Documenting An Electrical Installation

Why You Shouldn’t DIY Electrical Work

There are few aspects of home improvement that can be as fraught with danger as that of “Do-It-Yourself” electrical repairs. And while it may be a tempting prospect to forgo calling an electrician with the idea of saving a few bucks, then end results can be catastrophic. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t DIY with electrical work.

Electrical Shock

It is no secret that one of the foremost concerns when working around electricity is the danger of being shocked. Electrical shock can be deadly at nearly any voltage level, and this is especially true when working with higher voltages.

In most residential homes the average voltage for lighting and power outlets is around 110 volts. That’s certainly enough to give you a nice jolt, but the voltage levels for certain appliances, such as ovens and dryers, can reach 240 volts – a deadly amount of current. It is for this reason that residential electricians go through years of training to learn how to safely work around electricity. Sure, you can always turn off the power at the breaker box, but all too often DIYers either neglect this step or switch off the incorrect breaker and this leads to a dangerous situation.

Fire Hazards

As with electrical shock, the danger of causing a fire due to faulty wiring is a real concern for DIYers. With so many different electrical components to work with, it can be confusing trying to solve wiring issues. All it takes is the placement of a single wire in the wrong spot and the chances of an electrical fire significantly increase. And unlike electrical shock, where the results will be immediate, electrical fire hazards can remain dormant for months. This can lead electrical DIYers into a false sense of security after completing a project, and then weeks later the wiring shorts out causing a fire. This is why you should always hire an experienced electrician when there are problems with the electrical system.

Use of wires and cables that are the incorrect size 

A variety of sizes of electric wire are available (referred to as its ‘gauge’) and the size of the wire determines how and where it should be used. If an incorrect sized wire for the electric current is selected and installed, this may result in overheating or a shorting of the fuse or circuit breaker. It is imperative that only the wire and devices that are rated for the proper amperage are used.

Incorrect fitting of outlets and switches:  If outlets and switches are loosely installed, a hazard is presented when appliances are plugged in. Arcing and overheating may be the outcome of wires coming loose from their terminals.

Faults in electrical box connections:  The purpose of the electrical box is to provide protection from external elements. In light of this, it is dangerous to attempt to make electrical connections outside of the electrical box and similarly, electrical boxes should not be added to or filled beyond their capacity; this can cause overheating or short-circuiting.

Replacement of fuses:  One of the most common causes of fires in the home is that fuses that have blown or tripped are replaced with larger sized fuses or breakers. The reason for the fuse blowing or the breaker tripping is often the result of a fault in the circuit wiring. For this reason, the complete system should be looked at and checked by a professional electrician.

Your Insurance Company Will Not Cover Electrical Damage Costs

If a fire does occur in your home or any other kind of electrical issue, your insurance company may not cover the damage costs if the work is not done to code by a certified electrician.

Therefore, if you are thinking about having a DIY electrical work weekend it is best to call in the professionals. It will end up saving you time, money and even your home in the long run.

Serious Injury or Death Can Occur

Working on fixing up the electrical wires and fuses in your home without knowledge of what you are doing can lead to serious injury or death. You could cut the wrong wire with electricity flowing through it and end up with a serious electrical shock, or put fuses in the wrong spot causing them to spark a fire or overheat leading to serious burns.

You could also forget to ground the electricity elements properly, which could cause you or a love to receive an electrical shock that could be potentially fatal. These reasons alone are enough to keep from making the repairs yourself.

Faulty installation of a three-slot outlets.

Most older homes do not have ground wires at outlet locations. Rookies have been known to switch out the 2 prong outlet for a 3 prong without a ground.  Not only does this violated code, in the event of a short circuit the cover plate will become energized with electricity and cause a deadly shock.

Confusing hot and neutral wires when installing an outlet. 

If the hot wire is connected to the neutral terminal of an outlet you could get a serious shock.  It’s difficult to detect this mistake until someone is dangerously hurt because lights and other electrical devices will still work.

Code violations and building permits

Nearly all communities require you to have a building permit for any significant electrical work. This isn’t just to keep track of the taxable value of your home or office! It’s also to make sure that any work done meets the local building and safety codes. In most cases, the permit must be requested by a licensed, professional electrician or an electrical contractor who employs licensed electricians.

