How do I ensure my safety when working with electrical components inside my home?
Great question! Electrical safety should always be on top of everyone’s mind prior to beginning any kind of work that places them into contact with electricity.
First, make sure you flip the breaker or disconnect the fuse that manage the circuit that you’ll be working on. This will terminate the electrical current in the area you are working.
Second, make sure the switch that activates the circuit in the room you are working in is switched to off.
Finally, use a voltmeter to test the outlets/wires you are handling to ensure they are not active.
Wear rubber gloves and always double and triple check your safety. Remember, electricity is no joke!
Why does my circuit breaker keep tripping?
A breaker that is constantly tripping is not an annoyance or something to be ignored- it is a warning.
When a breaker trips, it is because the current it is regulating has exceeding the rating for the circuit. The breaker trips to prevent overloading the circuit, which could potentially cause an electrical fire.
If your circuit breaker keeps tripping, and you’re certain you aren’t overloading the circuit, call us. We will send an Electrician to investigate and diagnose the issue.
Is it safe for me to wire in my own basement, addition, or other major electrical component?
Unless you are an experienced Electrician, the answer is absolutely not! Electricity, which is very powerful, also must be treated with respect and deployed appropriately. This means that electrical circuits and wiring must pass muster and strictly adhere to building codes.
These codes are in place for your safety. We implore you to ensure that your electrical work is always done by an Electrician. This ensures the reliable and continuous operation of your new electrical circuit, but also on the continued safety of your home.
Should I avoid installing my own light fixtures?
Many people are quite comfortable changing their own light fixture. If you are comfortable working with electrical circuits and understand electrical safety and procedure, you should have no problems installing your own fixture.
Remember to always follow electrical safety rules and to never rush or skimp on any electrical project.
If you are uncomfortable installing your own fixture, we would be more than happy to install your light fixture for you.
What kind of qualifications should I look for when hiring an Electrician?
First, we hope that you consider calling us first. Our Electricians are experienced and undergo continuous training and education. In addition to having excellent Electricians, we also warranty our work and stand behind the service that we offer you.
When looking at hiring an Electrician, you should be focusing on:
- Type of Electrician – Are they an electrical apprentice, or a Master Electrician? The difference between the two is years of on the job training and oversight.
- Their post-job support and warranty – Do they stand behind their work? Do they have your interests and safety in mind?
- Accreditation and professional associations – Many of the best Electricians invest in their involvement in the electrical community and the larger community as a whole. Being involved in their local community gives an Electrician good perspective on changing trends and needs.