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.

Quick Fixes for Breakers and Power Outlets

If you have recently experienced a power outage in your home and power to a particular area of your home, plug, or device is no longer working, we are here to help. One of the ways we can assist is by providing you with this a couple of quick things you can check and try before calling, that may solve your electric issue. Two common areas of electric issues in the home are breakers and power plugs.

With breakers, when they are tripped, they often only partially trip. If you had to reset a breaker and your power has not been restored, ensure that you have turned the tripped switch all the way off before turning it on again. Breaker switches must be completely turned off prior to resetting or they generally do not work. If this does not fix your power issue, try to write down when and why the breaker tripped (if you can recall or know) to have that information on hand for when you call and the electrician visits your home. We can certainly still fix the issue without this information, but the more we know, the quicker and easier the fix usually is.

Most of has have experienced a power plug no longer working. Not all plugs are set up with test and reset buttons however, if the one with the issue is, try hitting the test button followed by the reset button; this often will reset the power and you’ll be good to go. Most bathroom and outdoor plugs are set up this way. If you have several outdoor electrical outlets that are not working, you may have to try testing and resetting all of them individually in order to get them all working again.

Of course, if these quick checks do not resolve your electrical issue, please give us a call right away and we will ensure to have one of our certified and professional team members visit you as soon as possible.

Solar Series Part 4 | EV Chargers

Going green can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For some – it’s simple changes like eliminating plastic from their homes. For others – they want to go all the way – becoming more sustainable with everything they use from cups and straws to cars.

Thankfully, as we all look for ways to reduce our carbon emissions and help our planet thrive, there are an increasing number of options and ways for us do so, including with one of the biggest carbon causers – vehicles. A growing number of manufacturers are producing beautiful and capable electric vehicles. Switching from gas to solar comes with many questions and considerations – some of the most critical of which center around the charging of your vehicle. Where will I charge my car? What kind of charger do I want or need? How fast do I want to charge my car for the distances I need to be able to travel?

There are three primary charger types to consider when looking to install one at your home:

A Level 1 Charger is the easiest and most inexpensive option, as it does not use much of your current home electricity needs. It provides approximately 8km of driving for each hour that it charges, making it the slowest option which could impact your day-to-day life and experience of the vehicle.

A Level 2 Charger is more expensive than a Level 1 Charger, however it has the capability to charge your car approximately three to seven times faster than a Level 1 Charger. Important to note is that in order to provide faster charger capacity, these chargers use considerably more power, which can come with additional cost. With the increased electrical usage, your home may not have enough capacity to handle the chargers needs, which in turn means you may have to upgrade your service, which can be pricey.

However, if you don’t want to go through the process or cost to upgrade your service, or are unable to in your location, there is a third alternative: a Solar PV Charger.

Solar PV Chargers give you the opportunity to use the suns energy to power your green vehicle by using a portion of your grid power and a portion of solar power to charge it. Going with this option means that you don’t have to go through the work or expense of upgrading your electrical service – a good choice if you don’t plan on adding anything else to your home that would require added electricity in the future; plus you get to have the rewarding feeling of using the suns energy to power your car.

Installing one of these chargers is the same as if you were installing a Solar Grid-tied System (see our previous post for more information on that if you missed it). Panels are installed just like with a normal Grid-tied Solar System, the only difference being an inverter that can charge a car or one that could power up a car charger. And when the vehicle is not being charged, this system puts the power back into the grid, allowing you to receive an electrical credit with BC Hydro, just like you would with a normal Grid-tied Solar System.

As you can see, the type of charger you chose is another important piece in your consideration of an electric vehicle. Before you make your new green purchase, give us a call and we can go over all your options with you so that you can pick the best fit for your lifestyle needs and home. No matter whether you choose to install an EV charger on your existing service, if you need an upgrade to your current service to compensate for the new car charger, or if you choose to power your car with the sun by adding a Solar EV Charging System – we can help. We look forward to joining you in this important transition to lowering your carbon footprint and going green in a new way!

Service Update

Great news! Due to the recent changes in the COVID-19 situation and the gradual re-opening of businesses, we are happy to announce that we are once again open for all service calls and appointments.

Please note that we will be unable to provide service calls for anyone showing any symptoms of illness and will continue with 6 foot distancing within all homes and businesses. We are also continuing to follow all provincially and federally guided health and safety regulations during this time to ensure that our staff and our customers stay healthy and safe.

We look forward to taking care of all of your electrical needs and thank you for your patience as we have navigated this unusual situation.