Remember that unlicensed electrical work is against the law so individuals guilty of this can face severe fines of up to $100,000, while companies can be penalized up to $500,000, depending on the state or territory. You can also serve a prison sentence of two years. If your violation causes deaths, you’ll have to deal with larger penalties and a lengthier prison term.

Expensive repairs

Even if you are able to avoid a fire or other safety issue when performing DIY electrical repairs, connecting your wiring improperly can cause it to fail. Having to pay a professional electrician on top of the money and time you already spent to attempt DIY electrical wiring—will cost you more money in the end.

However, in every instance, a certified and professional electrician should be sought to complete all electrical service work. It is simply too dangerous not to use a skilled and qualified electrician. Always make sure you hire a professional electrician. Transworld, Inc. Electrical Contractor requires that all our electricians are licensed and certified; we do not hire electrician helpers.

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Professional Electrical Safety Inspections Done Right

To avoid electrical related accidents, it’s always best to undergo electrical safety inspections. You don’t want to risk the lives of your loved ones, nor do you want to risk losing all of your possessions and valuables to an electrical fire. Everything can have an impact on your home’s electrical circuit including age, usage, and the installation of newer electrical devices. When buying, selling, or even just for your peace of mind, it’s important to have an electrical safety inspection done.

There are a few important things that you need to keep in mind when it comes to your household and electricity usage. In order to protect your family and loved ones it is in your best interest to know and understand your homes electrical panel. You need to know which fuse or switch on your panel controls the corresponding light or outlet. If you have any doubt with regards to your homes safety, have a licensed professional come to your home to conduct the necessary and relevant checks.

The National Electrical Code (NEC) is the standard code that all licensed electricians must adhere to in order to meet state and local regulations with regards to electrical safety standards. Remember, each state has its own specific rules and regulations regarding electrical codes. You need an electrician who is licensed to work in your specific state. It is illegal for any person to do an electrical installation if they are not state licensed. Licensed electricians need a minimum of 14 hours approved continuing education to ensure that they understand all code regulations and are up to date on any changes that may have occurred.

A safety inspection will cover all areas of your home that receives electricity, including attic. It will also cover and check all grounding and bonding of circuits, branch circuits within your home, wiring methods and related devices.

General Electrical Safety Checklist:

Are all light fixtures working and have diffusers been installed?

Are the cords in good condition without signs of deterioration, bends, or wear and tear?

Are extension cords being used in place of permanent wiring?

Are all appliances grounded?

Check the wiring methods and ensure that they are suitable for the current use.

Ensure that all conductors of a circuit are grouped together.

Check for wet and damp locations and the suitability of boxes and fittings in that area.

Check wiring and bending space in cabinets and boxes.

Ensure that any switches in wet or damp locations are properly installed in weatherproof enclosures.

Ensure that the household is compliant with branch-circuit voltage limitations.

Check what grounding electrodes are present on the premises.

Home Electrical Safety Tips

You power your home with energy, but do you know electrical safety? The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 31,000 home electrical fires occur every year, and with over 180 cases involving electrocution or electricity-related incidents that could have been avoided, home electrical safety is too important to ignore. At Constellation, we care about the safety of our customers, and by following these electrical safety tips you can protect your home and your family.

What causes electrical fires in homes?

The National Fire Protection Association notes that faulty or damaged wiring and related electrical equipment cause 69 percent of electrical fires, followed by lamps, light fixtures, cords, plugs, transformers and other power supplies. When looking for potential fire hazards in your home, always be sure to consult with a professional.

Electrical Safety Tips for Your Home

Many electrical fires can be prevented by following some simple electricity safety tips. Below are 10 household electricity safety precautions every homeowner should know and follow. Always remember to ask a professional if you’re uncertain about the safety of an electrical outlet or appliance.

Check that you’re using the correct wattage in all your fixtures and appliances.

Using the right bulbs can prevent electrical problems, so check all lamps, fixtures and appliances to ensure you’re using the correct wattage. If a light fixture has no wattage listed, use 60-watt bulbs or less. For unmarked ceiling fixtures, choose 25-watt bulbs.

Watch out for overloaded outlets to protect your home.

Overloading an electrical outlet is a common cause of electrical problems. Check all outlets to ensure they are cool to the touch, have protective faceplates and are in proper working order.

Home Electrical Safety Inspections

Inefficient or unsafe electrical systems in your home can have devastating effects. If you think your appliances are working fine, or you’ve had no electrical issues in the past, remember it only takes one degrading wire or breakage in an electrical circuit to cause a fire.

