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Most Common Causes of Electrical Fires

Posted On: October 25, 2017

Faulty electrical wiring accounts for about 25,000 house fires every year nationwide, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Add in the fires started by problems with space heaters and other appliances, and there are about 85,000 residential electrical fires annually. If you’ve heard about house fires in the news or seen a neighbor suffer an…

Why Does My Breaker Keep Tripping?

Posted On: October 11, 2017

When a breaker trips repeatedly, resetting it could be more than a nuisance. Breakers trip to inform you that something’s wrong. Before you flip that switch one more time, try to figure out whether overheating, short circuiting, or bad wiring may be to blame. Leaving the status quo in place could spark a house fire…

How to Safely Troubleshoot a Dead Outlet

Posted On: August 30, 2017

When an electrical outlet seems to have suddenly died, hope is not lost. Before you pick up the phone or pull out your toolbox, there are some very simple steps you can take to troubleshoot a dead outlet. For safety’s sake, be sure to turn off all power at the main breaker before you attempt…

Electrical Inspection Guide for Home Buying

Posted On: July 30, 2017

Home buyers often work with whatever inspector comes recommended by their real estate agent. You may want to hire a specialist to inspect each of the critical areas of a home inspection—electrical, plumbing, major appliances, foundation, structural integrity, and more. There are two great reasons to hire an independent, residential electrician to perform an in-depth…

7 Things to Consider When Choosing an Electrician

Posted On: July 16, 2017

Most people judge their prospective electrician based on two big factors: price and friendliness. We think that fair rates and a positive attitude should be a given. It’s also important to know that your electrician has the right skills and experience for the job, because no two electricians are exactly the same. While emailing and…

What is an Electrical Circuit?

Posted On: May 31, 2017

Everyone depends on their home’s electricity – without it, nothing would function. You wouldn’t have any light, you wouldn’t be able to cool or heat your home, you wouldn’t be able to use many of your appliances and, worst of all, you wouldn’t be able to watch any TV! However, few people actually understand how…

What Do “Test” and “Reset” Buttons Do on Outlets?

Posted On: May 29, 2017

Your home’s electrical outlets are probably not one of the features that you pay much attention to. However, if you take a closer look at the electrical outlets in your bathroom, you may find a “test” and “reset” button that you didn’t see before. If you’re like many homeowners, this is probably the first time…

How to Reset Electrical Outlets

Posted On: May 17, 2017

Almost all new homes use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) for their electrical outlets. GFCI outlets help prevent potentially fatal accidents from occurring in the event that water seeps into the outlet or the electrical device that’s plugged in gets wet. Basically, the GFCI can recognize if the electricity isn’t returning, and will immediately cut…

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Fixing Loose Plugs That Fall Out of Outlets

There’s never a good time for a plug to fall out of an electrical outlet. Whether it’s a cellphone charging overnight or an appliance you’re...