Frequently Asked Electrical Wiring Questions

November 18, 2022

Many homeowners have questions about electrical wiring but are unsure where to start. Are you curious about what might go wrong with your electrical wiring? Are you concerned about safety and want to be sure that you’re taking the necessary precautions for your home or office? This post will answer some of the most common questions that clients ask us about wiring. We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions and some answers to help you out. The blog covers everything from basic concepts to more complex issues so that you can feel confident in your

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Prep Your Standby Generator and Keep It Going All Winter

October 17, 2022

A standby generator is a smart addition to any home or commercial building. If the power goes out due to a downed line, blackout or any other issue, the generator will ensure that you still have electricity. Having the power go out during the winter can be an especially serious issue. Without electricity, you won’t have any heat, and the temperature inside could quickly get cold enough for your pipes to freeze and possibly burst. Even if you have a gas furnace for heating, your system still won’t run as electricity is required to run

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5 Ways of Protecting Your Pets From Electrical Hazards

September 4, 2022

As a pet owner, it’s essential to be aware of the potential hazards that electricity can pose to your furry (or scaly) friend. While animals are naturally curious creatures, they often don’t realize the dangers that electrical outlets, wires, and cords can pose. Each year, thousands of pets are injured or killed by electrical shocks. As a pet owner, it’s essential to be aware of the dangers of electrical hazards and take steps to prevent your pet from being injured. Here are some tips to help you keep your pet safe from electrical hazards. 1. Keep Electrical

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How to Prepare for a Power Blackout?

August 18, 2022

Power outages are a common occurrence in all parts of the US. You should always prepare for them, whether they last a few minutes, hours, or several days. These blackouts may happen due to various reasons like big storms, snow, ice, excessive winds, or a system failure at the power plant. No matter the reason, these inconveniences are never welcome. In the cases of severe weather, most channels usually warn the residents of possible blackouts. However, if the storm has already started, you may not have enough time to prepare for one. Therefore, you should always

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Indoors or Outside: Where Should You Install Your EV Charger?

July 20, 2022

If you own an electric vehicle, installing an EV charging station at your home offers huge benefits compared to having to always use public charging stations. The most obvious factor is the convenience of being able to charge your car overnight as you sleep. Having your own EV charging station at home also tends to be far cheaper than paying the high surcharges at most public charging stations. The average cost at public charging stations usually ranges between $0.30 and $0.60 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), and the current average electricity rate in Wisconsin is around $0.11 per

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Cost of Bringing a House Up to Electrical Code

June 11, 2022

Electrical codes ensure that a home is safe for the residents. You may find out that your home needs to be brought up to code either through an inspection or while the experts at Black-Haak are evaluating electrical issues. In most cases, new construction and existing homes are required to be up to code before a sale, but this may not always happen. Bringing a home up to electrical code may seem like an overwhelming project, but it is actually quite affordable, especially when you consider what is at stake. Statistics show that electrical issues account for approximately 51,000 fires

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13 Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe From Electrical Hazards

May 18, 2022

People are not safe from electrical accidents, even if they have basic knowledge about electricity. Young children are particularly vulnerable to electricity due to their curiosity. Baby-proofing a home against electricity should be a top priority, especially when a family has young children under the age of five. Following these tips will help you keep your family safe from the dangers of electricity that could occur in and around your home. 1. Install an RCD Safety Switch One of the most common causes of electricity-related injuries is electric shocks from poorly maintained or older electrical equipment.

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Common Old Home Electrical Issues and How to Fix Them

April 11, 2022

Since the late 1800s, we’ve relied on electricity as a necessary feature in our modern-day world. Just as home construction has come a long way over the decades, so has how electricity is installed in homes. If you currently have an older home, it’s likely that you’re going to face some electrical issues that are not present in newer homes with updated wiring and electrical features. Insufficient Power If you think back to 50 years ago, many of the modern-day appliances in your home didn’t exist. People used a lot less power, so homes were designed

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Most Common Reasons Why Circuit Breakers Trip

March 16, 2022

Your home’s circuit breakers serve an extremely important purpose by instantly cutting off the power to circuits in the event of any electrical issues. Without working circuit breakers, any electrical issues could potentially start a fire or even electrocute you when you turn on the lights or plug something into an outlet. While this is obviously great in terms of safety, it can still be frustrating when you have a circuit that is constantly getting tripped. Even if resetting the circuit is as simple as turning the breaker back on, it is still important that you understand what a tripped

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How Much Does a Whole-Home Generator Usually Cost?

February 9, 2022

Power outages are becoming an increasingly common occurrence in many parts of the country. When an outage happens, you could be left with no way to heat or cool your home or even to light your house. Any food in your refrigerator or freezer is also at risk of spoiling. The easiest way to overcome these potential issues is to install a generator so that you’ll have a backup source of electricity available any time the power grid goes down. With this in mind, here is everything you need to know about whole-home generators, including how they work and how

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