Protect your home with Rytec Electric

Determining potential hazards or weaknesses in your electrical circuits, before they cause any problems, is essential for the safety of your home.

Avoid costly repairs with a home electrical inspection

It’s easy to avoid expensive repair bills when you work with Rytec Electric. Our certified electricians identify problems and electrical hazards, before any long-term damage occurs, and offer free in-home quotes for any electrical repair work needed.

Don’t wait until your appliances stop working, or an electrical fire breaks out. Rytec Electric provide detailed analysis of all electrical systems in your home during an electrical safety inspection

QUALIFIED ELECTRICAL SAFETY INSPECTION

WHAT DOES AN ELECTRICAL SAFETY INSPECTION ENTAIL AND WHEN IS AN ELECTRICAL SAFETY INSPECTION REQUIRED?

You might wonder what exactly an electrical safety inspection involves for you and we can explain exactly what it is, why it is important and when an electrical safety inspection is required.

The purpose of an electrical safety inspection is to verify that your electrical wiring, set up and electrical appliances are compliant with safety standards. Having a professional electrical safety inspection company conduct inspections means you can be more confident in the protection of you, your household or your team at a commercial premises.

An electrical safety inspection involves inspecting and assessing wiring and circuitry, checking for outdated wiring that needs upgrading, testing power points and lighting as well as security, testing smoke alarms, examining the meter box, checking for exposed wires or any electrical hazards and determining whether there is any DIY wiring; the latter is not recommended for the purpose of safety and insurance.

BUYING A NEW HOME OR COMMERCIAL BUILDING? LET US PERFORM A QUALITY ELECTRICAL SAFETY INSPECTION

For safety and peace of mind, when you are considering purchasing a property, whether it is residential or commercial, you should engage the services of a qualified electrical safety inspection company with professional services

Why? Because you need to be confident that the wiring is competently achieved and safe without electrical hazards

Electrical Safety Inspections

If you own a home that is at least 30 years old or has recently suffered some type of damage, it’s essential you get a thorough electrical safety inspection. We provide complete interior and exterior inspections that cover every single component of your home. You can feel confident that your assessment will be performed by certified and licensed electricians who have extensive experience and training with all types of residential wiring systems. If there are issues with your electrical wiring, we’ll identify them, give you an accurate and honest report, and help you with the right solutions that are specific to your home.

The Benefits of Electrical Safety Inspections

There are numerous benefits and advantages of hiring a technician to perform a safety inspection in your home. At the top of the list is fire prevention. Electrical problems are the number one cause of residential fire damage in the U.S. alone. An inspection can identify possible hazards and prevent them before they happen. Wiring assessments also prevent electrocution from using small appliances and electronics that are connected to a faulty outlet. Inspections can keep your insurance rates low and your home resale value high. And, last, they insure that your electrical system is operating as efficiently as possible, which saves you money each month on your energy bill.

What Does an Electrical Safety Inspection Include?

In order to determine the value of a safety inspection, it’s important to know just what will be inspected and what an experienced and trained electrician will be looking for. A proper electrical inspection will cover every point along the route of your wiring, from the power lines attached to your property, all the way to the last outlet or last switch. With that in mind, here are a few key areas that we inspect. This is not a comprehensive list, but rather, it showcases the highlights.

Why Choose Us for Electrical Safety Inspections

One of the biggest challenges in getting an electrical safety inspection, is finding the right company to do it. We specialize in home electrical safety inspections. Our electricians have decades of combined industry experience along with years of training and education in all wiring systems both old and new. We are committed to the safety of your family and want to help you avoid the pitfalls that come with old worn out wiring. We work closely with each of our clients through every step of the safety inspection. You get the results that your looking for with an accurate report of every single component in your electrical system

Property Commercial Electrical Maintenance

Choosing the Right Contractor for Electrical Maintenance

When it comes to maintaining your business’s electricity, choosing a professional contractor is essential. The right contractor brings with them the right knowledge and skills to repair and maintain your office’s electrical systems. So, if you’re running a business or franchise and are in need of an emergency repair or electrical maintenance, read on to make sure you get the right help and services.

WHAT IS ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE?

