Category Archives: Home Safety

Are You Buying or Selling A Home?

 
 

Did you know that you can send us your home inspection report and from that we can work up an estimate for your electrical needs?

 
Whether buying or selling a home, it is always a good idea to get an understanding of where the home’s electrical system. We have worked with countless real estate agents, sellers and buyers to work up a free estimate for their home inspection report. Call our office to inquire about getting a FREE estimate – once we receive a report, we will look it over and work up an estimate to be emailed over. If you would like to schedule the repairs, we would be glad to set that up for you, as well!
 

ARC Electric Company offers a 5 year warranty on all of our work and stand behind the quality of our services. Give us a call today – 704-821-7005!

 
 
 

Prevent Bathroom Fan Fire

 
We recently published a blog post on keeping your bathroom safe from electrical hazards. As it happens, bathroom fans often cause bathroom / house fires. When reminded of this we decided that we wanted to take a moment to share that information with you.
 

Bad Wiring
The first, obvious cause for bathroom fan fires is bad wiring. We’ve covered some of the warning signs of bad wiring before.

 

Running the Fan Constantly
You should run the fan for 15 – 20 minutes during and after a bath / shower. This will help the bath fan fulfill its intended purpose of controlling moisture in your bathroom. However, do not leave the fan on all the time (24/7). If the fan constantly runs the ball bearings inside will lock up. This can cause the motor to overheat, which can cause a fire.
 
 

Dirty Bath Fan
Dust and lint do get caught in these fans. These can ignite if they aren’t cleared away on a regular basis. Fortunately, bathroom exhaust fans are pretty easy to clean. You can simply attack the vents with blasts of canned air until the fan is clean and clear. Do this once a month to keep your fans safe. Old fans are a hazard…don’t be afraid to replace a fan that is past its time. Your bathroom will thank you, and your home will be safer.

 
 
Need to install a new bathroom fan? Afraid the wiring in your home isn’t up to par? Call ARC Electric Company today to let us handle a new installation!
 
 

Hiring The Right Electrical Contractor For You!

 
Finding a qualified electrician can be easier than finding the right carpenter or plumber. You can hope for a great level of competence when an electrician shows you his state license, but this might not always be the case. When searching for the right “Pro” for you – consider asking a few questions and doing a little online research.
 
Check Credentials
An electrician should be licensed by your state. You can find out about local license requirements in your area from the local building department or official. To practice as an electrician, trainees must pass an examination that tests their understanding of electrical theory, local and state electric and building codes, and electrical theory.
 
ARC Electric Company holds an Electrical License in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.
 
 
Check Insurance
An electrician should have liability insurance so they are covered if they or anyone else is hurt during or as a result of their work, or if property or fittings are damaged.
 
ARC Electrical Company has all the necessary insurance that is needed for our line of work, we are more than happy to provide you with this information!
 
 
Business Reputation
You always want to know how long a business has been around and what kind of reputation they have in the area. You also want to check any online reviews that may have.
 
ARC Electric Company opened its door in the Spring of 1977 by Larry Harrill, Chris Harrill’s (our company President) father. Throughout the years Larry and Chris have built a business that specializes in Residential and Commercial electrical jobs!
 
 
Online Presence
In today’s technologically advanced world, a company without any online presence is not a bad sign or an instant “NO”. But some should keep this in mind when looking for the right pro. Does the company you are looking at have a gallery, reviews, staff page and so on.
 
At ARC Electric Company we take great pride in our website, our blog, our social media and on-line presence. We are constantly updating our sites and hope you enjoy them!
 
 
Warranty
You should always hire an Electrician who can offer some type of warranty on their work.
 
ARC Electric Company offers an impressive 5 year warranty on all work performed!
 
 

Keep Your Bathroom Safe From Electrical Hazards

 
At ARC Electric Company we try to promote home electrical safety. As electricians, we constantly are reminded of fire hazards. “Whenever you mix water and electric, it could be an extremely dangerous situation,” said Ellen Tesauro, of All Decks and Improvement (alldecksand-improvement.com). “Managing electric in the bathroom must be thoroughly thought out, for all persons living in the home to be protected from shocks, or worse, electrocution.”
 
Lets admit, we all spend a lot of time in our bathrooms and often don’t take the electrical safety in that room serious. Besides a kitchen, bathrooms are a place where water and household electrical items coincide on a regular basis. To keep your bathroom safe and worry-free for you and your family, electrical experts advise taking the following precautions.

The most important precaution in the bathroom is keeping all electrical devices away from the water and switches away from the tub and shower. This is part of the building code, and also makes it less likely that anyone will touch a switch or outlet while they’re bathing or showering.
 
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)
Bathroom GFCI receptacle protection is required by the National Electrical Code (NEC). This type of outlet has a push button on it to switch off the entire breaker in case any problems arise. GFCI protection is required for all new bathroom outlet receptacles; in an existing bathroom, at least one of the outlets must be GFCI. Since today many bathrooms are equipped with numerous electrical current-hungry devices, bathroom electrical power supply requirements have had to be adjusted. In the past, the bathroom often shared its electrical circuit with other areas such as the kitchen and the garage, but this is not considered sufficient any longer.
 
