Our Friendly Neighborhood Electricians are as knowledgeable as it gets when it comes to the power in your homes. That doesn’t mean our technicians don’t rely on a bit of technology of their own to make their days and your experience with them more pleasant and efficient.Read More >
Did you know that 90% of American homes are under-insulated? That’s an astonishing figure knowing most homeowners are spending way more than they should be on energy bills. See below to find out if your home is properly insulated and be on your way to energy savings this fall and winter!Read More >
As the leaves begin to change color and we jump right feet-first into fall, lots of homeowners take to the outdoors to get work done around their homes. It’s a great time of year to complete projects you put off from the summer, but before you head out with your tools and your gear read the safety tips below:Read More >
In the City of Neighborhoods that Philadelphia is known as, have you ever wondered which one GEN3 calls home? Quite a few of them actually between all our electricians, but GEN’s office is located in Grays Ferry, the western-most portion of South Philly. Grays Ferry is generally considered to be bordered between Washington and Snyder Avenues, and 25th Street and the Schuylkill River.Read More >
When a tree falls and rips down your electeical service, it is not such a great day. Recently, a car hit a tree and knocked down one of our clienrts' electrical service. The utility company, PECO, immediately shuts off the power until a licensed, insured electrician applies for a permit and repairs/replaces the service cables and connections.Read More >
I bet you think it is some sort of circus act, or maybe a flying insect. Nope. It is actually an electrical term used to describe wiring that has been capped off, but left open, not enclosed in a metal junction box.It is important to enclose these wires to protect you in the event a spark occurs. Inside a junction box, a spark could not ignite into flames. But without that extra level of protection, a flying splice could spark and possibly cause a fire in your home.Read More >
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’re probably aware of our planet’s push to go green. But these days, going green is becoming more and more mainstream - it’s turning into a prolific lifestyle and most of us can’t help but jump on the bandwagon. And let’s face it, it’s not a bad bandwagon to be on.Read More >
Sudden power outages, whether full or partial, can be very upsetting. Being prepared can reduce your stress if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation. Here are some steps to help you develop a plan for dealing with a loss of power.
- Check to see if your neighbors have power. If they do, the problem may be inside your home.
- Check your circuit breakers to see if they have tripped. Resetting a circuit breaker may restore your electricity. If you have fuses, replace any that have blown.
- If a particular appliance or device has stopped working, make sure that it’s securely plugged in. Try plugging it into a different outlet to see if the outlet might be defective. If a GFCI outlet has stopped working, try resetting it.
- Call your electric supplier: PECO if you’re in the Philadelphia area. Even a partial power outage (dimming lights, certain areas of your home without power) can be caused by reduced voltage from your utility company. You can report a power outage on PECO’s website if you’re unable to reach them by phone.
- Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed. You can wrap blankets around these for extra insulation. An unopened refrigerator can keep food cold for about four hours, and a full freezer will keep everything frozen for about 48 hours.
- Put together a power outage survival kit to include a flashlight (or two) with extra batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, a manual can opener, and a clock or watch. Keep this in a designated area so that you’re not trying to find it in the dark! This may seem like overkill, but remember that in 2012, 4.2 million people in 11 states lost power due to a derecho storm system. It took 7-10 days to restore power in some areas. In the same year, Hurricane Sandy kept some New Yorkers without power for two weeks.
- Unplug devices with electronic or digital components, such as microwaves, audio and home theater equipment (televisions, video game consoles, stereo systems), alarm systems, washers and dryers, and computer equipment. Air conditioners should also be turned off during power outages. Unplugging your equipment will prevent damage to it from momentary voltage surges when power is restored. Once your power is back on, wait a few minutes before turning on these devices. This will prevent a sudden surge in demand on your home’s electrical system.
- Protect your devices with surge suppression equipment. To provide maximum protection for your valuable gadgets and appliances, use a two-tier approach: whole-house surge protection at your panel, and individual surge suppression devices at the point of use.
If a full or partial power outage is caused by an issue within your home, it’s time to call a qualified electrician. An electrical problem of this magnitude requires professional inspection and diagnosis to ensure your safety and comfort.