Why You Need an Electrical Safety Inspection

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

The electrical operations at your home out of sight, which means they are also often out of mind. Modern electricity affords us many comforts, yet when problems arise electricity can be quite damaging and potentially deadly. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) attributes the most property damage from household fires to electrical problems. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also weighs in on the issue by identifying improper home wiring as the #1 cause of accidental electrocutions. Luckily, you are not at the mercy of your home’s electrical system. With a thorough electrical home inspection performed by a certified electrical inspector at My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero, you can address safety hazards right away.

What to Expect from an Electrical Home Inspection

When one of our licensed electricians comes to your home, we will perform a complete examination of your entire electrical system to ensure that it meets current safety standards. All electrical codes are defined by the National Electrical Code (NEC). The standards set by the NEC are minimum requirements that all homes must meet for safety and performance. After your home is inspected, you’ll receive an electrical home inspection report from a My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero home electrical inspector. On this report, you’ll find a checklist that will suggest immediate improvement, recommended improvements, and upgrades.

Who needs a residential electrical inspection?

The Electrical Safety Foundation recommends the following in terms of electrical inspections:

  • All homes 40 years or older
  • Homes where major renovation has or is occurring
  • Before purchasing a home
  • Adding a major appliance

Electrical safety inspections safeguard your home. Inspections give you peace of mind the all the electrical components in your home are operating safely. Many times, homeowners aren’t even aware that electrical problems exist. Whether it’s from a do-it-yourself job from a previous owner or unprofessional contractors, you may not realize that your home is incorrectly wired, has outdated wiring, or oversized fuses that are a safety hazard.

Fixing electrical problems can also save you money on energy costs and ensure that your home meets insurance risk assessment inspection requirements.

Residential Electrical Inspection Checklist

When a My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero electrician comes to your home, you can expect him or her to go through the following checklist items:

  • Correct light bulb wattage
  • Condition and operation of switch and wall outlets
  • Identify electrocution hazards
  • Check that AFCIs are working correctly
  • Inspect all security and safety lighting
  • Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Confirm grounding systems
  • Check surge protection
  • Inspect electrical panels
  • Check outdoor electrical systems
  • And more!

Our home electrical inspection reports are customized for each homeowner. Don’t wait for something bad to happen before you call for electrical repair services. Get ahead of the game! Call My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero today for a comprehensive home electrical safety inspection from the best electricians in Diamond Bar.

Explore All Your Bathroom and Kitchen Lighting Options

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Are you looking for ways to update your home’s appearance? With the right lighting combinations in your kitchen or bathroom, you can give your home a completely different feel. In fact, if you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, switching out the lighting can increase its resale value. At My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero in Diamond Bar, we offer custom lighting services to help homeowners get the lighting they need at amazing prices. Not sure what you want? That’s not a problem. Our licensed electricians are outstanding. They can give you lighting ideas to create a customized lighting design that is not only creative and beautiful, but highly functional.

Create Warmth and Sophistication with Bathroom Lighting

The right lighting plays up architectural features, makes small rooms appear larger, and achieves a feeling of intimacy in larger spaces. With proper lighting, you can create the ideal mood in your bathroom. Keep reading to find out more about the bathroom lighting installation options we offer.

Cabinet Lighting: Did you think cabinet lighting was just for bathrooms? Not at all. We install bathroom cabinet lighting all the time. One of the more popular options is adding lighting to the bottom of cabinets. This makes walking at night less dangerous.

Vanity and Mirror Lighting: With the right lighting above bathroom mirrors, you’ll always leave the house looking picture-perfect. Also, a good vanity light design will immediately make a room look bigger.

Ceiling Fixtures: If you’re bathroom doesn’t have a ceiling light, you’re missing out. Ceiling fixtures add extra light and can automatically add style to an otherwise boring room.

Shower and Bathtub Lights: Create a spa-like atmosphere with shower lights. These lights are also available with dimmer switches so you can relax in the tub without a blinding light shining in your face. Did you know that many shower lights also come with a built-in exhaust fan and even Bluetooth speakers? Your home’s bathroom could be the coolest in the neighborhood!

