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Making Sure Your Outlets Are Child-Proof

Electrical outlets are an essential component of your home, but they are also dangerous. Almost every room has several electrical outlets, so it is imperative to keep these elements from being hazardous to your children. There are a multitude of child-proof options for your outlets.

If your home was built after 2015, you should already have tamper-proof outlets. The national electric code requires the use of these as they prevent the insertion of small items. Even with a newly constructed house, you should double-check to ensure all the outlets are tamper resistant. When looking at the electrical outlets, you will be able to tell which kind you have. The old type has slots that are very open, making them unsafe. If you have an older home, it is almost assuredly a regular electrical outlet. The newer tamper-proof outlets have plastic behind the slot openings. The plastic is spring-loaded shutters, which require both prong slots to be pushed in at the same time for the plastic to move. There is also a third style of outlet known as decora outlets, which are not child-proof. They do not need screws to attach the cover, instead the cover just snaps on. It is crucial to know which outlets your home uses, as baby-proof solutions are not viable options for every type.

If you have unused electric outlets, there are a few ways to make them safe for your family. For a simple and cheap option, you can use plastic outlet caps also called safe plates. They fit into the slots just like a plug would. The outside of the cap uses plastic that has no grips, so a baby will not be able to remove them. This option however is inconvenient as every time you use the outlet, you will have to take the cap out and then plug it back in afterwards. Another route is sliding plate covers. They cost more but are safer. To install, you simply have to replace your current outlet covers with the spring-load sliding ones. If you push the plate cover over, it will automatically slide back in place. You also never have to worry about forgetting to put a cap back on.

For outlets in use, you can use a Lectralock, which will completely cover the plugged in cords. This shield will not allow a toddler to open it. They are also compatible for both regular and decorative outlets. Power strips will also need to be baby-proofed. An easy solution is a cover like the Safety 1st model. These conceal all the outlets and plugs. There is an opening for the cords but it is impossible for kids to pull out the plugs or stick small things into the power strip.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we can take care of any electrical issues you have. Unlike other electricians, we don’t use a quick fix approach to solve problems. We find and correct the source of the complication, so you never have to worry about it again. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Cincinnati and Northern KY.

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Does Your Home Need New Outlets

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While it may seem like an easy job, it can take much more than a quick scan of your room to determine if your home needs new outlets. Even if you have “hidden” outlets that are out of sight and out of mind, they still need to be inspected and potentially replaced. Regularly inspecting your outlets could save you from overlooking clues to determine if you should upgrade or not. At Rose Brothers & Son’s Electric and Construction, we know the importance of properly wired and visually appealing electrical outlets because they have the potential to be extremely harmful if the issues are left untreated. We are located in Walton, KY, so let us help you get your home in the best shape it has been in since you bought it. If you have a newly built home, we need to make sure it stays in tip top shape. For decades, we have been assisting residents in Northern KY and Cincinnati with electrical contracting and residential services, and we would be thrilled to be trusted with any task you throw our way.

Selling a home can be an overwhelming process with all of the improvements and updates you or a hired professional might have to make. You can save yourself some hassle by regularly inspecting your power outlets while living in your home. Even though you are checking your outlets, do you know what you should be looking for? One thing that should get your attention is cracks in your outlet plate. Not because they are unpleasant to look at, but because they can be a prime location for house fires to begin, and nobody wants to get that call. Dust can build up in your home, no matter how often you try to clean it, and it can be anywhere, even into those cracks in your power outlet. The dust builds up in those cracks, and that is how fires start and homes are ruined.

When buying a new home, you should always get the home inspected, because it’s somewhere you are planning to house your family. That inspection should not just be on the roof or the foundation, but should also include the electrical system. Our team members at Rose Brothers & sons Inc. Electrical and Construction, can provide you with a detailed electric system inspection along with many other skills and services. We know how much home buyers love homes with character, like historic homes. The only problem with historic homes is that they are usually at least a century old, and that means the home’s electrical system will need some updating and rewiring. Two prong outlets can be dangerous to you and your expensive gadgets. If you happen to visit a home that has a lot of two prong outlets rather than having three prong power outlets, then you know you will have some work to do if you decide to buy. However, you won’t have to do it alone, because we are always ready to assist you.

