Is Your Electrical Systems Prepared For The Winter Months?

Is Your Electrical Systems Prepared For The Winter Months?

Electricity allows us to power so many useful and indispensable appliances in our home, and yet it is also a dangerous resource.    Residential structure fires due to electrical failure are a source of major property damage and loss of life.  Every year, thousands of house fires are caused by unsafe or faulty electrical work.  Ensuring the electric in your home is safe and up to code is critical for the safety and wellbeing of your family.  Your residential electrical system might be unsafe if your home and wiring are old. If you have conducted DIY electrical work, or electrical work was performed by an unlicensed electrician.

Electrical fires are extremely destructive and difficult to predict.  Because electrical systems are wired throughout the walls of a house, they also are difficult to detect and often are inaccessible. The walls create a network of passageways for a fire to continue to get oxygen and spread completely throughout the house.  Over time, increasing age of wires and electricity consumption has put a high demand on the home’s electrical distribution systems.

Your electrical system can do more hard work than you realize during the upcoming winter months.  There’s heating, power plug outlets, lighting and the holiday season to contend with.  It can really be worthwhile to get your electrical system checked before winter sets in.

A CurrentSAFE professional can provide a no-cost in-home consultation.  Our walk-through consultation helps you understand your home’s electrical system and often identifies energy saving opportunities you can take advantage of.  If hazards are discovered, you may choose a comprehensive Electrical Hazard Detection (EHD) inspection.

A CurrentSAFE professional is trained and licensed to perform an Electrical Hazard Detection.  We use state-of-the diagnostic equipment that allows us to “look” behind the walls and discover electrical problems in your home, any of which could lead to dangerous shock or fire hazards.  Following this comprehensive inspection, our experts will then review their findings with you.  Our certified professional CurrentSAFE electricians are capable of reducing the risk of a fire by finding and correcting those problems, identifying electrical shock hazards and assuring clean, dependable power to your home electronic equipment and appliances.

Be prepared for the winter months and trust CurrentSAFE to help keep your family safe.  Contact CurrentSAFE today!

Have Flood Waters Compromised Your Electrical System

Have Flood Waters Compromised Your Electrical System?

The worst of Hurricane Harvey is over but recovery from the rain and its flooding is expected to take months to years.

FEMA estimated about 30,000 people affected by Harvey were forced from their homes and seek emergency shelter.

These displaced residents are returning not know what has become of their home or the extent of the damage that has been done by the flooding. Electrical damage caused by flooding can rarely be seen. That invisible damage can wreak havoc on your electrical system long after the floodwaters have receded.

Even pinhole-size damage to an electrical wire’s insulation can lead to the wire heating up over 200 degrees. This can spark a fire that can burn down homes and businesses. Wiring is made from flexible material and it is vulnerable to breakdown through time, erosion and heat. Windblown sand can cut tiny holes in the wiring’s insulation. This allows water to seep in and come in contact with the metal of the wire’s core. Saltwater residue acts as an enhancer and speeds up the process. Corrosion of the wire creates resistance to the electricity moving through it, which then generates more heat. Heat quickens corrosion on the wire, which further increases resistance, which generates even more heat.

After a storm or hurricane, it can be hard to tell which wires inside structures were affected by water, and even harder to tell if insulation suffered small-scale damage. Even if the lights still work, there could be wire damage that leads to fires months or even years later.

The CurrentSAFE Solution

Our technically advanced, non-destructive Electrical Hazard Detection (EHD) test pinpoints problems that cannot be determined by the naked eye. Every EHD is performed by a factory-trained and certified ASNT Thermograph.

After testing your home’s electrical system, you will immediately be provided with a comprehensive report detailing each hazard that was detected during testing. We also offer a 5-year warranty and certification of the home’s electrical system after your home has been tested and repairs have been completed.

Don’t become a statistic! Contact us today for a Free, No-Obligation, In-Home Assessment of your electrical system to determine if the CurrentSAFE Electrical Hazard Detection (EHD) test is right for your home.

 

DIY vs. Handyman vs. Licensed Electrician:

DIY vs. Handyman vs. Licensed Electrician:

Compare Your Options

Many people enjoy doing their own home improvements.  This DIY work can be very rewarding if they have the skills and tools.  It feels good to have done it yourself and it is a great way to save money. Some may think electrical work can be done just as easy as other home improvement projects.  When working on items electrical related, you should think twice.  The hazards can be lethal and catastrophic.

Some risks include:

  • Fire: Hundreds of electrical fires are caused every year by unstable wiring systems and improper connections.
  • Bodily Injury or Fatalities: When a job isn’t performed correctly, electricity can cause serious injury or safety hazards to persons or property.  Experienced electricians implement safety aspects when dealing with electricity.
  • Property Damage: Frying or melting the wires of the appliance or equipment, or the wiring inside the walls.  Insurance companies, in most states, will not pay for any damages if electrical work is not done by a professional, licensed and insured electrician.

A successful electrical project involves more than a “can-do” attitude.  A handyman is an affordable alternative to DIY labor, but should only be relied upon for minor renovations and repair services, such as replacing an outlet or upgrading a lighting system.  Usually, a handyman has no formal training.

A licensed electrician is a trained professional who can complete complex and otherwise dangerous electrical projects to meet building and electrical codes.  While the price tag may be higher than a DIY or handyman-led project, the efficiency and professionalism that comes with hiring a licensed electrician means your project may be completed much faster than another solution.  Plus, licensed electricians are bonded and insured, meaning you can rest easy knowing your property and safety are protected long after they complete your project.

All in all, certifications and licensing matters.  It’s unwise to trust anything besides a small electrical project to untrained hands, so if you’re getting ready to begin work on an electrical project that may feel out of your range of expertise, it is wise to call a trained electrician to get their take.  Contact the trained professionals in the CurrentSAFE network today to learn more and to get your project started on the right foot.

August 2, 2017

Lightning Strike/Electrical Surge Megger Testing

Lightning Strike/Electrical Surge Megger Testing

Megger testing can be an important part of an EHD test on a house struck by lightning.  As we know, the megger test tests the insulation of the wires on a circuit.  During an EHD on a house that’s been struck or surged, megger testing should be one of, if not the first test you perform.  It will give us a good understanding of the damage that may encounter during the test.