Recessed Lighting: This is the perfect overhead lighting solution in bathrooms without high ceilings.

Toilet Lighting: A great solution for toilets that are confined to their own space and separated from the rest of the bathroom by a door or wall. Many homeowners opt to install dimmers to make it easier to get to the toilet in the middle of the night.

Other types of lighting for bathrooms include accent and indirect lighting. Ask your electrician for suggestions about how these types of lighting solutions can benefit you.

Premium Kitchen Lighting Installation

The kitchen is the center of your home. So why not make it shine? Adding a customized lighting package to your kitchen will improve appearance, make it easier to cook, and add to your home’s resale value. Consider the following types of kitchen lighting.

Over-the-Sink Lighting: This is a great way to get direct light exactly where you need it without turning on overhead lighting.

Cabinet Lighting: Many homeowners opt to install under-cabinet lighting to illuminate counters and make it easier to see while preparing food. However, there are other types of cabinet lighting that you may want to consider such as above-cabinet lighting for ambiance, lighting along the base of cabinets for illumination, and lighting inside cabinets with glass fronts to showcase special dishes.

Recessed Lighting: Canned lighting is less harsh than fluorescent overhead lighting. It’s also ideal in homes that do not have high ceilings.

Island Lighting: Is your kitchen equipped with an island? This is an often-overlooked area that can benefit from lighting. Whether you’re cooking, hanging out, or using the island as a place to work, the right lighting will always set an inviting mood.

Other types of lighting to consider for modern kitchens is kitchen nook lighting, accent lighting, wall scones, and pendant lighting.

No matter what your lighting needs may be, call My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero for a FREE evaluation and customized plan. Stop living with insufficient lighting. Update your home’s lighting today!

Our lighting specialists are available right now to take your call!

Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors Save Lives

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Every year thousands of people die from carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 2,100 people succumb to this type of poisoning, and it’s listed as the number one cause of poisoning fatalities in the United States. As scary as these statistics are, the good news is that carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable. Installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home is the best way to avoid becoming ill and putting your life in danger.

My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero offers professional carbon monoxide installation as well as smoke detector installation, repair, and replacement. Acting now can save lives! If you don’t have a working smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector, give us a call for licensed electrical installation services today!

Do You Know the Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

The primary reason that so many people succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning is because they can’t use their sense to detect its presence in the home.  This poison is tasteless and odorless, but very deadly. Usually, the only indication that it is present in the home is when people develop one or more of the following physical symptoms:

  • Dizziness or light headedness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain

Often, the early signs of carbon monoxide poising mimic flu-like symptoms minus any fever.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives

Depending on the levels of carbon monoxide in the home, a person can die within minutes to hours. Often, the physical symptoms don’t present in time, which is why many deaths occur during sleep. A carbon monoxide detector can alert you to heightened levels so that you can leave your home before sickness or death occurs.

Don’t be fooled into believing that your home isn’t at risk. Carbon monoxide is present in household appliances like gas stoves, water heaters, gas and wood fireplaces as well as from car exhaust and even clogged chimneys. It’s possible that you could be breathing toxic air right now.

Installing a carbon monoxide detector is the number one way to prevent sickness or death. These devices plug into the outlets in your home and do not require special hardwiring. However, there are other ways you can avoid CO poisoning, too. Here are some steps you can take right now to protect you and your family.

  • Install CO detectors on each level of the home, preferably one outside each bedroom.
  • Change the batteries once every 6 months just like your smoke detector.
  • Have gas appliances checked once a year.
  • Only buy gas appliances that have the Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) or American Gas Association (AGA) seals.
  • Do not use chemical heaters indoors.
  • Never use a gas grill indoors.
  • Always have broken gas appliances serviced right away.
  • Never run a generator indoors. Follow the instructions on how to use this equipment safely.
  • Never heat your home by leaving the stove door open.

If you can’t afford to purchase a CO detector, call the fire department. There are programs available to help everyone get the protection they need. This includes homeowners as well as renters.

