keep a close eye on the inside components of the generator. Over time with usage, the essential mechanisms will experience wear and run low. This includes elements like air filters, spark plugs, and oil. It is a good idea to have a supply of filters and oil on hand so you are prepared to replace them when necessary. Monitoring the condition of the parts can prevent the machine from enduring damage. This is a crucial step for generator maintenance.

One of the best things you can do is to keep the manual for the generator nearby. Reading the manual will impart you with the knowledge on everything you need to know about your selected model. If your machine has any unique features specific to it, you should familiarize yourself with it before starting the generator up. The manual will provide the best information in the event of any problems. This is a good reference to have if proper generator maintenance is not upheld.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we provide electrical assistance ranging from minor repairs to major electrical construction projects. We strive to isolate and solve any electrical issues rather than just masking a symptom of the problem. We focus on long-term solutions not short-term fixes. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati.

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Making Sure Your Home Is Up to Electrical Code Before Selling

When selling your home, you have no obligation to bring it up to code. Few houses are completely up to code prior to sale. Existing homes typically have a number of things wrong, but do not pose an immediate threat. However, the condition of your home does have an impact on your asking price. If you want the highest possible amount, it is imperative to correct any coding violations. This will also cut down on the amount of negotiations between you and the buyer. Otherwise the buyer may request for you to pay to repair the issues or ask for a discounted price.

Codes exist to keep people safe by minimizing danger. Almost all home financing and insurance have electrical caveats. If there are problems with the electrical components of your home and you sell it without disclosing this fact, you could face legal action. You are required by law to reveal any dangers in your home. If something happens because of the code violation, such as an electrical fire, you could be held responsible for any medical bills or damages incurred as a result. To eliminate any liability it is beneficial to repair any electrical problems.

There are many common electrical safety concerns present in older homes. Insufficient service will have to be corrected. 200-amp/240-volt service has become the standard in single family homes for over twenty years. Nearly all insurers demand at least 100-amp/240-volt service. However older houses feature 60-amp service which is not even enough to power a majority of appliances used today. Outdated wiring is a well-recognized safety concern. This includes non-metallic wiring used for homes built in the 1940s-1950s, aluminum wiring from the 1960s-1970s, and the pre-30s knob-and-tube wiring. A multitude of large insurance providers have flat out refused to insure homes that have knob-and-tube. Replacement of service panels and bulb-style breaker boxes installed over thirty years ago is necessary for buyers to be eligible for insurance and financing. There is also an overabundance of recalled breaker boxes still in use. Those defective boxes pose an enormous risk of danger.

Before placing your home on the market, you can have an inspector do a walk-through to look for violations. They will search for any problems with your electric. You can also check for permits, if there is a previous owner to your place. You can contact your municipality to ensure all the projects completed were authorized. If you find no permits for your home but major work was done in the past, this is not good for you. Most laws state that the current homeowner is liable to resolve any code issues.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can bring your home up to electrical code. We have experience working with new and historic homes, so you can trust that you are in good hands. We will fix any issues to ensure your home is sold for top dollar. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati. Contact us today!

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How to Revamp Your Home’s Electrical System Following a Flood

If your home has experienced a flood, there will be many things you have to worry about removing and repairing. Carpeting, drywall, and sheetrock all have to be removed because they will inevitably lead to mold buildup. In addition to these items, the electrical wiring in your home may also need a lot of work, repair, and possibly complete removal. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, we want to show you how to revamp your home’s electrical system following a flood, and help you do it in the safest way possible.

Wait to Enter

After someone is displaced by a flood, it is natural to want to go back into your home after the weather has calmed down. Avoid doing this at all costs until you are absolutely certain that all the power to your home has been shut off and everything has been checked by an electrician or utility worker. It is common knowledge that electricity and water do not mix, and you have to be especially wary about this after a flood. Once you have been given the go-ahead to reenter your home by a trained professional, do not start electrical repair by yourself if you do not have sufficient knowledge on the process. Call an electrician to stay on the safe side.

