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The Different Types of Detectors Your Home Needs

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – proudly serving Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) and Northern Kentucky – is here to tell you about the different types of detectors your home needs. Contact us today to learn more about the different electrical services we provide.

To create the safest environment for your family, your home needs to have the tools to alert you of any signs of danger. There are many types of detectors that will warn you of household threats. To make sure your family is protected, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric provides information on the different types of detectors your home needs.

Smoke detectors are the most common detectors to be found in homes. These are a necessity to protect your family in the event of a fire. Most fatalities and injuries are sustained from fires that occur at night while the victims are sleeping. A smoke detector would have prevented this, as a piercing alarm would have sounded at the first signs of smoke and alerted the sleeping individuals. The detector will warn your family before the smoke can reach a dangerous concentration or before the fire can reach an intense level. People living in a home without a working detector are at a twice as high risk of dying from a fire. Smoke detectors protect lives, prevent injuries, and minimize damage to your property.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas and is poisonous at high levels. It is always present in the air but is impossible to tell when it the concentration turns deadly. CO gas is a silent killer, so to eliminate the safety risk you should invest in a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide buildup can occur when something goes wrong with fuel-burning appliances. If any part of the appliance fails or an exhaust vent becomes clogged, this can lead to a serious problem.

Many cases of the noxious gas arise due to heavy snowfall or animals’ nest obstructing appliance chimneys or vents. There are numerous types of combustion appliances that are commonly operated in homes. This includes propane, oil, or natural gas appliances, wood-burning products, and oil-based heating appliances. It is recommended that each floor in your home be equipped with a carbon monoxide detector, with one located near or within each sleeping area. For homes with multiple bedrooms positioned on a common hallway, just one detector has to be placed in the hallway to provide protection for each room. However, homes relying on forced-air heat should have a CO detector in the individual rooms.

Radon is another untraceable gas that can turn lethal. The odorless, colorless gas is responsible for the deaths of 20,000 people each year, as well as the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Radon is created as the result of natural uranium decay, which can be found in the soil. According to the EPA, radon gas can be found trapped in one in fifteen homes. This problem can be prevented by a radon detector that delivers constant monitoring.

If you are interested in installing detectors into your home, contact an electrician you can trust. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is a local electrical contractor built on the virtues of honesty and hard work. We provide a number of services including but not limited to electrical repair, storm damage repair, circuit breaker replacement, electrical construction, lighting, and generators. We are located in Walton, KY to provide our electrical contracting services to Northern KY and Cincinnati.

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How to Remodel to Create a Home Office

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) – is here to tell you how to remodel to create a home office. We proudly offer electrical services, including repair, maintenance, and remodeling.

When it comes to working from home, or even just having work to do at home from your office, it can be hard to find a quiet place to focus. That’s why remodeling your home to create a home office is a great idea! Home offices offer many advantages. When you work from home, they allow you to set your own schedule and save time and money. They also put you in the correct headspace for getting work done because of their professional environment. We are here to help you with some pointers on how to remodel to create a home office. Read on to learn more!

First off, you need to choose the space that you will be remodeling into your home office. This decision should take into consideration your critical needs, which you should create a list of before beginning. This list could include things like a desk, printer, fax machine, computer, filing cabinets, phone, etc. Depending on your profession, you may need a variety of other things.

After you come up with this list, you need to ensure that the space you have available can accommodate all of these things comfortably. If you have a room available that you can choose, instead of a portion of a room, that is best. That way, you can close the door and keep business in and personal out. You also want to ensure your space is away from any sort of distractions. If you have a job that will involve bringing clients into your home, you should choose a room close to an outside door.

You also need to answer many different questions.

  • Will you have clients visiting your home office? How will that affect your needs?
  • Will you have employees working from your home?
  • Will you be manufacturing or assembling products from home?
  • How much storage space do you need, if any?

It is also important, once you select your space, to come up with a productive, functional, and visually appealing workspace. You need to take measurements and create a floor plan. You want to be able to create your perfect workspace in one go, which also helps make sure everything will remain within your budget. If you can use a space that doesn’t require much renovation, that’s great. However, renovations can be great in order to create the perfect space. We are more than happy to help you with any electrical needs here at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc.

A variety of helpful resources, including a Renovations Costs Worksheet and Important Questions can be seen here. However you choose to go about creating your perfect home office, be sure you do your research so that you can be sure you are doing everything correctly and safely.

Rose Brothers & Sons Inc Electric and Construction is here to help you with any electrical construction project, big or small. We specialize in residential construction projects, as well as breaks in service and storm repairs. We also offer 24-hour emergency service. When you choose Rose Brothers for your electrical needs, you choose experience and incredible service. You can expect nothing but the best from us. We are proud to operate out of Walton, KY and serve all of Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Give us a call today and let us know how we can help you!

