Electrical Safety Prep for the winter


As the fall weather begins to transition into the cold weather of winter, it’s time to start tidying up and getting prepared for the winter. This month, we’re going to let you know the things you need to keep in mind on the electrical front – to make the transition as smooth and safe as possible.

Let’s jump right in!

Store your tools appropriately

It’s time to shelve those mowers and trimmers and check the cold weather ones. As such – it’s a good time to check spark plugs, power chords and the like. Especially if you’re in a place where snow blowers are a way of life, be sure you check the starters, undergo a dry run and have spaces clear where you can start up your blower safely and without worry. Also be sure to replace any parts you have.

Weather proofing is a must

Make sure you’re using weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities and keep all your devices away from moisture. Make sure that any equipment that has been wet gets inspected and reconditioned by a dealer if need be.

Leaves 

Yeah, we hate them, too – but they need to be cleaned up thoroughly. Especially if you have outdoor outlets and electrical fixtures – make sure you clean the areas and spaces around them thoroughly. It only takes one errant spark for things to go wrong.

Check your heat-generating devices

Especially if you have things like space heaters and electric blankets – give them a test run to make sure they’re in working order. And as is the case with any electric blanket or heating pad – do not fall asleep with them on or tuck them into your sheets! And as always, be conscious of pets and small children. Do another walk through of your house to make sure unused outlets are covered and protected from these noble explorers.

Getting ready for the cold stuff is important and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Fire hazards have a way of being doubly devastating in the winter – and more costly to fix. If you want a safety walk through, simply call in a pro and have them do it. The small cost for doing so far outweighs the potential for catastrophic damage or injury.

Why your circuit breaker keeps tripping


In many houses – particularly older ones – breakers can sometimes trip to the point of sheer annoyance. Putting on the dishwasher? Boom, there goes the light. Turn on the air conditioning? Bye-bye power.

It’s frustrating for sure, but there are some things you can do to make sure this isn’t happening as much and more importantly – isn’t hiding a more serious problem in your system.

Why do breakers trip?

So we’re going start off with the basics, here. Breaker trips monitor specific circuits or sets of circuits in your home. They police the amount of electricity flowing to and from your lights. When too much comes through or it exceeds the usage limitations on a particular device – it shuts off to save your system. Pretty simple stuff, really.

What usually causes trips?

Appliance use – Each breaker in your home is set to administer a specific amount of electrical current. When that’s exceeded, the breaker trips and shuts off. Appliances, TV’s and even some more mobile appliances like Vacuums can trip breakers unexpectedly because of their newer, more modern power needs. Be mindful of just how much you have plugged into the wall and where.

Worn out breakers – Some breakers – after a lot of use – can get worn out. Like anything in your life, breakers have a shelf life and will eventually break as they get older. Frequent breaker trips are a sure fire sign that your breakers may be worn down – and it’s a good idea to call a pro. Believe it or not, this is a super simple, affordable fix to make so long as you’ve got an electrician around.

Storms –We’ve had our fair share this year – big and small – and storms can certainly trip breakers and sometimes damage them. Simply put – just for safety’s sake – we recommend looking into a whole-home surge protection system just to avoid this very situation. It’ll not only keep your home safe, but many of the important appliances and devices within it that play such a vital role in your life each and every day.

Lousy wiring – The cause of just about every other problem we face, lousy wiring can be a suck hole for money. This can include old and worn out wires that no longer work, newer writing that wasn’t configured properly by a professional – or weak/non-traditional configurations… long story, short – bad wiring can cause a lot of issues. If you’re having issues with the breaker tripping, then get on it and call a pro. This could be a problem that spreads far beyond the breaker box.

If you’re experiencing this issue and tired of the headaches it creates, then give us a call and we can come and take look. Good luck!

Five Fall Electrical Safety Tips


Believe it or not, the fall is actually one of the most hazardous times when it comes to electrical safety issues and that’s what our post is going to be about for this month.