Check for Damage

Once you are able to use power again, check all of your breakers and ensure that they have not been tripped. You should also test and reset the GFCI outlets. After you have tested and checked all these areas, you may have to trace wiring back to your circuit breaker box to discover where the damage is. If your breaker was damaged an entirely new breaker may need to be installed. Most work with repair should be handled by a trained electrician, so only repair things you know you are capable of handling.

Replace and Salvage

Electronics that were exposed to a few inches of water will likely need to be replaced. Any outlets that were covered in water will also probably need to be replaced. Power strips that were plugged into outlets, or that were touched by water will need to be replaced. Anything that you believe may be salvageable needs to be removed from the water damaged area and set out to dry for a good amount of time. An electrician can also help you determine what is salvageable and what needs to be replaced after a flood.

Rose Brothers & Sons Inc.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. we understand how damaging a flood can be to your home, and especially to the electrical wiring in said home. If not repaired and cared for properly, the electrical damage from a flood can be a problem for years down the road. To ensure that you are being safe and revamping your electrical system to the best it can be, Rose Brothers & Sons of Walton, Kentucky, can help. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., we specialize in a variety of residential electrical services, including electrical repair. With our team of certified professionals, we have maintained an NKEA license for over 20 years. In addition to this license, we have been a member of Angie’s List for many years and we are proud to have an A+ rating from the BBB. If you are ready to get your home back on track after a flood, contact us today.

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Getting Your Cooling System Ready for Summer

cooling unit

As spring fades into the long and humid days of summer, it is necessary to prepare your air conditioning unit for the big switch. No one wants to be faced with air conditioning trouble on the hottest days of the year and getting your cooling system ready for the summer is the best way to assure proper function. Let Rose Brothers & Sons Electric of Walton, Kentucky, show you how to prepare your cooling system for summer.

Test Your System

Before the temperature gets too unbearable, test your air conditioning unit. Check and see how long it takes for your unit to turn on, how long it takes for you to notice cold air coming from the vents, and listen for strange noises that you haven’t heard before. If there is a significant amount of time before you hear the unit switch on, if the air isn’t as cold as it should be, or you hear something suspicious, call for an inspection. Make sure to test your air conditioning unit early in the summer to ensure that your unit does not die when you need it the most, and to avoid long wait times for repair.

Check and Clean Your Unit

Cleaning your unit is essential to keeping it up and running smoothly in the summer months. Trim all grass and weeds from around the unit to reduce the risk of anything getting caught inside. Remove debris and dirt from the unit to reduce the possibility of overheating. In addition to cleaning the air conditioning unit outside of your home, ensure that all your ducts, filters, and vents are dusted, cleaned, or replaced, to ensure the best function.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

If your thermostat is past its prime, now is the time to purchase a new one. Thermostats have improved in many ways over the years and investing in a new, programmable thermostat can save you money. Thermostats can be programmed to turn on and off at certain times of the day to accommodate your living schedule, some can even be controlled remotely to help you better maintain the energy usage in your home.

Inspect Your Ducts

If you are noticing higher energy bills for your home, your ductwork might be to blame. Leaks in ductwork can lead to charges that are 20% higher than average. Schedule an inspection for your ductwork early in the summer to avoid potentially high air conditioning costs. In addition, have your inspector make sure all connectors are tight and ensure that all holes and gaps are sealed tightly to avoid air leakage. It could be worth having a look at your Air Conditioners Pumps? If you’ve used the Air Conditioning over the winter months it could be worth having a an expert to service your unit, have a look at http://www.gohomeheating.com/Heat-Pumps.php, to see if your pumps are working as efficiently as they’re designed too by the manufacture.

