Flickering Lights Means Something’s Not Right

If you’ve lived in your house a while and haven’t opened the walls for renovations, there’s a chance you may not know what kind of wiring lays behind them. While copper wiring has become the more widely used conductor for electricity within homes, many older homes still have original aluminium wiring, and this can certainly pose a problem. Aluminium wiring is more susceptible to overheating and can be a significant fire hazard and a more dangerous one at that, as electrical fires are often more destructive and surprising than other types of fires, as they tend to be difficult to identify. Two common signs of failing aluminium wire connections that you can be on the lookout for however, are flickering lights and browning of receptacles.

These pictures are from a job we did recently; this customer was extremely lucky that the fire caused by the aluminium wiring did not cause further damage to their home.

If you do have aluminium wiring in your home, please give us a call to ensure that the connections have been redone with proper connectors and that it is safe. If you’re unsure as to what type of wiring you have, but have seen either of these warning signs, contact us right away – let us help you keep you and your loved ones safe.

Fixer Upper Fixes

Feel like your home needs a bit of a refresh but not sure where to start? Expert designer, business owner and down-to-earth mom, Joanna Gaines says, “for the interior, simple changes like new light fixtures, a new backsplash, or a fresh coat of paint can go a long way.” [1] We agree. You don’t have to make a huge investment to make a big statement when it comes to improvements around your home. And lighting can make or break the statement and mood you are trying to create.

Just imagine yourself cozied up next to a roaring fire, with a glass of wine (or your favorite post-dinner indulgence), a loved one and…florescent track lighting. Or imagine attending a hockey game with only pot-lights to see the action by. And ladies, we don’t even need to get started on department store change-room lighting, do we?

The wrong lighting for a venue or mood, can ruin your overall experience. So next time you’re thinking of making a change to your lighting, give us a call. Our experienced staff can advise you on the most appropriate lighting for your space and ensure that it is installed correctly, keeping you and your home or business safe.

Need picture proof? Check out these before and afters of just a few of the home renovations we’ve been a part of.

 

[1] https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/joanna-gaines-fixer-upper-tips

 

Building Kamloops: Sienna Ridge

Building Kamloops: Sienna Ridge

Kamloops is growing, and we could not be more proud to be part of the stunning new development at Sienna Ridge. This adult orientated, gated community features 108 rancher style homes with high-end finishes and gorgeous views of the Thompson River. From the ground-up, we have been involved to ensure that every home has well thought-out and safely-executed electrical that powers everything from the above-island lighting to the washers and dryers.

The contractors and home-builders of Sienna Ridge are just a few of the many that we have a sound reputation and excellent working-relationship with. If you are looking for the right team to help you build and sell your new development, contact us.

      

Happy Earth Day!

Did you know LEDs save money and are environmentally friendly?

A simple way to save money on electrical bills is to install new lights.  Not only is it cost efficient, and uses less energy, but they look great too.  Paying for LEDs can cost more out of the box, but light-emitting diodes are more efficient, using 75% less energy and can last 20-30 years in an average home.  Another tip is too put lights on a dimmer to reduce energy when full-intensity light is not needed, plus it looks better.  Begin by replacing the lights used more frequently in your home and see the savings add up.

Call us at Rooham Electric for a free quote at 778-471-6255 or email at shawn@roohamelectric.ca

GFCI outlets

Did you know? GFCI outlets save lives and protect from electrical shock.  Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters monitor the amount of current flowing from hot to neutral and if there is any imbalance, it trips the circuit.  It is recommended to have GFCIs installed in areas where appliances and power tools are close to water (kitchens, bath and laundry rooms, and even outside or in the garage where electric power tools might be used).

Monthly testing to ensure your GFCIs are working is simple to do.  Plug in a light fixture and turn it on. Then push the device’s test button. If the light stays on, the GFCI needs to be replaced.  You don’t want to be the path-to-ground for electricity causing burns, injury or death from a fatal electric shock.

Call us at Rooham Electric if you have any questions or need assistance installing or replacing GFCIs in your home.

Prevent Electrical Fires

These are photos of a recent fire that could have been prevented, don’t let it happen to you.  It was caused by a slow exterior water leak. Keep yourself and your family safe.

Did you know? If your lights dim or flicker, you shouldn’t ignore this.  It could be a sign of a much larger problem.  All things wear down and you may be vulnerable to electrical fires especially from putting off panel upgrades, if you have an old fuse box, if breakers don’t reset, or circuits that keep tripping.  If you have oversized fuses, if there is natural deterioration over time, if your home has outdated aluminum or knob and tube or even previous contractor or homeowner DIY mistakes.

