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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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Finding An Electrical Contractor For Insurance Claims

finding an electrical contractor for insurance claimsYou’ll find that finding an electrical contractor for insurance claims is as easy as calling Rose Brothers & Sons Electric in Northern Kentucky.  We have experiencing working with insurance claims and helping customers who are filing a claim get the electrical repairs they need.  There are a few things you need to be aware of:

Know Your Home Owners Policy and What It Covers

When it comes to homeowners policies, they are all pretty much the same.  The percentages may be different and some things may be covered on one policy that are not covered on another.  Flood Insurance is a separate insurance that is bought separately.  If you have a typical home owner’s policy, floods are not covered.  Water damage by other means are.  Here are some of the things your policy covers that you may not be aware of:

  • repairs to bring your home up to code after damage
  • Burst water pipes
  • Damage from falling objects, including downed trees
  • lightening damage
  • power surges
  • refrigerated items lost from power outages
  • wiring damage
  • damage from the weight of snow

Again, what your particular policy covers may vary to some degree.  Read your policy and talk to your agent if you have questions.

Finding An Electrical Contractor For Insurance Claims

Not all electrical contractors are the same.  Some companies are inexperienced when it comes to doing repairs and some will only handle large repairs.  Rose Brothers & Sons Electric has been servicing insurance claim electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky  for decades.  We have a team of highly skilled electricians who are dedicated to making sure you get the best service available.  We have a reputation with the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List because we are dependable.  We’ll get your electrical repairs done right and completed on time.

Avoid electricians or handyman outfits that come knocking on your door after a heavy storm or when damage is evident at your home.  Make sure you hire a reputable company who has the proper insurance and license to do the job.  As you can imagine, electrical repairs must be done correctly to be safe.  You also don’t want someone doing repairs that know nothing about the current building codes.  This might save you a little money now but in the long run when you go to sell your home, you will pay when the work doesn’t pass inspection.  Finding an electrical contractor for insurance claims is just like finding any responsible contractor.  Don’t settle for the cheapest quote or a quote from an inexperienced company.  If you need electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.  We would love to speak with you and offer you an estimate.

 

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Is A Standby Generator Right For You?

is a standby generator right for you?Is a standby generator right for you? Homeowners often ask us if we suggest they buy a back up system for their electric. There are many reasons why this is necessary in some cases. The most obvious is if a family member is on medical equipment that requires backup power. Equipment like this often has it’s own backup power supply. If not, then having a standby generator is a must have in our opinion.

How Does A Standby Generator Work?

A standby generator uses gas or propane as fuel. When there is a power outage, a transfer switch recognizes the outage and transfers power to the backup generator from your electrical panel. When the power returns to the home, the power is then switched back to the home’s electricity. You can have a whole house generator or a smaller unit that powers just some of the circuits. Power outages are quite frequent in some areas. In Northern Kentucky, we often have outages when extreme storms are in the area. Heavy snow and ice can down trees and cause outages too. While a portable generator will energize your home for a day, a standby generator theoretically could give energy to your home for many days.

Is A Standby Generator Right For You?

Besides the obvious need for medical patients to avoid power outages and blackouts, many people feel a backup generator would be a huge convenience. There are a few things to consider before you run out and buy one. Installing a standby generator is not a DIY project by any means. A professional electrician and plumber will be needed to hook the generator to your home. Many areas have restrictions on noise and may not approve of a generator. Other towns don’t have the current to handle a large unit. Before you consider installing a standby generator it is important that you consider all the options and research the generators that would benefit you before you decide. Is a standby generator right for you? As you can see that’s not an easy yes or no question. We would be happy to review your electrical needs and assess your home’s electrical usage to determine if you can use a standby generator and if so how big a unit would work in your home. If you have questions about your electrical usage or power, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today.

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Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips

outdoor electrical safety tipsThis is the time of year when outdoor electrical safety tips are important to consider. With Halloween just around the corner, millions of Americans will be hosting outdoor activities or participating in trick or treat. While decorating your house and using fancy lights, blow up figures and other electrical decorations is fun, you also need to ensure the safety of your friends and family. Rose Brothers and Sons can provide outdoor outlets and other electrical services. Here are a few outdoor electrical safety tips to keep you and your family safe:

Outdoor Outlets

It is important to keep outdoor outlets away from water. Outdoor outlets installed correctly will have protection from the weather. This includes outlet covers and a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). This will offer additional protection from electrical shock.

GFCIs are required for outlets within 20 feet of a water source. Outlets near the pool, hot tub or other water using appliances should have a GFCI.  This is one of the most important outdoor electrical safety tips you can’t ignore.

