High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

What Is A Dedicated Circuit?

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you're a homeowner, you'll hear the term "dedicated circuit" from time to time when talking to your electrician. Knowing what a dedicated circuit is and why dedicated circuits are important will come in handy as you make renovations and appliance installations in your home. These answers to frequently asked questions will tell you what you need to know.

What is a dedicated circuit?

A dedicated circuit is a circuit in your home's electrical system that supplies power to one fixed appliance only. A dedicated circuit is wired to only one outlet, and that outlet usually appears behind the appliance it services.

What's the point of having a dedicated circuit?

Fixed appliances (like your refrigerator, dryer, oven and dishwasher) tend to draw a lot of power. If left to share power with other electrical items in your home, these appliances would cause the breaker to trip or the fuse to blow. Providing dedicated circuits to your fixed appliances prevents this from happening, and also safeguards against circuit overloads.

Which appliances in my home need dedicated circuits?

Fixed appliances are those appliances that remain in a fixed position in your house. Your fixed appliances include:

  • Washers
  • Electric dryers
  • Garbage disposals
  • Mounted microwaves
  • Electric ranges
  • Dishwashers
  • Air conditioners
  • Furnaces

How can I tell if my home's electrical system needs more dedicated circuits?

Your first indication will be if your circuit breaker trips frequently when your fixed appliances are running. In addition, if your home undergoes a renovation and you choose to install a new appliance in your home, your contractor may tell you if you need a dedicated circuit.

The age of your electrical system could be another indication. If your electrical panel is very old, it may be missing dedicated circuits for your more modern appliances. Electrical panels from many decades ago often lack dedicated circuits for modern appliances because those appliances didn't exist many decades ago. Finally, if your home has a fuse box instead of a circuit breaker, this is an indication of great age (for an electrical system) and just a general warning sign that the system could probably stand to be updated in a variety of ways.

How can I get more dedicated circuits?

If you believe that your home's electrical system needs more dedicated circuits, speak with a reputable electrician like Nicholas Electric Co. Don't try to add more circuits to your current electrical service unless you are a certified electrician. Doing the job incorrectly could result in serious error, and that could cause a devastating electrical fire.

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17 September 2015