Smoke Detectors

Although smoke detectors are required by most state and local laws in the United States, the U.S. Fire Association (USFA) reports approximately 15,000 injuries and 3,000 deaths from house fires every year. There are many reasons why these deaths and injuries occur, but a contributing factor to many instances is the lack of smoke detectors or detectors that do not work properly.

The laws require that smoke detectors be placed in or near every bedroom, in hallways, stairwells, and, in some cases, garages and basements. While older homes may have smoke detectors that work independently of each other, newer constructed homes must interconnect smoke detectors and include a battery backup. Because of new requirements, it’s recommended that homeowners have their smoke detectors replaced every ten years to ensure safety and reliability.

Do your home’s smoke detectors meet today’s standards? Call My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero for a home safety inspection service!

Know Your Smoke Detectors

There are two types of smoke detectors available for residential customers. Each pass UL certification and are very effective. However, how they detect smoke is different. Keep reading to determine which smoke detector works best for you.

Ionization

  • Operates on a continuous current. When the current is interrupted, the alarm will sound.
  • Cannot recognize the difference between smoke and steam.
  • Prone to false alarms when placed near bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Less expensive
  • Responds quickly to flaming fires
  • Built-in alert when batteries begin to fail

Photoelectric

  • Responds to light reduction. As smoke enters the unit, light becomes scattered, signaling the alarm.
  • Fast response time to smoldering fires.
  • Send out fewer false alarms.
  • Does not have a built-in alert for low batteries.

No matter what kind of smoke detector you install, we recommend that you change the batteries every 12 months (although six months is even more ideal). To make it easy for you to remember, choose a date that is already special to you such as a birthday, anniversary, or holiday.

Fire Safety Protection Tips

  • Test your smoke detector regularly. Aim for twice a year. Find the test button and follow the instructions that come with your detector.
  • Always have one detector on each level of your home.
  • Make sure smoke detectors are installed in the center of the ceiling and always away from windows, doors, and drafty areas.
  • Vacuum the detector once a year to get rid of dust buildup.
  • Do you have a smoke detector? If not, get one. Keep it centrally located and out of the way of small children.
  • Create a fire safety plan with your family.
  • Never go back into a burning building.

If you can’t afford smoke detector installation or repair, contact your local fire department for existence. Like carbon monoxide detectors, fire departments have programs to help low-income families with smoke detector installation.

Stay safe and protect your property! Call My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero for high-quality smoke detector and carbon monoxide installation in Diamond Bar. Need emergency services? Our licensed 24-hour emergency electricians are ready to help morning, noon, or night!

Ceiling Fan Installation

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Homeowners opt to install ceiling fans to promote comfort and center the room. At My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero, our expert ceiling fan installation services and lighting upgrade packages to existing fans are offered to homeowners throughout Diamond Bar at unbeatable prices. All it takes is one quick call to our office to have a licensed electrician to you for home and commercial wiring today.

Put away that ladder and leave the work up to us. Dealing with electrical wiring and trying to install a ceiling fan is awkward. Our skilled electricians do it every day, so you don’t have to bother with this task. You have better things to do with your time.

Benefits of Ceiling Fans

Reduced energy consumption: You may think that running a ceiling fan nonstop drains energy, but not nearly as much as running the air conditioner. Ceiling fans circulate air so that your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. The result: Less energy used without sacrificing comfort.

During the cooler months, ceiling fans can also help circulate heat. By switching the ceiling fan to go in the opposite direction, all the heat that rises to the ceiling will be pushed downward into the living space.

Extra Lighting: Could your home use a little more overhead lighting? Adding a lighting package to existing ceiling fans can make this happen. My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero can upgrade ceiling fans of nearly any type with lights.

Instant Decoration: If you’re looking for a way to spruce up a room or add a center point, ceiling fans can help you achieve this look.  Swapping out a dated ceiling fan for a new, sleek model can instantly update the look of your home. Not sure what ceiling fan is best for what room? No problem! Our specialists can help you select the perfect ceiling fan.

Outdoor Comfort: Ceiling fans aren’t just for indoor spaces. If you have a pergola, porch, or covered deck, adding a ceiling fan can help you enjoy the outdoors a bit more. Exterior ceiling fans can also be outfitted with lighting packages too.

