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How To Prepare For Hurricane Season

Still not confident that you’re not at risk of hurricane season effects?

Here’s some things you can do to avoid electrical emergencies during these weather conditions:

Grounding Electrical Systems:

Grounding provides a safe “path of least resistance” for stray voltage to follow by drifting voltage into the ground where it discharges safely instead of building up in places where it can cause electrical shocks, fires, injuries and even potential deaths. Grounding can protect people in several different ways:

  • System grounding helps detect and clear ground faults. 
  • Equipment grounding provides a return path for ground-fault current. 
  • Bonding keeps electrical continuity and conductivity. 
  • Static grounding prevents the build-up of static electricity reducing the chance of fires or explosions where hazardous materials are handled. 
  • Lightning protection grounding helps protect structures and equipment from direct strikes. 
  • Overhead ground wires and surge arresters, connected to ground, can limit dangerous system overvoltage’s to safe values. 

Portable Charger Transfer Switches:

A manual transfer switch is the best solution for connecting a portable generator for home backup. This small piece of added equipment makes the backup power process seamless and helps ensure overall safety. Prior to installation, a permit must be pulled and inspection to be done, therefore, this isn’t an overnight solution but rather something to plan ahead of time. Typically, this process may take 3-5 days to complete, from inspection to installation. Additionally, you will need to contact a certified electrician to securely carry on this process and ensure overall safety.

Portable Generators:

In the case of losing power, a portable generator will save you from wasting all your food in the fridge, keep your outlets and lights working, provide you with warm water and make sure your wifi works so that you can continue to work or scroll through social media and you don’t go crazy staying in the house all day. While using the portable generator, make sure you do not use it inside the house or garage and never plug it in directly to the outlet.

Hurricane Season Safety Tips

The three main things that occur during hurricane season are:

 

Winds; they can tear off trees, electric lines, blow transformers, and damage power plants.

TIP 1: Purchase an emergency portable generator, and transfer switch which you may NEVER operate inside the house. If you go outside, make sure you stay away from downed power lines or trees. The live wires entangled in branches can transmit an electric charge causing a spark, fire, or dangerous situation altogether.

 

Storm Surges; they can go through your wires in the case of lightning striking your home. If this happens, then it is possible to short your electrical components and cause damage to your home’s electrical system.

TIP 2: To avoid power surges, turn off your breakers and always use GFCI protectors in areas where water and electricity may come into contact and invest in whole home surge protectors, as well as update your electrical grounding system to divert the power surge from your wires.

 

Rainfall; Water and moisture can cause your breaker to trip or the electrical wiring to corrode, making the current become too high. As a result you may even experience electrical shorts.

TIP 3: Unplug and elevate your electronics to higher ground, turn off your HVAC system, electrical and range, as they all use electricity, and utilize GFCI protectors as a final line of defense.

 

 

What Is A Backstabbed Outlet & How Does It Impact You?

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What is ” backstabbing”?

“Backstabbing” an outlet was a common practice in the 1970s and 1980s but now quality electricians avoid it at all cost! After years of this shortcut, it turns out that backstabbed wires are pretty dangerous and have even been linked to electrical fires.

What does “backstabbing” mean for the outlet?

If an outlet is backstabbed, it means that the neutral wires (white) and hot wires (either red, blue or yellow) are pushed into small holes in the back of an outlet instead of being screwed into place. Shoving wires into the holes those wires tend to come loose.

And loose electrical wires can cause:

  • Electrical fires
  • Interruption in power
  • Damage to the outlet (melted/singed parts due to increased heat)

The reason for this practice is either lack of knowledge or lack of patience and taking a cheaper and faster route.

How do I know if my outlets are “backstabbed”?

Some signs you can look for are lack of connectivity, loose outlets, losing power to an outlet, having to shake it to turn an outlet on, challenges charging a connected device, or in extreme cases, outlets may be brittle or burnt.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to tell a backstabbed outlet from a correctly wired one just by looking at the front end. Instead, you will want to have a certified electrician take a look so they can formally inspect and determine the root cause of the electrical issue and how to implement a solution.

