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Living Around a Fireplace Installation

I happen to know a thing or two about living in a home while a new fireplace is being installed. It takes some time for the process to be completed, and the inconvenience can feel pretty intense, but there are tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier on the entire family – like turn a bedroom into the living room (if the living room is where your new fireplace is going, of course) when the construction gets a little loud. In the fifty years that I've lived in this home, I have experienced my fair share of home improvement projects. I decided that maybe some of my experience can help others who are looking to complete their own projects, like installing a new fireplace. Enjoy!

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3 Essential Electrical Maintenance Tasks

Electricity is used by many of the appliances and devices that homeowners rely on each day. A faulty electrical system in your home could not only be a huge inconvenience; it could contribute to a dangerous electrical fire that might endanger the lives of your family members.

Since most of the elements of an electrical system are hidden from view, it can be easy for homeowners to overlook routine maintenance that will keep an electrical system in good condition. Schedule the following electrical maintenance tasks to ensure your home's electrical system is fully functional in the future.

1. Test your circuit breakers.

Modern homes are equipped with circuit breakers that help regulate the flow of electricity through your home. Should a sudden surge of electricity enter your home, the circuit breaker will trip. This disrupts the flow of the electrical current and prevents too much electricity from damaging your appliances and electronics.

You should take the time to check the performance of your circuit breakers regularly. Use a voltage tester to ensure that the circuit breakers located in your electrical panel are each working properly. Replace any faulty circuit breakers as quickly as possible to avoid electrical problems within your home.

2. Check your outlets and switch plates. 

The outlets that you plug your electronic devices into and the switch plates used to turn lights on and off can be useful tools for assessing the condition of your electrical system. You should take the time to regularly check the temperature of any outlet or light switch that has been in use for an extended period of time.

Outlets and switch plates should never be hot to the touch. If there is heat emanating from your outlets and switch plates, you probably have some bad wiring within your home. An experienced electrician can help you make repairs to avoid additional damage in the future.

3. Make sure your home is properly grounded.

You home must maintain a physical connection between the ground and the electrical system. This is referred to as a ground, and it can help improve the safety of the electricity used within your home.

An ungrounded electrical system could produce electrical shocks or start devastating house fires. An experienced electrician should be called upon to check that your home is properly grounded on a regular basis. This simple maintenance task could improve the efficiency, safety, and performance of your electrical system over time.

For more information, contact a company like RDS Electric.