Buying or Selling Your Home? Need an Expert With Prompt Service? Look no Further!
In 16 years of experience, we have provided both buyer’s and seller’s with thorough home inspections on two spectrums. One type requested by the potential buyer or seller just to know the system has been looked at by a licensed professional, and what they may be looking at cost wise to repair the issues that may arise. The other being a buyer or seller contacts us to provide them with an inspection of the system at request of the bank or power company to ensure power can be restored and they’re able to close the deal. Either one is a timely issue, and that is why we love providing what most contractor’s do not, and that is the ability to provide same day and next day inspections so YOU are not waiting too long and lose a buy or sell.
We work with various real estate agents in Montrose to coordinate having these done with no hassle to you as a buyer or seller. We bring years of experience to your home, and send a Master Electrician to perform all that needs done. That guarantees that you are having the best, most efficient, and knowledgable electrician overseeing your system. We do pull permits for all jobs requiring an inspection. This would be commonly required if the power has been shut off to the residence 6 months or longer, and requires not only us to come out to inspect, but the State Electrical Inspector as well to give us the green tag on re-energizing the equipment. This is a fast process, even including that portion, that can be start to finish in a matter of days.
We Know A Home’s Wiring System In & Out, And Want To Share A Few Details About Your System
A home’s wiring system, depending on the details of the wiring, the year of the home, and other variables, can become quite complex and often outdated. Some older styles of wiring can be potentially dangerous. It is always a good idea to have your wiring system evaluated. It is best to be aware of what is in your home, and what to expect in the future. At times, due to the type of wiring, it can cause an additional strain to supply power to our ever evolving electronics and appliances. This also includes different types of lighting as well.
Furthermore, the circuits in older homes weren’t designed to carry the amount of power to the many electrical luxuries of modern life. Here is an interesting fact for you…
A modern home’s kitchen today, utilizes just as much power as an entire home did back in the 1960’s! So, as you can see, things have evolved quite significantly.
That means our wiring systems have certainly had a lot of un-predicted usage. This alone, is why it is advisable to have one of our experts come out to your home and go through your system with you. This way, you understand the current condition of your electrical system, and get to see it first hand while one of our professionals works safely to demonstrate what is behind your wiring system for you.
Strain On My Wiring, What’s That Mean?
The signs of strains on your wiring may or may not be obvious to the naked eye. At Service Circuits, we provide you with a Safety & Efficiency Inspection that goes over the main parts of your system. It also lets you know the condition of the important pieces of your home’s electrical wiring and equipment. A lot of times, issues are laying in parts of the wiring that aren’t seen on a daily basis.
Do you experience dimming lights and outlets or switches that work intermittently? This could be a sign of a strain on the circuitry. They may or may not have a tight connection. Or, the wiring may have experienced some heat damage due to over-lamping, or wiring a connection from copper to aluminum without the proper installation. It also happens from over extending the use of one single circuit in many cases.
For these reasons, your electrical system is no different from the maintenance you should provide annually to your furnace or water heater. Doing so makes them more efficient, and capable of lasting longer. That is our goal here at Service Circuits. We want to make sure that you get the most efficient use, while doing it safely, out of your system.
What’s Involved In Our General Inspection?
Some examples of what we provide in our inspection include: checking your panel’s breaker and wiring terminations to make sure they’re properly tightened (as they will loosen up over time), verifying your home’s main wiring system for being aluminum or copper, and if it is aluminum, we will go over options with you to repair this issue instead of possibly needing a whole home re-wire. We perform a panel load calculation, and compare it to the load you have available to you currently. That way you know where you stand with availability to add additional circuits in the future. Many homeowners find out that they have aluminum wiring to some of their outlets and switches, and copper to some as well. In some cases, even to their lighting, and have been scared because of the public knowledge of knowing the hazards of aluminum wiring in homes.
Uh Oh, Aluminum Wiring? Now What?
Just because you have aluminum wiring in your home, does not mean there is not a way to provide proper repairs in most cases, up to current code. We can provide you copper connections to terminal locations as a result. All aluminum wired homes do not fall into the category of needing re-wired, as possibly mentioned by another contractor as the only solution possible. For this reason, always consider getting two sets of opinions. There are now UL listed and approved ways to connect copper to aluminum safely without the huge hassle of re-wiring your space. Ask us how TODAY!
Multiple Extension Cords Coming From One Outlet…What To Do Next?
