Electrical News

  • Dangerous Wiring Hidden Behind Walls

    February 2, 2016

    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

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    Stormy Weather may trip GFCI Protection

    December 8, 2015

    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

  • Squirrel in Attic - Blue Crest Electric

    Uninvited Guests in the Walls or Attic

    October 27, 2015

    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

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    Mobile Home – Silver Label Re-certification

    September 3, 2015

    Re-certification 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

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    Electrician Versus Handyman

    July 15, 2015

    When called in to make a repair, our electricians frequently hear the following comment, “but the handyman said he could do it.” This tells us that homeowners may not be aware of some very important information. Electrical (like Plumbing and Gas Fitting) is a Red Seal Accredited trade. This means that all electrical installations, repairs... READ MORE

  • Electrical Safety For The Holidays

      Every year fire departments across the Lower Mainland are called out to homes, set ablaze by faulty or over loaded electrical wiring, or malfunctioning holiday decorations. It is heartbreaking to hear about yet another family left homeless during what is supposed to be the most joyous time of year. In their enthusiasm to celebrate... READ MORE

  • High Bills - Blue Crest Electric

    Ways To Reduce The Electric Bill

    With the cost of electricity climbing higher every year, homeowners are looking for ways to shave a few dollars off that utility bill. Here are some things you can do to reduce the cost and amount of energy consumption in your home. Install timers so bath fans don’t run unnecessarily, “an hour per shower” is... READ MORE

  • Red Extension Cord - Blue Crest Electric

    Extension Cords

    Which Extension Cord Do I Buy? Occasionally our electricians are asked about the use and safety of extension cords in and around the home or business. Because of the extensive choice available on the hardware store shelf, it may be a confusing decision as to which one to buy. I am reminded of a customer whose... READ MORE

  • Sump Pump Safety

    Power outages seem to be a fact of life in the Lower Mainland of BC. and certain parts of the Fraser Valley seem to be more prone to this than others. Whether the cause is a tree brought down onto nearby power lines by a passing windstorm or interuptions caused by regular mainainance on the power grid by the... READ MORE

  • Landscape Lighting - Blue Crest Electric

    Security And Landscape Lighting Solutions

    Hard Wired Lighting Although British Columbia is usually blessed with long beautiful summers, our province is also known for it’s lengthy periods of rainfall when the sun is nowhere in sight.  And since we are located on the 49th parallel, the number of daylight hours are also significantly reduced for much of the year. Taking this into consideration, it is wise to use hard wired lighting options... READ MORE

  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters - Blue Crest Electric

    Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

    GFCI Protection Saves Lives A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is a specialized automatic safety device that instantly terminates or interrupts the electrical current when leakage or a ground fault is detected in the circuit. When correctly installed by a certified electrician, it is estimated that this inexpensive electrical device could reduce the incident of... READ MORE

  • Child Electrician Belt - Blue Crest Electric

    Tamper Resistant Receptacles

    During a six year period between 2003 – 2009, more than 360 Canadian children, under the age of six, were injured in accidents involving electrical wall receptacles.  The extent of the injuries range from first to third degree burns.  But tragically, these  electrical  injuries  also  account  for  an  average  of  four deaths by electrocution each year.... READ MORE