If the electrical panel has smoke coming out of it or smells like burnt wiring, or worse flames are coming out of an outlet, panel, or electrical device turn off the main circuit breaker only if it safe to do so!  In case of fire evacuate the premises immediately and call 911 to contact the Fire Department.  Then call a certified electrician to have a thorough electrical safety inspection done.

Rooham Electric’s fully licensed and certified electricians can provide a detailed Electrical Safety Inspection to ensure all wires and components meet legal safety standards set out The Canadian Electrical Code in BC.

The benefits of a licensed contractor

  • They know all the legal requirements pertaining to regulated gas and electrical work and have the training and expertise required to do the job safely
  • They will obtain the required permit(s) on your behalf and make sure the work meets all code requirements
  • They will manage the inspection process and repair all deficiencies
  • When the time comes to sell your house, buyers, realtors and lenders may require proof that all regulated gas, boiler, and electrical work was done with permits to help ensure the house is safe for future occupants.

Retrieved from Technical Safety BC at: https://www.technicalsafetybc.ca/

Daylight Savings Time means it is time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Did you know? New building code requires combo smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms installed in hallways and on every floor of your home including the basement.  As well as, smoke detectors in all bedrooms or sleeping areas. Smoke alarms save lives.

The government of Canada states that, “being prepared is your best defence against a fire in your home” and Rooham Electric agrees.  Our electrician’s tip of the day is to test all your smoke alarms (even those hardwired) every month, replace the batteries every year, and the actual device every ten years.

Some people use daylight savings time as a reminder of when to change the batteries.  Here is a photo of Shawn Hamling, the owner and operator of Rooham Electric changing the batteries of his smoke detector in his home.

If you have a home built prior to hardwired smoke detectors, let us give you a free estimate to install new ones.  It is not as much money as you might think.

 

Be safe and minimize your family’s risk of injury from the staff at Rooham Electric.

Retrieved from Fire safety in your home.  March 4, 2018: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/home-safety/fire-safety.html

Now available from Rooham Electric – new incredible lighting solutions

Each project, whether business or residential, introduces new challenges. Staying in compliance with BC Hydro Power smart, passing lighting audits, improving employee productivity through lighting, or just building the perfect lighting solution to your home can be intimidating. That’s why we at Rooham Electric have partnered with E.B. Horsman & Son to provide an abundance of incredible lighting options for any occasion.

Looking to plan your landscape lighting? Check out E.B. Horsman & Son’s exceptional landscape lighting guide for ideas. Interested in highbay lighting for your shop or warehouse? We’ve got you covered. There’s even a guide (click here) to help you better understand LED lighting, and determine what works best for your application.

No matter your lighting requirements, we invite all of our customers to check out E.B. Horsman & Son’s Lighting division webpage for more information. If you find something you like, or if we can be of any assistance in planning your next lighting project or overhaul, please contact us at 778-471-6255. We’re happy to help!

Congratulations from Rooham Electric to Beverley Ireland on winning the 2017 Kamloops Y Dream Home!

We at Rooham Electric would like to extend our congratulations to Beverley Ireland, who recently won the 2017 Kamloops Y Dream Home. We are excited for Beverley to enjoy her new home.

This year, we were very grateful to be able to assist with the construction of the Y Dream Home. We assisted in building a state of the art, technologically advanced home with an EnergyStar designation. Our team of talented electrical technicians participated in the planning, design, all the way through to implementation and testing. We are so happy with the end result.

From the stunning lighting in the restrooms, bathrooms, living areas and hallway to the incredible, stunningly beautiful and modern kitchen, together with the entire team, we have truly built a beautiful home. All the best to Beverley and all prize winners in the 2017 Kamloops Y Dream Home lottery from all of us at Rooham Electric.

Interested in checking out the home? Have a look at the video tour below.

Introducing Stencil – beautifully streamlined lighting for your home or office.

We are super excited to introduce Stencil lighting to our product line. Stencil is a highly streamlined form featuring unprecedented LED lighting function, linear and non-linear design flexibility, and scalability.

From Axis Lighting, Stencil is an evolution in design freedom. Inspired by the Bauhaus movement, with Stencil, you can create both linear and non-linear illuminated ceiling designs that look beautiful, are highly functional and are easy to service going forward.

Your home or office design is unique, inspired by your input and preferences, created just for you. Accent these designs with gorgeous, uniquely designed lighting patterns that fit your vision.

With Stencil, you have access to a diverse palette of LiteForms kits, letting you design highly original layouts without the price tag. These LiteForms are the kits that form the basis for the Art of Stenciling.

All LiteForm kits include lighting segments, hubs, and mounting hardware. The individual segments come in lengths of 2′ – 8′ in one foot increments. Run up to 200 feet of continuous lighting on a single power drop.

Contact us today to design your ultimate lighting experience.