Floods, J.M. Mullen Electric
Written by John Mullen

Floods and Your Home Electric System

We are quickly coming up on the wettest months of the year all along the East Coast. Winter and spring flooding are not uncommon and while it is not possible to stop Mother Nature, we can be proactive in our response. What follows are a list of measures to take before the water hits to ensure the greatest amount of safety and experience the least amount of damage.


• Make sure your gutters, downspouts and drains are clear. Keeping these areas unobstructed will allow the water to move away from the home’s structure as quickly as possible.
• Move as much of your goods and furnishings as possible from the lower floors to the upper parts of your home, such as to a second story or attic. Store materials in waterproof containers. This should include valuables, clothing, and small electronics.
• Create a record of your home goods, including the receipts and pictures of those items that may be very costly to replace. Make sure this information is tucked away in a dry, safe place and easily accessible.
• Turn off all utilities in advance of a flood. Your water, gas and electricity are all subject to creating potential hazards for homeowners and rescue personnel who may venture into the area. While it may be inconvenient to go without these utilities in the short-run, turning them off may save lives in the end. In response, be sure to have plenty of bottled water, flashlights and other non-battery-operated sources of light available. Today there are many options for staying out of the dark.
• Elevate your appliances on cement blocks to keep them off the floors. Contact your utilities expert if you need assistance. Do not unhook your appliances without the oversight of an expert. Wrap your air conditioner completely in plastic as well and be sure it is in the off position.
• Open the windows of the house on the lower levels. If there is flooding they will not be able to keep the water out and will only be subject to breaking. In this way you may not have to replace the windows after a flood event.


Again, no one is claiming a flood is on the horizon but it’s always better to be prepared. If you are looking for professional electrical support in case of a natural disaster, contact the experts at J.M. Mullen Electrical Services. It is our pleasure to serve you.

Electrical contractor in Annapolis MD
Written by John Mullen

Your Annual Electric Checkup

January is traditionally a time for making resolutions and refreshing your life. During this time of year, people are more inclined to visit the dentist, doctor, and optometrist for annual assessments of their health. It is also time to review the state of your home from top to bottom as well. Included in this to-do list is an annual electric checkup.

Here are the benefits

• An annual check up of the electrical wiring and boxes in and around your home will help to reveal any potential hazards that could result in a fire. Outdated wiring, fixtures and electrical systems are a significant cause of home fires, particularly in the winter when these systems are taxed more than most times of the year. Annual electric preventive checkups will ensure your home system is in healthy working condition.
• Annual checkups of your electric system will also uncover improper overloading of the system. For example, perhaps you have an extension cord with too many appliances drawing electricity from this single source. All too often this can spark a fire. Annual checkups help to ensure the safety of all occupants.
• These checkups will also include an assessment of your appliances and other electric-powered equipment that have the potential to cause a fire because they may be outdated or can no longer be operated safely. These are items that will need to be replaced – a seemingly costly choice that pales in comparison to losing an entire home or injuring or causing the death of occupants.
• Ensuring that your home is up to the latest local, state and national electric standards that are imposed on structures. These standards change over time and it is incumbent upon the homeowner to keep up with this information and be compliant.

An electric inspection will include:

• An examination of all outlets.
• An examination of the circuit breaker or panel.
• An assessment of scenarios within the home that are subject to potential overloads.

Now, do not expect these annual inspections to come without a cost. You have to pay for your other annual checkups – right? But, when you weigh the benefits against the cost, I expect you’ll be scheduling your appointment today.

If you are in need of expert electric services, including annual checkups, contact J.M. Mullen Electric Services. It will be our pleasure to serve you.

Written by Stu Kushner

What are NEC Codes and Why Do they matter?

You’re probably aware that there are certain codes that govern new construction or building renovations. One type of code is specifically related to electrical systems: the National Electrical Codes or NEC codes. These codes were initiated in 1897 and are updated every three years. The next update will be released in 2020. 

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Written by Stu Kushner

Wiring For A Winter Wonderland

The sun may be shining and the temperatures are high, but now is the time to start thinking about winter weather. Cold temperatures bring electrical challenges and it’s better to plan now than get left out in the cold. Read on and see how prepared you are for the coming season.

Quiet as a Mouse

When the weather gets cold, both man and beast look for a warm place. Rodents and other small varmints are attracted to the warmth of your electrical wires. Chewing and nibbling on wires can mean a short lifespan for the furry guests, but it can also put your home in danger. Have a professional come out and check for signs that outdoor creatures are moving into your home. 

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Written by Stu Kushner

When Do-It-Yourself Becomes DON’T Do-It-Yourself

According to the American Housing Survey, homeowners spent a whopping $383 billion on home improvements in 2017. While many projects can be done by homeowners with a little information and access to the right YouTube video, there are jobs that should be left to the experts and that includes most electrical projects. 

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electrician,Installation, Repair
Written by John Mullen

Swim Safely

It’s the middle of the hottest summer on record, and you decide you’ve had enough. It’s time to get a pool! Before you jump in and enjoy the water, make sure your pool’s electrical wiring is installed and working correctly. There are city and state code requirements for the pool or spa installation. You can’t be too careful when it comes to water and electricity. 

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Written by John Mullen

Making Modifications Inside Your Home

With so much information on the internet and at specialty DIY stores, such as Home Depot, many people feel confident making changes they think are fairly simple. Remodeling projects for kitchens and bathrooms usually involve hanging cabinets or hardware. If you’re going to drill into the walls of your home or business, you’d be wise to call in an electrician. 

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The Differences Between Residential and Commercial Electrical Services

 

There are some significant differences between residential and commercial electrical services, and not every electrici

an is qualified to do both types of work. Differences between commercial and residential services include the different levels of energy demands, the different grade or quality of materials, and the different environments where wiring is installed. 

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Written by John Mullen

Converting A Garage Into Living Space

If your car hasn’t been in the garage for years and the garage is beginning to resemble a storage unit, it may be time to convert this wasted space into more living space. This addition may increase the value of your house if you decide to sell it.

One of the most important considerations is what type of electrical wiring you’ll need. Some of these considerations will depend on what the end product will be.

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Written by John Mullen

Choosing An Electrician

When you need an electrician, it’s important to select the right one. Electrical work for your home or business is critical and must be safe and up to local and national codes. Spending the time to research the best electrician for your needs will save time and money. Here are five things to consider when you need an expert. 

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