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Pacific Sheet Metal Blog

Quick Home Safety Tips for the Holidays

Posted by Joey Haack on Dec 24, 2018 3:04:00 PM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With all of the holly and jolly going on, it’s hard to focus on mundane safety precautions. Don’t let a preventable emergency put a damper on your holiday spirit. Check out these quick home safety tips to keep you and your family safe during the holiday season. 

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Topics: electrical

Do I Need to Worry About Outlets That Don’t Work?

Posted by Joey Haack on Nov 14, 2018 2:03:00 PM

Electricity is nothing to mess around with, but not every electrical issue is a major problem. Because it’s such an integral part of our daily routine, we often take electricity for granted. You plug in your hairdryer just like you do every day, and…nothing. Your faulty outlet may not need to be a source of worry. In fact, it may not be a faulty outlet at all. Ask yourself the following questions to help determine why an outlet that isn’t working.

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Topics: electrical

What is an Electrical Short?

Posted by Joey Haack on Oct 11, 2018 2:16:00 PM

An electrical short, or short circuit, is a low-resistance connection between two conductors (objects that allow electricity to flow through them) that are supplying electricity to a circuit. A short occurs when a current follows an unintended path, bypassing the route it’s supposed to take.

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Topics: electrical

Will Your Home Pass an Electrical Safety Inspection?

Posted by Joey Haack on Sep 6, 2018 3:59:00 PM

In 2016, fire departments in the U.S. reported more than 1.3 million fires and 3,390 civilian deaths. An estimated 457,500 were structure fires, 78.1% of which were residential. Needless to say, keeping your electrical system in check and having it inspected regularly is imperative.

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7 Sources of Electricity for Our Homes

Posted by Joey Haack on Jul 24, 2018 11:51:00 AM

The electricity used to provide power for your electronics, appliances, lighting, etc. travels from a power plant that may be located dozens or even hundreds of miles away from your home. As you may already know, electricity is a secondary energy source, which must be derived from a primary source. Let’s dig a little deeper and find out where our electricity truly comes from and how it so conveniently arrives at our homes for us to use whenever we need it.

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Topics: electrical

What Should I Do If a Tree Falls on My House During a Storm?

Posted by Joey Haack on Jul 21, 2018 10:16:00 AM

We hope you never experience a tree falling on your home, but if you do, it’s important to know what to do immediately so everyone remains safe. Here are the steps you should take after a tree or large branch falls onto or through your roof during a storm.

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Topics: roofing, electrical

Are Your Home’s Plumbing & Electrical Systems Up to Code?

Posted by Joey Haack on Jun 28, 2018 6:21:00 PM

Whether you’re trying to sell your home or looking to buy a new one, it’s important to make sure that certain standards have been met throughout the house. The two areas we’re going to focus on today are the electrical and plumbing systems. Check the following things off your list so you can confidently move forward.

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Topics: plumbing, electrical

5 Reasons You Should Hire a Professional Electrician

Posted by Joey Haack on May 22, 2018 8:46:00 PM

We get it; you’ve seen every DIY show on HGTV, so you’re basically a pro, but when it comes to electrical work, “basically” just isn’t good enough. If you’ve been considering tackling an electrical project on your own, stop. Here are 5 reasons you should hire a professional electrician instead.

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Topics: electrical

What Electrical Appliances Should I Update for Energy Efficiency?

Posted by Joey Haack on Apr 17, 2018 7:10:00 PM

You use your electrical appliances every day, so it’s crucial that they’re working at full capacity. If you’ve been holding on to your clunky old washing machine or monster of a refrigerator, it may be time to upgrade. Energy-efficient electrical appliances are not only better for the environment; they’re better for your wallet, too.

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Topics: electrical

5 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Home’s Electrical Outlets

Posted by Joey Haack on Mar 14, 2018 7:00:00 PM

Electricity is a major component of your home’s functionality. We often use its power without even thinking twice. We plug in our lamps, our laptops, and our hair dryers and go about our business. But what happens when something is awry? Electricity is not something to take chances with. If you notice any of these five things, take it as a sign it’s time to upgrade your home’s electrical outlets.

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Topics: electrical