How Often Do I Need an Electrical Inspection?

As a homeowner, there are a lot of intangibles that often get overlooked. More so than not, utility maintenance tasks are a number of the issues that pop up with the day to day upkeep of a home. No more than electrical issues, seeing as so many do not understand the workings and layout of electrical systems. For that reason, it is one major aspect of home maintenance you’ll want to do regularly. How often? That requires a bit of knowledge about electrical inspection and repair. For starters, there are a few things to note about electrical safety.

Electrical Safety

There’s a reason specific schools and programs solely focus on electrical work. For one, it is incredibly intricate, with numerous scientific and engineering elements to it. To lay an electrical network in a home, it takes quite a bit of time because each every small part is connected to one another. When one thing goes wrong, everything could come grinding to a halt. Likewise, if one thing is outdated or worn, its danger is spread to all of its connected parts. For that reason, electrical safety is of the utmost importance. Many home fires that occur are electrical related. This makes staying on top of electrical maintenance incredibly important.

On this note, there are a number of homeowners that will argue that you can check things out yourself. Sure, switching a pilot’s light is relatively easy and quick, but major electrical problems are best left up to the professionals. There are a ton of issues that come from mismanagement of the electrical circuit of your home, and even if you follow along with a YouTube video or online tutorial, there are too many intangibles that amateurs do not know about. For that reason, regular maintenance is crucial.

How Often Should I Inspect My Electrical System?

As listed above, doing any sort of your electrical inspection is going to be flawed from the get-go. In order to properly, safely inspect your electrical system, it should be done often and by a professional. On average, homeowners are nearly always behind on regular electrical inspection. For that reason, professionals recommend a checkup at the beginning of the summer and winter. These seasons are both times of extreme weather and conditions, as well as different electrical needs. Checking with Phillip M Brunelli Jr. Mater Electrician and his team twice a year on the condition of your electrical system ensure your home’s safety, as well as everyone living in it.

3 Things You Should Know About Fire Alarm Systems

Nowadays it’s pretty commonplace to have fire alarm systems in most homes. Even pre-war homes and apartments have been retrofitted over time due to fire codes and various building safety ordinance and regulations. Most of the time our fire alarm systems are simply an afterthought – how often do you think about it without those annoying ‘beeps’ to let you know the batteries need changing? It is exactly because of that very reason that we have listed out some good reasons to install or have your system regularly checked on.

 

Safety Is Important, Especially When You Least Expect It

 

It’s easy to sit around and be comfortable with the fact that you have a fire alarm system. After all, what can go wrong as long as you have a fire alarm? A lot, in fact. When a fire will start is anyone’s guess. What’s not entirely left to chance is whether or not you decide to put your fire alarm system through a variety of checks and tests. At least once a month, you should be checking your fire alarm system to make sure the batteries and sound systems operate properly. You never know when a circuit will short and a small house fire might develop.

 

Hard-Wire Systems Are Still Vulnerable And Need Back-Up

 

Making sure your hard-wired systems are not faulty or susceptible to shorting out is an important task. Unless you have a lot of experience working with electrical wiring (and even if you do) it is often best to leave these tasks to an electrician. For the same reason that you trust an IT expert even if you know a thing or two about a computer, it is best to leave the most important (and dangerous) check-ups to the professionals.

 

Fire Alarms Can Reduce Your Insurance

 

A good, reliable fire alarm system can reduce your insurance costs as well as ensuring payout of your policy in case there is a fire. Insurance companies are often relieved to see a pro-active homeowner. Talk to the electrician performing your installation for more information about other insurance cost-cutting safety options such as regular maintenance scheduling, etc.

 

All in all we can understand that fire alarm systems are helpful, however, too many of us write them off as unnecessary – after all, when was the last time you had a fire?  Just like in a casino, however, you shouldn’t gamble based on what has already happened – especially not with your life. Your best bet is to speak with a professional and to have your household electrician regularly perform check-ups on all your systems after installation. This way, you’ll sleep more safely at night knowing your house – and all your memories inside – are covered with protection and insurance. 

Why wait? Contact Phillip Brunelli and his team of electricians operating all over Eastern Massachusetts! Call (508)-400-5571 or request a free quote online!

Smoke Detectors: What You Need to Know

According to National Fire Protection Association, there are two basic kinds of smoke detectors, commonly found in Massachusetts homes.

The first type is ionization smoke detector, which is primarily designed to identify flame fires. Its principle of work is based on a tiny amount of fire-sensitive radioactive material, trapped between two electrically charged plates inside the device. When this compound detects fire, the ions of the substance are reduced, which triggers the alarm sound to go off.

Another common type of alarm is a photoelectric smoke detector, and it works better with smoldering fires. There are interfering light and a sensor installed inside a detector. As the smoke enters the device, it disrupts the communication of light to a sensor, which sets alarm into action.

It’s highly recommended to have both ionization and photoelectric alarms installed in your home, as one can never predict the nature of a potential fire. NFPA recommends having several fire alarms on each floor of your house, especially in the bedrooms and outside each sleeping area. For the kitchens, we recommend ionization detectors to minimize the risk of alarm sound while cooking. Make sure to test your alarms monthly and change batteries twice a year.

According to the US Fire Administration (USFA), it is recommended that smoke detectors be replaced every ten years. Philip Brunelli recommends you remove the alarm and check the date of its manufacture. If it’s been over 10 years since the date on the back, contact online or call us at 508-400-5571 for an urgent replacement of your smoke detectors!

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How to Avoid the Most Common Electrical Code Violations

You depend heavily on electricity throughout the day, but is your home’s electricity safe? Electrical code violations can put your home and family in danger. Make sure you avoid these common electrical code violations and keep your family safe by hiring a reputable electrician to make repairs.

 

Knob & Tube Wiring

Knob and tube wiring is considered very dangerous in today’s day-and-age. The wires aren’t grounded, so the circuits support a lower amperage than what is needed today. The wires used in this type of wiring, feature insulation that disintegrates over time. Many insurance companies won’t insure buildings with knob and tube wiring.

When to Hire an Electrician to Avoid This Code Violation: If your home was built before 1950 and the wiring has never been updated.

 

Old Wiring

A very common wiring mistake is running new light fixtures with old wiring. New fixtures often run at a hotter temperature, overloading wires if they’re older.

When to Hire an Electrician to Avoid This Code Violation: If your home has wiring from before 1987.

 

Overcrowded Wires

Overcrowding wires is when four or five wires are shoved through a ⅞ inch hole in the wall. This can be extremely dangerous as it leads to damaged wires. When the wires rub against each other, the insulation can be torn off of them, leaving them exposed and a fire hazard.

When to Hire an Electrician to Avoid This Code Violation: If your home has more than three wires running through the same ⅞ inch hole in the wall.

 

Illegal Splices

One of the worst code violations is a splice. This is a connection between two or more wires and is extremely dangerous if not contained inside a junction box.

When to Hire an Electrician to Avoid This Code Violation: If you have any wire splices in your home that are not through a junction box.

 

Need an electrician to fix these problems in your home? Call Philip M. Brunelli Jr. Electrician today! 508-400-5571