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What Should I Do When The Power Goes Out?

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There are a multitude of reasons as to why you might lose power in your home; Weather conditions, service accidents, and storms of varying levels of severity just to name a few. Because you can never be sure if your power outage is going to be for an extended period of time or for just a few minutes, it is important to be fully prepared for both scenarios. Keep your home and family safe with these power outage tips from Rose Brothers & Sons Electric where our electricians proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas.

When The Power Goes Out Short Term

Stay calm. Check outside your windows and see if you can tell if your neighbors have also lost power. If you discover that you are the only house on the block that is missing power, the problem is probably based within your home. Check circuit breakers, replace blown fuses, and check all of your outlets if you still don’t discover the problem and then call an electrician.

If you noticed that your neighbors have also lost power, call your electric company. While electrical suppliers usually know when areas on their grid lose power, it is always helpful for your own peace of mind to call and find an estimated time for repairs. While you are waiting for the repair, unplug all of your appliances with electrical components, like television sets, computers, and microwaves. By unplugging these items, you can avoid damage from the power surge once the power has been repaired.

Long Term Power Outage

The best thing you can do for long term power outages is to be prepared beforehand. Keep spare batteries, flashlights, candles, matches, and a basic first aid kit in a spot that you can locate easily. Consider buying a flashlight that stays plugged into an outlet at all times and is then ready and charged when your power goes out. If you have a generator, make sure you have the supplies you need like gas and that everything has been installed properly. Don’t wait for an emergency to check these things!

Just like with a short term power outage, check to see if you are the only house that has lost power and then check your breakers and fuses. If you are the only home that has lost power and you are unable to restore it, it is time to call an electrician. If your electrician comes and explains to you that the problem may take a while to resolve, unplug all of your belongings to avoid damage from power surges once power has been restored. In addition to this, turn off all of your breakers except for one, so you know when power is restored. Empty all your food from your refrigerators and freezers and leave the doors wide open. If someone you know has electricity, see if you can store food there. Utilize your windows to control the temperature of your home, open south facing curtains and blinds in the winter to let sun and heat into your home and always keep your blinds closed at night.

Electrical Repairs When The Power Goes Out

If you have a power outage or are in need of an electrical repair, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is here for you. We are proud members of the BBB, Angie’s List, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and other reputable organizations so you know our service is among the best. Call our team of experts today for all of your electrical needs.

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Electrical Repairs On A Newly Purchased Home

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

Did Your Have A Home Inspection

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

Was The House Sold “As Is”

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

Were The Repairs Obvious

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

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

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The Difference Between a Short Circuit or Ground Fault?

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

Why Does My Circuit Breaker Trip?

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

Short Circuit or Ground Fault

What Is A Short Circuit?

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

What Is A Ground Fault?

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

What Should You Do If Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

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

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Appliances That Require Dedicated Circuits

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

What Is A Dedicated Circuit?

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

The Appliances That Require Dedicated Circuits

Heating and Air Conditioning Equipment

Electric Ranges and Ovens

Refrigerators and Freezers

Dishwashers

Washers and Dryers

Microwaves

Electric Fireplaces

Garage Door Openers

Car Charging Stations

Garbage Disposals

Water Heaters

Sump pumps

Jacuzzi, hot tubs and Pools

Upgrading Your Electrical Circuits

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

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Choosing the Right Electrical Contractor

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

Questions To Ask

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

Things to Be Aware Of

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

Choosing The Right Electrical Contractor

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

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Tips For Spring Energy Savings

tips for spring energy savingsTips for Spring Energy Savings go hand in hand with normal spring-cleaning. By taking a few extra minutes to think about energy efficiency and what small changes you can do to increase your energy savings, you’ll be ready for spring in no time. Here are a few home maintenance tips to get you started.

Ceiling Fans

Today I started my spring-cleaning with my ceiling fans. Not my favorite job I have to admit.   One of the first things I do each spring is make sure my fans are working properly. This includes changing the direction of the airflow so that warm air is drawn up. This helps cool the room and ensures constant air flow. Having dust free fans not only helps with air quality but also helps your fans work better and last longer.

HVAC Units

Make sure you have your HVAC unit serviced if you haven’t done so. Some things you can do yourself like changing filters. This does not replace the need for a routine maintenance to ensure your air conditioner is ready for the new season. Clean around the outdoor units as well to remove debris and leaves leftover from fall.

Windows and Doors

Now is a great time to make sure your windows and doors have no leaks. Keep the track around your sliding glass door clean to prevent leaks in the seal of the window. Consider purchasing new window treatments or drapes to help keep the cool air inside this spring and summer. This can save you a lot on your heating and cooling bill.

Exhaust Fans

With the warmer weather comes the need for more showers. Make sure you have a good working fan in your bathroom and use it the recommended amount of time. Adding a timer to the fan will ensure you and your guest leave it running for 15 min. after each shower. Attic ventilation is equally important if not more so. An attic ventilation system will draw cool air up through the house. This can replace running the air conditioner during mild weather and runs at a fraction of the cost. Attic ventilation can also lower your heating bill in the winter.

Refrigerators and Appliances

As part of your spring home maintenance, clean the coils around your refrigerator and remove pet hair and dust from appliances. Air should be able to circulate freely around condenser coils. This will help your electric appliances to work more efficiently and lower your electric bill while helping ensure your appliance lasts the full life expectancy. Refrigerators use over 10% of your household energy. That’s quite a lot when you think about it. Make sure your refrigerator is in good working condition and has a good seal to lock in the cold. Whenever you purchase a new appliance or air conditioner make sure it is energy efficient and has the energy star seal.  Look for frayed chords and small appliances that need repaired or replaced and go ahead and make the switch.