Why Choose My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero?

We know that our customers have many options for electrical repair and installation services. So, why should you choose us for your ceiling fan installation needs? Below are a list of benefits that all of our customers enjoy.

  • Guaranteed Expert Service: All our licensed electricians are professional and highly-trained. When you hire one of our local electricians, you can feel confident that your fans are installed safely and up to code.
  • Background Checks: Every licensed electrician that we send to your home or business has passed a vigorous background check, and is insured and bonded to work on residential and commercial systems.
  • Quality Workmanship: We care about the details. You’ll never worry about amateur ceiling fan installation when you choose My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero. We make sure ceiling fans are flush-mounted to the ceiling and that your fans are balanced correctly for quiet operation.
  • 100% Customer Satisfaction: We take pride in our prompt, professional, and reliable service. If you’re not happy, let us know. We go above and beyond to ensure a great experience when you hire us.

Call today and ask about our FREE home electrical inspection included with all services! A certified inspection ensures that your home’s electrical system can handle everything you’re throwing at it. From surge protection to bulb efficiency and safe home wiring, our professional electrical inspection service gives our customers peace of mind.

For unrivaled ceiling fan installation and other electrical upgrades, call My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero and schedule an appointment today. We have electricians ready to hop in their truck and provide you with professional residential electrical service without delay.

Professional Electrical Service Improves Your Home’s Safety

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Electrical safety is something that every person should take very seriously. Whether you own your own home or you rent, you need to make sure that the electrical systems in your house, apartment, condominium, or townhouse are up to code and in good working order. You can do this by taking advantage of professional electrical service in Diamond Bar, CA.

Older Homes Have the Potential for Problems

People buy older homes because they have charm, history, and you can often get more for your money. However, when you buy an older home, you may inherit electrical problems. This is because homes built before the 1950s were not designed to meet the electrical needs of today’s families.

Older properties typically do not have a large number of outlets. Each room may have one outlet, two if you’re lucky. This means that in order to plug in your televisions, Blu-ray players, computers, small, household appliances, and other devices, you most likely have to rely on extension cords or power strips. While this may seem like the ideal solution, it can overload your home’s main circuit panel and spark a fire.

These properties may also be outfitted with knob and tube wiring, which is not safe by today’s industry standards. Knob and tube wiring was popular in homes built between the 1920s and 1950s. This wiring consists of two strands that is insulated with cloth-like or rubber materials. The problem with these materials is that over time they can wear down and lose their ability to protect the wiring. This is a very dangerous situation and costly. Many insurance companies require their customers to carry larger, expensive policies if knob and tube wiring is known to exist in the house.

If you live in an older home, it is wise to contact an electrician in your area to inspect the current condition of your electrical wiring and outlets. When living in an older home, it is always best to err on the side of caution.

New Homes Benefit from Electrical Services Too

That’s right. Even if you live in a newer home you can benefit from a professional inspection. Have you noticed any of the following issues in your home recently?

  • Flickering lights
  • Persistent power surges
  • Dimming lights
  • Strange sounds coming from your outlets

If you can identify with any of the above scenarios, it’s possible there is a problem with your wiring. While newer homes are built to accommodate a heavier electrical load, it is still easy to overload your circuits. In some cases, it may be necessary to install a second main electrical panel, or upgrade your existing panel with new circuits. Contacting an electrician in Diamond Bar will help you determine what the best course of action may be.

Taking advantage of inspection services also ensures that your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and other electrical features are working correctly. An electrician can make suggestions for home improvements that not only increase the safety level of your home, but save you money on energy costs.

If you are concerned about the safety of your electrical system, don’t wait to contact a professional electrician. Thousands of people are injured in house fires every year that are caused by faulty wiring, exposed wiring, and smoke detectors that are not wired properly. Don’t be a statistic. Instead learn as much as you can about electrical safety by reading material online, staying alert to changes in your electricity, and taking advantage of professional electrical service like the service provided by My Diamond Bar Electrician Hero. These services are usually affordable for nearly every budget and can mean the difference between living peacefully in your home and becoming another statistic.