Many homes have a tangle of extension cords and surge strips that are sprouting from one single outlet. Typically, because there doesn’t seem to be enough places to plug things into where you need them most. With all of the electronic devices that we use on a daily basis today from phones, to laptops, and tablets, we seem to be in more need than ever to have more than the minimum amount of code required outlets that are most likely in your home. Our professionals, specialize in the addition of new outlets of all types and styles anywhere in your home to provide you the safe convenience you are looking for. Utilization of extension cords and multiple surge protectors are not recommended to be used in the place of not having enough outlets. The plus side is, we are obviously your solution to getting you enough of what you need, where you need it, in your home!
USB Port Connected Outlets, How Convenient!
Manufacturers have now come out with an outlet that not only has the standard two places to plug into, but also has one or two USB ports on it. This feature allows you the capability to charge USB compatible devices from it as well as utilizing the two plug-ins at the same time. We have found that homeowner’s LOVE these, and they are a highly popular item for us to install. Your home does not require any re-wiring for the installation of these specialty type USB outlets in most cases. They can sure make things much more convenient, and safer too, in the long run.
Outdated Fused Panel Info & Solutions
Out dated electrical panels, possibly known as a screw in type fused panel, are less common to run across these days than circuit breaker panels. Fused panels were taken off of the market long ago, and for proper safety precautions. If you have a home built in the 1960’s or older, you may know exactly what we are talking about.
This is just one reason why we now have breakers instead of screw in type fuses for our circuits. Fuses can pose some dangers when attempting to replace them. Arching is a common happening if there is a load on the circuit. If you have an older fused electrical panel, and have not had an electrician out to perform a thorough evaluation on it, then we recommend that you call us to come check it out and verify its condition.
Some older fused panels are still in decent operable condition, and some have severe heat damage in different areas of the panel. Many times, it is down inside the screw terminal that is responsible for making the connection of electricity to your circuits. This can cause a loose connection, and possible intermittent power loss.
Many times, we have found that someone inexperienced installed fuses with a higher amperage than what the wires could safely handle. This should never be done under any circumstances. If you are blowing a fuse, it could be due to several things going on. The wiring going to that fuse terminal can only handle the recommended load of its proper fuse size. Up-sizing fuses can cause hazardous situations. Always hire a licensed professional at Service Circuits to help you through the headaches of an issue with your fuse, or breaker, for safety reasons.
Damaged Wiring & Unmatched Breakers In Your Panel? We Can Help!
When an inexperienced individual decides to up-size the breaker, or fuse, in a panel higher than what the wire is rated for, this can cause the wires to overheat. Consequently, damaging their protective insulation and increasing the risk of a potential hazard.
When you are looking for electricians in Montrose, be sure to ask if they specialize in residential service work, and how long they have been in the electrical industry with that experience. This matters to homeowners. It can turn out to be vitally important that the electrician is licensed and insured in the event something were to go wrong.
At times, once the circuit’s insulation has been damaged, the danger could remain. If the incorrect fuse is replaced with one with the proper amperage, it does not fix the possible melting of the sheathing to the wires on that circuit. It has now also compromised that circuit’s integrity. To repair it, and prevent further damage, the old circuit may need to be replaced, or at bare minimum repaired properly.
This is just one example for the reasoning at Service Circuits being so that we come out initially to your home and do a very thorough walk through of your current situation. As opposed to doing business the way some contractors do, by trying to give you pricing, or suggestive repairs, over the phone. The initial visit is of no cost to you to perform a walk through of your job. For any costs after scoping the job we see needing to occur, we always will go over this with you prior to us engaging in any work so that you have the choice of repair. We do not walk into the home and just start tearing into your system with no end in sight while you wait anxiously by the hour for what to expect. We believe it benefits not only the homeowner that needs to see and know how we operate, but also to our professional electricians, so that the right price can be given for the scope of the work in full. Each home’s wiring system is different, and it requires someone who specializes in a residential wiring system to address these kinds of needs, both properly and efficiently.
National Electrical Code-Why Is It Vitally Important To Your Home?
Every three years, the National Electrical Code (NEC) is updated. Does this mean many homes are not up to current code standards? Of course. It is impossible for a homeowner to provide the consistent updates that would be needed every three years to do so. With this in mind, electricians and home inspectors will suggest that you bring parts of your system up to current code standards only when making certain updates to your home, or for obvious safety reasons. Ultimately, new innovations are created in this industry that allow us to offer products to our homeowners that make their homes safer and more efficient.
The NEC does require some updating to a home’s wiring system and requirements when you are doing some examples of the following work: pulling a new circuit into the home, remodeling a room or part of the home requiring new wiring, the replacement of an existing electrical panel, and adding additional switches and plugs in the home.
Other updates are required depending on what kind of electrical work you are having done. The above is just for a few examples. For this purpose, we will educate you fully on your system, how it operates, and why it would be necessary to update anything up to current code standards. We always are upfront and honest and will let you know if it is just suggested, or required.