5 Reasons Never to Fix An Electrical Issues Yourself

 

 

 

Although many homeowners enjoy the challenge of DIY projects, there are some aspects of home maintenance that should always be handled by a certified professional. Among these, one of the most important is troubleshooting electrical issues. Here are five reasons you should never try to fix an electrical issue on your own and should instead call in a qualified electrician such as one at Rooham Electric.

 

  1. Electrical work can be unsafe if you are inexperienced | The first and most important reason to avoid tackling electrical projects on your own is to keep yourself and your family safe. Electricity can be extremely dangerous. If you aren’t properly trained and equipped to work with it, and you could be risking serious injury or even death by trying to fix electrical problems yourself.
  2. You could cause further damage | In addition to safety risks, electrical work can cause property damage when done improperly. From shorted circuits to potential electrical fires, work performed by a non-professional can cause all manner of trouble. To ensure your home stays in top condition, it’s best to let a qualified professional handle your wiring.
  3. A professional will save you a lot of time! | Many people try to do electrical projects on their own to save money. While hiring an electrician does involve labor costs, it’s important to consider what your own time is worth as well. A project that might take an experienced electrician one hour could take you several, preventing you from getting more important things accomplished.
  4. Unprofessional electrical work may make your home harder to sell | While you usually don’t think much about the wiring in your home, work that has been done by a non-professional may raise some red flags with a home inspector when it comes time to sell your house. By having all of your wiring done by a certified electrician, you can keep your property value high and prevent difficulties if and when you decide to sell.
  5. You could have trouble with your insurance | Depending on the nature of the work and the terms of your homeowners insurance, you may lose coverage in the event of future electrical damage if you try to tackle projects on your own. Many insurance companies refuse to cover anything related to electrical work that has not been done by a certified professional.

 

For these reasons and many more, you should always call in a certified electrician when you need electrical work done in your home. While there are many projects around the house that are suitable for DIY, electrical work should always be handled by a trained professional, such as one of our certified team members. Give us a call today to speak about your electrical needs.

 

Refresh Your Home With These 4 Lighting Trends

Interior lighting is one of the most important aspects of home decor. While new, stylish lighting fixtures can make your home look great, outdated lighting will invariably make it seem old and tired. If you’re looking for an easy way to update the look and feel of your home, new lighting is a great option. With all of the choices out there though, it can be hard to narrow it down. If you main aim is to stay up to date with the current trends, here are four styles we would recommend right now.

 

Geometric Fixtures

At the moment, lighting fixtures with complex linear geometric are quite popular with interior decorators. Seen as combining the best of modernistic design and classic appeal, geometric fixtures look good in just about any room and mesh well with a range of different design styles. This type of look is especially popular in chandeliers, which are often focal pieces in the rooms they occupy.

 

Wicker and Rattan Fixtures

Wicker and rattan are experiencing a major renaissance as popular materials and it’s not hard to see why. The natural element and feel they bring to a space exudes warmth, and casual elegance – perfect for everyday living. From lampshades to chandeliers, these materials have found their ways into many light fixtures used in modern home design. These materials can be especially effective in living rooms with ample natural lighting, where they will help to create a semi-outdoor feel.

 

Low-profile Sconces

While older lighting sconces typically jutted out from the wall, the sconces that are most fashionable today are ones that sit flush against the wall and have a relatively low profile. Sleek and modern, these lighting scones can almost instantly bring your home’s appearance into the 21-st century while still maintaining a tasteful balance.

 

Matte Black and Lots of It

While many trends focus on specific materials or styles, colours should also be considered. At the moment, matte black is one of the most popular and stylish colours you can incorporate into your home lighting. From matte black metal fixtures to black lamp shades, homeowners are turning to this dark, eye-catching colour to help give their interior lighting a more pronounced look that is suitable to modern tastes.

 

With these style tips in mind, you should easily be able to pick out some trendy lighting fixtures to update your home’s appearance. Keep in mind that if you’re putting in sconces or chandeliers, you’ll need the services of a qualified electrician. By bringing in a professional electrical worker, you can make sure the work is done correctly and save yourself time and trouble down the line.

