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    Electrical Code Compliance Basics for Homeowners

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Electricity is a powerful force, and if you are not careful, it can shock you or cause catastrophic fires. You should hire a professional electrician to perform any wiring work in your home. Electricians not only know how to safely install and repair panels, outlets, switches, and other wiring, but also know how to ensure that your home complies with the version of the National Electrical Code mandated by local laws. Learn the basics of electrical code below.

    General Guidelines

    A few basic rules govern the placement of electrical outlets, or receptacles. On long walls, there must be outlets every 12 feet. You should have a receptacle placed on any wall space more than two feet wide. All hallways longer than 10 feet must have at least one set of outlets. An electrician can ensure that your rooms comply with all electrical code requirements.

    Bathroom Guidelines

    Bathrooms are damp spaces, so your electrician must take extra care to ensure that yours complies with codes. If a wire gets wet, it can cause a short circuit or even give you a dangerous shock. No outlets may be placed face up on counters with sinks. Every receptacle must be outfitted with a ground fault current interrupter. In addition, there must be an outlet placed within three feet of the sink’s edge.

    Kitchen Guidelines

    Surfaces in kitchens can get just as wet as any surfaces in bathrooms. Kitchen countertop outlets should be outfitted with ground fault current interrupters. All outlets must be placed within 20 inches of the top edge of the countertop, and every island or peninsula should have a receptacle of its own. As in bathrooms, no receptacles can be installed face up on a countertop.

    The National Electrical Code is a long and complicated set of regulations. In order to make sure that your home complies with all of them, hire the expert electricians at Mister Sparky of Riverside. Our trained electricians can install new panels, generators, lighting, and more. Find out more about our services by calling us at (951) 602-5198 today.

    What Hurricane Sandy Has Taught Us about the Value of Home Generators

    Last updated 2 years ago

    When Hurricane Sandy struck East Coast cities in late October, millions of people lost electrical services and power. In the wake of such disasters, many homeowners have realized that it’s a good idea to have an electrician install a backup generator. Though Southern California is not vulnerable to hurricanes, residents here are at risk for earthquakes and other natural disasters. Should a natural disaster cause a power outage, a backup generator can help you:

    Stay Warm or Cool

    A power outage may render your air conditioning and heating systems useless. If the blackout happens during the height of summer or winter, you may be at risk for weather-related ailments, such as heatstroke and hypothermia. When you hire an electrician to install a home power generator, you can ensure that your HVAC system will run, even during a natural disaster.

    Get Enough Food

    If your home is without power for several days, the food in your freezer and refrigerator may spoil. Many people stock up on canned and dried goods so that they will have enough to eat in the event of a natural disaster, but if you invest in a home generator, this is not necessary. You can power your fridge to keep your food cold, and even cook with an electric griddle.

    Enjoy Everyday Comforts

    Depending on where you live and how much gasoline was in your car when disaster struck, you may end up trapped at home for a few days while you wait for power to come back on. Traffic lights, gas pumps, and other public conveniences won’t work, and if you don’t have electricity, you’ll be in the dark at night. A backup generator can power the lights in your home and allow you to charge your phone and call for aid if you need it.

    Mister Sparky of Riverside can install a generator in your home so you are prepared in the event of an earthquake. Our professional electricians will help you select the right model and wire it properly so it doesn’t present a fire hazard. For more information about our electrical services, visit our website or call us today at (951) 602-5198.

    Home Kitchen Lighting Design Tips

    Last updated 2 years ago

    When remodeling their kitchens, homeowners often spend a lot of money on cabinets and counters, but some forget to hire an electrician to install proper lighting. Without good lighting design, your kitchen may be either too dark or too harshly lit.

    Different types of lighting are well suited to different purposes. Installing several different types of fixtures will give you the flexibility to create good task lighting, mood lighting, and general lighting in your kitchen. Watch this video to learn about the uses of recessed lights, pendant lights, and under-cabinet lights.

    The professional electricians at Mister Sparky of Riverside can help you design a lighting plan for your kitchen and safely install all of the wiring for you. Find out more about our electricians’ services when you call us at (951) 602-5198.

    Click These Links To Learn More About Surge Protection And Electrical Safety

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Avoid dangerous and costly damage to your home’s electrical system during the winter season and the rest of the year by following the advice on these websites:

    In case of an electrical emergency, homeowners in the Riverside area can reach the professional electricians at Mister Sparky by calling (951) 602-5198. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency service and routine electrical maintenance.

    Why Is Surge Protection Important?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Using high-power electrical appliances such as hair dryers, toaster ovens, air conditioners, and clothes dryers can cause brief spikes or longer surges in power inside your home. Without protection, this can damage your electronics. An electrician can install a whole-house surge protector, which will safeguard your home’s electrical system against lightning strikes and surges in power lines. You can also get point-of-use surge protectors that control the flow of electricity in certain rooms.

    Shield Sensitive Electronic Equipment

    Computers, tablets, and smartphones contain sensitive, sophisticated microchips that can easily burn out if exposed to a power surge. This can cause irreversible data loss, so it’s vitally important that you protect your home office from surges. The small surge suppressors in power strips help, but for added safety, you should have surge protectors installed on your outlets and near your main electrical line.

    Protect Your Home’s Wiring

    A power strip offers some protection to appliances that you plug into it, but it cannot protect your home from external surges, such as those caused by faulty power lines, broken transformers, and accidental surges generated by the utility company. A whole-house surge protector offers the only way to eliminate the risk of surge-related damage in your home’s electrical wiring.

    Prevent Electrical Fires

    If any wires in your home are frayed or improperly insulated, a surge can cause them to spark, which could start a fire. This applies not only to the cords that connect appliances to outlets, but also applies to the wiring inside your walls that distributes power from the main service panel to the outlets. In extreme cases, a surge could cause an unseen fire inside your walls that damages your home and threatens your personal safety.

    If you do not have proper surge protection devices in place, call (951) 602-5198 to speak with the certified electricians at Mister Sparky today. We provide whole-house surge protection to homeowners throughout the Riverside area. To find out more about our services, contact us or visit our website today.

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