As more and more businesses become reliant on high-quality electrical systems in this digital age, it’s necessary that electrical maintenance is performed to keep things running smoothly. Electrical maintenance can include anything from changing light fixtures to installing hi-fi equipment or fixing a non-functioning or broken air conditioner. Anything that requires electricity can be maintained or repaired by a contractor. Commercial electrical work is a complex sector of the electrical trade and can include fitting or repairing of industrial warehouse lighting, installing security systems and more.

WHY IS ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE IMPORTANT FOR BUSINESSES AND FRANCHISES?

Many business’s success and security relies heavily on electricity. From video surveillance cameras to integrated security systems, as well as smart lighting systems and energy-saving technology; if these become faulty or in need of repair, your business will suffer. Electrical maintenance is therefore essential in servicing these complex systems to prevent downtime or a major technical glitch.

WHY YOU NEED AN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR

An electrical contractor will be able to identify potential issues, as well as provide ongoing maintenance to ensure that your business’s electrical systems are all running as they’re meant to. An electrical contractor provides a range of services including repairs, installation, inspections, safety testing and preventative maintenance. Modern workplaces bring a degree of difficulty when it comes to electrical maintenance and repair, with strata units having advanced systems and wiring requiring an expert electrical contractor. Master electricians are your safest option for electrical maintenance on your business or franchise, since they generally have both the electrical experience and the business know-how to ensure the best service, keeping the efficiency and successful running of your business in mind.

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR

There are many ways of finding an electrical contractor, along with many considerations to make when choosing the right one. You will need to find a trustworthy and competent electrician who can meet your expectations. The first thing to consider is the purpose of requiring a contractor. Are you planning on renovating or refitting an office? Are you installing a new security system? Or is there an emergency repair that requires prompt attention?

Essential Tips To Help Your Choose the Right Commercial Electrician

Electrical work in a commercial setting is different and distinct from domestic electrical work, and therefore requires an experienced electrician. Correctly functioning and safe electrics are essential to your business, workplace, warehouse or store, so choosing the right commercial electrician is key.  A high quality commercial electrician can not only be useful to establishing functioning electrics at your business or workplace, but can also be an essential business resource to keep you up and running when electrical faults arise. Here we look at 6 of the most important things to look for when choosing a commercial electrician, so you can make the right choice for your business

Choose An Experienced and Knowledgeable Electrician

Because commercial electric work can be both unique and complex, it’s important to work with an experienced and well trained electrician for commercial projects. Commercial electrics is much more than just domestic or residential electrics on a larger scale, it is a completely unique system with its own features and nuances. To ensure the highest quality result, and safety for you and your business, always choose a fully trained, experienced and knowledgeable commercial electrician. Ask your electrician about their commercial experience and training, as well as whether they have proper licensing. This ensures you work with the best quality commercial electrician and always receive high quality and reliable results.

Can They Meet Commercial Demands?

It is essential that your commercial electrician is able to meet the demands of commercial electric work both in terms of knowledge and practical capability. Commercial electrical work requires the versatility to excel in rapidly changing and diverse settings, and the flexibility to work well with both the design and installations as well as repairs and maintenance. A good commercial electrician should also be able to work with a team of construction professionals on a project, so it may be advisable to check your electrician’s past experience, particularly in terms of communication and working with others

Confirm Licensing and Insurance

Of course, when choosing a commercial electrician, it is absolutely essential that they hold the proper licensing and insurance for the work they will undertake. Choosing a licensed electrician means you avoid being liable for paying worker’s compensation if the electrician accidentally suffers any accident or injury on the worksite. Likewise, electrician insurance provides coverage to pay for damages if something goes wrong, while bonding (another form of insurance) provides coverage if your electrician disappears before the project is completed.

Check Reviews and References

You want to learn as much as you can about your commercial electrician before your hire them, to ensure you’re making the right choice. While word of mouth and recommendations were previously the best way to learn about an electrical contractor, now with online reviews, websites and references, you can easily learn even more about your electrician’s past projects, their client’s reviews and work portfolio. Check online reviews of your electrical contractor’s commercial work to assess how they completed their projects in the past. To get more specific feedback, you can also contact your commercial electrician directly to ask for references from past commercial projects that are similar to the current project you are undertaking. This can allow you to get a clear idea of the way your electrical contractor works on commercial projects and even give you the chance to speak directly with a past client.

Ways to Choose the Right Maintenance Electrician for Your Commercial Business

As we enter the digital age, more and more of your business relies on high-quality electrical systems. When looking for maintenance electricians, especially for emergency situations, it is important to choose reliable, professional tradesmen. But how do you find the right electrical services?