To keep your family and your home cool this summer, contact the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. Our team of trained professionals can inspect your air conditioning unit, ductwork, and thermostat to ensure that everything is in working order before the first wave of heat. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, serving all of Greater Cincinnati, Southern Indiana & Northern Kentucky, including: Florence KY, Ft. Mitchell KY, Villa Hills KY, Union KY, Ft. Wright, Hebron KY, Burlington, Covington KY, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, and Williamstown. We are proud members of Angie’s List, have an A+ rating from the BBB, and have over 45 years combined electrical experience. You can rest easy knowing that your electrical projects will be handled with the utmost care and expertise.

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Trends in Electrical Charging Cars

electrical charging carsIn order to discuss the trends for electrical charging cars, you must first look at the purpose behind the technology, and then at the challenges that manufacturers have faced in expanding the market.

History of Electrical Charging Cars

The first electric car in the United States made its debut in the late 1890’s and is credited to William Morrison, a chemist from Des Moines, Iowa. Although today proponents of electrical powered cars tout the “green” benefits, it seems as if the first electrical cars were simply an outgrowth of exploring the uses of battery technology. Sales reportedly were strong and steady as electrical charging cars, despite their short range, were great for getting around urban areas. The rough terrain of non-urban roads hampered the travel of most vehicles anyway. Henry Ford’s production of the Model T in 1908 negatively impacted the upward popularity trend for electric vehicles by providing a combustion engine that was affordable, roughly a third of the cost at $650, and widely available. As road improvements hit their heyday after 1920, the combustion engine took hold as people wanted to get out and explore. With discovery of oil in Texas, gasoline became readily available and inexpensive. Few people outside of cities even had electricity.

Early Development Fueled by High Fuel Costs and Gasoline Shortages

During World War II, the US was a regular exporter of oil to Allied Forces. Following the war, economic expansion and increasing travel created a glut in the market and America was unable to meet its own demand. Importing oil became a regular occurrence. High gas prices and shortages occurred following the US intervention in the Yom Kippur War in 1973. The Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) took exception to US involvement and raised the price of oil by 70% creating massive shortages and sky rocketing prices. Automobile manufacturers renewed their interests in alternative fuel vehicles. Although electrical charging car interests grew, a limited range of about 40 miles and top speeds of 45 mph hampered industry growth.

Later Development Fueled by Environmental Concern 

In the mid 20th century, conservative movements began looking at the effects of pollution on our environment and our health, spurred on initially by wildlife enthusiast and hunters. Protected to this time by state laws, in 1970 it became the purview of the Federal Government. With the passage of The Clean Air Act and other pieces of legislation, automobile manufacturers ramped up their research and development on electric vehicles.

21st Century-Status of the Electric Car

With the introduction of the Toyota Prius in 1997, followed by electric car production in California by Tesla Motors, the electrical charging car rapidly began establishing a growing market. A major drawback for consumers was where to charge their vehicles. Manufacturers rapidly found a solution to that dilemma by creating a hybrid vehicle; one that was battery powered but had combustion engine capabilities when necessary. But the fully electric car was still the goal. In 2009, as part of the American Recovery and Re-investment Act, congress invested over 115 million dollars to mitigate the major drawback of charging electric cars by creating a nation-wide charging infrastructure. Improvements in battery technology have increased the range of electrical vehicles and are reducing the cost of batteries and electric vehicles.

Charging Stations, Tax Incentive, Premium Parking, HOV Access

According to the Alternative Fuel Station Locator there are currently 15,112 electric stations and over 39,331 charging outlets in the US. Tax incentives are available on both the state and federal level to encourage more electric car use. Consumers may even notice premium parking spaces assigned to electric cars as well as waiving or reduction of fees on High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes (HOV).

What the Future Holds

  • Greater Electric Range

In 2016, only four of the 17 plug-in hybrids available offered greater than 19 miles of electric power. In 2017, models are available with ranges from 25-30. Fully electric vehicles are now capable of 115 miles and more. Legislation is pushing for a future electric range of 225 miles. MIT studies indicate that the average driver does not exceed 73 miles per day so it is predicted that range anxiety will lessen drastically.