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Why You Should Add Recessed Lighting to Your Home

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – conveniently located in Walton, Kentucky (KY) – is here to tell you why you should add recessed lighting to your home. Contact us today to learn more about the electrical services we offer!

For the lighting in your home, you may want to upgrade to recessed lighting. This option is installed above the line of the ceiling which provides a flushed appearance with no visible parts of the actual lighting unit. These are also referred to as downlights or can lights, and there are several advantages to them.

The ability of recessed lighting to hide within the ceiling creates an illusion of more space in rooms. Since nothing is protruding from the ceiling, it makes it seem like the ceilings are higher. When the lights are placed in the corner of spaces, it can also make the rooms appear larger as well. The lights also supply a subtle glow which provides a blurring effect to the boundaries of rooms and overall gives the impression that they are larger.

The unobtrusive nature of this form of lighting will not impede on the style of your home. Since no parts of the light can be seen, there is no chance of the lighting clashing with your décor choices. Recessed lighting is also quite versatile. You have the ability to adjust where the light is directed. You can create spot of accent lighting to highlight any features you want or soft ambient lighting to the entire area. Whatever atmosphere you wish to portray is possible.

Another favorable aspect is the variety of choices as they are available in numerous colors, finishes, and shapes. This type of lighting can also be utilized in essentially any indoor or outdoor application. These lights are trend-proof as they do not contribute to the style of rooms or hinder it either.

Recessed lighting is also an efficient lighting choice as compared to other options. The placement of the lights gives you a clear view with improved visibility, too. The entirety of your rooms will be illuminated. Dimming options also give you the ability to alter the lighting to fit your needs. You can dim the lights for your media room or have a large wash of light for your bathroom, kitchen, and bedrooms. The ability to strike the perfect balance of light makes recessed lighting a fantastic choice for any room in your home.

Recessed lights do offer sealed units as well. This allows them to be waterproof, with no chances of water entering the lighting fixture. These lights are the only ones that can be installed in environments that are water-intensive, such as shower stalls.

If you are interested in recessed lighting in your home, you will need to hire a licensed electrician to install them. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is family owned local licensed electrical contractor you can trust. We are available to offer electrical help and perform a number of services from large construction projects to small household repairs. We are in the business of providing long-term solutions, not quick fixes. Our electricians take the time to remedy the true cause of problems, so that the issues are solved for good. We are located in Walton, KY to provide our electrical contracting services to Northern KY and Cincinnati.

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3 Ways Your Home Can Benefit from a Ceiling Fan

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons – conveniently located in Walton, Kentucky (KY) – is here to tell you about 3 ways your home can benefit from a ceiling fan. Contact us today for all of your electrical needs!

When it comes to keeping cool and comfortable, we will do just about anything. Ceiling fans are a great way to keep your home comfortable throughout the warmer months. We are here to tell you about three ways that your home can benefit from installing ceiling fans.

First off, ceiling fans have the ability to lower your monthly electric bill by a significant amount. You can see decreases of approximately thirty to forty percent. Because ceiling fans don’t actually put out cold air like an air conditioning system, it doesn’t use as much energy. They actually only use a bit more energy than a 100-watt lightbulb. Newer Energy-Star fans only use half of that. You can expect to save up to $165 in energy costs throughout the life of the fan. That’s $165 you could put toward doing something fun with your family or toward another type of renovation in your home.

The moving air created by the fan makes the room feel much cooler, so you can raise your thermostat and be just as comfortable as you would having the thermostat set at a much lower temperature. What you may not know is that for every degree above seventy-eight degrees that you raise your thermostat, you save about three to eight percent on cooling costs.

Secondly, a ceiling fan can provide you with both stylish and functional illumination. A common thing with ceiling fans is that they often include a light as well as a fan. This allows you to accent your room with a layered lighting design. Ceiling fans have been redesigned over the years to provide much more style to your home and not just a function. You can even choose ceiling fans with unique designs to match your décor. By choosing a fan with a light, you will see a change in the appearance of your space for the better and also get the benefits that come from that additional lighting.

Thirdly, and you may not realize this, but a ceiling fan provides value year-round. Even during the colder months, ceiling fans can be used to circulate warm air. All you have to do is run the blades clockwise, and this will push the warm air that has risen to the ceiling down into your living space without creating a cold draft. This is another way to avoid extra energy costs because you won’t have to blast your heating system to keep warm and comfortable.