Scope of work

Whether you are up for a refit, moving offices, or needing repairs, commercial electrical work is a complex sector of the electrical trades industry. Once you have contacted a likely choice, make sure to explain clearly what your expectations are of the job and the available budget. Ask to be taken through what approach they would take. An experienced electrician should be able to identify potential issues, outline likely parts required and get a rough timeline of the works

References

The internet is a valuable source of information when you are looking to hire commercial trades. Check out Cablewise’s Projects page here for a gallery of delivered jobs across the Perth metropolitan area. Past project galleries are invaluable for ensuring the electrical services you need to match the expertise of the specialities of your short-listed electricians.

Quotations

When making contact and asking for a quote, there are a few things you can be aware of that help you determine the professionalism of your likely electricians

Nothing is worse than trades that don’t meet commitments or deadlines. Whether they have taken on too many jobs or are simply disorganised, quality organisations like Cablewise take great pride in being on time, every time.

All electrical work in WA requires certification of tradesmen who are required to hold a current electricians license. It is important for safety that your hired tradesmen carry the appropriate licence for the job.

Just like your business, your electrician should have public liability and business insurance. These details should be provided when asked for, you don’t want to be unprotected when works are underway.

Service quality. In the electrical trade, service is not limited to the end result. A professional job takes into consideration time, minimises disruption to your commercial activity and respond to queries promptly.

Time required. As part of a quote, you should be presented with a likely timeframe for works to be completed. This can vary depending on the size of the electrical team, speciality equipment necessary, and the experience of completing similar projects in the past.

How to Choose The Right Commercial Electrician

Properly functioning and safe electrics are crucial to the running of your business, workplace, warehouse, or store, so working with the right commercial electrician is key. Such a professional will be able to:

ensure the safety of your workplace, employees, and customers

keep you up and running, even when electrical faults arise

recommend the best lighting options to enhance productivity & lower your utility bills

establish functioning electrics at your business

Professional and Licensed Commercial Electricians in Calgary

At Fluorescent Man Lighting, we have a team of highly qualified, licensed residential and commercial electricians who have the expertise and equipment to meet your lighting needs quickly and safely. Whether you require an installation, repair, or replacement, we can help get you back up and running in no time!

Essential Tips To Help You Choose The Right Commercial Electrician

Electrical work in a commercial place, such as an office or warehouse, is very different from residential electrical work and therefore requires a commercial electrician who is experienced within this setting.

Choose an Experienced Commercial Electrician

Electric work in the workplace tends to be both unique and complex, which is why it’s so important to work with an electrician who is well-trained in commercial projects.

Confirm Licensing and Insurance

Whenever you work with a commercial electrician, you MUST make sure that they have the correct licensing and insurance for the work they’ll be undertaking

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT COMMERCIAL ELECTRICIAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Commercial electrical work can be very different from domestic electrical work. Choosing the right commercial electrician for your business requires many considerations. Make the correct choice by following these simple tips.

Experience

Commercial electric work requires experience. Check your electrician’s experience and knowledge with commercial electrical work. The more experienced your electrician is, the more knowledgeable they will be with complex projects.

Resources

Does your electrician have the internal resources and team to meet all your electrical needs? Don’t settle for a one-man band. A good commercial electrician should have a team of well trained professionals

Communication & Cleanliness

You’re running a business, so you don’t have time to waste. Make sure your electrician communicates well and is able to liaise with other contractors who may be on site too. While your electrical work is important, you need your business to continue running. Your commercial electrician should understand this, and make an effort to keep their work area clean and tidy for you

License and Insurance

It goes without saying that it is critical that your electrician should have proper licenses and insurance for the work they perform. In the unlikely case that there is an accident on site, you will be assured that your electrician is covered.

Advice From Reputable Electricians On When You Should Consider An Electrical Upgrades

Electrical Upgrades to Consider This Fall

Beacon Electrical Services should be your number-one destination this fall if you are looking to eliminate electrical hazards, better the performance of your electrical system, and most importantly, keep your family safe. With cooler temperatures and shorter days on the horizon, the last thing you want is outdated electrical features that will result in frequent power loss and a higher risk of electrical fires or shocks. Without these electrical upgrades you may even see your property decrease in resale value.