  • Increase in Model Selection, Luxury

Hampered to date by low speeds and streamlined luxury, auto manufacturers are encouraging greater market interest by improving self driving enhancements and horsepower.

  • Incentives for Private Charging Stations

Tax Incentives abound for public charging stations and a growing number of states are offering tax credits for installing a private charging station in your home. Requirements vary by vehicle but generally a charging station is best run on a dedicated electrical circuit. Charging times will vary by vehicle and by voltage available.

Most Hybrid cars or hybrid vehicles are supplied with a standard plug to connect with your 110-v electrical outlet. Before charging your car, have your home inspected by an electrician to ensure that charging your car won’t overload your current circuitry. If the circuit near where your car will “plug-in” also controls lighting and appliances, you may need an upgrade to your current circuit panel.

A Fully electric vehicle will need an Electrical Charging Station (available in price ranges from $500-$5000). Charging Stations run on a 240-v circuit, similar to that used by your clothes dryer, or air conditioner. Only a professional electrician will be aware of the circuitry necessary and any building permits that may be required by the electrical upgrades to your home. For a professional electrician in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas, call Rose Brothers and Sons.

 

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Start The New Year With An Energy Audit

 

 

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If one of your New Year’s Resolutions centers on gaining better control of your finances, you might want to start the New Year right by calling for an energy audit. Now I know that anytime you hear finance and audit in the same sentence, you immediately jump to taxes and an IRS audit. But this time, that’s not what I am talking about. Get better control of your budget this winter by calling your local electrician for an energy audit or electrical system inspection.

Signs That a Home Energy Audit is Needed

  • If you walk through your home and feel drafts
  • If your floor feels cold in the winter
  • If your electric bills are high
  • If there are pockets of heat or cold as you walk your home 
  • If lights flicker or switches aren’t working properly

What is a Home Energy Audit?

A trained professional will utilize specialized equipment to evaluate the heating and cooling efficiency of a home or business. The goal of the audit will be reducing energy costs while maintaining or improving the comfort of the building occupants. An energy audit usually consists of three main areas of scrutiny; the building envelope, the mechanical systems, and user behavior.

Building Envelope

When mailed, a letter is protected by an envelope. Your home’s envelope refers to ceilings, walls, floors, doors, windows, and skylights, or basically the physical structures that separate the interior of your home from the exterior environment. During an energy audit, each element of the envelope will be assessed for how well it resists heat loss and the element will be assigned an R-value. A higher R-value indicates better heat retention or efficient insulation properties. The EPA, through their Energy Star Program, publishes a schedule of recommended R-values based upon locality. Tax Credits are available for improvements made to existing homes. If an element of the building envelope receives an R-value that is below the recommended value, the auditor can make suggestions on ways to improve heat retention.

Mechanical Systems

The second area of scrutiny in an energy audit will be the efficiency of operation provided by the mechanical systems that heat and cool your home. In other words, the auditor will look at your heater, air conditioner, and thermostat and assess them for physical condition, programming and efficiency of operation. If deficiencies are found, the auditor will provide recommendations to increase the efficiency of the mechanical systems.  If new HVAC equipment is necessary your electrician can wire the system correctly to avoid an electrical hazard.  Rose Brothers and Sons also correct faulty wiring to help reduce problems with your HVAC system.

User Behavior  

An area that we as consumers of energy typically overlook is how our behavior affects the energy efficiency of our home. Do you turn off lights when you leave a room? Do you typically keep some interior doors closed? Do you have a programmable thermostat that allows adjustment of temperature based upon time of day and occupancy? After all, why heat or cool to the level of comfort of occupants if the occupants aren’t home. In addition, studies have shown that reducing the temperature of the room you sleep in is conducive to a good night’s sleep.

