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Trusted Saskatoon Electricians Flash Electrical Contracting Explain How to Troubleshoot Dead Outlets

Flash Electrical Contracting in Saskatoon has based their business on 100% customer satisfaction and referrals! They take great pride in being a team of young and ambitious entrepreneurs that are keen to stay on top of the latest innovations when it comes to your Saskatoon residential or commercial electrical needs.

Troubleshooting Dead Outlets and When a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Won't Reset


Usually, when an outlet goes dead, the fix is something simple and you can save the cost of a service call by doing the work yourself. Flash Electrical Contracting will explain what's involved in troubleshooting a dead outlet. This article covers how to start your search for the problem by checking in the most likely places. If that doesn't work, they'll explain where to look for loose connections that may be to blame, and how to fix them. 


Tools Required: 

  1. 4-in-1 screwdriver
  2. Flashlight
  3. Needle-nose pliers
  4. Safety glasses
  5. Voltage tester

Troubleshooting the Outlet: 

  1. Go to the panel to check the breaker. The cause for receptacles not having power starts at the panel, if there is a breaker tripped you will have to reset this breaker which sometimes needs to be pushed in the off direction first to reset and then back on position.
  2. With your voltage tester at the receptacle, you should be able to test for power if the breaker needed to be reset. If there was no tripped breaker then you will have to determine if this receptacle is Ground Fault Interrupters (GFI) or not. Typically a GFI receptacle has a test and reset button right on the receptacle, if this is the case you will need to hit the reset button. If this a GFI but it still didn’t fix the problem, the receptacle will likely have to be changed. 
  3. If the receptacle is not a GFI, then you will have to remove the receptacle and the cover. Pull the receptacle straight out from the wall and test with your voltage tester for power on all screws. If there is no power in this box at all then you will likely need an electrician.
  4. If there is power there, you will need to shut the breaker off and confirm at the receptacle that you no longer have power.  Once there is no power there you can verify there are no loose wires or screws where connections are made. Return all wires back to their normal position (black wire/gold screw, white wire/silver screw, ground wire/ green screw).
  5. Re-test the receptacle for working condition and put everything back to normal.

When an outlet goes dead, it's easy to jump to conclusions and assume the worst. But more often than not, the problem is something simple and you can save the cost of a service call by taking a few steps to trace the cause. Don't worry if you're not comfortable doing electrical work. Better than half the time, you'll solve the problem without even lifting a tool. We'll explain how to start your search for the problem by checking in the most likely places. If that doesn't work. we'll explain where to look for loose connections that may be to blame, and how to fix them.  


Of course, there will always be problems that are best left to an electrician at Flash Electric but if you take these steps first, there's a good chance you'll find the solution. 


Contact Flash Electric Contracting today to see how they can help you keep the lights on.


 


Flash Electrical Contracting is owned and operated by Journeyman Electrician Brodie Johnston. Their business has been built on 100% happy customers who have recommended Flash Electrical Contracting to others. Flash Electrical Contracting are Trusted Saskatoon Electricians. 

Trusted Saskatoon Electricians Flash Electrical Warn About Potential Electrical Equipment Fires

Flash Electrical Contracting in Saskatoon has based their business on 100% customer satisfaction and referrals! They take great pride in being a team of young and ambitious entrepreneurs that are keen to stay on top of the latest innovations when it comes to your Saskatoon residential or commercial electrical needs.


Potential extension cord fire - overloaded extension cords, hidden electrical shorts, bad connections, oversized bulbs and fixtures, and other careless use of electrical devices can melt wire insulation, ignite nearby combustibles, and cause a fire.

The statistics: electrical equipment causes 9% of home fires and 10% of deaths. 

A true Saskatoon fire story 

September 13th, 10:00 p.m.

A Saskatoon fire investigator says electrical failure is to blame for a basement fire in the city's Erindale neighbourhood late Tuesday night. Crews arrived on the scene just before 10 p.m. at a home on the 100 block of Epp Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters say they noticed flames showing from inside the basement window at the front of the house.
Several fire trucks attended to the scene, and crews attacked the blaze from the outside before containing the fire in the basement. Crews searched inside the home and found no one inside. The homeowners arrived on the scene as firefighters were wrapping up.
Damage is estimated at around $200,000. No one was injured.

Important Things to Know: 
  • Electrical cords that are warm to the touch can signal overloading.
  • Charred or plastic burning odours may indicate oversized bulbs and light fixtures.
  • Warm switch or receptacle plate covers may mean a poor electrical connection.
  • Frequently tripping circuit breakers may be caused by a defective breaker or possibly a short in the cables buried in walls or ceilings.
The Solution:
  • Replace extension cords that are undersized or frayed. 
  • Never run extension cords under rugs.
  • Replace undersized cords with larger-gauged ones or plug appliances directly into outlets.
  • Call an electrician to track down hidden problems causing frequently tripping circuit breakers.
  • Call an electrician to open up and troubleshoot electrical boxes that have warm covers.
Check all the light bulbs in your home to make sure bulb wattages don’t exceed the fixture’s recommended maximum.

