3 Electrical Safety Tips to Use This Fall

September 15, 2021

Cooler air has arrived in De Soto, MO, which means that it’s time to start doing some fall maintenance tasks. For many homeowners, that includes tidying the yard, getting out the winter gear and preparing for frigid weather. While taking care of your home and yard this fall, follow these three important electrical safety tips. 1. Remove Leaves When the trees drop their leaves, rake them as soon as possible. Dried leaves are a fire hazard. Piles of leaves are also attractive to vermin, including mice. Keep dried leaves, tree branches and other combustible debris at least three feet away...

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Warning Signs That It’s Time for an Electrical Upgrade

August 10, 2021

There will come a time where you will need to get an electrical upgrade done to your house. This is especially true if you have an older house that has not had an electrical upgrade done in the past. Not having your electricity checked out and upgraded can increase the risk of fire and electrical issues. Thankfully, your electricity will give you some signs that you need to call an electrician. Hot Light Switches If you feel your light switches getting hot after you go to turn your lights off, this warmth can occur for several different reasons. The main...

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Steps to Take When the Power Goes Out

July 28, 2021

A power outage can significantly disrupt your daily life. It can also cause electronic devices to fry from the inside, damaging outlets and leading to other serious issues. Therefore, it’s important to understand what to do after the power goes out so that you can keep yourself, your children, and your animals safe from harm. Unplug Electrical Devices Assuming that it’s safe to do so, you should unplug all electrical devices before the power comes back on. If you have advance warning that a storm is approaching your area, you should take this step before the power goes out. This...

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Why Is My Electric Bill So High?

June 28, 2021

Have you ever opened your electrical bill and been shocked by how bizarrely high your bill is? An unusually high bill can be a sign that something is going wrong in your home. Check to see if one of these common issues is the culprit behind an oddly high bill. Abnormally Hot or Cold Weather Before you start panicking, stop and think about the temperatures outside. Your AC and your heat are two of the biggest users of electricity in your home. If temperatures have been extreme, your high electric bill is probably just due to an HVAC system that...

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How To Check Electrical Wiring In Your Home?

May 5, 2021

Making sure your wiring is in good shape is an important task. If your wiring is old, your home is at greater risk for electrical fires. You should have your home’s wiring inspected regularly by a qualified electrician at least every three years. You may notice problems in between those inspections. Here is how to do a check and decide if you need to call out an electrician immediately. Signs to Watch For You should check your electrical panel and circuit breaker at least once a year. Look for signs of wear or damage to the wire. You shouldn’t see...

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How to Prepare for a Power Outage

March 9, 2021

Natural forces, such as ice, high winds, heavy snow, and bitter cold, can compromise power grids in De Soto, MO. Also, power outages can be caused by cyberattacks. In addition, aging power grids can make power outages more common now than in the past. Here are some tips you can use to survive a power outage in your neighborhood. Fill the Tub The city water supply might also go down after your power grid does the same. Therefore, it’s wise to have enough water to take you through the power outage period. Therefore, fill up your buckets, tub, and bottles...

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Can Humidity Cause Electrical Problems Inside Homes?

February 8, 2021

Moisture can cause a lot of problems in your home. Keeping humidity under control is an important way to maintain the value of your real estate investment. What Is Humidity? Humidity levels are an indication of the amount of moisture in the air. Although a dehumidifier can help reduce the indoor moisture in your home, your electrical system may not be protected. Electrical systems are hidden in walls and attics, which may be exposed to the outside air. Moisture in the air can contain minerals, contaminants, and other substances that can cause damage to your electrical equipment. What Kind of...

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Does a Whole House Generator Add Value to Your Home?

January 5, 2021

Installing a whole-house generator increases your home’s resale value by as much as 5%. If power outages or storms occur frequently where you live, a whole-house generator becomes even more desirable. Additional benefits of installing a standby generator include improving your safety and maintaining convenience. Improves Your Safety Unexpected events and situations occur, and having a standby generator installed will give you more peace of mind that you’ll have access to hot water and food during a power outage. Someone in your household could have a medical emergency during a power outage, and having no electricity can make it more...

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Electrical Safety Tips to Follow in Winter

November 16, 2020

Average household energy use goes up during winter. It’s an important time to not let your guard down with electrical safety. If you don’t act safely when dealing with electricity, it can cause the loss of property and life. Be Careful With the Space Heater If you use space heaters, never use an extension cord with them or plug them into a power strip. These aren’t designed to handle the high wattage that space heaters need. You can cause the cord or power strip to melt or catch fire. You should always keep space heaters on the ground. You never...

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Common Electrical Problems in Your Home

April 17, 2020

Even if you live in a relatively new home, you will still probably have to deal with at least a few electrical problems from time to time. Luckily, with a little bit of research and some professional assistance, many of the most common electrical issues can easily be taken care of. Flickering Lights While the occasional flickering might not seem like a big deal, this issue is often the result of a much larger problem. If you changed the light and it is still flickering, then you need to call an electrician to have the wires checked. Flickering and dimming...

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