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.
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 If you have oversized fuses, if there is natural deterioration over time, if your home has outdated aluminum or knob and tube or even previous contractor or homeowner DIY mistakes.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/
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
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!
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.
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.
At Rooham Electric, we stay on the forefront of technology to ensure our customers benefit from the latest and greatest, and the most efficient repairs and service.
Now, we’re offering conduit repair services using IPEX’s EPR kits. With unique interlocking joints, we are able to simply close the two half shell pieces over existing installed wire and cable. The use of standard PVC solvent cement enables the kit to be very quickly assembled and connected, repairing the conduit to its original form. Better yet, unlike traditional conduit repair strategies, EPR kits modular nature allows us to repair any length and type of pipe quickly and accurately.
If that weren’t enough, EPR kits now feature enhanced UV resistance. Being manufactured from high-impact and non-conductive PVC, these kits closely match the color of most existing conduit and fittings.
Want to learn more about EPR conduit repair kits? See the video below.
Already in 2017 we are seeing a massive increase in the number of solar implementations. With an increased focus on climate change, increased cost of fossil fuels, and increasing price of electricity, home owners and businesses alike are deploying solar panels to their roofs in order to reduce their power bills and save electricity.
Roooham Electric is proud to offer Grid-Tie systems designed by HES PV. With a Grid Tie system, home owners have even more benefits. Instead of being lost, excess energy collected by your Grid-Tie system can be fed back into the electrical grid. You receive a credit from BC Hydro for energy that is fed back.
There is no better time than now to learn about how a solar implementation can save (and even make) you money. For more information, see our partner’s page at: hespv.ca/canadian-energy-programs/british-columbia/
How does a Grid-Tie System work?
See the cross section of a house with solar grid-tie system. There are two basic components:
Solar array: One to ten kilowatts of solar panels, typically mounted on unused south facing roof space.
Inverter: Converts solar energy (DC) to match utility power.
What happens during a power failure?
Grid-tie systems safely disconnect in the event of a power failure. We offer the option of a Secure Source battery backup that would run some selected loads like pumps or lighting in the event of a blackout.
How much energy can I gather with a solar electric system?
In most of Canada, a kilowatt (1000 watts) of solar panels (area A. of 80 – 90 ft2), mounted with good exposure facing south, could generate between 1000 and 1400 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year.
Phones. Tablets. Cameras. Even laptops. In 2017, we’re charging all of these devices with USB. And yet all too often, we struggle with finding charger before we struggle to find an outlet. Leviton’s USB charging devices integrate directly with your outlet. Top and bottom can be standard outlets. But the center? Packed with two or more USB outlets to charge whatever device you have in your hand.
Spend more time enjoying your device, and less time charging them. With smart chips that detect and optimize the charging power of your electronic device, USB chargers from Leviton feature between two and four USB charging ports built right in to your wall outlet. Adapter-free charging eliminates the clutter as well as the struggle to find an adapter. And engineered for the latest technology, we charge all of your devices, as quickly as possible.
Let Rooham Electric simplify your life, and your guests life, with built in chargers for the devices you depend on the most.
Interested in updating the look and feel of a room or your house? Rooham Electric now offers Renu products from Leviton. This line of switches, dimmers, outlets, and wall plates come in amazingly vibrant and modern colors and can help “refresh” that room that’s looking dated in your home.
What’s better? The switch plate covers can be effortlessly swapped out to accentuate your new design scheme. When your color palate changes, your electrical components do too.
From outlets (with or without USB ports for charging your various devices), to switches, dimmers, and more, Renu has you covered for the future. Contact us at Rooham Electric today to learn how Renu by Leviton can future proof your new room design.