The change from Summer to Fall is a big one largely because it’s where you’ll see the most change occurring between large-scale electrical devices in the home. Air conditioners are out, electrical blankets and space heaters are in – and that’s not even getting into all the thing things you use in your yard, the basement and everywhere else.

But have no fear – we’re here to help. Here’s some tips to abide by!

Check all of your smoke detectors and CO detectors

This should go with any season, really – but every 3-4 months we suggest you test your detectors as they can be life savers. Your average detector lasts 10 years and if you have one getting a little long in the tooth, it’s probably time for a new one. That way if there is a problem – electric, gas or otherwise – you’ll have your last line of defense ready to go!

Inspect your extension cords

The holidays are coming up sooner than you think (yes, we know – that’s… ugh)… but with the holidays come Christmas lights, light up candles, menorahs, light up Santas, light up… ugh, it’s August. But honestly – you know it’s coming – so you need to be prepared! Check those lights – but just as importantly – check those extension cords as they work overtime no matter the season. That means no damage or fraying. That means anything you’re planning on using outdoors should be weather rated. That means making sure you have surge protectors and power strips that have internal overload protection for your indoor cords. And as always – DON’T plug too many things into one space.

Be careful with any heat-generating electrical item

That’s not just space heaters – but also things like electric blankets and the like. While incredibly convenient (and cozy) – realize you are parking yourself next to and draping yourself in a lot of electricity. Make sure there’s nothing flammable laying around the places where you’re planning on using them and double-make sure those devices are in good, working order.

If you haven’t protected your outdoor systems – please do

Any outdoor electrical outlets should have covers. All of them. At best – the Bubble Covers to make sure the elements stay out – but the metal or plastic flapper works almost as well, too. With snow and or rain on its way – this will ensure its not damaged.

Oh and before we forget

DO NOT HANG ANYTHING HOLIDAY RELATED NEXT TO A POWER LINE OR WIRE NEAR YOUR HOUSE. Ever. For any reason. We’re saying this with a shred of humor – but the consequences can be really serious. In the fall, people love their decorations, their corn husks, pumpkins and then that morphs into the crazy light shows in the winter. You’d be surprised at the bad ideas some people come up with. Nothing should ever be near wires leading in and out of your house, be within range of falling into them and most certainly – never hanging off of them.

We’re always here for a free consultation, so if you want more information or even a walk-through, we’re happy to oblige. Best of luck and enjoy the cooler weather!

Five simple ways to get cooler and cut your electrical bill this summer


Energy costs are one of those things as people we just need to kind of accept as being a thing in life. In the north, they have oil and heating bills that would make us folks here in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area blush. And if they saw our electrical bills to keep things cool – they’d probably pass out. So no matter where you live, it’s something we fight and manage in our own way.

That doesn’t mean you need to be swallowing massive bills, though. In fact there’s a lot you can do to take the edge off that doesn’t involve calling us for the latest greatest electrical install to do it.

And that’s what today’s post is all about. Ways you can beat the heat and save a little money on the side without calling us to install, repair or wire something.

If you have window shades, use them

Windows open up rooms and bring bright light in – but they also allow unwanted heat to sneak in and raise the temperature. This tip is the perfect excuse to dress up your room in order to lower your electrical bill. Blinds and curtains can help insulate a room and especially when it gets hotter out – can help keep the temperature cooler.

Find your green thumb

One thing that always helps reduce the amount of heat in a home is by planting trees to help cut down on the amount of heat that penetrates your roof, walls and even the outside A/C unit. The more heat, the harder the system has to work – the harder the system has to work then, well… the higher your bill will be.

Deciduous trees are great on the east/west portions of your house as they’ll be the ones dealing with the heat the most. And the best part about them is that they’ll block heat in the summer while simultaneously getting out of the way to invite it in during the colder winter months. So in a way, while nature is part of the problem, it can become part of the solution, too.