Outdoor Lighting and Decorations

Inspect your outdoor lighting and replace burned out or broken bulbs. Inspect power cords for fraying, loose plugs or other damage. Make sure if you are having guests walk through your yard that you allow enough lighting to prevent falls in the dark. If you are using an extension cord make sure it is in good working order. Extension cords should only be used for temporary needs. When using an extension cord make sure it is approved for outdoor use.   Keep cords and other items out of the way to avoid trips and falls. Never remove the third prong from a plug. Only use lighting and decorations that are manufactured for outside use.

Power Line Safety

When using a ladder to hang stringing lights or other decorations be careful and stay away from overhead power lines.   Always carry your ladder sideways instead of vertically to avoid contact with a power line.

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

Arcing of Home wiring is responsible for multiple home fires each year. Your home’s circuit breakers can’t respond quickly enough to arcing conditions to prevent household fire. An arc-fault circuit interrupter acts quickly and prevents fires.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, AFCIs will reduce electrical fires started by arcing and sparking.

Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips

We hope you enjoy your Halloween festivities. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is here to help you and your family stay safe. If you need electrical repairs, electrical installations or other wiring we can help. We also offer emergency electrical services in Northern Kentucky 24/7 for your convenience. When you need an electrician in Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help and also ensure your outdoor electrical safety is taken care of. Our licensed electricians can provide professional electrical repairs for both residential and commercial service.

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How To Save On Your Utilities This Winter

how to save on utilities this winterWe’d like to show you how to save on your Utilities this winter. If you haven’t already had an energy assessment, now may be a good time to call your electrician in Northern Kentucky to see how efficient your home is. You might be surprised to learn there are many ways to cut utility costs this fall. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Open all south facing window coverings to allow the sun to warm your house naturally in the daytime.
  • Cover drafty windows with tight fitting plastic. Select energy efficient window treatments the next time you replace your blinds or shades. Consider installing storm windows, which can save you 25% to 50% on heat loss through your windows.
  • Set your thermostat to the lowest setting you can tolerate during the day. Wear warm clothing to stay warm. At night lower the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees more for savings of up to 10%.
  • Seal Leaks around windows and doors using weather stripping or caulk. Find and seal leaks around pipes, gaps around the chimney and fireplace, gaps around recessed lights, and leaks in the unfinished spaces in cupboards and closets.

Fall Maintenance Prepares Your Home For Winter

Fall maintenance is a preventative way to prepare your home for winter and avoid winter time home repairs.  Your HVAC technician will make sure your heating system is clean and well lubricated: filters and vents that need changed or cleaned will be taken care of. Now is a good time to inspect the furnace, chimney, ducts and pipes for leaks, cracks or needed repairs. Insulate pipes, sweep the chimney, and cover your AC unit to get ready for colder weather.

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector.  If you don’t have a quality smoke or carbon monoxide detector system, we can help with installation.

The Truth About Fireplaces

If you leave your chimney flue open all the time, you are losing heated air. It’s like having a window open in your home. Close the chimney flue after you’ve had a fire. Traditional fireplaces are not too effective when it comes to heating your house. Unless you have a newer fireplace insert you could be taking warm air from your room and simply sending it up the chimney. A better option to keep some of the heat in is to open a window near by about 1 inch. Close the doors to the room and turn your heat thermostat down to 50 or 55 degrees. This allows more of the heat to come into the room. Traditional fireplaces have been banned from new construction in some places because of the air pollution they cause.  You can save on your utilities by using your fireplace properly, adding a new insert or closing the flue between uses.  For more information visit the Energy.gov website about fireplaces and fireplace inserts.

A Simple Step To Save Electricity

One of the easiest ways you can save on electricity is by turning appliances off when you’re not using them. It is estimated over 3.5 billion dollars are wasted because most people leave computers and other appliances plugged in when they’re not in use. Using a power strip is the easiest way to save electricity from being used this way. Simply turn the power strip off when you’re not using the computer or appliance. This one simple step can save on your electric bill.

Replace Older Appliances

It is no coincidence that older houses and appliances use more energy. If you are wondering how to save on your Utilities this winter, consider upgrading your electricity or replacing older appliances with newer more energy efficient products. You’ll see savings right away.

How To Save On Your Utilities This Winter

If you are concerned about how to save on your Utilities this winter, contact Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and ask about ways you can ensure your electrical system is working properly and not wasting energy. A programmable thermostat may be an option that will help you keep your heating temperature under control. We would love to help you find ways to lower your heating costs and electric utilities. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today!

