Electric tips to add value to your home

If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, you have a lot of options for how you can improve its value. A new bathroom, kitchen or roof are great investments but another important aspect is your electrical system.

Make sure you home can be sold faster with these electrical tips:

Is Your Electrical System Up to Date?

Your electrical system should have everything expected of a modern home. Do you have enough outlets? Do areas of moisture like kitchens and laundry rooms have GFCI outlets? Are they conveniently located and easy to find?

Have You Tested Your Electrical Switches and Outlets?

Check and test every outlet in your home. Are they all working correctly? If you detect that any no longer work or do but make an odd noise, you should call an electrician for servicing. Faulty wiring not only costs you more on electrical bills but also poses a significant safety concern. Plugs that tend to spark or make an odd noise when activated may have faulty wiring which can pose a severe safety hazard. A qualified electrician can spot these trouble areas and fix them prior to a home inspection.

How Much Power Can Your Electrical System Handle?

You should have a clear idea of how much power your electrical system can handle. Potential buyers will want to know this as they may be planning to use appliances that draw a lot of power. Too much demand on the power system can lead to blowouts or tripped fuses. This is why it’s good to have GFCI outlets installed. These outlets are designed to shut off automatically the moment they detect a power surge.

How Old Is Your Wiring?

When was your electrical wiring first installed? In homes older then 30 years, there’s a chance the wiring could be outdated. Outdated wiring poses a safety risk which could potentially cause a fire. Along with that, older wiring can’t handle the electrical demands of modern appliances. The amount of electricity needed in a home has more than doubled in the last 40 years, so any house with old wiring may be in need of a complete rewire.

All these electrical tips can add value to your home but the sooner you start on them, the better. A qualified electrician such as your experts at Mister Sparky can help you get the most from your home whether selling it or planning on living there for many years to come.

 

Electric safety tips for kids at home

We all have worries about our kids from the day they are born… and we may think we are safest when at home. But did you know that the home and yard where they play may actually present more hazards when it comes to electricity than you think?

Here are some things you can do about it:

  • Store electrical appliances and gadgets out of reach of children.
  • Never keep any appliance near a bathtub, sink or any other water source.
  • Make sure all the electrical wires and cords are away from the gas or any other source of heat.
  • Avoid having any appliance switched on and then leaving it as it is in the presence of your kid.
  • Make sure you unplug the appliance before cleaning it.
  • Keep small objects out of reach- children tend to plug them into the sockets.
  • Cover open sockets that are within a kid’s reach. Most kids tend to stick fingers into the outlet, which may be risky.
  • Remove unused wall outlets.
  • Apply tape over unused electric plug holes or cord holders.
  • Do not allow your little one to go near the vicinity of power lines.
  • Keep your kids away from electrical substations and transformers.
  • Ensure your kids are not climbing any trees that may be close to power lines as these lines conduct electricity through the branches.
  • Strings of flying kites or helium filled balloons can act as conductors of electricity. Watch out for your kids when they are playing with kites in a storm or anywhere around electric cables.
  • Watch out for fences, which may conduct electricity.
  • Always encourage your children to play out in the open area where there are no power lines
  • It is preferable that you supervise your kids when they play with a remote control or any other electrical devices.
  • Ensure your children get dry quickly when they come out of the pool.
  • Avoid usage of electrical appliances when close to swimming pools.
  • Make sure they are away from utility boxes as they have various electric connections inside
  • Watch out for electrical lines that may be hanging low or may be cut.
  • When playing ball or when playing with pets make sure your kids are not near any electric substations.
  • As an adult do watch out for electric lines when using a ladder, chainsaw or other outdoor equipment.

Of course, a great way to make sure you and your family are safe is to leave the electric in the hands of professionals. Call the experts at Mister Sparky and ask about our home safety inspection. If might just save a life!

How are Your Grill Skills When It Comes to Summer Safety?

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According to fire department experts, the most common mistake people make when grilling is turning on the gas, leaving the cover down, then hitting the igniter switch. BOOOMMMM!!!!! They create an explosion from a buildup of gas.

The solution, of course, is to keep the lid open before you light the grill. You should make sure you turn it on and light it right away. If you wait, even with the grill lid open, you may inadvertently be causing a buildup of gas, which, when lit, can explode in a ball of fire.

If you keep hitting the igniter switch and your barbecue doesn’t light right away, don’t keep hitting it: Shut off the gas completely, and wait three to five minutes before trying to light it again. If gas has built up, that’ll give it time to dissipate.

To test for possible leaks, conduct what is called the soapy water test. Spray all your hoses and connections with soapy water. If you see the soapy water bubbling, that means you have a gas leak there. If you cannot tighten the connection anymore or if it is in the hose itself, you will need to get a new hose and/or connector.

A few final tips: Keep your grill at least three feet away from your house. That way, if there is a fire, it doesn’t spread quite so easily.

Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly inside your home. If they are neglected, they can put your family at great risk. Should you have any concerns over the age or condition of your smoke detectors, let the experts at Mister Sparky assess them for you as part of our Home Safety Electrical Inspection. Find out more here.

Here’s to a safe and fun-filled summer! Are those burgers done yet?

Edison Bulbs Save Energy and Look Great

Whether you’re remodeling or simply updating any room, the type of lighting you choose is key to setting the right mood. If you’re ready to adopt a contemporary-retro look, consider Edison light bulbs and fixtures. Inspired by the look of Thomas Edison’s original invention, these bulbs create a unique ambient glow that brings century-old charm into even the most modern residences. Use them in rubbed bronze fixtures for a nostalgic feel, and hang in globes above stone countertops to add an elegant touch. The possibilities are endless when you combine yesterday’s style with today’s designs.

Want to add this timeless look to your home? Let Mister Sparky install your new fixtures safely and beautifully.