A Word About Smoke Alarms: 

According to statistics, this year fires will claim the lives of 30 and the homes of 500 others. Don’t become part of this statistic. Well over 60 percent of housefire fatalities occur in homes that are missing smoke alarms or have disabled alarms or alarms with dead batteries. Test your smoke alarms every month and replace units that are more than 10 years old.

Contact Flash Electric Contracting today to see how they can help you keep the lights on.


 


Flash Electrical Contracting is owned and operated by Journeyman Electrician Brodie Johnston. Their business has been built on 100% happy customers who have recommended Flash Electrical Contracting to others. Flash Electrical Contracting are Trusted Saskatoon Electricians. 

Trusted Saskatoon Air Conditioning & Furnace Pros at Gibbon Discuss Home Heating Tune-Up

Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Saskatoon and surrounding areas for over 40 Years. They are a "total service" company with trained technicians who are able to provide customers with solutions to all their plumbing, air conditioning, and heating (HVAC) related requirements. As an Independent Lennox Premier Dealer, the Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning team are proud to provide prompt, courteous, and professional service that is required by Lennox’s Quality standards. They are regularly evaluated through an independent customer satisfaction survey process. They are trained to design, install, service, and maintain home comfort and indoor air quality systems in Saskatoon and area. In their latest tip, they discuss booking your annual home heating tune-up.

HAVE YOU BOOKED YOUR HOME HEATING TUNE-UP?

Annual home heating maintenance helps keep your furnace running safely and at peak efficiency. As a qualified SaskEnergy Network Member, we are offering a hands-on furnace examination and annual maintenance. Book with Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning for your home furnace tune-up for just $149.95 (plus taxes) or 12 easy payments of $14.67. Please contact Gibbon to book or if you have any questions.

What Happens During a Tune-Up?

  • During a Tune-Up, your local heating professionals at Gibbon will: 
  • Examine chimney and clean out debris         
  • Clean/lubricate motor and fan 
  • Clean/reset burners 
  • Examine the operation of fan and high limit controls
  • Inspect gas pilot system 
  • Test thermostat and furnace switch 
  • Provide a free carbon monoxide alarm 
  • And more!

Book Today at Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning

Trust Gibbon to satisfy all your furnace home heating tune-ups. When it comes to heating systems, there really isn’t anything that Gibbon doesn’t do: furnaces, rooftop units, hot water, and steam heating systems, air to air exchangers, boilers, chimney replacement, the design of new mechanical systems, or the modernization of existing equipment, and more! Contact Gibbon to book your tune-up today!

Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Saskatoon and surrounding areas for over 40 Years, a “Total Service” company with trained technicians who are able to provide customers with solutions to all plumbing, Air conditioning and Heating/ Furnace (HVAC) related requirements. As an Independent Lennox dealer, Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning they are proud to provide prompt, courteous, and professional service that is required by Lennox’s Quality standards!

Trusted Saskatoon Financial Advisors At Wiegers Financial & Benefits Tips on Financial Health

Wiegers Financial & Benefits is one of the largest private financial planning and employee benefits consulting firms in Saskatchewan. Its Saskatoon Financial Planning Division provides business ownershouseholds, retirees, and students with expert investment and insurance planning services to help them reach their long-term financial goals. Wiegers Financial & Benefits  are Trusted Saskatoon Financial Advisors 

How Planning for Your Financial Success is Good for Your Health

If you’re like many Canadians – four out of ten of them, to be exact – you feel stressed when you think about money.  And while some stress is not necessarily problematic, chronic stress can lead to:
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Immune functioning problems
  • Unhealthy habits including smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol
Stressing about money, then, can be harmful to your physical health (not to mention the potential negative impacts to your mental health, relationships, productivity at work, and a whole host of other things in your life). It’s a problem worth solving… and the sooner, the better.


The solution, in many cases, is working with a financial advisor who can help you plan for your financial success. Your advisor should, at minimum, talk with you about what matters to you, what your short- and long-term life goals are, and what you can realistically achieve (and in what timeframe). And it pays off, in more ways than one. In a recent survey, people who said they are financially prepared were:
  • Almost 24% more likely to exercise one or more hours each week
  • Almost 25% are more likely to say they are “very healthy”
So what can you do to be better financially prepared? Here are a few tips to help strengthen both your financial and physical health:
  1. Work with a financial advisor (a HUMAN advisor – not a robot) who can help get you from where you are to where you want to be. Don’t underestimate this step. If you decide against working with an expert, it’s akin to providing yourself life-altering legal or medical advice that could also wreak havoc on the lives of the people you love most. By contrast, if you work with a financial advisor, he or she will genuinely care to help you achieve your goals, and will have the experience and expertise to help you do it.
  2. Manage your debt. For most Canadians, debt causes stress – and the higher the debt, the greater the chance of depression and high blood pressure. Again, a qualified financial advisor can help you develop a plan for getting your debt – and the resulting stress – under control.
  3. Save for your future. If you’re among the 60% of Canadians who worry they won’t have enough money saved for their golden years, don’t despair. You-know-who can also help you develop a plan for saving that will help ensure a retirement you can look forward to.
If you’re not sure where to turn in finding a financial advisor who will work in your best interests now and in years to come, ask your friends, family, and co-workers if they can recommend someone. You can also, and probably should, look online for unbiased, uncensored reviews like on Google. The same as in every other industry, some advisors have more experience and better reputations than others, so it’s important you do your research. It’s worth it to invest the time, now and later, in helping to ensure your future financial success.