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How To Connect Two Wires Together Using A Wire Nut

how to connect two wires together using a wire nutThis is how to connect two wires together using a wire nut. If you are working on anything electric, you should always turn the electricity off or unplug the appliance you’re working on before you start. Any Northern Kentucky Electrician will tell you that if you are unfamiliar with electricity or circuitry it is always a good idea to call a professional electrician and don’t attempt DIY repairs.   There are specific electrical codes that require the right connections and the right size wire nuts.  Electricity is not only dangerous to work with but repairs that are done poorly or incorrectly pose a fire hazard that is not worth the risk. This is how to connect two wires together using a wire nut the correct way.  If you are attempting to fix a broken lamp cord or extension cord, it is often safer to buy a new cord or lamp than use a cord that has been mended.  This is not a how to mend cords.

Strip Wire Insulation

Electrical wires are insulated for protection from heat and to keep the wires from touching. Find the end of the wire you want to splice and using a wire cutter or wire stripping tool, you will first strip the insulation off the wire about an inch. Look at your wire stripper and you will notice holes with numbers. These numbers refer to the gauge size of the wire. Insert your wire into the proper hole and holding the wire with your fingers or pliers, pull the wire through the hole. It should strip the end of insulation.

Twist the Wires

After you have stripped the insulation from both wires, hold them together and using your thumb and forefinger twist the wires together. This should form a good connection that doesn’t come apart when pulled upon. You can cover this with electrical tape.

How To Connect Two Wires Together Using A Wire Nut

Once you have the electrical tape on, you can add a wire nut to the end for extra protection and insulation. This is an often-overlooked step that can cause problems in the future.

If you have questions about how to connect two wires together using a wire nut or you would like to have a professional electrician do your repairs, please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We specialize in small appliance repair and offer 24/7 emergency electrical repair services.

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

fall home maintenance checklistAs fall approaches, homeowners need to think about getting out their fall home maintenance checklist and begin preparing for the next season. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric wishes to provide this simple fall home maintenance checklist so you can prepare your home and property for the cooler temperatures of fall and winter. This checklist will ensure your home is safe, energy efficient and ready for the months to come.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

  • Inspect the gutters for debris. Fall is the time gutters can get clogged.
  • Plan to drain outdoor faucets and winterize your sprinkler system.
  • If you have a chimney, now is a good time to have your chimney cleaned and ready for the first chilly night.
  • Maintain your HVAC system.
  • Drain the water heater and remove build up
  • Test electrical outlets & GFCI outlets
  • Test carbon monoxide and smoke alarms
  • Inspect for drafts and winterize windows and doors
  • Prepare for winter storms with necessary supplies

Professional Electrical Inspections

If you need an electrical inspection, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help. It is our goal to educate commercial and residential customers while protecting families and businesses from preventable risks. Our experienced team of master electricians can assist you with your fall home maintenance checklist.

We have the expertise and knowledge to address any electrical project you have. For questions about proper maintenance of your electrical system or to request our services, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today! We will be happy to help!

 

The following is a full list of our services:

  • Residential, commercial and industrial electrical contracting
  • New construction
  • Service work
  • Renovation electric
  • Electric system inspection
  • Electrical service changes and upgrades
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement
  • Problem solving
  • Break downs in electrical service
  • Receptacles, breakers, panels
  • Lighting
  • Landscape lighting
  • Security Lighting
  • Recessed lighting
  • Ceiling fansand light fixtures
  • Computer lines
  • Spa and Pool Heater connections
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation
  • HVAC wiring
  • Transformer pads
  • Duke Energy service integration
  • Code violation repairs
  • Exterior lighting, security lighting, parking lots
  • Generators
  • Electrical storm damage, surge protection, lightning damage insurance claims accepted
  • Meter base changes
  • Commercial wiring, large amp underground service installs
  • Underground cabling
  • Industrial plant wiring, lighting, maintenance
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Get Home Renovating Ideas During Local Home Tours

home renovation ideasNow is a great time to get home renovation ideas!  September 2015 offers two local home tours that you won’t want to miss.  Whether you have an older house you are renovating or you are thinking of choosing a builder, here are two home tours where you can see what’s happening and have some of your questions answered.

Parade Craze Tour of New Homes

According to the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, the 2015 Parade Craze Tour of New Homes is the largest Open House event in Cincinnati.  The show will offer attendees the opportunity to visit new homes every weekend during September (September 5-6; 12-13; 19-20; 26-27).  Parade Craze Tour of New Homes will feature established new home builders showcasing their homes, floor plans, communities, etc. Tickets and information are available on the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Cincinnati website

Dayton Street 19th Century Homes Tour

Once considered Millionaire’s Row, Dayton Street in Cincinnati is full of large mansions built in the late 1800s. These mansions have been under various home renovations for decades and now house some of the original artwork and period furnishings.September 13, from 1-4 dozens of these mansions will be open to the public.  Many of these homes have been restored to their past glory and some are in the midst of home renovations.  If you’re looking for a unique home tour, this might be just what you are looking for.  You can get a better idea of the houses and what they have to offer at the Dayton Street Neighborhood Association website.  Tickets for the event will be available at the corner of Dayton Street and Baymiller the day of the sale.  Tickets are $10. each.

