• Water In Your Basement: When To Call A Plumber To Assess The Situation

    Water can occur in your basement for a number of reasons. Whether your water heater has corroded and is leaking water, or you have a crack in your foundation, determining the source of the water is important. If you have working electrical outlets in your basement, it is safer to have a professional come and assess the situation. You don't want to walk into water that is holding an electrical current, a mistake some homeowners make when trying to find the source of a basement leak. [Read More]

  • Limiting Financial Losses Associated With Power Blackouts

    Apart from plunging your house in darkness, a power blackout can also lead to a severe financial loss. Here are some of the ways in which blackouts can cause financial losses, and how to limit the damages: Power Surge A power surge is a spike (sudden temporary increase) in your home's electrical current. Power surges sometimes occur when the power comes back on after a blackout. Although brief, it can cause severe damage to your electrical appliances. [Read More]

  • Winner's Pride: Electrical Upgrades For A Trophy Display Case

    Winning awards and trophies comes with a lot of pride. Many people want to show off this pride by creating a trophy case that can display all of their achievements. Setting up a basic case is fine, but if you really want to display your case of achievements, then you can pull out all of the stops with the help of an electrician. There are multiple upgrades you can add to a trophy case that will make it standout and become a highlight of any room that it is featured in. [Read More]

  • How Can I Prevent Electrical Fires In My Home?

    Electrical fires can be both deadly and cause high damage, especially since your traditional fire sprinklers won't do much to stop the spread of these fires. There are many things that you can do around your house to make your space safer from electrical fires.  Step 1: Do an Electrical Audit If you have not had you home inspected recently for electrical issues or if you don't know the status and age of your electrical wiring, then have a residential electrician do a thorough inspection of your home. [Read More]

  • What You Should Do When The Power Goes Out During Extreme Weather Conditions

    No area of the country is safe from extreme weather. From droughts to floods and tornadoes to blizzards, bad weather can wreak havoc on power lines. In fact, weather-related power outages have drastically increased from about 5 to 20 a year in the mid 1990s to 100 a year in 2011. And climate changes and more frequent extreme weather conditions are contributing to this alarming increase in power outages. Since weather is unpredictable, it's very important that you know what to do when the lights go out. [Read More]

  • Lighting Solutions For The Railings On Your Deck

    When you have a custom deck built, one of the best ways to make sure that they stand out is by exploring various lighting solutions. This is especially ideal if you enjoy sitting out on the deck during the evening, but even if you're indoors, it can be visually appealing to see a pleasant, soft glow of light coming from your deck just outside your windows. You can talk to your local licensed electrician about some lighting installations or, if you're handy, you can buy the necessary components and do the work yourself. [Read More]

  • Cockroaches And Allergies: An Uncommonly Unpleasant Duo

    Cockroaches aren't just annoying little critters that make people cringe. They are also a problem with allergens in the home. They can also make other allergens and asthma problems worse. Here's all you need to know about this uncommonly unpleasant duo to help you take action. How Do Cockroaches Make Allergies Worse? The allergens come from the likes of feces, shedding parts, and saliva from the cockroaches. Like dust mites, the allergens are all mixed into the air. [Read More]

  • Tips For Successfully Installing A New Hanging Light Fixture

    Replacing a hanging light fixture in your home isn't a task for the absolute novice, but if you've successfully replaced wall-mounted light fixtures and you're ready to step things up a notch, you should be able to replce an overhead fixture to give the room a new look. The challenge to this type of work, beyond the basic challenges of any electrical project, is that you'll consistently be working above your head. [Read More]

  • Answering A Couple Of Questions About Common Generator Problems

    When your home is unfortunate enough to have suffered a loss of power, it can create a number of inconveniences and discomforts. Fortunately, it is possible to install a generator so that you can quickly restore electricity to your home when the local power grid fails. However, generators can encounter a number of problems, and if you have limited experience with these devices, you may find it difficult to know how to handle these situations. [Read More]

  • Two Electrical Upgrades To Make To Your First Home

    For those that are buying their first homes, it can seem as though there are an endless number of tasks and considerations that must be addressed. This can be especially true for those that are planning on making upgrades to the new home to transform it into a dream house. Unfortunately, there are many new homeowners that will overlook a couple of electrical upgrades that can improve both the comfort and energy usage of the home. [Read More]