What Are My Next Steps?

Call a certified electrician to inspect your outlet and determine the damage. They will then be able to safely ensure each of your outlets are securely connected. Our service professionals will then let you know what, if any, parts may need to be replaced.

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Improve The Value Of Your Home With These 3 Electrical Updates

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Are You Thinking Of Selling Your Home Or Just Want To Increase It’s Value? Here Are A Few Simple Electrical Upgrades That You Can Implement To Immediately Increase The Interest & Value Of Your Home!

If you plan to sell your home, one of the unexpected areas that can significantly improve the value of your home is an updated electrical system. With these simple and cost-effective electrical updates, we have seen our customers update the value of their home by $30k or more due to it giving the appeal of an “updated” and “well-maintained” home while also including the features that today’s home buyers want.

It is also important to remember home buyers will be requesting a thorough electrical inspection before purchasing a new home. This inspection involves a comprehensive checkup of the home’s electrical system, including ground wires, power outlets, fuse boxes, and other electrical components.

3 Ways To Significantly Improve The Value Of Your Home With Simple Electrical Systems

      1. LED Lighting

    • Easily the most significant advantage of LEDs, when compared to traditional lighting solutions, is the long lifespan. The average LED lasts 50,000 operating hours to 100,000 operating hours or more. That is 2-4 times as long as most fluorescent, metal halide, and even sodium vapor lights. It is more than 40 times as long as the average incandescent bulb.Less frequent replacement means two big things: lower maintenance costs in terms of labor and lower costs for replacement parts (because the bulbs simply do not fail for a long time).
    • LED Energy Efficiency:
      LEDs generally consume very low amounts of power. The statistics to look for when comparing the energy efficiency of different lighting solutions are called by one of two terms: luminous efficacy or useful lumens. These two items essentially describe the amount of light emitted per unit of power (watts) consumed by the bulb. In our experience most LED lighting retrofit projects result in a 60-75% improvement in the overall energy efficiency of the facility’s lighting. Depending on the existing lights and the particular LEDs installed, the savings could be more than 90%. You can read a few case studies here.
    • Improved Safety with LEDs:
      Safety is perhaps the most often overlooked advantage when it comes to LED lighting. The number one hazard when it comes to lighting is the emission of heat. LEDs emit almost no forward heat while traditional bulbs like incandescents convert more than 90% of the total energy used to power them directly into heat. That means only 10% of the energy powering incandescent lights is actually used for light (which also makes them extremely inefficient compared to LEDs). Additionally, because LEDs consume less power they can operate effectively on low-voltage electrical systems. These are generally much safer in the event that something goes wrong.
    • LED Lights are Physically Small:
      The actual LED device is extremely small. Their small size makes LEDs incredibly adaptable to an infinite number of lighting applications. Different uses for LEDs include a wide spectrum from their roots in circuit board lighting and traffic signals to modern mood lighting, residential, and commercial property applications, and even major stadium lighting. You can read about the history of LED lighting here or the history of lighting in general here.
    • LEDs Have Great Color Rendering Index (CRI):
      CRI is a measurement of a light’s ability to reveal the actual color of objects as compared to an ideal light source (natural light). High CRI is generally a desirable characteristic (although of course, it depends on the required application). LEDs generally have very high (good) ratings when it comes to CRI.