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5 Preventable Electrical Issues

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Electrical issues will happen in a home, it’s as simple as that. Fortunately, once these issues are determined it is easy to fix the problems to ensure that they stop happening. Let Rose Brothers and Sons of Walton, Kentucky show you five common and preventable electrical issues that can easily be resolved.

Tripped Breaker

Probably one of the most annoying and frequently occurring electrical problems in a home is the tripping of breakers. Breakers are tripped by too much wattage being exerted from outlets, like a hair dryer being used in two rooms, a space heater on an extension cord, or appliances being overloaded in the kitchen. While tripped breakers are not a huge issue and can be easily fixed with the flip of a breaker switch, sometimes the problem is persistent or can cause the breaker to not reset when flipped. If this is the case, a separate breaker may be needed for these specific outlets that are frequently used with high-wattage appliances.

Light Bulbs Burning Out

If you notice that you are having to change the lightbulbs in your home far too frequently, it probably isn’t a problem with the brand of lightbulb that you purchased. While this can be caused by a range of problems, usually there will be a loose circuit or socket that will lead to this. To avoid spending large amounts of money on lightbulbs, fix the issue in the circuit or socket.

Dead Outlet

Dead outlets are, unfortunately, quite common in the home. This may result from a tripped breaker or it could be from a larger connection issue but, whatever the case, it is obnoxious. If resetting your breaker doesn’t work, an expert will need to be called to determine the cause of the malfunction. Once they have assessed the situation and repaired the damage they can also assure that the connection is stable and that the outlet is not overheating, which would cause a dead outlet.

Warm Switches and Fixtures

Have you noticed your appliances or outlets feeling warm to the touch after use? If so, there could be a wiring issue. If you have dimming switches in your home, this is completely normal. But, if you do not have this feature in your home and your outlets are still running warm, it is important that you determine the cause of the issues quickly to prevent a potential electrical fire or damage to your electrical lines.

Flickering Lights

Thankfully, flickering lights are caused by poor wiring connections in your wall and not from something more unsettling, like ghosts. If you notice a single flickering light, a single connection may be weak. If you become aware of flickering lights throughout your entire home, there is an issue with the main wiring. If you notice some lights getting brighter while others look dim, the main neutral connection in your home may need to be evaluated. While flickering and uneven lighting may not be an issue that effects your day to day tasks, this is a sign of a bigger problem that needs to be addressed.

Whatever your lighting issues may be, if you need a professional to fix the issue, Rose Brothers & Sons of Northern Kentucky is here to help. Serving Florence Kentucky, Ft. Mitchell Kentucky, Villa Hills Kentucky, Union Kentucky, Ft. Wright, Hebron Kentucky, Burlington, Covington Kentucky, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, and Williamstown, you can trust that Rose Brothers & Sons will help with all your electrical problems. As an Angie’s List member with an A+ rating from the BBB, we can guarantee that our services will meet your needs. Contact Rose Brothers & Sons today with any questions.

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Making the Most of the Outlets in Your Small Space

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From first apartments to the currently popular tiny houses, many people live in small spaces, which may also translate to a small number of outlets. With the number of electronic devices an average family owns today, running out of outlets in a small space can definitely happen.

If Possible, Install New Outlets

The most effective and permanent way to cope with not having enough outlets in a home is to add more. However, this is easier said than done. If you are renting from someone else, you will need their permission to add more outlets to the house or apartment. If you own your home, creating a new outlet on a blank wall is still challenging and it best handled by a license electrician, like Rose Brothers & Sons in Walton, Kentucky. Wiring will need to be run from another electrical source and unless you know exactly what your walls are made of, you may be in for a surprise when you try to make room for an outlet in one of them.

Give Existing Outlets or Switches an Upgrade

Are many of your outlets occupied by charging mobile devices like tablets and phones? Traditional outlets can be fairly easily switched out for outlets with built-in USB ports, so you can plug in your device without taking up a socket. One of the most common configurations for these outlets has the standard two sockets with two USB ports, giving you plenty of room to charge your phone and tablet while still keeping your lamp and alarm clock plugged in. Adding an outlet with USB ports is similar to converting a two-prong outlet.