Keep appliances away from the thermostat

Especially if you have central air, thermostats tell the A/C when to turn on and off. One common mistake people do is by putting things like lights next to the thermostat itself. Lamps give off heat, making the thermostat think its hotter than it really is and then you’re turning you’re A/C on more than you need to. Simply moving those devices somewhere else can help remedy this issue.

Eat fruit

So technical, right? Honestly, fruit helps the body maintain its internal temperature. But fruits like watermelon, peaches and honeydews give you a lot of water. Eating better will help keep you cooler and help ebb the need to be constantly cooled off by fans or electronic devices.

Get the most out of your fans

Instead of flipping on a switch, make sure you’re actually getting cooled off by your fans. A lot of people put fans in the corner of the room and all that will do is simply circulate the air. Put your fans near you so you receive that cooling effect you need. And then simply turn it off when you don’t need it. Don’t place it in a far off place in the room because it won’t do you any good.

 

A little late, but about Electrical Safety Month


So last month was Electrical Safety Month and we meant to post something earlier, but hey – better late than never, right? But Electrical Safety Month is important to us because face it – we make our living large in part due to our ability to help keep your electrical systems working properly, and part of electrical systems working properly means that they’re safe.

 

Electricity is an amazing thing, but it’s also incredibly dangerous and the consequences – and the frequency with which they manifest themselves – are very, very real.

 

Electrical incidents caused:

 

  • 43,900 home fires
  • 438 deaths
  • 1,430 injuries
  • $1.47 billion dollars worth of property damage

 

…just last year, alone. What’s staggering about that isn’t just some of the numbers, but how frequent and common these occurrences are. We are always sharing out electrical safety tips with you on this blog, but having a safer home really comes back around to you actually taking electrical safety seriously.

 

And actually taking electrical safety seriously isn’t a belittling thing. It’s just being more aware of what’s around you. Doing so can and will prevent a lot of bad things from happening.

 

It’s being vigilant about replacing wobbly switches and outlets. It’s making sure that you don’t run cords across carpets. It’s not using electrical equipment near water. It’s not overloading electrical sockets with gadgets. It’s about teaching your kids how to be safe around electricity.

 

Our point is ‘being safe’ isn’t just a thing you do – it’s an ongoing state of awareness you have as to your surroundings. Just behaving that way is going to prevent a whole myriad of potential issues in the future. It could save you, your home, perhaps even your loved ones.

 

If you’re unsure as to what you need to do, it’s always advisable to give folks like us a call and we can come through and help. It costs nothing to do a quick walkthrough.

Dealing with warm outlets


Everyone’s used to their modern amenities these days and no matter what home you go to – outlets are rammed full of plugs, devices and the like. But because we’re so used to what we have at our disposal, we often take for granted any safety issues that might pop up – and things like safety get routinely cast aside.

And one of the most important things you can do is checking your electrical outlets – especially to see if they’re warm. Because if they are, you might be facing some serious issues in the not-so-distant future!

Why your outlet might be warm

Now we’ll be up front here – JUST BECAUSE YOUR OUTLET IS WARM DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY MEAN YOU HOUSE WILL EXPLODE AND OR CATCH FIRE. I mean it COULD mean that, but most of the time, it’s just your outlet’s way of saying ‘hey, we’ve got some issues, here.’

SO – if your outlet is warm, here’s some things you can do to test the severity of the problem.

Check what’s plugged in. Ever feel a MacBook’s power charger? It gets warm! And hey – it might be heating up your outlet if it’s too close. Simply unplug the device and check the outlet wall a few hours later. If it hasn’t cooled down, you might want to take a closer look at the outlet.

Asking too much of the outlet. Chances are you could just have too many things plugged into that particular outlet – even if you’re using a power strip. You may just need to unplug a few devices and place them elsewhere.