 

Need help installing a light fixture? Contact us at Rooham Electric.

4 Ways to Make Your Home Electrically Eco-Friendly

These days, we are learning just how important it is for us, as individuals, and as a collective, to find ways to become more environmentally friendly and reduce our carbon footprint. Starting with our own homes and habits is a great step in making a big difference, and it’s not that hard. Here are four of the top ways you can work with an electrician to help make your home greener and more sustainable.

  1.  Installing Energy Efficient Appliances | When it comes to choosing energy efficient appliances, an electrician’s advice can be invaluable. A qualified electrician can not only help you choose the appliances that will cut your home’s energy usage, but they will also install them for you when the time comes. If you are retrofitting an older house, it’s also a good idea to consult with an electrician to make sure the wiring you currently have is compatible with the most modern appliances.
  2. Switching to LED Light Fixtures | There’s no question that LED light bulbs are vastly more energy-efficient than any other kind of lighting. With that said, it’s a bad idea to use LED bulbs in standard fixtures, as they may burn out prematurely or give off less light than they should. By having an electrician install LED-specific light fixtures in your home, you can enjoy the benefits of efficient lighting and modernize your house’s appearance all at the same time.
  3. Detect and Fix Energy Drains | In any home, there’s bound to be some wasted energy. In some cases, though, the energy waste problem can add up to a considerable amount over time. An electrician can help you figure out where you may be wasting energy and fix the problems to help your home run more efficiently. Common energy drains that are overlooked by homeowners include water heater thermostats that are set too high and irregular heating and cooling patterns.
  4. Making the Jump to Solar | One of the best things you can do from an environmental perspective is to put your home on solar power. By having your electrician install solar panels and an accompanying battery system, you can make your home energy independent and ensure that no fossil fuels are being burned to generate your electricity.

These are just some of the ways in which a qualified electrician can help make your home more sustainable. Whether you just want to switch over to LED bulbs or are planning to make the jump to solar power, a good electrician is an invaluable resource in your efforts to go green and play your part in keeping the environment healthy. If you’re ready to make your home a little greener, contact us today to set up a consultation.

Electrical Safety 3 Part Mini Series | Part 3: Electrical Devices, Appliances & Power Tools

When it comes to electrical safety using electrical devices, appliances and power tools, most points are pretty common sense. That being said, it can be easy to become complacent about things we don’t generally think about, and a quick refresh on some easy safety steps can ensure that you keep yourself, your family and your home safe.

  1. Burnt toast? Bagel not wanting to come out? Ensure to unplug your toaster before prying out your breakfast.
  2. Unplug your electrical devices and gadgets (think phone chargers, slow cookers, kettles, power tools) when they are not in use. TIP: Before leaving your home on vacation, even if just for the weekend, do a quick walk through of your home and ensure there is nothing plugged in or turned on that does not need to be.
  3. This ones pretty self-explanatory: keep your electrical devices away from sources of water. Move the kettle or the toaster farther away from the sink, and don’t take your phone or tablet with you into the washroom.
  4. Do not cut the grass when it’s raining or extremely wet (we know you know this, but it’s good to be reminded from time to time).
  5. Ensure that all of the appliances and tools that you have in your home or business have been certified by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA)seal or another accredited Standards Council of Canada

 

Adapted from BC Hydro’s Electrical Safety Tips: https://www.bchydro.com/safety-outages/electrical-safety/safety-at-home/electrical-safety-tips.html

 

Electrical Safety 3 Part Mini-Series | Part 2: Cords, Extension Cords & Plugs

It’s the simple things that are often the most effective. Keep you and your family safe, by following these simple electrical safety tips when it comes to cords, extension cords and plugs in your home.