GFCI Outlets: When you install a ground fault circuit interrupter in your home, you are not just guaranteeing better electrical performance; you may even guarantee you save a life or two. Perhaps that sounds a little over-the-top, but it is the truth. A GFCI outlet will greatly reduce your chances of falling victim to accidental electrocution. It is an incredibly helpful tool, especially when you consider that the American Burn Association reports that 400 deaths occur each year due to shock. Think of this upgrade as adding a gatekeeper to maintain the flow of input and output current in your home. Thanks to a built-in circuit breaker, the GFCI outlet will cut off power altogether once it detects something irregular between the input and output, single-handedly preventing shocks. These outlets should be installed in areas of your home like bathrooms and garages, where the risk of water mixing with electricity is higher.

Outlet & Switch Replacement: Have you taken a look at your home’s outlets and switches recently? Are they looking damaged beyond the point of repair? Well, it may be time for replacement, for the sake of safety and convenience. Some older homes are still equipped with two-prong outlets, which would be a reliable source of electrical power if it were still 1966. But in 2016, you need reliable three-prong outlets that will be able to meet all of your electrical power needs. Outdated outlets & switches are incredibly unsafe, so do not play any games with your safety and instead replace them with something new.

Aluminum Wiring Replacement: Similar to two-prong outlets, many older homes are also still equipped with aluminum wiring. Again, in 1966, this would have been fine, especially since aluminum was considered an acceptable wiring alternative due to the rising price of copper. However, fast forward 50 years in the future, and aluminum wiring is now considered a safety hazard. If you are living in of these unlucky homes, it is time to make the upgrade to copper wiring instead.

Electric Service Panel Upgrade: Many homeowners do not even think about their electric service panel all that much, even if it is probably the most essential element to your home’s electrical system. A part of the reason is because electrical service panels tend to last a longer time and do not require frequent upgrades. However, if your panel has gone two decades without upgrading, you are due for a change this fall. You need a working service panel that will evenly distribute power to all of your appliances to ensure safest effective electrical performance.

ELECTRICAL UPGRADES

Often, when people think of needing electrical upgrades for their homes, they think of simple, practical upgrades like new outlets and lights. While these things are great, there are a number of electrical services you can access to upgrade the electrical work in your home.

BASIC UTAH HOME ELECTRICAL UPGRADES

Most homeowners have at least a few areas in their home where some basic electrical upgrades can have an impact on the overall functionality of the space. Whether it is due to outdated or too few outlets, upside-down switches, or other issues, having some basic electrical upgrades can make your home more comfortable.

HOME WIRING UPGRADES

Determining when your house’s wiring needs to be upgraded can depend on several factors, such as if you need an entire wiring overhaul or if you need something a little simpler—like having a new dedicated circuit installed.

SMART HOME ELECTRICAL UPGRADES

One type of electrical upgrade that is continuing to rise in popularity is smart home upgrades. These upgrades can make it easier to control different things in your home from your thermostat to the lights in your home

LIGHTING UPGRADES

Upgrading the lighting in your home can revolutionize it. Instead of avoiding a dark and uninviting room, with the right lighting services, you can transform a darker room into a welcoming oasis of light.

Electrical Upgrades

Electrical upgrades are important in keeping your home modern and convenient. Unfortunately, most homeowners overlook their importance. Carrying on with older electrical fixtures can wind up costing you more money on service & utility bills. What most homeowners don’t realize, is making just a few small upgrades can mean a huge difference for life in their home. As homes age, fixtures will become both outdated and unsafe. For example, outdated outlets may not be able to meet modern electrical demands, and instead, leave you without power going to your most essential appliances. If these outlets are damaged in any way, you may also put your family’s safety at risk, since damaged outlets will lead to a higher chance of fires and electrical shock. Upgrading your electrical fixtures may also be essential if you just moved into a new home and discovered that its current electrical system isn’t up to standard. After all, you want to ensure that your move-in goes as smoothly as possible. You can imagine how difficult it could be to enjoy your new home if your electrical system is out of date.  Whatever your electrical needs, Papalia should be the first place you call. Call Papalia today to ensure your electrical system is up to date!

