Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Do You Need to Replace your Electrical Wiring? Find Out

When was the last time you hired an electrician to assess your home’s electrical wiring just to make sure it’s in proper condition? While some faults in electrical wiring are not easy to take notice of, they could cause dangerous predicaments. Sometimes the overloaded circuits can damage the insulation behind your walls. That’s why it’s up to every homeowner to investigate old wiring and look out for any warning signs. If you have any doubt about your home’s electrical wiring, it’s worth the investment to have a certified electrician examine the entire system just to be sure everything is in order.

One of the things you should be on the lookout for is the way your circuit breakers are functioning. If they are going out regularly then there could be a problem. Circuit breakers are designed to trip when the circuit is overloaded. Fuses are also designed to offer the same kind of protection but the only major difference is that they have to be replaced when they blow out. Circuit breakers will trip but still work. Eventually they will have to be replaced but you must notify your electrician if the breakers go out often.

Flickering or dimming of lights is not normal. This is one thing many homeowners fail to notice. Good wiring will rarely flicker because it has been properly installed and the circuit breakers are in proper working order. If you notice this problem whenever you try and use appliances in your home then it could be a sign of faulty wiring. Have an electrician step in and perform the necessary inspections.

The other area where you should be looking at is where your outlets and light switches are located. Can you notice any charring or discoloration? That’s a dangerous situation that shouldn’t be ignored. You need to have the electrician replace the outlet or switch and inspect your home’s wiring for any underlying issues. In most cases, a short can occur on a switch that has faulty wiring or when there’s a loose connection. Some of these issues can be fixed fast by a professional electrician so there’s no need to panic.

If you notice an acrid smell in your home, it could be that your electrical wiring is on fire. This is a situation that needs an emergency electrician to be contacted right away. Even when the wiring is inside a wall, it can still cause fire. You need to turn off your home’s main electrical supply until the electrician comes. Don’t try to plug in any electrical device when you notice a burning smell close to the wiring.

Most importantly, have an electrician repair any shocking switches and outlets in your home. Living in a house that has shocking switches is quite unpleasant and it also risks your wellbeing. You can have an electrician replace the outlet or switch or even inspect the entire wiring and find out if there’s an underlying problem. It’s always a good idea to consider the necessary repairs than waiting until something goes terribly wrong.

Posted By: Blackstock Electric

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Landscape Lighting Increases Your Curb Appeal

High quality landscaping can add so much to a home or business, especially when the landscaping brings color and creativity to the forefront. When a homeowner or business owner takes the next step and adds landscape lighting, the result has the potential to be phenomenal.
Landscape lighting really enhances attractive landscaping, and can make ordinary landscaping stand out and turn into attractive landscaping. Adding landscaping isn't necessarily all that difficult or even terribly costly, but the curb appeal which good landscape lighting adds is undeniable.
Adding landscape lighting can even enhance winter landscapes, accentuating trees, bushes, and even ornaments that really add to the visual affect that makes landscaping so appealing. Introducing landscape lighting to existing landscaping is a project that is definitely worth consulting with a professional. Having landscape lighting installed professionally can help you avoid some very common mistakes that detract from the landscape instead of enhancing it.
Having your landscape lighting professionally installed will open up your options for landscape lighting more than most people realize. Professionals have a very critical eye for landscape and landscape lighting and can easily pull forth the best qualities to highlight while introducing you to your best option for you landscape lighting.
The installation of landscape lighting can be done at the time of having landscaping completed or landscape lighting can be added to existing landscaping. Having the landscape lighting added to landscape as it is being completed allows the landscaper an extra margin of creativity, creating the landscape lighting as an original part of the overall landscaping. Adding landscape lighting to existing landscaping may sometimes require a few transplantations and perhaps the addition of a few extra plants, but most of the time landscape lighting can be added to existing landscaping without rearranging anything. However, if you've been considering making a few additions or changes to your existing landscaping, doing so while installing landscape lighting is the perfect opportunity.
Homes with landscape lighting attract more attention than homes without landscape lighting. The better the landscape lighting, obviously, the more attention the homes or business will attract. Accent lighting and landscape lighting can bring forth a very different night time beauty that was previously overlooked. During the darker winter months, landscape lighting can add a value of warmth to the look of the home or business, which will make it appealing and inviting. During the summer months when the landscaping is in full bloom, landscape lighting will accentuate the best and most appealing parts of your landscaping while creating a very attractive and even festive look to the home or business.
Businesses that take the time to install landscape lighting are much more appealing than businesses that don't. This additional appeal attracts clients and customers, especially those businesses which are open after dark even if for only part of the year. When a business is exceptionally appealing to clients and customers, they tend to attract regular and repeat business. Landscape lighting can be part of that attraction. There is a visual sense of calm that people associate with landscape lighting. That visual sense of calm make clients and customers feel at ease about coming inside and spending some time or money.
Homes with landscape lighting are more appealing as well. Whether you are considering selling a home, having family and friends over, or simply want to make your home a nicer and more comfortable environment, landscape lighting can absolutely deliver what you're looking for. Homes which are up for sale that have landscape lighting attract more potential buyers than homes without landscape lighting.
Professionally installed landscape lighting can offer a home or business owner variable options to enhance the qualities they believe are the most appealing while allowing a professional landscape lighting expert to make unbiased recommendations. This ensures that your landscape lighting will be more than adequate, it will be phenomenal. Don't choose a landscape lighting professional carelessly. Often professional landscape lighting experts can offer you examples of their work, which in turn can give you confidence that you are hiring the very best in landscape lighting.
Having landscape lighting installed is a huge home or business improvement that will have noticeable effects right away. It is highly recommended to have your landscape lighting professionally installed and professionally maintained. Professional installation of landscape lighting is easy and adds value to a home or business without much effort and no inconvenience. Landscape lighting adds curb appeal faster than almost any other home or business improvement.

Bill Dittman is President of Custom Landscape & Irrigation, an acclaimed commercial and residential landscaping contractor located near Houston, Texas. Dittman serves residential and commercial clients in many Houston suburbs. Visit to learn about his See It Before You Buy It approach to landscaping.
Posted By: Blackstock Electric