  1. We all do it occasionally, but it’s important to remember to pull the plug, not the cord, when disconnecting any electrical device.
  2. The third prong of a plug does exist for a reason: safety! Do not break it off in order to make the plug fit an outlet or bypass it in any way.
  3. Using extension cords outdoors? Only use three-pronged ones.
  4. It’s easy to keep “meaning to replace it” but when it comes to cords and plugs that show signs of wear or damage, it’s extremely important. If you have a cord that you know needs to be replaced, stop using it and replace it as soon as you notice the damage.
  5. Did you know that extension cords have different ratings? Ensure to always use ones that are properly rated for the amount of electricity you’ll be using. Not sure? Give us a call – we can help.
  6. Extension cords are not intended to be a permanent solution. If you find yourself using one all the time in a particular location, give us a call so that we can determine the best course of action for you (generally installing additional plug points that are closer to your electricity needs).
  7. Run out of outlets and need a power bar? Ensure to use a certified one if you need to plug multiple things into an outlet. An even better and safer solution? Have us install some extra plug points for you.
  8. Do not place electrical cords under carpets, through doorways or anywhere they could be stepped on. Not sure what to do with the cord? Call us. Better safe than sorry.
  9. Coil up extra cord length and keep the coil intact by using plastic ties or Velcro straps.

 

These simple practices will help keep you, your family and your home safe and help us sleep better at night.

 

Adapted from BC Hydro’s Electrical Safety Tips: https://www.bchydro.com/safety-outages/electrical-safety/safety-at-home/electrical-safety-tips.html

 

Electrical Safety 3 Part Mini-Series | Part 1: Electrical Panels, Fuses & Outlets

It’s the simple things that are often the most effective. That’s why, we are introducing this short, three-part mini-series on electrical safety. Keep you and your family safe, by following these simple electrical safety tips when it comes to electrical panels, fuses and outlets in your home.

  1. If a fuse blows, ensure to turn off all your appliances and lights that are on the circuit before changing the fuse. An important note on blown fuses: if a fuse repeatedly blows, give us a call right away rather then replacing or resetting it. Consistently blown fuses are often a sign of an underlying electrical issue that needs to be dealt with properly to ensure your safety.
  2. Did you know that fuses have different ratings? If you need to replace a fuse, ensure to do so with one that has an identical rating. Better yet? Give us a call and have a certified assessment of the situation to ensure that any possible risks or hazards are mitigated and that you don’t have any issues going forward.
  3. Loose fuses are at risk of overheating, which is a fire hazard. If you have plug-type fuses, ensure to periodically check them to ensure that they are snug.
  4. If you find that one or more of your fuses are blowing on a regular basis, or know they need to be repaired, lot or if it needs to be changed out because there could be other underlying issues causing it to happen that we should assess.
  5. Use ground fault circuit interrupters on all outlets located outdoors. (Not sure what that means? Call us. We can help)

Need help with any of these checks? No job is too small for our team. We are happy to help and here for you with friendly, prompt and certified service. Give us a call today and let us help keep your home safe.

Hot Tub Nights are Coming

 

We hate to say it after what feels like a two-week summer, but the feel of Fall is in the air. And while that means we aren’t going to hit our quota of hot summer days; it does mean cooler nights which are perfect for jumping in the hot tub.

If you’re thinking the same thing and getting ready to add one to your backyard paradise, make sure to give us a call first to ensure that your home’s electrical is set up for it.

Why?

Most new homes are set up with a 200amp electrical service that can easily handle a 50 or 60 amp hot tub without a problem. However, things get a little more questionable when you are in an older home. So if you’re not in a new build (the last few years), give us a call so that we can give you some insights into what your current service can handle and whether you need to budget to upgrade your service when you purchase your hot tub. The last thing you want to do is buy your dream soaker and not be able to install it because you haven’t budgeted for the electrical upgrade.

Give us a call today and get ready to soak your day’s worries away in your new hot tub!

Ready for an R.V.?

Summer has finally arrived and that means: CAMPING!

Tenting not quite your style? Or ready to make camping a bit more comfortable? If you’re thinking about buying, or have just purchased an R.V., is your home ready for it?

While most homes are set up with outdoor electrical that will run an R.V.’s lights and fridge, as well as charge the batteries, most cannot handle running anymore than that. And on those hot days when you want the A/C running to keep it cool for your journey? You’ll need extra power for that.