If you think a ceiling fan might be right for your home, give us a call today! We would love to help you, whether it be with advice or help with installing!

Rose Brothers & Sons Inc Electric and Construction is here to help you and your family get the most out of your home. We offer traditional electrical construction services, as well as twenty-four-hour emergency services and advice and information. We can advise you on the best things for your home and help you through installation as well. We specialize in residential service changes, breaks in service and storm repairs, as well as residential maintenance issues. You can trust that we know what we are doing. We operate out of Walton, Kentucky and proudly serve all of Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Give us a call today and let us know how we can help!

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Why Are Bathroom Fans Important?

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – conveniently located in Walton, Kentucky (KY) – is here to help you see why bathroom fans are so important. Call us today for all of your electrical needs.

Many people believe that the only necessary pieces in the bathroom are the main fixtures, like the shower, the toilet, and the vanity. However, the bathroom fan plays a huge role in keeping your bathroom functional and in good shape. Exhaust fans are an incredibly important system to have in your bathroom. Not only do these fans clear the humid air while your showering, they provide beneficial ventilation to your room that could otherwise cause a major problem. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, located in Walton, Kentucky, we want to help you understand how necessary this bathroom feature is, so you can see why bathroom fans are so important.

Moisture Removal

The main function of the bathroom fan is moisture removal. If you’ve ever taken a steaming hot shower and forgotten to turn on the fan, it’s obvious what this feature prevents. Stepping out of the shower into a room full of steam may seem like a sign that your shower was hot and relaxing, but a room full of steam can cause big problems for a bathroom that is not equipped for it. Unlike saunas that are built to accommodate wet heat and steam, bathrooms are not made entirely of ceiling to floor tile.  The moisture generated from your hot shower can seep into your paint, wallpaper, and drywall and cause major water damage over time. If you have wooden fixtures, the heat and steam can warp these pieces as well.

Fume Eliminator

The bathroom is host to a wide range of smells, from unpleasant odors to delightful perfumes and scents. Bathroom fans allow you to keep any odors contained and stop them from spreading throughout your whole home. In addition to protecting your home from odors, the bathroom fan is also beneficial when it comes time for cleaning. Because bathrooms require the use of relatively harsh chemicals to keep them looking sparkling clean, they can be potentially dangerous. Exhaust fans help eliminate the danger and whip the chemical odors away to keep you and your family safe and protected.

While bathroom fans are commonplace in the home, many of these systems can have problems with installation, age, and other malfunctions that can lead to even bigger issues for your home. To ensure that your bathroom fan is installed properly and functioning at its best, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is here to help. Proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, our team of qualified professional electricians can help ensure that all of the electrical wiring in your home is working at peak performance. With our team of trusted electricians and an A+ rating from the BBB, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and dedication to every project we complete. No matter what your electrical need may be, Rose Brothers & Sons can ensure a great experience. Contact Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today!

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How Should You Choose the Best Outdoor Lighting?

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) – is here to help you choose the best outdoor lighting for your home. We handle a variety of electrical issues and can help keep your home in perfect working order.

Outdoor lighting is a simplistic way to enhance the outside of your home, add security to your property, and make your home safer. Choosing the right outdoor lighting may seem like a no brainer, but there are actually a lot of lighting options available that may be better suited to certain homes or personal preferences. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, located in Walton, Kentucky, can guide you through your lighting options and show you how to pick the best outdoor lighting for your home.

Why You Should Buy Outdoor Lighting?

The right outdoor lighting will add a sense of ambiance and character to the outside of your home. You can add unique lighting accents, like a whimsical hanging lamp over your front door or light posts that line your driveway as a way to make your home more inviting and appealing to all who see it. In addition to making your home look special, outdoor lighting adds a whole new level of safety to your home. Well-lit homes have a much lower chance of experiencing crime than homes that are not well lit. Ample, functional lighting pieces also allow you and your family to better maneuver the terrain of your yard if you are ever outside when it starts to get dark, possibly preventing falls or injuries.

What’s the Right Lighting?

While lighting choice is mostly a personal preference, each type of lighting option will function in a different way depending on where it is placed. Wall lights and sconces can add light to the outside of your garage, patio, and anywhere there is a wall of your home. Ranging from simplistic to elegant, wall lights and sconces will illuminate a small area around them and shine against your home.

Hanging lights can be decorative or simplistic but are ideal for the entryway above your front door. Not only do these lights add much-needed lighting for guests, they can be used to really accentuate the style of the interior of your home to make your design feel cohesive.

Lamp posts are great to use however you choose. Place them at the end of your sidewalk or line your entire driveway for a style that really stands out, these lighting options will help you navigate walkways and set your home apart.