Calling Papalia for High-Quality Electrical Service

At Papalia, we make it our mission to instill electrical utilities that will meet a wide range of electrical needs. Our team of specialists will be available to consult with you to determine what upgrades your home needs. From there, Papalia can install new lights and fixtures immediately. Here at Papalia, we are equipped to meet the needs of homes of all sizes and styles. With our help, you will enjoy greater efficiency in your home, meaning less dread when your next utility bill arrives. Since your new lights and fixtures will also work for a longer period, you won’t have to worry about making another electrical upgrade for a long time to come. This can potentially save you tons of money on replacement costs in the process. Even better, you will also have safer electricity so you avoid the risk of house fires and electrical shock. Above all else, life in your home will be so much easier, especially when you know have electricity that you can count on.

GFCI Outlets: A GFCI outlet is equipped with a built-in circuit breaker that will quickly cut off power when it senses irregular current. If the current is not stopped in time, a person coming into contact with a faulty outlet may be at risk for experiencing an electrical shock severe enough to cause tissue damage. A GFCI outlet should be installed in places where water and electricity are bound to mix like bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and laundry rooms.

New Outlets: If you are still living 40 or 50 years in the past, your home may be equipped with two-prong electrical outlets that are now considered unsafe. Also, these outdated outlets may struggle to meet your modern electrical needs, resulting in power loss and frequent calls to your local electrician. Make a plan to call Papalia so you can be equipped with three-prong outlets, to ensure your electrical needs are met, and to keep your home safe.

Electrical Service Panel Upgrade: An electrical service panel is one of the most important aspects of your home’s electrical system. Though it can last a long time in providing you with high-quality power, there will come a point where you will need to replace it. At its best, a panel will distribute energy to each of your most essential appliances. However, once a panel stops operating properly, its performance will become inconsistent, and may even become a fire hazard.

Reasons You Need to Upgrade Your Home Electrical System

The electrical systems in a home are usually ignored by most people—until something goes wrong, at least. When a home electrical system suddenly fails, that’s when people start to take notice and try to find ways to fix it. However, it can pay to hire electrician services to make some electrical upgrades to your home sooner rather than later.

To Bring Your Home Electrical System up to Code

Building codes may vary from one year to the next, and new safety standards may have been implemented since your home electrical system was installed or updated last. Performing an electrical upgrade can help bring your home’s wiring back in line with current building codes.

To Prevent Fire Hazards

When electric system maintenance falls behind, there is a risk that frayed wires and other issues can create fire hazards. So, one reason to upgrade your home electrical system is to minimize fire risks.

To Meet the Power Needs of New Appliances

The average household consumes a lot of energy—and that amount is likely to rise as more and more modern technologies rely on electricity. In fact, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), “In 2017, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,399 kilowatt hours (kWh), an average 867 kWh per month.”

To Add New Outlets for Added Convenience

Here’s a common problem: you want to move your TV to a different wall, but there aren’t any outlets near where you want to put it. Maybe the house is old enough that electrical outlets weren’t a major concern or the designer had a specific layout in mind that you don’t want to conform to. Either way, the lack of electrical sockets is going to be inconvenient for your plans.

Electrical Upgrades to Consider for Your Home

Homes rely on electricity more and more in the modern day, so it’s incredibly important to keep your home’s electrical system in top shape. There is a wide array of electrical upgrades to consider for your home. These upgrades not only improve the quality of your home, but they can also help you lower your energy bills. If you need a great Hoover electrician, you need the expertise of an experienced technician from our team. If you’re interested in some possible upgrades for your home, keep reading below.

Ceiling Fans

Do you have a ceiling fan in your home? Ceiling fans are helpful here in the heat of our Alabama summers. Ceiling fans work to move air throughout the room from the ceiling to the floor to create a breeze—this allows your body to feel cooler.

Additional Outlets

Do you have enough outlets in your home? Are these outlets adequate? It’s important to have enough because it’s common because your requirements for electrical power to grow quickly. If you find yourself using multiple power strips and extension cords for your daily tasks around your home, you’re a good candidate for an electrical upgrade.

Whole-Home Surge Protection

A power surge can destroy your electronics and cost you thousands of dollars in replacement costs. To avoid this disastrous occurrence, you should have whole-home surge protection. Power strips don’t provide adequate surge protection across your home, it only provides surge protection for small spaces. Our surge protection services will keep your home safe.

Electrical Panel Upgrades

If you live in an older home, it’s likely that your electrical panel could use an upgrade. Outdated panels have limitations on available space to add circuits or they have fuses. Many old panels are of low quality or simply stop working and need to upgrading. Your electrical panel is extremely important because it distributes the electrical power to the various areas of your home.