Preventing Electrical HazardsApproximately 25,000 electrical home fires have been caused by malfunctioning outlets, resulting in $1 billion in damages. A damaged outlet isn’t just a safety concern, but a financial one, too. Repairing damaged outlets and switches can be expensive. Outdated or old switches and outlets may also be an invitation for unwanted pests, such as bedbugs. Luckily, with some regular maintenance, you can prevent most electrical hazards from ever taking shape.
Test the Outlets RegularlyIt’s a good idea to check the outlets in your home regularly to prevent damages and to catch any issue early on. Monitor if your appliances and electronics are acting right when plugged in and if lights flicker when something is plugged in, it could indicate a home wiring problem. You can purchase an outlet tester at the hardware store, which can be plugged into your outlets and let you know if there is a problem. Ideally, test your home’s outlets once a month.
Replace all Old WiringA common culprit for damaged switches and outlets may have nothing to do with them directly. In fact, the issue could lie with your home’s wiring. Outdated and old wiring can’t keep up with the electric demands of modern technology. If the wiring is outdated, old, or unable to keep up, it’s best to have a licensed electrician replace it.
Purchase Only Reliable Electrical ProductsIt may be tempting to reduce your costs by investing in affordable, knock-off electrical products. However, replacement parts for your switches and outlets need to be acquired from a reputable retailer. If you aren’t sure about a product, look for a safety certification, such as Underwriters Laboratories.
Don’t Try to Repair Your Home’s WiringYou may be tempted to repair the wiring in your home on your own. However, unless you are a licensed electrician and have the proper training, you may hurt yourself, someone else, or cause damage to your home. Trying to work on your wiring without proper training may even cause a bigger issue. If there is something wrong, it’s best to leave the repairs to the professionals.
Call the Pros for Electrical RepairsIf you notice an issue with your home’s outlets or switches, call the professionals right away. While maintenance and testing are crucial, if there is a more serious problem, it should be properly repaired before serious consequences occur.
Bury Your Power LinesBuried power lines offer an array of benefits. They eliminate the possibility of wires getting tangled running from the street to your house, and also protect the wires from potential wind damage or falling limbs. With buried power lines, the instances of no power will be reduced significantly.
Add USB Ports to Your Electrical OutletsYou likely have more than a few devices that use USB ports for charging. Rather than having to have the adapter to plug these devices into a typical electrical outlet, consider having USB ports installed. The convenience offered by several USB ports or even a USB hub is well worth the investment.
Add GFCI and AFCI DevicesThe majority of building codes today require this type of electrical safety device to be installed in all new homes – and there’s a good reason for this. Protecting your family against electrical fires is the job of the arc fault circuit interrupter – ACFI. Protecting against deadly electric shocks is the job of the ground fault circuit interrupter – GCFI. After all, if there is technology available to prevent these types of accidents and injuries, why not use it?
Invest in Structured WiringStandard electrical upgrades will maintain your home’s value. However, when you add structured wiring, which is heavy-duty data cables, you are enabling the latest features offered by security systems, computers, stereo equipment, televisions, and more. This can help to increase the value of your home.
Upgrade Your Electric Meter to a 200-Amp ServiceAs previously mentioned, the majority of homes are “power-hungry” with multiple devices and appliances running at all times. The 100-amp service may no longer support the power you need. If this is the case, upgrading to a 200-amp service makes sense.
Electrical Upgrades Make SenseAs a homeowner, it just makes sense to make the electrical upgrades listed here. If you are ready to move forward, make sure to call the professionals for help, today.
Epic Electric helps residential and commercial clients with a range of electrical needs.
We provide electrical contractor services to a broad spectrum of clients who need commercial electrician or residential electrician contractors for jobs both large and small. Our licensed electrician teams work on timelines and according to project management goals, capably outfitting client properties with what they need to function well.
Generator Installation and Repair
For both residential and commercial jobs, generator services are extremely important to the integrity of property management.
In a residential property, a properly installed and serviced generator provides electrical support to the property when the electrical grid goes down. That allows for keeping the home or space livable, sanitary, and habitable when there’s a problem with power line delivery.
This is even more important in many commercial applications, for example, commercial facilities that include:
- Walk-in freezers
- Coolers for refrigerated products
- Point of sale infrastructure
- On-site HVAC and sewer served by electrical equipment
All of these systems rely on having consistently available electricity and a generator provides key backup. (Some businesses are also required to have working generator services according to federal government rules.)
Electric Panel Installation and Evaluation
Electric panels and boxes are the heart of residential and commercial electrical systems. Our experienced technicians know how to set up or change an electrical panel to facilitate a client's needs. We add power, run lines and expand boxes based on careful industry standard and protocol, to add functionality to a property safely and efficiently.
In the electrical field, wiring installation is one of the logistically challenging services we provide to clients. Any significant wiring installation has to take into account new building and renovation timelines, and other services such as plumbing, drywall and finishing.
Our teams know how to plan a wiring installation project to make everything run on time, and to deal with logistical challenges such as obstacles and equipment installations that may happen around the same time frame.
Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations
Electric vehicles are really emerging on the American road, and electric vehicle charging stations are a common part of what we provide for property owners as this type of service becomes more popular across the industry and across the county. (As an early adopter, these services are especially popular in California.)
A wide range of commercial customer use EV charging stations to enhance their business locations – to offer electric vehicle drivers the opportunity to get a wider range for the road. These facilities complement a lot of retail business services, and so effective installation and maintenance are important.
Take a look at Epic Electric and our testimonials and gallery to see more of what we do for clients. Get reliable electrical work from a trusted and established shop in the Murrieta, CA area. Remember: “It’s Not a Job, It’s a Skill!”