If you have a single light switch in a place where an outlet would also be convenient, replace the switch with a switch/outlet combination. This solution works especially well for bathrooms in older homes that may not have any outlets at all because the switch is often located on a wall near the sink and mirror.

Other Ways to Add More Outlet Space in Your Northern Kentucky Home

If you are not at all handy, the number of sockets per outlet can be increased without changing the outlet itself. Adapters that plug into a socket of an outlet instantly add four new places to plug things in. If space is small where the outlet is (e.g. behind a piece of furniture), use an adapter with rotating sockets so plugs lay parallel to the wall instead of sticking out and being in the way.

Power strips are similar to adapters in that they only use one outlet space and provide six to eight more places to plug things in. Many power strips have the added benefit of providing surge protection for sensitive electronics, including computers and TVs. Some armoires and entertainment centers come with built-in power strips, increasing your outlets and providing additional storage space.

If you need power somewhere not near one of your few outlets use extension cords. Some brands have multiple outlets along the length of the cord. If you don’t want the extension cord to show, use a cord cover that runs along your baseboards and conceals it. Be sure not to run extension cords under things that could crush them or disrupt the electrical current and cause a fire.

If you require assistance with increasing the outlets in your home, or any other electrical service, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric and Construction. We serve all of Greater Cincinnati, Southern Indiana, and Northern Kentucky, including: Florence, Ft. Mitchell, Villa Hills, Union, Ft. Wright, Hebron, Burlington, Covington, Erlanger, Independence, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glencoe, and Williamstown.

 

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Get Your Electric System Ready for the Holidays

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With winter and the holiday season fast approaching, it is important that you start thinking about preparing your electric system for the holidays. While most people are more concerned with gifts, decorations, and finalizing those large family dinner menus at this time, to keep your holiday plans running smoothly you have to make sure you ensure your electric system is up to the task. The experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., your best choice for electrical inspections in Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas, want to provide you with a few simple tips to get your electric system prepared for the holiday rush.

Surge Protection

Lights, decorations, mixers, and more; All of these things will be running in your home over the holidays and it is important that your circuit breakers are prepared for the increase of use. Power surges are usually caused by lightning strikes or overloads in the electrical grid, but it is not uncommon for things in your home to cause a surge as well. Electronics and other appliances turning on and off already puts your home at risk for a power surge but, with the added electricity usage a home requires for the holidays, what with plug-in decorations, Christmas lights, and extra cooking, the risk of dampening all your holiday festivities with a blown fuse or power surge increases even more. To prevent any surge malfunctions during the stressful holiday season, consider installing surge protection devices throughout your entire home to keep everything running smoothly and safely.

Upgrade Your Outlets

If your home is older and still features two-pronged outlets, it is time for an upgrade. These older style outlets will not offer the level of protection against shock and electrocution that the common three pronged outlets now provide. In addition to upgrading your outlets, you may be in need of more outlets around your home to cut back on the use of extension cords and power strips during the holiday season. While these items work relatively well, singular outlets can only withstand so much usage and if you overload your power strip you can cause power surges and power loss. Avoid all these problems and upgrade your outlets to keep your family safe and your holiday free of stress.

Schedule an Electric System Inspection

The best thing you can do to determine if your electric system needs and upgrade or work of some kind to make it through the holidays is to schedule an electrical inspection and avoid any problems that might occur. Here at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. we provide our customers with a wide range of services from inspections to repairs. Let one of our electrical contractors inspect your electric system and help you determine what upgrades and improvements need to be done so your home continues running smoothly. If you plan on scheduling an inspection before the holidays, make sure you schedule early so any improvements or repairs can be completed before things get too busy in both your home and with our schedule.

If you have any more questions about scheduling an inspection or other concerns about your electric system before the holidays, contact Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. As an Angie’s List member, a business with an A+ rating from the BBB, and a combined 45 years of electrical experience on our staff, we can guarantee that we can meet all of your needs.

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Losing Power To Your Refrigerator

losing power to your refrigeratorLosing power to your refrigerator can result in ruining food. This can get costly, especially if you have a lot of things in your freezer.  If you have lost power to your refrigerator, there are a few things you can check.

