Property Owner Responsibility

3 Sure Signs Your Building Is Due for Commercial Electrical Services

February 16th, 2018 | Commercial Electrical Services

Owning a commercial building is a major responsibility, especially when juggling the upkeep of your often-used systems. While you may assume that electrical services are only required for a commercial building in the event of an emergency or outage, the reality is that it’s best to keep up with electrician-approved maintenance to stay safe and save money. As the property owner, it’s your responsibility to stay on your toes and to act quickly on any signs that electrical services may be required. 

The Signals You’re Due for an Electrical Services Upgrade

1. Lack of Power

Perhaps the most obvious sign that you’re dealing with a less-than-perfect electrical system in your commercial space is not having enough power to run at full speed. You should be able to fire up all of your lights, machinery, and outlets simultaneously without blowing a fuse or causing one component to work at half-power. If you’ve noticed that your lights flicker throughout the day or that powering your larger appliances causes another to turn off, it’s time for a visit from your local electrician.

2. Tripping Breakers

While it’s normal for your circuit breakers to trip from time to time, regularly tripping is an indication that the electrical system is just not up to snuff. If constant trips are getting in the way of running your day-to-day schedule smoothly, it’s time you call for professional help. Your circuits should handle more than one large appliance being used at the same time, so it may be necessary to rewire the system entirely or install new breakers that are designed for a larger commercial space. 

3. Safety Hazards

Your business’ electrical system should be a source of productivity, not a safety hazard. If you’ve had experiences with sparking, fires, shocks or melting wires, it’s time to have the entire electrical setup taken down and reinstalled with current industry safety standards in mind. This is most common in buildings with outdated wiring and insulation, so if your building is older and has not been serviced in the last five years, it’s time to bring out a professional to explain how you can better protect your property, inventory, and staff. 

 

Are you in the market for a commercial electrician you can trust in Cincinnati, OH? If so, it’s time you called Craftsman Electric. Since their start in 1984, they have acted as the area’s go-to name for reliable, prompt, and comprehensive construction and repair services. Whether you’re in the market for a routine safety inspection or are looking to amp up the electrical system from top to bottom, you can trust that they’ll get the job done. For more help with your electrical services, visit them online or call at (513) 891-4426.

Electrical Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating

September 27th, 2017 | Blog, Residential Electrical Services

Craftsman Electric loves electricity – including Christmas lights and decorations. Christmas lights, twinkle lights or fairy lights as they are called, have come a long way over time. We want to make sure you keep your family and friends safe this holiday season from short circuits, injuries and electrical fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 150 homes are burned, with 8 people killed and 14 people injured every year due to incorrect use of holiday lights. Don’t let this happen to your home and family—before you deck the halls, the windows, the trees and the bushes with tons of lights, consider that you may need to install new circuits for Christmas lights, even if your decorating plans are modest, but particularly if you have more ambitious plans.

In some areas Christmas lighting has become a fierce competition among neighbors. This is always a treat for anyone lucky enough to ride through these neighborhoods. If you are one of those using an excess of lights for your festive display remember to prevent electrical overload during the holidays. Be safe as you hang up your awesome Christmas or other Holiday lights in your home or yard. Enjoy and be careful this season by following these steps:

  • Make sure your electric panel can handle your holiday lights.
  • Always read and adhere to product safety labels.
  • Make sure your power source comes from a GFCI outlet. This type of outlet will shut the circuit off if there is an overload. If you’re not sure call Craftsman Electric or a licensed electrician to help.
  • For outside lights and extension cords, always use ones that are meant for outdoor use, and are waterproof or water-resistant with a tag marked underwriter’s lab (UL). These lights meet national industry standards with the American National Standards Institute.
  • Before setting up any Christmas lights, plug them in to make sure all the bulbs are working.
  • Replace burned-out bulbs promptly with the same wattage bulbs. Unplug any light strings before changing bulbs.
  • Keep extension cord connections above ground and away from snow and water.
  • Tape cords where there might be potential walking hazards.
  • Don’t let cords be so long that they pile up.
  • Don’t overload extension cords.
  • Never pull the cord from electrical outlets. Pulling on the cord can damage the cord’s wire and insulation and even lead to an electrical fire.
  • Throw out any broken, cracked, frayed or bare wires, loose connections, or damaged lights.
  • Turn your lights off when you leave or go to bed at night.

One last thing you will want to consider as you gear up for the holiday lights: you can save electricity by using newer LED lights over the standard holiday lights. They need far less electricity to glow. Just to compare: One strand of 50 standard mini lights requires about 20 watts, while one strand of 70 LED mini lights doesn’t quite need 5 watts. That’s 20 extra lights, and a whole lot less power consumption. Depending on the condition and usage on your circuits already, you still may want to consider installing new circuits for Christmas lights.

Craftsman Electric Contractors can help you avoid electrical fires or shock that can be caused by inadequate outlets. Call us to see if your electric panel meets your electrical needs so your family stays safe this holiday season. Keep your investment protected. Call us for a free estimate at 513-891-4426 and have a licensed electrician help you get ready for the holidays and Christmas lights!