Lousy wiring. Especially in older houses, wires can become frayed or loose and that creates heat just by virture of the wires being loose. If that’s the case, you need to call an electrician immediately. It’s not a major fix, but a small problem that can turn into a huge problem fast.

Too much use on a particular circuit. There’s such a thing as too much demand on a particular outlet, but there’s also the circuit the outlet is attached to. That means you could be taxing your breaker, which is heating that particular outlet. So you might have to disconnect something in another room. Also, you might want to consider rewiring your circuits just to be safe. It stinks and it’s expensive – but just from a practicality standpoint and ease of use – it’s probably the best decision in the long run.

Your house is old. Even when you’re dealing with houses from the 20’s-50’s – their electrical systems are not built to take the pounding of modern amenities. They’re just not strong enough. Especially if you’re feeling warm outlets throughout your house and in multiple locations, it’s probably advisable to upgrade your electrical wiring across the board. Expensive? Relatively speaking, yes. But worth it? Absolutely.

Now what?

The procedures above can help you avoid the cost of bringing in an electrician if they work, but when they don’t, it’s really a good idea just to have an electrician come through and check anyway. It wont’ cost that much and in the long run – the cost of keeping yourself safe vs. a new home and the expense monetarily and emotionally that comes with that – is minimal. And if you’re going to call anyone, we’d love it if you called us! We’ll blog again soon!

 

Oldsmar Electrical Services Tips for Office Lighting


Oldsmar Electrical Services On Office Lighting and Your Health

As an Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company, we notice that the average office worker in our country spends most of their time throughout a given week at work. Business owners and managers need to be ready and able to set up employees in a clean, safe and productive work environment. Continue reading

The Top Oldsmar Holiday Electrical Services Safety Tips to Consider


 

Electricity is a necessity that many of us take for granted. As technology advanced over the decades, microwaves, entertainment systems, gadgets and dishwashers perform for us with the click of a button. Whether you are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas, we want to ensure that you, your family and friends stay safe. As an Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company, we are committed to delivering helpful tips through our blogs every month. Take advantage of these tips this season and for years to come and share it with your friends, family and neighbors.

Book us for your next electrical system repair or inspection at 813-855-6969. We are here to help! Here are our tips to help you stay safe from electrical problems:

  1. Take Care of Your Home

 

The age of your home should take less than a few seconds to come to memory. While this may not sound like helpful information, older houses do not have the capacity to handle the load of electricity from the contemporary lives that we are used to living. An Oldsmar Electrical Services inspection will help you to find out if your electrical system was updated before it was purchased or if it needs repairs.

2.       Understanding the Electrical Panel

 

Since the 1990s there has been faulty electrical panels that were installed in new homes. A few of these brands include ITE Pushmatic, Federal Pacific, GTE/Sylvania and Zinsco which are no longer being manufactured because of the electrical hazards that can potentially cause fires. Every so often, check your electrical panel to see if it is hot. If it is, call us as your Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company to review and repair it.

3. What is in the Breakers

The electrical breakers have your best interest at heart although they occasionally trip. Listen to them and they will do their job to tell you something. When the breakers trip, it means that there are many appliances that are being connected to a single circuit. We highly recommend that your appliances are reconfigured. If the breakers continue to trip, give us a call.

4. Pay Attention to the Lights

When you see, lights flickering, this might mean it its time to replace or repair the electrical panel. It can also mean that there are several appliances that are plugged into one circuit. This is a serious situation that must not be ignored.

5. Old Appliances

 

The older the appliance, it is more likely that there will be grounding issues that can create an electrical shock. Three-pronged plugs are a first step to take for your appliances because it will connect properly to a grounded outlet. The appliances in your kitchen with two-pronged plugs need to be replaced, and if the outlets are not grounded, it is a good idea to install a new circuit.

OUR FINAL THOUGHTS

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We respect the tradesmen and women that enjoy taking on new projects in their homes. However, electrical work is one of the most dangerous projects to work on if you are not a certified electrician. Please use your discretion and remember to call Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company like Kenco Electrical Services to do the job safely and on time.