Security and fence lighting are usually subtler in appearance. Mounted on the top of windows, doors, and fences, these lights function with the main goal of shining the light in vulnerable areas of the home.

As you can see, the number of lighting options can actually be quite overwhelming. Don’t let this decision becoming stressful. The experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric are here to help you make the right choice and ensure proper installation. Proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati for the past 30 years, our team of master electricians can make your lighting installation and selection run smoothly. For more information about the electrical contracting services we provide, contact Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today.

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Finding the Right Pool Lighting for Your Home

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – located in Walton, Kentucky (KY) – is here to help you choose the right style of pool lighting. We proudly solve a multitude of electrical issues in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio areas.

Whether you are having a pool installed or you already have a pool in your backyard and are looking to enhance the area, pool lighting is a great thing to consider adding. The perfect pool lighting allows you to enjoy your pool at all hours of the day and night and can completely change the ambiance of the space. From fun choices, like color changing LEDs to more practical halogen lighting for a more well-lit area, you can make your pool completely unique with lighting. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, located in Walton, Kentucky, we can help you find the right lighting for your pool, so you can make sure you are completely satisfied once installation is complete.

Why Lighting is so Important

It is important to really consider all your pool lighting options before you have your pool installed. While you can makeover an already installed pool if necessary, the process is much more difficult and time consuming. Knowing this, it is easy to understand why making the right lighting choice the first time is always the better option. As mentioned, pool lighting allows you to enjoy your pool whenever you feel. Aside from the obvious functional needs, the lighting inside your pool and the lighting you choose for your pool area will create the atmosphere of your pool. Whether you want a relaxed and luxurious spa-like pool or you crave something more dramatic with bold or colorful lighting options, your lighting should enhance your theme.

Lighting Options

Lights can be added inside of your pool and the area around your pool depending on your personal needs. There are three basic lighting types: halogen, LED, and fiber optic. Halogen lights are affordable and will give you optimal, natural lighting around your pool. LED lights are much more efficient than halogen lighting and will provide you with a bright and crisp lighting with far fewer lights. Lastly, fiber optic lighting allows you to change the look of your pool the most. With the ability to change colors, you can change the ambiance of your pool with ease.

Pool lighting also comes in a wide variety of styles. You can choose floating pool lights, built-in lights around the wall of your pool, lights behind a water feature, in-ground lights around the top of your pool, or even lighting that sits farther away from the pool to add ambiance to the whole pool area; whatever lighting options you choose will alter the feel and function of your space.

To make sure your pool lighting is perfect and incorporates your functional and personal style needs, planning out your lighting with an electrical contractor will ensure the smoothest installation. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, we can help you make your pool dreams come to life. With our team of experienced master electricians with over 45 years of combined experience, we can ensure a safe and efficient pool lighting installation that you will be satisfied with for years to come. For more information about our electrical contracting services or to set up an appointment to talk about pool lighting options, contact our team today!

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Adding Electrical Wiring to Your Basement

Basements are notoriously dark. If you are tired of the poor lighting in your basement, and are ready to brighten up your décor and lighting, adding new electrical wiring to your basement may be necessary to add the lighting fixtures that you love. If you are building a home, the electrical wiring in your basement is an important thing to consider so you avoid any lighting issues in the future. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., your best choice for an electrician in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas, we can give you tips on adding electrical wiring to your basement that will help the process run smoothly.

Installing Electrical Wiring in the Basement

First and foremost, if you are going to attempt to rough-in your electrical wiring yourself, it is important to acquaint yourself with the process of electrically wiring a room. Pick up some books and study. Plan the design for your lighting remodel of your room and attain your measurements before you start doing anything. After you have your measurements, it’s time to learn about nailing up boxes, drilling holes for wires, how to properly and safely pull cables, stapling cables, and connecting all the wires. Once you have done this, purchasing or renting the appropriate tools for your project are a necessity. Do not overlook any of these steps. Be prepared to be frustrated if this is your first DIY project, and don’t rush. Make this remodel a fun project and the work will not seem like work, but rather an accomplishment at the end.

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Designing a Basement’s Lighting

If you are not attempting a DIY project, but are instead designing the lighting for the basement of your new home, make sure you add in as much pre-wired lighting as possible. In addition to permanent light fixtures, another thing you must plan for in your design is the number of outlets and outlet placement in your basement. In the case of outlets, less is not more. Design your outlet placement for convenience. If you have a bar in the basement consider putting outlets on the bar. If your basement is a large, open room, consider placing outlets on the floor near where you will place furniture. This prevents annoying cords covering the floor and gives you more lighting placement options for décor purposes.