Bathroom Lighting
Some types of light fixtures are not permitted within a certain area in the bathroom. This spot is directly above the bathtub and shower stall and extends 3 feet horizontally and 8 feet vertically from the bathtub top rim and the shower stall threshold.
Types of light fixtures or parts of fixtures forbidden in this area include:
* Cord-connected lights (i.e., a table lamp)
* A chain/cable or a suspended cord
* Track lights
* Pendants
* Ceiling fans.

 
**If you feel there are underlying electrical issues in your home, please give us a call today to set up a FREE In Home CurrentSAFE Assessment. CurrentSAFE is the most comprehensive diagnosis of your home electrical system. Schedule your assessment today – 704-821-7005!
 
 

Whole Home Surge Protection and Why It’s Important

 
Eaton Whole Home Surge Protection
Sometimes homeowners underestimate a surge, an electrical surge will follow any wire into a house — including your phone and cable lines, televisions, satellite systems, computers, and modems. You also can’t forget about your plugged in appliances, they aren’t exempt from a electrical surge’s wrath. A power surge lasts for only a few millionths of a second, but at its worst, it carries tens of thousands of volts, enough to fry circuit boards, crash hard drives and home-entertainment systems.
 
A lightning strike has to be less than a mile from the house to cause harm, and in fact most surge-related damage is not caused by lightning. Far more common, though not as dramatic, are surges caused by downed power lines or sudden changes in electricity. The damage inflicted by these minor power fluctuations can be instantaneous — but may not show up for some time.
 
A simple surge protector installed at your panel box could save you thousands of dollars in replacement cost and countless hours of dealing with insurance companies. ARC Electric Company installs Eaton Whole Home Surge Protectors and these are endorsed by Mike Holmes of HGTV’s Holmes on Holmes – read a recent blog about it. Right now we have a $50 off coupon on our website – CLICK HERE. Normally it is $425 for (1) surge protection on a 200 amp panel. With the coupon it brings the cost down to $375.
 
Take advantage of this deal now – call us today! (704) 821-7005.

Electrical Safety This Summer Around Pools and Spas

 
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that since 1990, there have been 60 electrocutions and nearly 50 serious electrical shocks involving electrical hazards in and around swimming pools.
 
Pools and Spa Safety Tips
* All outdoor receptacles should be covered to keep them dry. This is especially important around pools, spas and other summer water activities.
* Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) for electrical devices used outside to help prevent electrocutions and electric shock injuries.
* Make sure all electrical equipment used for swimming pools (even the cleaning equipment) is grounded.
* Electrical devices and cords should be kept at least 10 feet away from water sources such as pools and spas. When possible, use battery operated electrical devices outside.
* Never handle electrical devices when you are wet – either from water activities or from perspiration.
* Make sure there are no power lines over a swimming pool.
* Do not swim during a thunderstorm.
* To avoid electric shock drowning, have an electrician inspect and upgrade your pool, spa or hot tub in accordance with applicable local codes and the National Electrical Code® (NEC).

 
 

Tips To Keep Cool In This Heat

summer-heat
1. Alter your pattern of outdoor exercise to take advantage of cooler times (early morning or late evening). If you can’t change the time of your workout, scale it down by doing fewer minutes, walking instead or running, or decreasing your level of exertion.
 
2. Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably of a light color.
 
3. Cotton clothing will keep you cooler than many synthetics.
 
4. Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
 
5. Fans can help circulate air and make you feel cooler even in an air-conditioned house.
 
6. Try storing lotions or cosmetic toners in the refrigerator to use on hot, overtired feet.
 
7. Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer; grab one when you’re ready to go outside. As the ice melts, you’ll have a supply of cold water with you.
 
8. Take frequent baths or showers with cool or tepid water.
 
9. Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes.
 
10. Some people swear by small, portable, battery-powered fans. At an outdoor event I even saw a version that attaches to a water bottle that sprays a cooling mist.
 
11. I learned this trick from a tennis pro: if you’re wearing a cap or hat, remove it and pour a bit of ice cold water into the hat, then quickly invert it and place on your head.
 
12. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these will promote dehydration.
 
13. Instead of hot foods, try lighter summer fare including frequent small meals or snacks containing cold fruit or low fat dairy products. As an added benefit, you won’t have to cook next to a hot stove.
 
14. If you don’t have air-conditioning, arrange to spend at least parts of the day in a shopping mall, public library, movie theater, or other public space that is cool. Many cities have cooling centers that are open to the public on sweltering days.
 
15. Finally, use common sense. If the heat is intolerable, stay indoors when you can and avoid activities in direct sunlight or on hot asphalt surfaces. Pay special attention to the elderly, infants, and anyone with a chronic illness, as they may dehydrate easily and be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Don’t forget that pets also need protection from dehydration and heat-related illnesses too.

 
 
 
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First Day of Spring with ARC Electric Company

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March 20th is the first official day of Spring. With this warmer weather, make sure to walk around the exterior of your house. It’s the best time to repair any of the damage winter has left us with. Also, check your outlets for any discoloration. Discolored outlets mean something is going on behind the walls. With our CurrentSAFE program we can help give you peace of mind over your homes electrical system. ARC Electric Company is a licensed electrical contractor and CurrentSAFE certified to check out any hazards that may be lurking in your home.