Thank you to all our customers and visitors for reading this blog. Post it online, send it via email to your friends and help them become educated on electrical safety.

Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services: Electrical Pool Safety


 

This summer we had hot like fire weather and although it is a bit cooler now that we are at the end of the year, being safe in your pool is very important. Floridians love swimming no matter what the time of the year is. Whether you are have an indoor pool or a pool in your backyard, your children, pets and neighbors deserve a safe place to swim. Call us to inspect your swimming pool at 813-855-6969 or 727-787-0913.


 

THE HEATING SYSTEM

The heating system that is connected to your pool regulates the temperature. It will either be connected to the electrical system or a powered generator that has wires above or beneath the ground. As the seasons change, the wires can get damaged from the elements of the weather and even animals. Wire can be exposed making it a responsibility for you to inspect your pool by calling an Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company. If the wires get in contact with water, this can cause an electrical shock to humans and animals. Before you start filling the pool, find out if there are electrical risks.

RETRACTABLE COVERS

If your pool is below ground, an automatic cover is most likely installed on your pool. This cover retracts and expands the pool cover with the help of a button. It is a convenient feature that is located close to the water in the pool. Have this cover inspected to see if it is broken, cracked or exposed. As an Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company we want to emphasize that having your pool inspected can prevent injuries and possibly death.

ELECTRICAL WIRES

Electrical wires come with the territory of having an in ground pool. It can be located meters away from your home. This also applies to power lines and electrical outlets nearby. One innocent splash of water from the pool can cause electricity to move towards any object o person in the pool. We highly recommend that you call your local Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company to review these items. For a proper inspection by a professional, licensed electrician, contact us for a quote. Continue reading

Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services Electrical Dangers On Older Homes


 

 

After the journey of house hunting, you finally found a home that you and your family will enjoy. To cut costs, you decide to purchase an older house with a lot of space and a nice sized backyard. You sign the closing papers and the house keys are handed to you by your Realtor. After time passes, you call your local Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services to check your electricity after noticing a small issue and realize that the inspector missed out on a few important factors about your electrical system.

Depending on where you live, buying an older home can cost less than a newly constructed or recent home. An older house can offer great value with renovation improvements adding more character to the life of your property. One of the things that most homeowners forget to do is to have the electrical wiring inspected. Our experience as a Metal Roofing Supplies company will help you. We put together a list of a few common dangers that could threaten the safety of your home:

Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services Supplies Tips

Properties that were built between the years of 1950 to 1970 have aluminum wiring because it was less expensive than installing the house with wiring made out of copper. There were many issues found with aluminum wiring shortly after these homes were built such cracking and overheating. We high recommend that if you own a house that was built during this time, to have your wires inspected. Behind the depths of your walls may potentially be a number of hazardous points that can cause major issues in the long run. In addition, during the early 1990s knob and tube wiring was also used in homes that can be dangerous because it has a high chance of cracking and causing electrical fires.

ELECTRICAL WIRING UPDATES

The average homeowner makes additions to a property that includes new rooms, electrical lines, hot tubs, etc. If an inexperienced Electrician makes a mistake while installing additions, issues can impact the service panel where the breaker can trip constantly with electrical outlets becoming overloaded. This can be dangerous because the electrical panel is responsible for preventing hazards. In addition, the electrical panel needs to be upgraded to control electricity throughout the house whether your property is new or old. This panel is labeled for easy maintenance if you need to call our company specializing in Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services.

 

Metal Roofing Supplies On Maintaining the Electrical System

Older homes have historical value and additional benefits that new homes do not offer. While this is great, we recommend that a Oldsmar Florida Electrical Services company is called to identify potential hazards in your electrical system. One of our electricians can give you a list of important items and will help you and your family stays safe in your new home. Call us at 813.855.6969 or 727.787.0913.