     2. Surge Protector

    • Although most power surges that happen at home appear to be inconsequential, they can have a severe effect on your appliances and electronics. Unfortunately, most homes in the United States experience many small power surges throughout the day, most of which are internally generated. These power surges usually come from lightning strikes, power outages, tripped circuit breakers, short circuits, power transitions, and other malfunctions.
    • As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to protect your home and the appliances in it against these power surges. Thankfully, you can now keep your home safe from power surges by installing a whole-home surge protector. Here are some benefits of having a home surge protector.
    • Extend Lifespan of Your Electronics
      • Since power surges are widespread, they will have a cumulative effect on your electrical devices if they are not averted. But with a surge protector, you can arrest these surges before they destroy your electronics. Instead of transferring the increased power through your electronic device, a power surge protector absorbs the extra energy. This helps to extend the lifespan of your electronics.
    • Protect Your Electrical System
      • An unexpected power surge can easily damage your electrical system, including fuses and circuits. Such power surges occur when there is a power outage or lightning. To protect your home from such damages, you need to install a power surge protector for the whole house. Only a whole-house surge protector can protect your electrical system. Outlet or strip surge protectors are meant to protect the plugged items. A whole-house surge protector will absorb the initial electricity volt, preventing your whole electrical system from damage.
    • Protect Your Home Against Fire Accidents
      • Although strong power surges are pretty uncommon in the US, you never know when they happen. When they occur, especially when lightning strikes, they are likely to cause fire accidents. This can be averted by installing a power surge protector in your home.
    • Allow Your Appliances to Run Smoothly
      • Since most of your household appliances are powered by electricity, even the slightest power surges can affect their performance. For instance, your air conditioning and heating systems need a consistent energy supply to continue running smoothly. Considering how important these appliances are to your home, especially when the weather is not so favorable, you need to make sure that they are not affected by power surges by installing a surge protector in your home.
      • If you are not sure which home power surge protector to buy, you should seek an experienced electrician.

     3. Smart Switches (Wifi Switches)

    • In order to fully understand how smart switches work, it is important to have a complete comprehension of the specialized features and benefits offered.
    • One of the best features included with smart switches is the inclusion of a smart device app, ready for downloading.
      • The app allows you to control the lights that are directly connected to your switch- from your phone, laptop, or other mobile devices. This ensures that you never really have to use the actual switch to turn your lights on or off. When you are away from home, whether at work or traveling, you can simply turn your lights on or off, to make it appear as if you are at home.
    • Another benefit is the dimming option. If the lights you are connected to are compatible, then most smart switches will provide you with the option to adjust the lighting in your home until they are set at the level you desire. This benefit is limited by the type of bulbs you are attempting to control.
    • Yet another benefit is the ability to use the app to actually schedule times that you want your lights to be turned on or turned off. This feature allows you to turn the lights on in advance of your returning home, whether you are away at work or perhaps turn the lights on before your children arrive home after the school day.
    • Another benefit is the ability to enhance security by controlling when the lights come on or off even if you’re away from home.
    • The intuitive controls of a smart switch also work seamlessly with your existing home WiFi network making it easy to implement and can help you also save money on your utility bills by programming your lights with energy efficiency in mind.
    • You also don’t need to overhaul the lighting system in place, but instead, simply work around it and inject it with some intelligence so you can enjoy the convenience of reading until you’re ready to sleep, then asking Alexa to hit the lights or waking up in the morning without needing to fumble in the dark for the light switch.

All three of these options will provide the opportunity to immediately increase the value of your home while also providing amazing selling points that can easily make your listing much more interesting for nowhere close to the amount of money you will then be able to list your home for. Again, when home buyers are looking for a home, doing these simple things could increase the value of your home listing by $30k-$40k or even more!

Contact Mr. Electric today if you are interested in improving the value of your home or simply getting it fully updated to today’s standards.

Mr. Electric Invests Time, Resources, & Supports Local Events To Help Human Trafficking Survivors

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Rotary International is a worldwide organization committed to helping people and communities through seven areas of focus.  Mr. Electric is supporting The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel which has committed to the focus area of “Helping Mothers and Children” by devoting our efforts over the next 3 years to raise $500,000 to build a therapeutic home at the Bridging Freedom campus for young girls who are the victims of sex-trafficking.

Over the next few months, Mr. Electric will be sponsoring the Pasco Blues Fest Benefit Concert, The Rotary Club Wesley Chapel Charity Golf Open, & providing financial support plus the full support of its electrical company to fully build out the electrical systems for this amazing home!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE & DONATE TODAY

See The Below Full Details From The Rotary Club Of Wesley Chapel

The Bridging Freedom campus is located at a secure location in the Tampa area, and they have approval for a total of 7 homes.  Two of these homes have already been built with the support of the Lazy Days Employee Foundation and the Chuck Sykes Foundation.  Our goal is that the Rotary House will be the third.

