Frequently Asked Questions About Electrical Services
Q. How Long Do Electrical Repairs Take?
A. In most cases, electrical repairs can often be completed in the course of a single day, With that being said, there are some electrical repairs that require us to file paperwork, have inspections performed, or getting permit approval and these extra steps can require extra time in order to complete. In any case, you can always count on our skilled Des Moines electricians to do everything in our power to take care of your repairs as quickly and accurately as possible.
Q. Why Does My Circuit Breaker Trip So Often?
A. If you notice that you have a particular circuit on your electrical panel that tends to trip again and again, it might mean you simply have too many appliances or electrical devices running on that same circuit. If you don't have many devices running on that particular circuit, or you notice that the problem is still occurring after disconnecting some of them, it could mean you have a faulty breaker, in which case you're going to want to call in an electrician to repair the issue as soon as possible.
Q. Why Are My Lights Flickering?
A. If you notice that your lights start to dim or flicker, particularly when an appliance or a computer turns on, it could be an indication that your wiring is older or out-of-date and needs to be replaced or repaired. We advise against leaving it in place for any longer than you absolutely have to, as faulty wiring is one of the leading causes of electrical fires in homes all over the country.
Q. What Is A GFCI Outlet?
A. GFCI, or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, outlets are a particular type of electrical outlet that is designed to help protect you from shock when an unsafe level of electrical current is present. These are present in most modern homes, and are actually required for any electrical outlets that are located outdoors or around any wet areas of the home, like your kitchen, bathrooms, etc.
Q. What Is Whole Home Surge Protection?
A. When most people hear about surge protection, they tend to think of the small power strips used around the house to plug in multiple different electronic devices. While these small power strips offer a bit of protection to your electronic devices, whole house surge protection takes it a step further. Whole home surge protection solutions are usually incorporated directly into your electrical panel and offer you a buffer against surges of excess electricity coming into your home. When layered with other surge protection methods, this can create a defensive network that protects your home, your appliances, and all of your expensive electronic devices from damage.
Q. Do I Need Electrical Code Corrections?
A. While code corrections aren't something you're likely going to need on a yearly basis, it's still important to ensure you're keeping up with them, especially if you are considering selling your home anytime in the next couple years. Most homes out there have at least one or two code violations, particularly in the case of older homes, but even more modern homes tend to experience these issues due to a number of different factors. Whether it's aging wiring, a faulty electrical panel, or broken connections anywhere in your home, it's important to have these corrected every so often in order to keep your home functioning properly, as well as keep it protected from harm.