Tips For Spring Energy Savings

If you have questions about our tips for spring energy savings or you would like a home energy audit to determine areas where you can save money, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We do electrical maintenance and repairs if you need them.  We also do electrical upgrades and installations.

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April Showers Bring Storm Damage in Northern Kentucky

storm damage in Northern KYIt’s April 1st and weather is a little precocious.  You may wake up today freezing and tomorrow carrying an umbrella.  One things for sure, April showers bring storm damage in Northern Kentucky.  With the storm damage comes downed power lines and lightening damage.  It isn’t any wonder, that Rose Brothers & Sons Electric gets many calls this time of year for electrical repairs.

Emergency Electrical Repairs in Northern KY

If you live in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati or Southeastern Indiana, you can rely on the services of Rose Brothers for all your electrical installation and repairs.  We have multiple trucks to service the area and offer help 24 hours a day 7 days a week.   Many times the emergency electrical repair you need is a common problem and we have parts available to get you up and running without delay.  Other times, unique electrical repairs require a wait for parts and components that are more uncommon.  The best thing about calling a locally owned company is that you know you have a dependable company that has been in business for awhile and won’t mislead you or leave you with your repairs unfinished.

Storm Damage In Northern Kentucky

We hope this April you will experience pleasant showers that leave you dreaming of May flowers.  We also realize in some cases April showers can bring heavy storms and damage to your home or landscape.  We are here to help you with insurance claims and electrical problems that require the help of a professional electrician. From small electrical repairs to large electrical installations or upgrades, we are here to help you.

Affordable and Friendly Service

Although often necessary, we understand that storm damage repair and home maintenance may not be what you were hoping to spend money on.  At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, you can expect friendly service, a reasonable quote and no unexpected fees.  Our master electricians and other electricians on our staff are well trained to help in a variety of electrical areas so you can depend on fast, efficient service.  Once you try Rose Brothers, you’ll know who to call.  We are dedicated to making sure each customer has such a good experience they call us every time they have a need.  Our reputation depends on it.  If you need electrical repairs or have storm damage in Northern Kentucky, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today.

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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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Electrical Contracting In Greater Cincinnati Ohio

Electrical contracting in Greater Cincinnati OhioIf you are looking for electrical contracting in Greater Cincinnati Ohio, Rose Brothers & Sons electric has the expertise you’re looking for.  We are a family owned electrical service company in the area.  We have decades of experience in handling every size residential, commercial and industrial need including electrical repairs and installations.

Residential, Commercial & Industrial Electricians

We would love to meet you and talk to you about the electrical work you are looking for. We have experience in every aspect of electrical work including: residential, commercial and industrial.  We can help wire your building for exactly what you need, whether you are a single home, apartment building, retail business, restaurant, or factory or manufacturer.

Our Professional Team Of Electricians

We are proud to have a top-notch team of master electricians and electrical assistants.  It is our desire to be the dependable electrical contractor you call whenever your need an electrician.  We will arrive on time and make sure the job is completed in a timely way so that you stay on schedule and on budget.  Our team has the necessary skills to complete your electrical work the right way.  We are knowledgable about building codes and other aspects of your residential, commercial or industrial building.

Electrical Contracting in Greater Cincinnati Ohio

Our commitment to quality electrical service include using the right equipment and parts to ensure your job is done right.  We wouldn’t want someone coming into our home or business and doing a sloppy job or leaving us with a mess later on.  We won’t do that to you or your business either.  When you hire Rose Brothers and Sons Electric for your electrical contracting in Greater Cincinnati Ohio, you can rest assured your getting a job well done by a staff that cares about you and the job we do.  If you have questions about our electrical contracting service or need electrical repairs, electrical upgrades or an electrical installation, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today.

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How To Feed Your Family During A Power Outage

how to feed your family during a power outageWe’ll give you some ideas how to feed your family during a power outage.  Hopefully you have a few things on hand before your power goes out. If not, you may need to find a shelter, a relative or an open restaurant depending on the reason the power is out.  If you need electrical repairs, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can get your electricity up and running before you starve.  Our emergency electricians are available when you need us.

Planning For A Storm

If you know a winter storm or other natural disaster is about to take place, you can plan ahead of time to feed your family.  Look through your refrigerator and freezer and use the items that will perish the soonest.  Some items may be lost if you lose power to your freezer or refrigerator.  You can fill plastic bags and jugs with water and freeze them to make ice too.  this will help your frozen or refrigerated items last longer. Remember during a power outage to keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible. Make sure you have enough canned goods to last a week or two.  Store paper goods like plates, forks, spoons and napkins.  This will be a great help if your water is compromised.  Make sure you have ideas and recipes on how to feed your family during a power outage. You can make good meals with a few canned ingredients.

Don’t Forget Propane or Cooking Fuel

Although you won’t want to cook outside during a storm, camping gear like a coleman stove or propane for your gas grill can go a long way toward helping you feed your family if the power is out for awhile.  Having a warm meal and the camping atmosphere will add excitement to the ordeal and be something your family will remember for years.

How To Feed Your Family During A Power Outage

Safety is a huge concern during power outages.  You need to make sure the food you prepare and feed your family isn’t spoiled.  Foodsafey.gov offers some general guidelines for food safety in an emergency. You also need to be aware of reasons the power may be out and how other areas of your home may be affected.  Is the water safe?  Is there a downed power line near by?  If you need electrical service repairs, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is available for all your electrical repairs in the Northern Kentucky area.

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