What Causes Hot Electrical Outlets?


There are several factors that can cause hot electrical outlets, but that doesn't mean you should take the situation lightly. Some devices (like phones, printers, and chargers) change the voltage input via an internal transformer which can cause an outlet to feel warm. The key here, however is that it should feel slightly warm, never [...]

What Causes Hot Electrical Outlets?2019-03-12T17:28:16+00:00

The Dangers of Ungrounded Outlets


A common problem in older homes is ungrounded outlets with only two-prongs. All electrical outlets have two wires: the hot wire and the neutral wire. Outlets that are grounded have a third wire which directs any power surge back to the earth, thus absorbing any excess energy and reducing damage to your appliances. Homeowners should [...]

The Dangers of Ungrounded Outlets2019-02-26T16:57:41+00:00

Electrical Outlets: Do You Have Enough?


When older homes were built, no one thought too much about how many electrical outlets were available for use. Fast-forward to today and you will find that, while our electrical usage has grown exponentially, our homes often remain rooted in standards of the past. Many homes simply aren't equipped to handle the needs of our [...]

Electrical Outlets: Do You Have Enough?2019-01-08T16:57:59+00:00

Outlets: Don’t Overload!


Most outlet overloads happen simply because the home has not been wired to handle the kind of electrical demands of today. If you live in a new home or a home that has had new wiring installed, then you know what amperage your home can withstand. However, how can you avoid overloading the outlets when [...]

Outlets: Don’t Overload!2019-01-04T13:52:28+00:00

Replace Old Outlets to Keep Your Home Safe


One of the things any qualified residential electrical service in Emmitsburg will tell you about preventing house fires is to make sure that your wiring is up-to-date, which has a huge impact on safety. This especially applies to replacing outdated or nonfunctional electrical outlets. In fact, when you replace your old outlets, your fire risk [...]

Replace Old Outlets to Keep Your Home Safe2018-11-29T18:29:58+00:00

Recessed Outlets: A New Option


Recessed outlets are a new trend. This type of outlet has a face plate set deeper into the wall than a regular outlet. The recess prevents plugs and connectors from protruding beyond the surface of the wall. Not only do recessed electrical outlets make a sleek aesthetic statement, but they also offer safety advantages. Recessed [...]

Recessed Outlets: A New Option2018-11-08T15:03:16+00:00

Electrical Outlets: Various Types and Their Purpose


Electricity provides us with convenience and stability, among other things. We often don't stop to consider the mundane components surrounding us that help make electricity a part of our everyday lives. Electrical outlets are a prime example of items which we may overlook and take for granted. Even more importantly, a better understanding of them [...]

Electrical Outlets: Various Types and Their Purpose2018-09-17T21:55:54+00:00

Outdoor Outlets: Are Yours Protected?


Of all the electrical outlets in use around the home, outdoor outlets are among the most vulnerable. Because of their constant exposure to changing weather conditions, outdoor outlets can be a safety hazard. Consequently, failure to properly protect these outlets will result in damage to your home or to your person. Outdoor Outlets Safety for [...]

Outdoor Outlets: Are Yours Protected?2018-09-17T21:20:12+00:00

Childproof Your Outlets to Keep Kids Safe


Everyone is excited about a toddler beginning to crawl. Tiny hands begin to reach, explore, and learn. Toddlers discover toys and utensils and explore every corner they can find. Unfortunately, this exploratory phase may also include a new interest in electrical outlets located at their crawling height. A parent must take proper precautions to childproof your [...]

Childproof Your Outlets to Keep Kids Safe2018-08-29T19:46:32+00:00

Outdoor Outlet Safety: What You Need to Know


Damaged outdoor outlets are among the biggest causes of electrocutions and home fires in the United States. As a homeowner, you need to ensure your family and home are safe by following proper outdoor outlet safety measures. Outdoor Outlet Safety Tips Tip #1: Inspect Your Outdoor Outlets It is not always advisable to wait until [...]

Outdoor Outlet Safety: What You Need to Know2018-08-28T17:09:22+00:00