Wiegers Financial & Benefits has a trusted team of more than 20 financial advisors and support staff includes individuals who are true experts in their field, a number of whom specialize in working with clients with very unique needs. 

Wiegers Financial & Benefits  are Trusted Saskatoon Financial Advisors 


Trusted Saskatoon Group Benefit & Insurance Pro's at Wiegers Financial & Benefits Explain Employee Benefits

Wiegers Financial & Benefits is one of the largest private financial planning and employee benefits consulting firms in Saskatchewan. Its Saskatoon Financial Planning Division provides business ownershouseholds, retirees, and students with expert investment and insurance planning services to help them reach their long-term financial goals. They also have a Benefits and Personal Insurance planning division- check out more on their Trusted Saskatoon Insurance Advisors listing.

How Benefits Can Help Bolster Your Employees' Mental Health AND Your Company's Bottom Line

What Mental Health Is and Why It Can’t Be Ignored

Most of us have heard – probably more than a few times – that if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. There’s no denying the truth of that but increasingly, and all the more during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s an understanding that mental health is just as important and impactful as physical health.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines positive mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community” (WHO, 2001, p. 1). Clearly, we all strive for this – or at least should be – but not all of us are mentally well, all of the time. Indeed, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) reports[1] that:

  • Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend, or colleague.
  • In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.
  • Mental illness affects people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures.
  • Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.
About 1% of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder (or “manic depression”).

What’s more, though final numbers aren’t yet available, Fardous Hosseiny, the National Director of Research and Policy at the CMHA predicted that by 2020, depression would be the leading cause of disability in Canada (preliminary indications are that Mr. Hosseiny was correct). Even more staggering is that approximately 1.6 million people continue to have their mental illness needs unmet. As Mr. Hosseiny explains, “Mental illnesses are episodic, but the key is that if it’s untreated, that’s when it’s really disruptive. We know that untreated mental illnesses are only exasperated with time.” Given the number of people not being helped, Mr. Hosseiny suspects that the number of Canadians who suffer from mental illness each year is even higher than what research shows (1 in 4 Canadians as opposed to 1 in 5), and that the availability of support systems – or lack thereof – plays a major role.[2]  Clearly, something needs to be done.

Your Group Benefits Plan Can Be a Terrific Support to Your Employees and Their Mental Health. 

Here’s How.

My team and I have been promoting the importance of mental health and mental health supports in group benefit plans for many years – long before the stigma surrounding mental illness started to decay. One of the most effective tools available is an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which can be added to a traditional group benefits plan. Though the number of EAP providers is higher than ever, and the number of options available is ever-increasing, most EAPs provide, at minimum, confidential short-term counselling to employees and their spouses and dependent children, as well as referrals and other forms of support designed to help bolster mental health.

Other options include a robust Health benefits plan that provides coverage for mostly physical concerns, knowing that when an individual cannot afford to pay for a health product or service, his or her mental health can be severely impacted as a result. The same idea is behind Wellness and Health Spending Accounts. Providing your employees with healthcare dollars to spend as they need or choose to do helps reduce or even eliminate the financial concern that might otherwise present a barrier to their getting the help and support they need.


The Business Case for Mental Health Supports in Benefits
Aside from the obvious compassionate reasons for providing mental health supports at and through work, there’s a strong business case for it too. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) estimates that the total cost to Canada’s economy incurred by mental health problems and illnesses is well over $50 billion annually or nearly $1,400 for every person living in Canada in 2016. This includes significant employer costs due to absenteeism, presenteeism, and employee turnover.[3]  And it makes sense. Healthier, happier employees tend to be more productive than their less healthy, less happy colleagues so investing in your employees’ mental health helps you – and your business – too.

It’s a wonderful thing that awareness and acceptance of the need to protect and care for mental health is finally on an upswing, and the fact that employers can do so much for their employees’ mental health carries exponential benefit for everyone involved, including the employers themselves (given the positive impact on their businesses).  As cliché as it might sound, benefits really are an investment in your team, and there’s never been a greater need than now for the mental health supports they provide.

Debra L. Wiegers, GBA, CFP, CLU., Ch.F.C.

Benefits Consultant, Wiegers Financial and Insurance Planning Services Ltd.

Wiegers’ Benefits Consulting Division includes 11 consultants and support staff who custom-design the most employee-valued and cost-effective group benefit, personal insurance, employee assistance programs, and retirement plans available. Contact Wiegers today for a no-obligation consultation to determine how they can help you.

Wiegers Financial & Benefits are Trusted Saskatoon Insurance and Group Benefits Advisors 


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