Audit Recommendations

Following an energy audit your home will be given a report card. Common recommendations include;

  • increase insulation in walls, ceilings, or basements
  • repair or replace inefficient windows
  • installing weather stripping
  • repair or replace inefficient furnace
  • Correct ductwork issues
  • Fix electrical wiring

 

Rose Brothers & Sons can help you meet your New Years Resolution to conserve energy and meet budgeting goals. For service or repair of your electrical systems or for an electrical system inspection, call today.

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Emergency Electric Repair Service

Emergency electric repairPower outages are not an unusual experience in the Midwest; after all, we do have some exciting weather events from time to time. Power failure is only one of the emergencies that can occur when it comes to electricity. Damaged or faulty wiring, falling tree limbs breaking a live electrical wire, and sparking electrical plugs are just a few of the emergencies that require a professional, licensed electrician.

What to Do When the Lights Go Out

I’m sure that all of you know how to change a light bulb, despite the multitude of jokes that exist on that topic. But what if it isn’t just a blown light bulb? What do you need to do if you lose power to your home or business?

  • Turn off all major appliances and lights. This will prevent a surge or circuit overload when power is restored.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage. .
  • If your neighbor has lights but you don’t, reset your home circuit breakers. If your neighbor’s home is also dark, there is probably an area wide power failure.

Emergencies happen when you least expect them to. That follows true even with your electricity. Being prepared is your best defense when it comes to losing power. In the Midwest, snowstorms and ice storms are pretty typical in the winter months, and with them come broken tree limbs and downed power lines. Unfortunately, an electrician is not of great benefit if the entire power grid is down. Planning ahead can have you calmly weathering a power outage.

Make sure you have on Hand

  • A working flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Battery Powered Radio and spare batteries
  • Charged Mobile Phone
  • Fresh Water (if your water pump relies on electricity)
  • An alternative cooking source that does not require electricity
  • A current list of emergency contacts.

Consider a Power Backup System

If being without power is not an option for your home or business, consider having a power backup generator installed. A backup generator can be hard-wired into your electrical system. Within seconds of a power loss it will engage automatically. If your business is dependent on a steady power supply or if you have health issues that require electrical machinery to run without fail, a standby generator is recommended.

Damaged or Faulty Wiring 

If you have had work done in your home by an unlicensed person, you may have wiring that does not meet building codes. Faulty wiring is a fire hazard. Have you ever felt a slight shock or vibration or heard a buzz when you turn on a light or an appliance? These are all clues that you need to have the wiring in your home checked by a qualified electrician. Changes in temperature and old age can lead to frayed wires or cracks in wiring insulation. If you’ve ever smelled an overheated transformer, the smell is distinctive. Unfortunately, faulty electrical wiring, and the resultant potential electrical fire, is odorless and invisible. You need to be vigilant of subtle changes in the way your appliances behave and call an electrician for a home electrical evaluation before you need emergency electrical repair.

Falling Tree Limbs, Live Electrical Wires

That tree that you love in your front yard can create an electrical emergency if a limb breaks during the next storm and brings down the electrical wire that runs under it. Utility companies try to be diligent in trimming tree limbs above power lines but if you notice a potential problem area, notify your electric company. If you see a downed electric line, stay back from the area and maintain at least 100 feet of space from the live wire. Call your power company immediately. If you are in a vehicle that comes in contact with an electric line, stay in the vehicle and wait for assistance. If you must leave the vehicle, jump clear with both feet together, insuring that you do not come in contact with the ground and the vehicle at the same time. Maintain your feet together position and shuffle away while maintaining contact with the ground.

Sparking Electrical Outlets

Your electrical outlet should not spark, or be hot to the touch. If you experience either of these, or if you notice charring around the outlet, stop using the outlet and call for an electrician.

For assistance with any home emergency electrical repair, or for assistance in electrical preparedness, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric Service or schedule an appointment through our webpage. We proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas.

 

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