Dead outlets, light switches that don’t work occasionally, or even appliances no longer working can be frustrating for any homeowner. Your home is made up of a complex system of wires, most of which you cannot see. Despite most of your wiring being behind the walls, there are ways to troubleshoot some common household electrical issues.
You have turned off the lights when not needed and made sure appliances you are not using are unplugged. Yet, at the end of the month, your jaw drops at the amount due on your electricity bill. Your eyes are not playing games – electricity and utility costs are on the rise. Traditional energy-saving methods are not enough. Instead, you need to be more proactive and uncover the reasons you may be using more energy than required.
Just like any other system in your home, your whole house generator requires routine maintenance. Failing to maintain your system will not only result in costly repairs (or worse, replacements), but it could mean that your standby generator does not engage during the next power outage.
Water damage can occur for multiple reasons – whether it is weather-related or due to a pipe that has burst and flooded your home. While you are focusing on the damage you can see, such as repairing the walls, discarding damaged furniture and flooring, etc., there could be hidden damage you are not aware of. Electrical issues can arise following even a minor water damage incident. Even if you are not experiencing any interruption in your electrical service, that hidden damage could cause problems over time.
Winter storms are harsh – they can cause your home to lose power throughout the day and last well into the night. When you lose power, you lose access to a lot of essentials. Depending on how cold it is outside, loss of power could even be life threatening. It is important to always be prepared for the winter, such as having ample food storage, extra blankets and flashlights, and of course, a backup generator.
The holidays are a time of excitement and high energy when it comes to decorations – from the Christmas tree to the lights strung up outside to a cozy manger, and more. It was estimated by a consumer survey by ESFI.org in 2013 that over 86 percent of consumers decorate their home and about two-thirds used lights to decorate the outside. While holiday lights certainly give off that unmistakable holiday feel, they can also increase the likelihood of a fire or injury if used improperly and without the right safety precautions.