GFCI Receptacles

Many of the outlets in your kitchen are required to be GFCI receptacles.  These outlet prevent shock and are great in areas where water may cause a problem.  They shouldn’t be used for refrigerators though.  The GFCI receptacle often trips and is very sensitive.  It will turn off if it detects a slight possible problem.  That is what it’s designed to do.  This is a real problem if you have your refrigerator plugged into a receptacle of this type.  You could spoil all of your food if your refrigerator went off and you didn’t notice it.  If your losing power to your refrigerator and you have it plugged into a GFCI outlet, push the button to reset the outlet.  Have your electrician replace the outlet with a regular receptacle as soon as possible.

Circuit Breaker Blowing

If you have a circuit breaker that is blowing, you may have too many things attached to the breaker.  You may also have faulty wires or a faulty circuit breaker.  You also may have a problem with your refrigerator.  Your professional electrician will be able to tell you if the problem is in your wiring or if it is in the refrigerator itself.

Losing Power to Your Refrigerator

If you cannot restore the power to your refrigerator, you can use an extension cord to plug your refrigerator into until your electrician arrives.  If you are unable to find power, you can use your cooler to keep things cold.  Call your electrician for emergency repairs so that you get power to your refrigerated items quickly.  Your electrician in Northern Kentucky at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is available 24/7 to help with all your electrical repairs.

 

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Electrical Repair FAQ

1. What equipment does a homeowner need to fix simple electrical problems in Northern Kentucky?

If you have a bit of DIY knowhow, you should be able to fix most problems yourself. However, safety always has to come first. You will need basic tools such as a hammer, pliers, cutters, tape, and a screwdriver as well as a plug and electrical circuit tester so you can fix the more minor electrical problems within your home. If the issue is with an appliance that is not working, please contact us and we will direct you to an appropriate repair agency.

2. How do I reset my circuit breaker?

Have a look for the breaker which is fixed in the center. Then, be sure to turn the breaker completely off. You should get a tiny bit of resistance from the spring inside the rests. After you have felt this, start the breaker back up. Your power should be back in business but if not please contact us!

3. Can I change my outlets and switches on my own?

If this is a more minor problem and you have a quorum of electrical knowledge you can do it yourself. However, if the issue is more complex, contact us.

Safety is the first thing that should be on your mind when working around electricity so the first thing you should do is to turn the circuit breaker completely off. Do not do any work on a circuit with a current flowing through it. Most issues such as these are fairly simple to remedy. Consult your local library to get some books on the basics of electrical DIY.

When doing this process, remember that the longer slot on the outlet device has to be connected to the neutral, white wire. Conversely, the black, hot wire connects to the smaller end. The green, bare wire connects to the slot on the ground. You’ll need a plug tester to check they work after installing them. If you have any questions that need answering, call Rose Brothers & Sons!

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, 260 Old Nicholson Rd., Walton, Kentucky 41094, United States - Phone: (859) 746-9440 Email: rosebroselect@gmail.com
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Northern Kentucky Outlets & Switches

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Northern Kentucky Outlets & Switches

Our trained, friendly Northern Kentucky electrical contractors can come to your home or office and troubleshoot any issue you may be having with your outlet and electrical switches. Our electrician’s vehicles are completely stocked for any potential problem to ensure that we have the proper tools to ensure the absolute best service for your home. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we will complete all of your electrical work ourselves to guarantee a fantastic job for you. We always make sure we keep a clean working environment, leaving your home or office as clean, if not cleaner than when we arrived!

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we have the ability to complete any kind of electrical outlet or electrical switch replacement. No repair is too small and with just a single call, Rose Brothers does it all! Get started today by getting in touch with our team of top-quality Northern Kentucky electricians.

Our Northern Kentucky Electricians Provide:

  • Outlets Switches
  • Wall Outlet Switch
  • Outlet Switch
  • Switch Plates Outlet Covers
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  • Electrical Outlets And Switches
  • Outlet Switch Covers
  • Remote Outlet Switch
  • Light Switches
  • Electrical Outlet Switch
  • Outlet Switch Combo
  • Outlet And Switch Covers

Our Northern Kentucky Service Areas:

  • Florence
  • Covington
  • Taylor Mill
  • Villa Hills
  • Union
  • Newport
  • Independence
  • Hebron… and much more!

If you’re looking for a professional Northern Kentucky Outlets & Switches electrician, then please call us today at 859-746-9441 or fill out our online form.

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