Brilliant Home Services Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Electrical’

Why Does Your Home Need a Deicing System?

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
Icy roof

Here in Chicago, with the average snowfall being 36 inches per winter it’s imperative that you prepare for winter storms, and that your home is equipped to handle the storms as well. People who install deicing systems prior to Chicago’s winter season are able to prevent water damage, ice build up, and blistered paint all of which are all costly damages to repair. 

What Does a Deicing System Do? 

Here in the midwest where ice and snow storms are commonplace in the winter, you can expect your home to have ice blockages which will end up slowing the melting process. This allows the ice to get underneath your roof’s shingles, and cause water damage in your home. A deicing system is able to detect and melt snow and ice that would otherwise build up in your gutters, and melts the ice and snow so that there is enough space for the water to run down your gutters. This also prevents trapped water to ensure your house will not suffer from water damage. 

“Heat Cables on Roof – Ice Dam Prevention” by Tony Webster is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Brilliant Home Services Can Install Deicing Systems

When installed correctly, deicing systems are extremely efficient in preventing ice build up. Brilliant Home Services can install and check to make sure self-installed deicing systems are working properly.

Brilliant Home Services offers complimentary home evaluations for new deicing systems. Give us a call this spring to prevent damages to your home from winter storms!

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Landscape lights not working?

Thursday, October 1st, 2020
Landscaping Lights

Many of us had landscape lights installed outside our home years ago. Over those years, our landscapers have brought in fresh mulch, year after year. It is important to let them know those junction boxes in between the lights need to remain accessible; they should not cover them. Because most lights today are low voltage, underground circuit tracers have a harder time locating those buried boxes. So, when the lights stop working, if those boxes are buried beneath the mulch, it makes the repairs that much harder.

Many times, those boxes are in the ground and fill up with water. After you have turned off the power, check the connections in the box for short circuits where the moisture has caused the problem. If you need assistance, feel free to call us or contact us through the website. Click here for $25 off an electrical repair.

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Do your smoke detectors beep for no reason?

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

Smoke detectors will sometimes let us know when their battery is running low by beeping randomly. Many homes have 120 volt smoke detectors with a battery backup in case the power goes out and those units will beep as well. 120V devices are interconnected so if you have more than one in your home, when one goes, off, they all go off. This is a safety issue to let you know there is smoke somewhere in your home regardless of where you are.

Both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors do need to be replaced. Underwriter Laboratories [UL] who approve the various detectors give them on average, a 10 year approval duration. That duration is based on the devices’ inside components that detect either smoke or carbon monoxide. They are manufactured to not go off when minute traces of smoke or CO2 are in the air but with years of exposure to dust build up, replacement is necessary to properly protect you and your family.

If your home is older than 10 years old and you haven’t replaced your devices, turn off the power to them and put in new ones so you can rest assured they will work when needed. Check out our page on Smoke Detectors for more information. If you’d prefer to have a certified electrician handle it for you, please give us a call!

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Check Out Our Blog for the Latest in Electric and HVAC Technology

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Be sure to bookmark the Brilliant Electric Heating & Cooling blog for updates on the latest advances in Electric and HVAC technology.

We’ll feature money saving promotions here as well.

Call Brilliant Home Services for all your electrical, generator, heating, air conditioning, indoor air quality, water heater, and commercial service needs.

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