Electrical News

  • Counterfeit Electrical Products

    Are you wondering if your online purchase is a counterfeit electrical product? As a residential electrical service company, Blue Crest Electric electricians are frequently asked to install customer supplied lighting fixtures in BC’s Lower Mainland homes and businesses. Our electricians are always happy to assist with this task, except when the fixture is lacking the required CSA,... READ MORE

  • Modern Homes Burn Faster

    March 22, 2018

    Modern Homes Burn Faster An alarming statistic has revealed that modern homes burn faster than homes built 30 years ago. An Underwriters Laboratory study indicates that occupants in newer homes have less than three minutes to escape a burning building versus 17 minutes from older homes. This is a significant difference. With this new information,... READ MORE

  • A Rusty Panel Needs Attention

    February 20, 2018

    This rusty panel certainly needs professional attention. It has been subjected to humidity for so long that a slug has moved in and taken up residence. To function safety, an electrical panel needs to be kept clean and dry, so this slug needs to be evicted today. Rust and corrosion inside the panel are very damaging and... READ MORE

  • Surge Protection – A must for every panel

    January 10, 2018

    Many Lower Mainland homeowners are still faced with a lot of clean up after an ice storm recently swept though our area. The sound of chainsaws can be heard in almost every neighbourhood as property cleanup continues. But some of the storm’s damage is not visible from the street. Some of the damage has occurred inside many homes. With... READ MORE

  • 2016 BBB Torch Award in Marketplace Excellence

    June 17, 2016

    It is such an honor to be awarded the 2016 Torch Award in Marketplace Excellence by the Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC on June 16, 2016. To be judged by an independent panel of business peers, who found Blue Crest Electric worthy of this prestigious award, is truly humbling. Our goal is always to provide the... READ MORE

  • The Purpose of an Electrical Permit

    March 28, 2016

    The purpose of an electrical permit is sometimes lost to some property owners. So in case you have also wondered why an electrical permit is so important, allow us to provide some incite. SAFETY – The Canadian Electrical Code sets the standard for the maintenance and installation of electrical equipment in Canada. This Code is published by... READ MORE

  • Power lines downed by tree branches

    Today is the perfect time to remind homeowners that tree branches, which span electrical power lines, can cause serious problems. While a beautifully treed yard may have wonderful curb appeal, trees that are not properly maintained may eventually cause problems during a storm. Over hanging branches can snap from the stress of ice, snow or high winds. From a homeowner’s... READ MORE

  • Poor Lighting Results in Eye Strain

    Poor lighting, resulting in eye strain, is a common complaint in the work place. But did you know that this can also be a problem at home? The lighting in various task areas of your home such as the kitchen, laundry or bathroom, also needs to be bright enough to work comfortably in. But there is... READ MORE

  • Dangerous Wiring Hidden Behind Walls

    Dangerous wiring, hidden behind the walls, is a common find for a service electrician and can result in anything from a circuit power failure to a residential house fire. This problem is a ticking time bomb as the danger can sometimes lay hidden for years before a failure occurs. A fire requires three things to burn: an... READ MORE

  • Stormy Weather may trip GFCI Protection

    Our recent stormy weather seems to have tripped the GFCI protection in some Lower Mainland homes. This is usually an easy fix and a simple exercise that should be done periodically anyway. On the receptacle, press TEST, then RESET, and correct power should be restored. It’s always a good idea to test and reset GFCI’s... READ MORE

  • Uninvited Guests in the Walls or Attic

    As winter approaches and the temperatures start to drop, birds fly south, large animals hole up to hibernate and smaller animals look for warm cozy places to escape the weather. Occasionally homeowners find themselves playing host to small uninvited guests who have chosen to ride out the winter in the attic or walls of their home.  Rodent damage... READ MORE

  • Mobile Home – CSA / Silver Label Recertification

    Recertification for Mobile or Manufactured Homes Just like all homes built in Canada, a manufactured home must meet very specific safety standards before it can be sold to the public. An electrical design plan, specific to each manufacturer, series and model, must be registered and approved before production can begin. The manufacturer may not deviate... READ MORE