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“Child sex-trafficking is a horrific crime that robs the innocence of its victims and causes significant physical, mental and emotional trauma. In the United States each year, approximately 300,000 children – at the average age of 12 – are prostituted against their will, forced to provide sexual acts for an average of 15 men a night.”

“Victims have the best chance of recovery when provided long-term, individualized and interdisciplinary care in a secure environment. Sadly, there are less than five facilities nationwide that provide this type of care, able to serve a total of only approximately 100 victims at any given time.

At Bridging Freedom’s therapeutic safe home campus in the Tampa Bay area – the first of its kind in Florida – rescued children and teens receive long-term holistic care to help them heal.” – Bridging Freedom Website – www.bridgingfreedom.org

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Maintaining Your Commercial Building’s Electrical Panel

To prevent electrical problems in your commercial building, you have to keep your electrical system working properly. This can only be achieved through regular maintenance of different parts of your electrical system. One of the most critical components of your building’s electrical system is the electrical panel.

An electrical panel is a small box attached to the wall that carries different circuit breakers and other delicate components that distribute power from the utility company to your appliances and lights in your commercial building.

This box and its components can become corroded and accumulate dust and other fragments over time, putting the entire electrical system at risk. Therefore, it needs to be appropriately maintained and serviced regularly. But when should you service your commercial building’s electrical panel? Here are some of the important signs that you should look out to know your electrical panel needs to be serviced or replaced.

  • The circuit breaker keeps tripping.
  • Hot and warm parts on the panel
  • The unit is corroded or has mold growing in it
  • Large amounts of dust and other debris inside the panel
  • Plastic-burning odor
  • Fire evidence on the panel

Even if you do not see any of these signs in your electrical panel, it is still important to have it inspected by a professional electrician once in a while. During the inspection, your electrician will look for signs of deterioration or unnecessary connections that might cause fire accidents. They will also do a thermal inspection to check for high temperatures in your electrical panel, which could point to a serious electrical problem.

This routine maintenance by a professional electrician should be done at least every three years. That way, your electrical panel will remain functional, clean, and safe. Excessive dust and corrosion will wreak havoc on your panel, putting you and your tenants at the risk of fire accidents resulting from electrical faults.

How to Maintain Your Commercial Building’s Electrical Panel

Many other tasks are involved in the maintenance of an electrical panel other than the professional inspection. For instance, you should always ensure that the lid is tightly locked all the time. This helps to prevent dust and other external elements from entering the panel and causing damages.

Most homeowners wrongly believe that their electrical panels are supposed to last as long as their homes do. This is wrong because the connections in your panel will loosen and the components will become corroded over time. Furthermore, recurring power surges will shorten the lifespan of your electrical panel

Electrical Inspections Are Important for Older Homes

If you plan to buy an old home, it is important to do a thorough electrical inspection before purchasing it. This inspection involves a comprehensive checkup of the home’s electrical system, including ground wires, power outlets, fuse boxes, and other electrical components.

But why is this inspection so important? This article offers the main benefits of conducting an electrical review on an old home.

Importance of Electrical Inspections on Older Homes

Saving Money

During the inspection, your electrician will identify any flaws in your electrical system that could be increasing your home’s energy consumption. This is especially true of old houses, particularly those that still use knob-and-tube wiring systems. Once these flaws are fixed, you will enjoy lower electricity bills. Furthermore, an upgrade of your home’s electrical system will reduce your carbon footprint significantly.

Prevent Fire Accidents

The only way you can be sure that your old home’s electrical system is working properly is to hire a professional electrician to check it thoroughly. Unless you are a trained and experienced electrician, don’t attempt to inspect the electrical system of your old home alone because you might end up causing more damages.

A professional electrician will inspect all the electrical components and ensure no wiring mistakes in your system that can cause a fire accident. That way, you can purchase the home and occupy it knowing that its electrical system is completely safe and fully functional.

Housing Codes

In many American states, home sellers are required by law to carry out an electrical inspection on the old homes they wish to purchase. These local codes are based on the National Electrical Code (NEC) laid down by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA). Even in a situation where the local and the national housing codes conflict, the local codes always take precedence.