You may also need additional electrical added to your home if you’ve upgraded or purchased a large unit. Most homes are built with a 15amp plug, while an R.V’s is typically 30 amp. That means there’s potential for you to push you over your house’s allowance for power.

If you’re not sure whether your current home can handle your new R.V. or you know you need additional power added, give us a call! We can help you determine if what you have is enough or what is needed to ensure that when you’re ready to head out to the lake, you’re powered up and prepared to go.

6 Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Reno

Summer is for lake days, camping and road trips. It’s also the time for renovations. There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to completing a renovation – especially if you are trying to do some, or most, of the work by yourself. Knowing what to expect and what questions to ask prior to starting your reno, can make a huge difference in the amount of time and money it costs to get everything completed exactly how you envisioned.

With that in mind, here are some of the most common scenarios and issues we run into when helping homeowners with their renovations:

  • important electrical wiring running through walls that the homeowner hopes to remove in order to create a more open-concept and modern living space;
  • moving of wiring and lights during a kitchen remodel in which the layout is changing;
  • the addition of new appliances such as a wall oven, air conditioner, sauna, or hot tub; and
  • not having enough space in the current electrical panel for the new circuits and electrical additions, and the need to add a subpanel for the required capacity.

Knowing these scenarios can help you anticipate and budget for likely electrical needs or issues that may come up during your renovation; saving you time, money and stress because you’ve already planned for them.

Another way to make your renovation easier is to ask yourself some important questions before completing your planning and beginning the work. Here are six questions that we encourage our clients to consider and address prior to their renovation:

  1. How do you want your home to feel? What type of lighting to you like? The right or wrong lighting can make or break your space in terms of design and what you are aiming for.
  2. Do you prefer traditional ceiling lights or newer flex led lights? Do you know the full range of options that are available? What would work best for your space?
  3. In what spaces do you spend the most time, or plan on spending the most time? Are there places you want to be able to curl up with a book, or see the painting your working on? How a space is lit can make or break its use and your enjoyment of it.
  4. Will you be wanting to showcase any artwork or pictures on your walls? Have you considered art lights?
  5. What type of data wiring would you like around the house? Are you planning on relying in wireless data that can be troublesome for your internet or do you want a direct wired internet cable to your t.v.?
  6. What services, lighting, appliances or other are you planning on adding now or in the future that you will need power for? How much power do you need for your renovations? Do you need to budget for a service upgrade?

Whether you know exactly what you are wanting with your renovation, or if you are needing some guidance with what options are available and what would work best, we can help. We encourage you to consider these scenarios and questions prior to beginning your project. We would also recommend giving us a call to talk through your renovation as we may be able to provide some guidance or suggestions that may not have been considered. No matter the size of the job, ensuring proper electrical execution and making your home work for you exactly how you envision is of the utmost importance to us. Give us a call today and let one of our certified team members help you make your home shine.

Big or Small – We Can Help

At Rooham we provide a wide range of residential, commercial and light-industrial services. Our certified and highly knowledgeable team can help with any electrical issue or project you have – big or small! In fact, we love the small jobs just as much as we love the big jobs because its all about quality of life and enjoyment of your space. We want your living areas to function exactly how you want them to, and we can make that happen on the electrical end of things. Some of the smaller jobs that we receive a lot of calls for include:

  • installing new wiring for an air conditioners (that Kamloops summer heat really is coming!);
  • diagnosing and fixing troublesome electrical switches that are not performing correctly;
  • swapping out old light fixtures for newer and more modern ones;
  • adding/installing ceiling fans for a cooler nights sleep;
  • swapping out that noisy bath fan for a quiet and more efficient one;
  • adding new or moving old plug points so that you can have that lamp or piece of furniture exactly where you want it; and
  • moving and changing any and all lights.

 

If you need any of these services or anything else big or small, or simply want a consult on electrical in your home or business, we would love to connect with you. Our goal is to continue providing Kamloops with the fast, knowledgeable and certified service that our community has come to know and depend on and we look forward to providing you with that service when you need it.