When to Call an Expert

Whether you are doing a DIY lighting project in an existing room, remodeling, or designing a new basement entirely, if you reach a point where you aren’t sure what to do, have an electrician come in and help you. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., we can help you with all electrical rewiring, remodeling, and design projects in your home. As an Angie’s List member with an A+ rating from the BBB, and over 45 years of experience, we can guarantee that our services will meet your needs. Contact us today with any questions on electrical contracting, wiring, or lighting you may have.

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How To Tell If Your Electrical Box Is Grounded

Appliances with three-prong plugs are designed to operate properly when the ground plug provides a path for electrical current all the way back to the electrical panel.  Surge protectors will only provide protection for electrical devices if the power source is grounded.  Most questions asked about grounded electrical boxes come from homeowners with lots of two-prong power outlets in their homes.

There are a few things you can do without the assistance of a qualified electrician to safely determine whether an outlet or its electrical box are grounded.  You will need a two-lead circuit tester and some basic familiarity with your electric panel.  Choose a working outlet that you intend to use with a surge protector or with an appliance with a three-prong plug.

Start with the power to the circuit switched on.  Use the circuit tester to confirm there is voltage between the hot and neutral terminals of the outlet.  The hot wire is connected to the smaller slot of the outlet, and neutral is connected to the larger slot.

Once you have confirmed there is voltage across hot and neutral, you will use the same circuit tester to determine whether there is voltage between hot and ground.  Voltage measured between  the hot terminal and the ground hole is a good indicator that the outlet and its electrical box are grounded.  

If you are dealing with a two-prong outlet, you can test for a ground at the cover plate screw before taking any steps to look inside the box.  Many older homes with two-prong outlets were originally wired with metal boxes and armored cable, providing a reliable ground path to the panel.  Still others were wired with dedicated ground wires despite the two-prong receptacles.  three-prong to two-prong adapters that use the cover plate screw as a ground are still commonly available. Connect one lead of the circuit tester to the cover plate screw and the other lead to the hot slot.  Measured voltage is a good indicator that your outlet and its electrical box are grounded.

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If you did not find a reliable ground using the circuit tester and you want to be certain there is no ground wire inside the box, you can inspect behind the receptacle safely before calling an electrician. Turn off the circuit, and confirm there is no voltage in the hot terminal.  Next, remove the cover plate and the screws securing the receptacle to the box.  Once removed, you should note whether there is a bare copper ground wire coming into the box with the hot (black) and neutral (white) wires.

Once you have confirmed that your electrical box is not grounded, you should discuss your options with an electrician.  Proudly serving Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana, Rose Brothers & Sons can help you with anything from small electrical repairs to large electrical construction projects. Contact our experienced and professional electricians today.

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Electrician for Attic Ventilation and Outlet Installation

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At Rose Brothers and Sons we have the know-how and experience to install ventilation and outlets in your attic. We are committed to doing the job right the first time. We want your repeat business because we did a great job the first time, not because you had to call us back to fix our own mistake. Hiring a professional with a good reputation is the smart thing to do, every time. So call us today and we’ll get right out there.

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To Vent or Not to Vent?

Having enough of the proper ventilation for your attic can be very important. If your home doesn’t have enough ventilation, there is a possibility of moisture problems in the winter and a decrease in your home’s energy efficiency in the summer months. It’s just a myth that attic ventilation is more beneficial in warmer climates and in the summer months than in colder climates and in the winter. Actually, the colder the climate, the more your home may benefit from attic ventilation.

DIY or Hire a Professional Electrician

There is certainly no shortage of Do it Yourself websites and You Tube videos out there to show you how to add an electrical outlet or ventilation fan in your attic. But some things really probably should be left to professionals. Electricity is dangerous at best and down-right deadly at worst. A professional electrician will know how to do the job safely, be up to date on building codes, know when or if a building permit is needed as well as obtain the necessary permits. Additionally, if electrical wiring is not done properly it can cause even more problems, like shorting out the entire house, or worse, starting a fire.

Do Your Homework

Not every electrician is created equal.   In this digital age it’s easy to find trusted businesses to hire for your home repairs. Websites like Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau will give you a good starting place to look for an electrician in good standing and with good reviews. Some electricians only care about making money, so they do a lot less for a lot more (of your money). Like a good mechanic, an experienced and trustworthy electrician is worth their weight in gold.

At Rose Brothers and Sons Electric we have an excellent record on Angie’s List and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We have years of experience, a great reputation and loyal customers who call us time and again whenever they need electrical work done. Call today for an appointment.

 

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