The electrician you hire for your home’s inspection should be well-versed with the local codes. That way, they will be in a better position to determine if your old home violates any housing or electrical regulations.

Safety

Overall, the main reason why electrical inspections on old homes are necessary is to guarantee you and your family safe. Hiring a professional electrician to check your home’s electrical system is important because it gives you peace of mind knowing that your home, belongings, and family are safe from fire incidents caused by electricity. Just make sure the person you hire for the inspection is qualified for the job.

The Right Lighting Makes a Difference to Your Business

Are you thinking about giving your office a facelift? If so, do not forget to upgrade your lights. Although lighting is often overlooked and underappreciated in many business environments, it plays an important role in creating the right atmosphere in the office.

By creating the right working environment, you will improve your employee’s productivity, the overall security of your business, and customer satisfaction. But how do you ensure that your commercial space has the right lighting? This article provides three important considerations that you have to make when upgrading the lighting in your office.

Light Intensity

You have to ensure that there is proper lighting intensity in your office. Remember that this is where your employees spend most of their time working on different tasks, exchanging ideas, and following up on tasks. Therefore, the rooms have to be adequately illuminated so that your employees’ productivity remains optimal.

If your employees’ desks and offices are not adequately lit, they will be forced to strain their eyes, resulting in a tired vision. This also causes a lack of concentration and poor productivity. But do not over illuminate your office because overlit desks can cause visual discomfort and glare, which can affect the productivity and well-being of your employees. If you do not know how to get the right light intensity, hire a professional interior designer or electrician to assist you.

Choose Enough Lights and the Right Locations

When you are upgrading your office lights, make sure the light is evenly balanced over the desks. This helps to enhance the effectiveness and speed of your employees in their tasks. You can achieve this balance by aligning your lighting fixtures with the size and shapes of your office desks. For instance, if your desks are square, consider installing a single lighting fixture or just a few recessed spots.

The most important thing is to ensure that you have the right balance. But if your desks are long and rectangular, you should consider installing a single wide lighting fixture or several smaller fixtures that can distribute light evenly on your desks.

Dimmer Switches

If your office has a boardroom, consider installing dimmer switches in there because the room will be used for multiple purposes, including staff meetings, client presentations, and conference calls. Therefore, the lights you install must be able to handle this kind of flexibility.

The good thing about dimmer switches is that they are easy to adjust, giving you complete control over your boardroom. They are also energy efficient and help to prolong the lifespan of your bulbs.

Getting the Right Wiring Installed for Your Appliances

Your electrical system comprises a complex network of cables that must be installed appropriately to avoid disasters. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to ensure that a professional electrician properly does your home’s wiring.

Most states in America prohibit unlicensed electricians from doing any kind of wiring to avoid fire accidents caused by faulty wiring. But how do you know if your home’s wiring is being done correctly? Here is a simple guide to follow when doing the wiring. Therefore, make sure your electrician follows these steps.

Steps to Follow When Doing Wiring

Design a Wiring Diagram

Make sure your contractor draws a wiring diagram indicating where the breaker box is and the path of the cables to every outlet in your house. This diagram will guide the electrician when wiring your house so that they can put every cable where it’s supposed to be.

Know the Number of Outlets

Your contractor should start by running the most extended cables to avoid wastage of conduits in the walls, especially if you do not intend to use them right away. The best way to run these cables is to start from upstairs and pull them through your basement. This also eliminates the need to use a ladder to push your cables upstairs. Make sure your contractor leaves at least 1ft of an extra wire at the end of each cable if you want to make minor changes later.

Drill Holes

When drilling holes, your contractor needs to be aware of the other side of the wall to avoid damaging water pipes and electrical wires.

Setting a Breaker

Your breaker should be located in a place where you can access it quickly in an emergency.

Pull Your Wires to the Outlets

When pulling the wires, your contractor should use the wiring diagram. They should also cut or drywall any wires that stick out of the box.

Install Your Circuits

Each wiring set should have its circuit. Also, the circuits should match the amperage of the cable and the intended use of the outlet.