Getting Home Renovation Ideas At Local Home Tours and New Home Shows

You will find the area of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky offer a variety of home tours throughout the year.  This is just one of the many places you can find home decorating and renovating ideas.  Many people who are considering buying a new home or redecorating a home they already own, begin the process by going on local home tours, open houses and the Home Builder’s Association Homearama.  Whether you are planning to redecorate your living room, a basement, attic or bedroom, the more ideas you see and homes you tour, the better idea you’ll have of what interests you.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is proud to be a part of the Greater Cincinnati community.  We are a professional electrical contractor who can help you with all your electrical repairs and upgrades.  We are a locally owned electrical company who has been serving the area for decades.  We would love to help you with your next home renovation project or putting electric services into your new home.

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The One Question New Homeowners Often Forget To Ask

the one question new homeowners often forget to askThe one question new homeowners often forget to ask the seller is what the utility bills are. This can become a real issue if you are planning your budget and don’t factor in a higher utility bill. Here are a few things you can ask about the home that will help you determine what your utility bill will be and if there is anything you can do to upgrade the wiring or change to make your home more energy efficient.

So, How Much Does The Utility Bill Run Each Month?

Whether you are using natural gas or electric, you can tell how energy efficient the home is by the utility bills. A modern bathroom with heated floors may seem great until you consider the amount of electricity running those heaters costs. There are many items that contribute to the utility bill. This includes things like how many people live in the house and what the appliances are. You have to consider all the aspects of the current user when you start comparing utility costs with what you’re expecting or what you’re used to. This is the one question new homeowners often forget to ask.

Consider Home Energy Efficiency

When you begin looking at ways you can save money on your utility bills, look at all the appliances and see how old they are. The water heater can use a lot of energy and so can the washer and dryer. Consider alternatives to what the existing appliances are. Look around your doors and window for leaks and consider having the air ducts and HVAC system inspected. You may also be able to save money changing the lighting or depending more on natural lighting. Windows can also be a huge factor in how energy efficient your home is. Consider how old the windows are and what the cost of replacing them would be. You might be able to install quality window treatments at the windows to help with insulation and lighting. Finally consider how old the wiring is and ask your electrician if an electrical upgrade would help.

The One Question New Homeowners Often Forget To Ask

There are a lot of things to consider when you’re buying a new home. Make sure you ask all the questions you can think of and especially the one question new homeowners often forget to ask. You can save yourself a lot of headaches and extra expenses by asking questions first and planning ahead. If you have questions about your electric or need electrical repairs, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We will be happy to help you.

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Top Things To Do In Florence Kentucky

top things to do in Florence KentuckyFlorence is a great place to live! You will find a variety of things to do and fun for all ages. Looking for the top things to do in Florence Kentucky? Rose Brothers & Sons Electric offers this list of amazing things to do in Florence.

Top Things To Do In Florence Kentucky

Turfway Park – For live thoroughbred racing all year round, Turfway Park offers many events throughout the year including night races and special events.

Florence Freedom – The Florence Freedom are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League. Games are played at the UC Health Stadium in Florence and offer fun for the whole family.

Florence Speedway– This ½ mile dirt oval racetrack is the elite, racing venue for Late Models, Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Hornets. The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame is also on the premises.

Florence Mall –features 100 stores and 4 anchor stores with a large food court.  Just look for the water tower!

Xhiliracing – Indoor go kart racing offers fun for kids of all ages. Enjoy the thrill of these high-speed racecars that operate on electricity.

Attractions Near By

Florence Family Aquatic Center – This is a public swimming pool and more. Features a large competition pool, playgrounds, lazy river and slides.

Parks, Parks and More Parks

Lincoln Woods Park – offers a playground, tennis courts, basketball courts and more.

Florence Nature Park – acres of trails and amenities for picnics and other gatherings.

Doe Run Lake Park – enjoy the lake and other park amenities.

Pioneer Park features a dog run.

Springtown Park – Enjoy a playground that resembles a castle.

If you are moving to Florence KY, visiting Florence or have lived here for years, we know you will develop your own list of top things to do in Florence Kentucky. We hope this list gets you energized to try new things and explore the city of Florence Kentucky. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, your Florence Kentucky electrician wishes you and your family a great day!

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